Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award 2009
Dennis Reidy, a psychologist now working as an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, conducted research in one of the most difficult areas to study in a scientifically controlled setting—the relationship between aggression and sexuality in modern society. He has published papers on men’s aggression toward women and gay men—in particular, whether these tendencies should be considered psychopathic and whether they are linked to narcissism. Reidy initially designed innovative studies to assess traits, such as psychopathy and narcissism, as risk factors for aggressive and violent behavior; and his subsequent studies sought to identify situational factors that could reduce such behavior. His work has resulted in 10 manuscripts, six of them as first author, and six more are currently under review.