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The Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s (SPSP) Annual Convention is the premier international event for more than 3500 social and personality psychologists. Attendees from academia, non-profit, government, and private sectors present and discuss research, network and collaborate on projects, and pursue professional development while advancing science and pedagogy in the field.
Since 2003, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology has offered a bi-annual (in odd-numbered years) two-week intensive summer experience for up to 100 pre-doctoral students in social and personality psychology. By all accounts the summer institute has been a success; student attendees and faculty instructors rave about the opportunity. We have been fortunate to have faculty from leading research and teaching institutions host SISPP in the past. These institutions are:
Congratulations to the 2019 SPSP Fellows! We applaud your extraordinary, distinctive, and longstanding contributions to the science of personality and social psychology.
Phoebe C. Ellsworth is the Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Law (Emerita) at the University of Michigan. She received her B. A. from Radcliffe and her PhD from Stanford, and taught at Yale and Stanford before joining the faculty at Michigan.
Part of my mission as convention committee chair is to improve transparency surrounding the convention. My hope is to give people a peek behind the scenes so members have a better sense of how convention is run and how decisions are made. Accordingly, the convention committee developed the following information, describing how science submissions are evaluated, the location for conference is selected, and registration costs are determined respectively. Please share this information with other SPSP members or attendees so we can spread this information widely.
The SPSP Government Relations Committee (GRC) is seeking short summaries (100 words or less) of social psychological research that addresses  pressing societal concerns. Examples include research on climate change, opioid use, health care access, sexual assault, etc. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from graduate students and will offer free SPSP registration for the three best submissions (selected by members of the SPSP GRC). Sample vignettes can be viewed here.