The Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award




The Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award


The purpose of the Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award is to highlight and support theoretical advances in social science theories concerning human sexuality.   The winner will be chosen annually for the best social science article, chapter, or book published in the previous year in which theoretical explanations of human sexual attitudes and behaviors are developed.  In addition to careful theoretical development, stress will be placed on the use of relevant empirical evidence to examine the validity of the theoretical explanations. This award is jointly sponsored by the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (FSSS) and by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).


Nominations must be received by May 15th 2017.  The publication must have appeared in 2016.  The award winner (s) will be notified by September 15, 2017.  After being notified, the author will be expected to present a plenary address, based on the winning publication, at the 2018 SSSS meeting.  Up to $500 will be provided to cover expenses to attend the 2018 SSSS meeting and present a plenary. In addition, the author(s) of the winning contribution will receive a plaque and a $500 award.  


Nominations may be submitted to Chair of the Award Committee following instructions below.


Instructions For Submitting Nominations For The Ira And Harriet Reiss Theory Award


1.  Send an electronic copy of an article or chapter and five copies of a book.  Be sure the full publication information is included. The publication must have appeared in 2016.  The full nomination material must be received by May 15th, 2017.


2.  Include a letter with a paragraph or two explaining why this publication should be considered for this award. Indicate specifically how this publication is relevant for the award addressing the following award criteria:

a) That it develops a social science theory or, in the case of a multidisciplinary theory, that social science is a significant part of the total theory;

b) That it builds a theoretical explanation of human sexual attitudes and behavior;

c) That the explanation be examined in light of relevant empirical evidence.



We prefer electronic submissions of both the article or chapter and the letter of nomination. Send electronic submissions to: Dr. Paul L. Vasey:


If you are sending your submission in hard copy, mail 5 copies of the book, article, or chapter, plus 1 copy of your letter.  


Mail to:  


Dr. Paul L. Vasey

Chairperson of the Ira & Harriet Reiss Theory Award

Department of Psychology

University of Lethbridge

Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0V6




Award Recipients


·         2006 - Jeanette Norris, N. Tatiana Masters, and Tina Zawacki

Cognitive Mediation of Women's Sexual Decision Making: The Influence of Alcohol, Contextual Factors, and Background Variables

·         2007 - James V. Kohl

The Mind's Eyes: Human Pheromones, Neuroscience, and Male Sexual Preferences

·         2008 - Lisa Diamond

A Dynamical Systems Approach to the Development and Expression of Female Same-Sex Sexuality

·         2009 - Deanna Carpenter, Erick Janssen, Cynthia Graham, Harrie Vorst, J. Wicherts

Women's Scores on the Sexual Inhibition/Sexual Excitation Scales: Gender Similarities and Differences

·         2010 - Richard Lippa

Sex Differences in Sex Drive, Sociosexuality, and Height Across 53-Nations: Testing Evolutionary and Social Structure Theories 

·         2011 - Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Sex at Dawn 

·         2012 - Sari M. VanAnders, PhD

The Steroid/Peptide Theory of Social Bond

·         2013 - Rachel Salk, M.S. and Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D

Contemporary Genetics for Gender Researchers: Not your Grandma's Genetics Anymore

·         2014 - Doug P. VanderLaan, Ph.D. and Paul L. Vasey , Ph.D

The Development and Evolution of Male Androphilia: Insights From Over a Decade of Cross-Cultural Research

·         2015 - Anthony Bogaert, Ph.D. and Lori Brotto, Ph.D.

Object of Desire Self-Consciousness Theory

·         2016 – David Schmitt, Ph.D.

The Evolution of Culturally-Variable Sex Differences: Men and Women Are Not Always Different, but When They Are…It Appears Not to Result from Patriarchy or Sex Role Socialization






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