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Laurier MA Psychology candidate awarded Clara Mayo Grant

Nov 26/12

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WATERLOO - Laurier Master of Arts in Psychology candidate Eden Hennessey was awarded the Clara Mayo Grant. The Clara Mayo Grant is awarded by the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and supports masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice. 

Eden’s research seeks to explain why visible minority women do not take action against gender discrimination. In particular, Eden’s research investigates how relationships between sexism and collective action are moderated by heritage culture connections. “Although strong connections to one’s host and heritage cultures are related to positive outcomes, these connections have not been investigated in terms of how they will impact collective action,” said Eden.

“To receive a grant from an internationally recognized organization like SPSSI to further knowledge related to these topics is exciting and encouraging,” said Eden. “The Clara Mayo grant will help fund my current research on predictors of collective action among visible minority women in Canada. Empirical research in this area is vital; it could ultimately reduce gender discrimination among this population.”

Eden’s advisor, Dr. Mindi Foster, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology notes that “this accomplishment is impressive especially as the Clara Mayo Grant is an American research grant. Canadians do not often get awarded this grant. Eden’s project is exciting and takes into consideration a variable not yet investigated: acculturation.”

SPSSI is a group of over 3000 scientists from psychology and related fields and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social and policy issues. For more information on SPSSI or the Clara Mayo Grant program, visit their website at

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