Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology
The APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) continues to strive for increased research that will promote a better understanding of the complex issues facing communities of color (i.e., African-Americans/Blacks, Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanics/Latino(a)s). To this end, CEMA sponsors an award for the most outstanding dissertation in psychology which addresses concerns relevant to populations of color.
The Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology is so designated in the memory of an outstanding scholar and psychologist of color whose career stressed the critical importance and relevance of the role of culture and ethnicity in the scientific understanding of behavior. Tanaka was actively involved in APA, where he was a fellow of Div. 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics), and member of the Div. 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) and Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). He was chair-elect of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs at the time of his death on Nov. 3, 1992.