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Melvin J. Lerner, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo between 1970 and 1994 and now a visiting scholar at Florida Atlantic University, has been called "a pioneer in the psychological study of justice".[1] As a scientist he has also been associated with University of California, Berkeley, Washington University, St Louis, Universities of Utrecht and Leiden in the Netherlands, and other institutions.[2]

Dr Lerner received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 1957 at New York University, and a Post-doctoral in Clinical Psychology at Stanford University. Dr Lerner was awarded Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of Waterloo in 1994, he has received the Max-Planck-Forschungspreis together with Prof Leo Montada in 1993, and the Quinquennial Award in 1986. In 2008 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society for Justice Research.[3] Dr Lerner is most recognized for the Just-world phenomenon, published in "The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion" (1980), and for being co-editor of the first volume devoted to the "Justice Motive" in 1981. He was also the founding editor of the journal Social Justice Research[4] and the series of volumes "Critical Issues in Social Justice" published by Plenum Press.[5]

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References Edit

  1. The justice motive in everyday life By Melvin J. Lerner, Michael Ross, Dale T. Miller
  2. [1]
  3. Awards. International Society for Justice Research. URL accessed on 1 December 2010.
  4. Social Justice Research, ISSN: 0885-7466 (Print), 1573-6725 (Online).
  5. Critical Issues in Social Justice, Melvin Lerner, Series Editor. ISSN: 1572-1906.

Further reading Edit

  • Lerner, M. & Simmons, C. H. (1966). Observer’s Reaction to the "Innocent Victim": Compassion or Rejection? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 4, v. 2.
  • Lerner, Melvin J. The Belief in a Just World A Fundamental Delusion (Perspectives in Social Psychology) (1980)
  • Lerner, Melvin J. & Lerner, Sally C. The Justice Motive in Social Behavior: Adapting to Times of Scarcity and Change, (New York: Plenum Press, 1981).
  • Montada, Leo & Lerner, Melvin J. Responses to Victimization and Belief in a Just World (Critical Issues in Social Justice) (1998)


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