Women and Psychology

Prizes and Awards

Elaine Dignan Award

The Elaine Dignan Award recognises the contribution to psychology and to the Society made by Queensland psychologist, Elaine Dignan, who died in 1990.

The Award encourages research about women; women’s studies in psychology; or professional work of a psychological nature involving women, which addresses gender and other social attributes (eg race, class, sexuality) and considers their psychological effects.

2014 Recipient Amy Dryden

The APS Women and Psychology Interest Group hosted a function at the Sydney Masonic Conference Centre (SMC) on Friday 17th April at 5:30 to present the 2014-5 Elaine Dignan Award to Amy Dryden from the University of Western Sydney.

A bit about Amy’s research

Amy’s nomination consisted of a thesis, journal article (Psychology & Health) and poster of her Honours research into young women’s construction of their post-cancer fertility, and their interactions with healthcare professionals. Younger women diagnosed with cancer often face compromised fertility as a result of their treatment.

The study illuminates the role which the discursive context of women’s lives plays in influencing how they experience themselves in relation to their post-cancer fertility. Results also highlight the need for health care professionals to provide information about fertility at a level deemed satisfactory by younger women themselves, as a means of ensuring the wellbeing of this group of women who remain underserved in the area of reproductive health.