Each year the department of psychology awards the most outstanding empirical paper in psychology with the Thomas award, an award that was made possible from a donation to the department by Dr. Donna Spindel and family in honor of Dr. Stuart W. Thomas.
Thomas was a member of the department who was an outstanding statistician, mentor, and colleague and who is fondly remembered as a loved colleague and friend through his standards of excellence.
This year, for the first time, there is a three-way tie for the award. The authors and their winning papers are as follows:
- Dana Zeid’s research was on the similarities of drug versus alcohol abuse. She found that the two types of addition are similar and might represent lines of a continuum of severity. She also proposed a path model of the development of substance abuse noting the multiple pathways through which these problems develop.
- Alexis Pandelios’ research was on the similarities and differences between eating disorders and obesity. She found that although the different eating disorders are similar in terms of presenting attachments and clinical issues, they differ in important ways from problems associated with obesity.
- Angela Sigmon’s paper was on the development of anxiety. She showed that insecure attachments are mediators of attachment with certain types of attachment, and moderators of anxiety for other forms of attachment.
“The department is proud to award these individuals with our most prestigious award for research,” aid Dr. Marc Lindberg, professor of psychology. “It serves to provide a model of what we expect from our most outstanding students and serves to reinforce the emphasis we place on research and scholarship.”