COSSA Board Selects Maccoby As President

Eleanor Maccoby, PhD
Eleanor Maccoby, PhD
Eleanor Maccoby, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University and a National Academy of Sciences Member, will become the President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) in January 1997. COSSA is a coalition of several behavioral and social science organizations that was founded in 1981 to advocate for federal support of behavioral and social science research.

Every 2 years, the COSSA Board selects a renowned researcher, who will reflect positively on the behavioral and social sciences, to be its President. Dr. Maccoby is the first psychologist to be so honored. She replaces Charles Schultz, PhD, an economist at the Brookings Institute, who also served as Chair of the Economic Advisory Council under President Carter.

As COSSA President, Dr. Maccoby will testify before Congress on behalf of the behavioral and social sciences, serve as COSSA's spokesperson, and advise and direct the COSSA Board.

Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1958 and after receiving her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1950, Dr. Maccoby taught at Harvard University. Throughout her career, her primary research focus has been on the development of children's social behavior, particularly as it relates to family functioning and parental child-rearing methods. Her work, as well as that of others, has pointed to some pervasive differences in the social development of boys and girls, although it has also illuminated many ways that they are similar. Recently, Dr. Maccoby has been investigating the postseparation lives of divorcing families. She has published several books as a result of her research, including Patterns of Child Rearing, Psychology of Sex Differences, and Adolescents After Divorce.

Honors and awards have been a frequent reminder of the important contributions made by Dr. Maccoby to the field of developmental psychology. She is the recipient of the 1988 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (APA), the 1996 American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievements in the Science of Psychology (American Psychological Foundation), and the 1987 Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development (Society for Research in Child Development), to name but a few of her honors.

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