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Daphna R. Oyserman

PhD Student. Social Work/Psychology - Social Graduate - 1987

Daphna R. Oyserman

Professor Oyserman (http://sitemaker.umich.edu/daphna.oyserman) is jointly appointed to the School of Social Work, the Department of Psychology, and the Institute for Social Research. Honors include being a W.T. Grant Faculty Scholar (1995-2000), a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (2009-10), and a Humbolt Prize recipient (awarded 2009). She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. She was a consulting editor for both Developmental Psychology and Social Work Research. She twice received the Society for Social Work Research Best Scholarly Contribution Award (2004,2009) for her research on racial identity and its consequences for academic outcomes and health; her 2002 synthesis of research on cultural psychology is considered a citation classic of the ISI Web of Science (honored as a "Hot Topic in Psychology/Psychiatric" in July 2002 as the fastest increasing citation impact of that year, and again in January 2004 as a "Top 3 Hot Papers Published in the Last Three Years for Psychology/Psychiatry"). Professor Oyserman is internationally known for her research on self, culture, and motivation, which she conducts within a situated cognition framework. Using experimental and field-based methods, she explores how culture and identity shape, and are shaped by, individuals and contexts, with a particular emphasis on identity-based motivation and its cognitive and behavioral consequences. Her work shows how cultural mindsets and identities can be usefully engaged to improve important life outcomes, including academic performance, mental and physical health. Her work also demonstrates when these mindsets and identities are likely to undermine rather than bolster goal pursuit, resulting in less effort in school and more felt temptation to procrastinate or engage in goal-undermining behaviors.

Dissertation Title

Possible selves and behavior: The case of juvenile delinquency.


Year Degree   School
1988 PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1985 MA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1983 MSW Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
1981 BSW Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel



Year Description
2013 Survey methods in multinatinal, multiregional and multicultural sontexts (Edited volume in which Oyserman has two chapters, Schwarz, Oyserman, & *Peytcheva, 2013; Uskul, Oyserman, & Schwarz, 2010) received the 2013 American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) book award "to recognize influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion; and/or influenced our understanding or application of survey research methodology."
2012-2015 Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows
2012 Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
2012 Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
2011 Journal of Consumer Psychology, Top 20 most cited papers Journal of Consumer Psychology, 2006-2011
2009 Fellow, Society for Experimental Social Psychology
2009 Society for Social Work Research Best Scholarly Contribution Award, Oyserman, D., Fryberg, S., & Yoder, N. (2007). Identity-based motivation and health. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 1011-1027
2009 Faculty Fellowship Enhancement Award, Rackham Graduate Program, University of Michigan
2009-2010 Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
2009 Alexander von Humbolt Research Prize
2007 Edwin J. Thomas Collegiate Chair, School of Social Work and Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.
2005 Society for Social Work Research Best Scholarly Contribution Award for Research Published in 2003-2004
2005 Fellow, American Psychological Society
2004 ISI Essential Science Indicators Top 3 Hot Papers Published in the last three years for Psychology/Psychiatry
2002 Hot Topic in Psychology/Psychiatric, ISI Web of Science
2001-2005 Member, Russell Sage Foundation Working Group on Social Identity and Institutional Engagement
2001 Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 9, SSPSSI
1995-2000 W.T. Grant Faculty Scholar

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