Seeking Diversity Award Nominations

Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.
Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.


The Diversity Committee, a subcommittee under the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, is currently asking our members to nominate a person or persons who have made significant contributions to group psychology practice, research, service, and/or mentoring, with a focus on promoting understanding and respect for diversity. The individual selected based on these nominations is then honored as an award recipient at the Annual APA Convention in August. Time is running out! Follow the directions below to nominate a candidate by July 1:

Please consolidate this information into one document and email it to the Diversity Committee Chair, Jeanne Steffen at, by July 1, 2014

1. Include names phone numbers, program and institutional affiliations, APA divisional membership of yourself (the endorser) and of your nominee

2. Include a brief letter highlighting your nominee’s contributions in promoting understanding and respect for diversity in group psychology practice, research, service and/or mentoring.

3. Include the nominee’s vita.


Division 49 Program Summary

Click here for a PDF of the 2014 Division 49 APA Program Summary.







Jill Paquin, Ph.D. and Joe Miles, Ph.D.

Convention Program Co-Chairs


2013 Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Catherine T. Shea, Ph.D. Dr. Shea is the recipient of the Richard Morland Dissertation of the Year Award for 2013, which was awarded in 2014.

Catherine Shea






Goal Pursuit and the Pursuit of Social Networks


Five studies using diverse methods examine goal pursuit as an antecedent to social network structure, finding that self-oriented and affiliation-oriented goal pursuit evoke unique patterns of interpersonal perception and motivation which lead to the development of sparser and denser social networks, respectively. Study 1 serves as an empirical summary of our theorizing: individuals primed with dense networks feel more efficacious pursuing affiliation-oriented goals versus self-oriented goals, and individuals primed with sparse networks feel more efficacious pursuing self-oriented goals than individuals primed with dense networks. Study 2 finds a correlation between personal goals and network structure. Studies 3 and 4 experimentally demonstrate that reminders of self versus affiliation-oriented goals lead to different cognitively-activated network structures. Study 5 finds that individuals entering a new social network with strong career goals (self-oriented goals) develop significantly sparser local networks and attain more central network positions; the opposite pattern emerges for individuals pursuing strong social goals (affiliation-oriented goals). Individuals strongly motivated to pursue both goals lose the network structure benefits of having a strong career goal. Findings support the hypothesis linking personal goal pursuit to network structure, a novel approach to integrating psychology and networks research.


Kellogg School of Management

Department of Management & Organizations

Jacobs Center 376

2001 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60208



Election Results

Craig D. Parks, Ph.D. President Elect





Amy G. Nitza, Ph.D. Treasurer





Jill D. Paquin, Ph.D., Member at Large





Rosamond J. Smith, MA, Student Representative





Thanks to all who were nominated as we appreciate your dedication and contributions to the Society. We hope to see you in the future. Thanks are also extended to the members of the Nominations and Elections Committee.