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HDQM Doctoral Student Receives APF and APA Awards for Research


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HDQM Doctoral Student Receives APF and APA Awards for Research

COLLEGE PARK, MD (November, 2016) – Laura Elenbaas, a sixth-year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, has received two awards that will be used to support research associated with her dissertation.

The American Psychological Foundation’s 2016 Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Graduate Research Scholarship “provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.” The 2016 American Psychological Association’s Dissertation Research Award, provides the award to “encourage excellence in dissertation research in psychological science.” Elenbaas received $1,000 from each award.

Elenbaas’ research looks at moral development, with a focus on children’s perceptions of social inequalities and how children balance moral concerns about treating others fairly with social concerns about group status and social norms.

As Elenbaas, who is in her final year of the program, describes it, her dissertation studies how “children apply their developing knowledge about economic inequality in a familiar context where they can ensure access to resources for a disadvantaged group.”

Melanie Killen, a professor in HDQM’s Developmental Science Program, serves as Elenbaas’ adviser.

“Understanding how children develop concepts of equity and justice, alongside biases and stereotypes, is crucial for promoting inclusion and consideration of others' welfare in development,” Elenbaas said.



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