Inaugural Leadership Awards

These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of psychologists and friends of psychology who have made significant contributions to the understanding of socioeconomic status and the lives and wellbeing of the poor.

Sponsor: Public Interest Directorate Committee on Socioeconomic Status


Awards honor work promoting scientific understanding of the roles of poverty and SES in health, education, and human welfare; developing approaches to the application of psychology that take into account the effects of SES on psychological development and well being; and/or advocating for social policy that will alleviate or reduce the disparities between SES groups.


There are two categories of the CSES Leadership Award: “emerging” leaders and “distinguished” leaders.

  • Emerging leaders are psychologists who have 15 or fewer years of post-doctoral achievements, have made a substantial contribution to SES in psychology, and demonstrate promising professional achievement.

  • Distinguished leaders are psychologists who have more than 15 years of post-doctoral achievements, a longstanding influence on SES-related issues, and are recognized leaders in their area of expertise.

How to Apply

All nominations must include:

  • A letter of nomination that indicates whether the candidate is being nominated as an emerging or a distinguished leader.

  • A describes and supports the individual’s leadership activities, contributions, and scope of influence that advance knowledge for and about SES.

The nomination letter should be no more than two pages long; a current curriculum vitae; and three letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s service to the discipline. Nominations and supporting materials will only be accepted as electronic submissions. Incomplete nominations and materials sent after the deadline will not be reviewed. Send nomination materials and direct questions to Helena Dagadu.

Past Recipients


Edmund W. Gordon, PhD (Distinguished)
William M. Liu, PhD (Emerging)
Pamela A. Morris, PhD (Emerging)
Felice Yeskel, PhD, Class Action (Organizational)