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Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award Recipients

2005   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

2006   James V. Kohl

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

2007   Lisa Diamond

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

2008   Deanna Carpenter, Erick Janssen, Cynthia Graham, Harrie Vorst, J. Wicherts

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

2009   Richard Lippa

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

2010   Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Sex at Dawn

2011   Sari M. van Anders, PhD

The Steroid/Peptide Theory of Social Bond

2012   Rachel Salk, M.S. and Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D

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

2013   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

2014   Anthony Bogaert, Ph.D. and Lori Brotto, Ph.D.

Object of Desire Self-Consciousness Theory

2015   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

2016   Kevin J. Hsu, M.S., Allen M. Rosenthal, M.S.,  David I. Miller, J. Michael Bailey, Ph.D.

Who are Gynandromorphophilic Men? Characterizing Men with Sexual Interest in Transgender Women

2017   Meredith L. Chivers, Ph.D.

The Specificity of Women’s Sexual Response and Its Relationship with Sexual  Orientations: A Review and Ten Hypotheses