Griffiths Research Award

The Office of Research is pleased to invite all full-time faculty in The Steinhardt School to apply for the Griffiths Research Award. The Award was established in 1983 to commemorate a former Dean of our School, Daniel E. Griffiths, who, as Dean and Scholar, was committed to the advancement of knowledge through research. A list of previous recipients appears below. 

The Award, given annually in the amount of $1,000, recognizes faculty members for their research in advancing their fields of knowledge and professional practice.  The 2018 Award will be given to that faculty member or collaborating group of faculty members whose research best has been published or accepted for publication over the calendar years 2013-2017 and meets the following criteria:

  • The research has the potential to make a major contribution to the field of the applicant.
  • The research represents an innovative breakthrough or major advancement in terms of knowledge, method, design, theory, or practice.

For the 2018 competition, we will be considering the following scholarly works: booksbook chapters, and journal articles.

To Apply

All faculty who are eligible for this award are encouraged to apply. The awardee(s) may be invited to make a presentation of the research during the following academic year at a Steinhardt faculty

Please submit an electronic copy (for chapters and journal articles) and 3 copies (for books) of the scholarly work to the committee for review. In addition to this published work, the applicant should submit a statement of no more than 250 words that provides a framework for work and addresses the criteria described above. Applications should be sent to the Office of Research via email at by March 1, 2018.

Griffiths Award Recipients: 1993 – 2017


Rezarta Bilali  - Department of Applied Psychology 

Modeling collective action through media to promote social change and positive inter-group relations in violent conflicts.


Smita Rao - Department Physical Therapy 

Are Pressure Time Integral and Cumulative Plantar Stress Related to 1st Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain:  The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study.


 David KirklandDepartment of  Teaching and Learning  

A Search Past Silence:  The Literacy of Young Black Men


Rodney Benson - Department of Media, Culture & Communication 

Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison


Michael Kieffer - Department of  Teaching and Learning 

Converging Trajectories: Reading Growth in Language Minority Learners and their Classmates, Kindergarten to Grade 8


Robert Teranishi - Department of  Administration, Leadership, and Technology 

Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American HIgher Education


Charlton McIlwain - Department of  Media, Culture & Communication 

Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns


Cynthia Miller-Idriss - Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism, and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany


C. Cybele Raver - Department of Applied Psychology: 

Targeting Children’s Behavior Problems in Preschool Classrooms: A Cluster Randomized Control Trial


Robert Landy - Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and Applied Psychology 
The Couch and the Stage: Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy


Selcuk Sirin - Department of Applied Psychology 
Socioeconomic Status and Academic Achievement: A Meta - Analytic Review of Research


Siva Vaidhyanathan - Department of Culture and Communication 
The Anarchist in the Library


Christine McWayne - Department of Applied Psychology 
Preschool Competency in Context: An Investigation of the Unique Contribution of Child Competencies to Early Academic Success


Marion Nestle - Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health 
Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology and Bioterrorism


Jane Ashdown and Barbara Hummel-Rossi - Departments of Teaching and Learning & Applied Psychology
The State Cost - Benefit and Cost - Effective Analyses in Education


Joshua Aronson - Department of Applied Psychology 
The Malleability of Implicit Theories about Human Malleability: Reducing the Effects of Stereotype Threat on African American College Students by Shaping Theories of Intelligence


Arvind Rajagopal - Department of Culture and Communication 
Politics After Television: Hindi Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Indian Public


Perry N. Halkitis - Department of Applied Psychology 
Masculinity in the Age of AIDS: HIV - seropositive Gay Men and the ‘Buff Agenda'


Jonathan Zimmerman - Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities 
"Distilling Democracy: Alcohol Education in America's Public School"; "Storm over the Schoolhouse: Popular Curriculum Wars in America, 1890 - 1990"


Amy Bentley - Department of Nutrition and Food Studies 
Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity


Joel Westheimer – Department of Teaching and Learning 
Among Schoolteachers: Community, Autonomy, and Ideology in Teachers' Work


Lawrence Ferrara – Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions 
Schopenhauer on Music as the Ebodiment of Will


Theresa Jordan - Department of Applied Psychology 
Combining Decision Analysis and Experimental Data to Study Bias in Educational Settings


Sharon Weinberg – Department of Teaching and Learning 
Care and Justice Moral Reasoning


Catherine Tamis-Lemonda – Department of Applied Psychology 
Children's Exploratory, Non-Symbolic, and Symbolic Play: An Explanatory Multidimensional Framework


Robert Rowe - Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions 
Real-Time Musical Feature Analysis and Related Response


William Schiff - Department of Applied Psychology 
Aging Person's Estimates of Vehicular Motion


No Recipients


Robert Landy - Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions 
The Developing of Distancing Theory in Drama Therapy