Conferences & Training

Conferences & Calls for Papers

FDA Center for Tobacco Products Career Fair & Networking Event – Washington DC

Location: Washington DC, DoubleTree Hotel, Pinnacle Grand Ballroom, Silver Spring, MD
Date: October 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Description: The FDA Center for Tobacco Products is holding a career fair and networking event. Click here to register! 

Conference to honor Donald Campbell: Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA

Location: Bethlehem, PA
Posted: August 24, 2015
Conference Dates: September 10 and 11, 2015

Description: The psychology department at Lehigh University is hosting a conference to honor Donald Campbell as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the year of his birth. His work exerted a major influence on a wide range of fields, with an integrating theme of questions concerning how we can know and learn about our world. Please join us on September 10 and 11, 2015, for this event. Lehigh is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and the Campbell Conference will be among the first of many special events held at Lehigh this year. We are about 80 minutes from New York and 50 minutes from Philadelphia, easy to reach!

Hotel rooms at the Hotel Bethlehem have been blocked with a special rate for anyone mentioning the Campbell conference. Dinner on the 10th, however, will be paid for by us. Please join us for this special event to remember one of the great psychologists and social scientists of the 20th century.

How to Register: If you can come, please let us know by registering (at no cost) by emailing me at

Society for Personality and Social Psychology: Long Beach, CA

Location: Long Beach, CA
Posted: February 17, 2015
Dates: February 26 - 28, 2015
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Attitudes Preconference: Evaluative processes are central to social psychology, and have been since the field's earliest days. The Attitudes Preconference features speakers who are at the cutting-edge of research on evaluation. Their work addresses issues of basic cognitive and neurobiological processes in evaluation, motivational processes in evaluative processes, intersections of evaluative processes with other areas of social psychology, and interventions designed to change people's evaluations and behavior. At the Attitudes Preconference, we value an intimate and interactive environment, and as such, have 30-minute talks with an additional 15 minute Q&A session after each talk. In addition, new to this year is a 45 minute data blitz session that gives graduate students and recent PhDs an opportunity to present their research in short format. (Website)(Register) (Back to Top)

Close Relationships: The Close Relationships preconference brings together cutting edge research and theory in relationship science from across social and personality psychology. We have a rich history of lively conversation, and the day is designed to provoke thought, and promote collaboration. This year’s lineup will feature a series of dynamic speakers (each with time for discussion), including a talk by the winner of the Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award. The data blitz will allow researchers at any stage to present their hottest new findings to the group in 3 short minutes (typically ~13 presenters; often young investigators). We will also present the graduate student research paper award, and we are planning an interactive special session on methodological & replication issues in relationships science. We expect another exciting meeting, and look forward to seeing you there! (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Common-Sense Beliefs and Lay Theories: One universal tool to make sense of the world surrounding us is the formation of common-sense beliefs and lay theories – various core assumptions about how social and non-social entities operate. This preconference covers the psychological underpinnings of a diverse range of such fundamental suppositions about the world. For example, invited speakers will cover lay theories about mind-body dualism, essentialism, justice, the cognitive prerequisites for the formation of such beliefs, and discuss the cognitive, affective, and behavioral consequences of holding them.  (Website)(Register) (Back to Top)

Communicating Psychological Science to Policy-Makers (SPSP Advocacy Training): Concerned about future funding for social psychological research? Many social and personality psychology researchers are worried about what the future holds in terms of federal support for fundamental research. Join hundreds of your SPSP peers who have participated in this advocacy training over the years, led by seasoned science lobbyist and psychologist Dr. Heather O’Beirne Kelly from the APA Science Government Relations Office.  Get the latest news from Capitol Hill and update your advocacy skills so that you can participate in the Stand for Science campaign and meet directly with your members of Congress back home to discuss issues vital to psychological science. This preconference is free to SPSP Members. (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Communicating Science to the Media: Tools for Psychologists (SPSP Media Training): Scientists who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with science. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is facilitating a 3-hour communication-skills training program specifically designed for researchers. The workshop will include content such as message development, handing interactions or questions from the media or other audiences, identifying communication opportunities, and honing public presentation skills including on-camera practice. The workshop format allows for collaborative learning through small-group discussion, resource sharing, and participation in critique of other participants’ presentations. This preconference is free to SPSP Members(Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Dynamical Systems & Computational Modeling: Social Dynamics in a Changing World: The theme for this year’s preconference is Social Dynamics in a Changing World.  Modern technology (e.g., the internet, social media, texting) is transforming the nature of social life in the 21st century, as well as providing a range of new methods and tools for studying it.  We will showcase the relevance of this approach for understanding and investigating how modern technology is changing the dynamics of social life and how we study it—from social interaction, opinion formation, and social influence to ingroup – outgroup relations and the political process.  We will assemble a group of social psychologists with expertise in dynamical systems, computational modeling, social network analysis, and Big Data.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Embodiment: Spike W. S. Lee and Michael Robinson are pleased to organize the 5th annual SPSP embodiment preconference. Embodiment consists of the idea that our bodies, and how they interact with the environment, play a major, typically under-appreciated role in human psychology and behavior. Areas of study include perception, representation, experience, and action. The field is interdisciplinary and major developments have occurred in social psychology, cognitive psychology, and affective science. It is a young but vibrant field. Confirmed speakers for 2015 include Lera Boroditsky, George Lakoff, Dennis Proffitt, Anne Maass, and David Pizarro. There will also be two sessions for shorter 15-minute talks and a poster session. A call for submissions will be made in October. About 50 attendees are expected. Breakfast, afternoon snacks, and audio-visual equipment will be provided. Attendees will make their own lunch plans.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Emotion Preconference: The Emotion Preconference is for social psychologists with an interest in affect and emotion and has been held prior to the SPSP conference since 2006. Each emotion preconference over the last 5 years has registered 150-200 attendees. This year the preconference will include three symposia, a data blitz, a poster session, a hot buffet lunch, and a keynote speaker. Richard Davidson is the keynote speaker and symposia include sessions on "Positive Emotion," "Stress," and "Intergroup Emotion."  (Website)(Register) (Back to Top)

Evolutionary Psychology: The SPSP Evolutionary Psychology Preconference, now in its 12th year, provides a forum for discussing cutting-edge research examinging how social psychological processes have been shaped by the recurring social and reproductive challenges humans faced throughout their evolutionary past. Nationally and internationally known researchers as well as up-and-coming new investigators and graduate students present findings through talks and a recently added data blitz. The presented research covers a range of topics, including: romantic relationships, decision-making, mental health, aggression, prejudice, social cognition, and personality development. Thus, the Evolutionary Psychology Preconference brings together and fosters collaboration between researchers from various domains of social and personality psychology. Additionally, this preconference introduces students unfamiliar with an evolutionary framework to a meta-theoretical approach that may be useful for guiding their future studies.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)  

Group Processes & Intergroup Relations: Following years of GPIR preconference tradition, we will again focus on facilitating the sharing and discussion of groundbreaking research in the field of group processes and intergroup relations. All of our speakers will address topics related to the general theme of diversity (e.g., intergroup interactions, discrimination).  Their talks will shed light on both practical and theoretical implications. Confirmed speakers include: Glenn Adams, Kerry Kawakami, Cheryl Kaiser, Laurie O’Brien, Rob Sellers and Daryl Wout. Following the tradition of this preconference, two graduate students or recent PhDs will also give a talk. In addition, there will be a poster session for researchers to share ideas and get feedback about their ongoing projects. Participants can also mingle and exchange their ideas during breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top) 

Happiness & Well-being: What is happiness and should we pursue greater subjective well-being (SWB)? Although philosophers have pondered these questions for centuries, the scientific study of happiness has exploded over the past 30 years, offering insight into the conceptualization, measurement, causes, and consequences of SWB. This preconference will bring together young investigators and world experts to share recent theory and findings.  (Website)(Register) (Back to Top)

Judgment and Decision Making: We examine the psychology of judgment and decision making, broadly construed.  Topics include: intertemporal decisions, emotion, judgment and perception of risk, and consumer choice.  (Website)(Register) (Back to Top)

Mental Simulation: Mental simulation allows us to connect our thoughts about what could have been to our musings about what is yet to be, and enables flights of fantasy that provide a respite from reality. This session will feature discussions about visual imagery, perspective-taking, narrative transportation, and thought flow, as well as the impact that such mental activities have on our social lives. Daniel Schachter’s keynote will connect the themes echoed in each talk by describing the critical role of memory and how specific brain structures facilitate the generation of alternative realities.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Nonverbal: The fourth SPSP Nonverbal Preconference will continue in the tradition of previous years to celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of the study of nonverbal communication. This event will feature four invited talks from accomplished nonverbal scholars, in addition to competitively selected brief talks and posters. The 2015 speakers will be: Norah Dunbar (University of California, Santa Barbara), Derek Isaacowitz (Northeastern University), David Matsumoto (San Francisco State University) and Linda Tickle-Degnen (Tufts University). Junior researchers will be invited to contribute paper proposals in the data blitz format of SPSP, with talks ranging 8-10 minutes in length. We look forward to bringing together scholars from different backgrounds in order to facilitate communication and collaboration.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Political Psychology: Please join us for the 6th annual Political Psychology preconference. Leading social psychologists, political scientists, and sociologists in various stages of their careers will discuss current research on topics aimed toward furthering the understanding of political behavior. Topics will include political polarization, the role of genetics in politics, political persuasion, intergroup threat and prejudice, and political misinformation. In addition, we will host a graduate student talk, a data blitz, a poster session and a paper-swap. As in previous years, our objectives in organizing this event are to honor leaders in the field, to break down boundaries between social psychology and political science, and to promote the next generation of political psychologists.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Psychology of Religion & Spirituality: This preconference will highlight classic, contemporary, and emerging empirical research at the interface of social-personality psychology and the psychology of religion-spirituality. The program will consist of invited research presentations and a research poster discussion. Continental breakfast, drinks, and a buffet lunch will be provided for those who preregister.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Self & Identity Preconference: A preconference on self and identity has been a fixture of the SPSP conferences for many years.  This year's preconference continues the tradtition by featuring and exciting and eclectic lineup of seasoned contributors to the study of self and identity as well as younger investigators at the forefront of the field. We are also honored to include scholars from outside the realm of self and identity who conduct cutting-edge research relevant for this audience. In addition, the preconference will feature invited addresses by the Early Career and Lifetime Career Award winners. With a diverse panel of speakers reflecting the depth and breadth of the field, the organizers hope to make this preconference a testament to the vitality of current self and identity research.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Sexuality: Sexuality is a vibrant and growing area of research in social-personality psychology, in no small part evidenced by the American Psychological Association’s recent publication of the first ever Handbook on Sexuality and Psychology; a two volume manual that prominently features the research of a number of leading social-personality psychologists. Our planned sexuality preconference for the 2015 SPSP meeting will draw together top scholars in this field, including Meredith Chivers, Gurit Birnbaum, Eli Finkel, Justin Garcia, Monique Ward, and Justin Lehmiller, to showcase some of the many exciting developments in human sexuality research. Our approach is to highlight the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the study of sexuality, featuring work on changes in sexual desire across relationship development, female sexual arousal patterns, evolutionary perspectives on human sexuality, media influences on sexual behavior, and teaching considerations for college sexuality courses. Our goal is to educate social psychologists about the relevance of sexuality to their own work.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Social Neuroendocrinology: Social neuroendocrinology is a rapidly-growing area within social psychology that examines the interface between hormones and social behavior. This preconference examines the role of neuroendocrinological systems in basic social and personality processes such as close relationships, emotion, aggression, and dominance. Social NeuroEndo includes both an invited speaker series and a short-form Data Blitz session for early-career scholars. This year, we have an exciting line-up of speakers that represent a diversity of research topics and neuroendocrinological methods.  (Website)(Register) (Back to Top)

Social Personality Health Preconference: The Social Personality Health Network is excited to present the 7th SPSP Preconference that is dedicated to examining the reciprocal relationship between social/personality psychology and health. The preconference, traditionally the largest of the SPSP preconferences, will present research at multiple levels of analysis, and topics this year will include socioeconomic and racial health disparities, stress, psychoneuroendocrinology, behavior change, meditation, body image, doctor-patient communication, sleep, and Big Data. Two graduate student awards will be presented, along with an Early Career Research award.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

Social Psychology & Law: This preconference features presentations in the areas of discrimination, procedural justice/social justice, and immigration. Specifically the discrimination symposium examines explicit and implicit biases in the law. The procedural/social justice symposium looks at legitimacy and perceptions of justice in the legal system.  Finally the immigration symposium examines the role of social psychology in legislation and policy. The preconference will include 10-minute datablitz presentations as well as poster presentations from graduate students and new researchers.  (Website) (Register) (Back to Top)

American Evaluation Association Conference: Denver, CO

Location: Denver, CO
Posted: August 29, 2014
Dates: October 15-18, 2014

Description: In 2014, let’s use relationships and systems thinking to connect evaluation to the premier challenge of our time—nurturing a diverse and interconnected world with enough for all for generations to come. Let’s envision evaluation as fundamental to a sustainable, equitable future. Let’s unleash the power of evaluation and the desire of both evaluators and evaluation users to impact the world in positive ways. The conference will be held at the Colorado Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency. Housing and registration is now open! Click here for more information.

Multilevel Modeling Conference: University of Maryland - College Park, MD

Location: College Park, MD
Posted: August 29, 2014
Dates: November 14-15, 2014

Description: This is a reminder that poster proposals are due on September 8, 2014. The Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology is sponsoring $1,000 travel awards for ten graduate students to present methodologically-related posters at the conference. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for students to be in an environment where they will be presenting for well-known methodological researchers. SMEP particularly encourages the participation of women and traditionally underrepresented students.

Everyone should note that conference registration is open and hotel rooms proximal to the conference location are limited. We encourage all to register early. Information about the conference and poster proposal guidelines are located here.  

2014 Summer Quantitative Methods Series: Portland State University – Portland, OR

Location: Portland, OR
Posted: February 21, 2014 
Dates: June 14, 2014 to June 19, 2014

Description: This Summer Quantitative Method Series is comprised of two-day courses on data analysis taught by nationally recognized methodological experts. Course descriptions and more information about instructors can be found below. Our goal is to provide additional statistical and methodological training for research professionals from either the private or public sector. Although course credit is not available, graduate students are welcome and offered a discounted fee. Participants may enroll in courses separately or in combination. Each course takes an applied perspective with special attention given to when to use and how to implement each technique. Statistical, mathematical, and conceptual foundations will be included with the objective of providing a solid introduction to each area. All courses will provide extensive software illustrations, and, unless otherwise specified, will provide computer lab time where participants have one-on-one assistance available when running computer examples. Some graduate-level coursework in statistics (social science departments or otherwise) and some experience with one or more statistical software packages are usually assumed. Individual courses may require additional prerequisite knowledge if indicated, however.

All classes will be held at the Portland State University Campus located in beautiful downtown Portland, OR between 9 am and 5 pm with an hour break for lunch. Rooms are equipped with desktop computers for each participant, although participants are welcome to bring their own laptops with appropriate software.

June 14-15.Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling, J.J. McArdle, University of Southern California
June 16-17.Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling, Rex B. Kline, Concordia University, Montréal
June 18-19.Using R with lessR and Other Enhancements, David Gerbing, Portland State University 

34th Annual Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior (IOOB) Conference - Call for Proposals

Deadline: April 1, 2014
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Dates: July 18-19, 2014
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Description:This is an annual conference, hosted on a rotating basis by universities with graduate programs in I/O, Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, and related fields. In 2014, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will be hosting the Conference at our downtown Los Angeles location (617 W. 7th Street; Los Angeles, CA) on July 18-19, 2014. The IOOB Conference was created through the Society for Industrial & Organization Psychology (SIOP) to provide students with opportunities to present their research and analyze pertinent issues in the field. For additional information, please visit the IOOB 2014 website,

APA Division 45 Conference of the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues

Location: University of Oregon
Dates: June 19-21, 2014
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Call for Submissions: Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference

Deadline: December 10, 2012
Location: Miami / Coral Gables, Florida
Dates: June 26-29, 2013
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Call for Submissions: Third World Congress on Positive Psychology

Deadline: January 14, 2013
Location: Los Angeles, California
Dates: June 27-30, 2013
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To Apply: Click here to submit your abstract 

Call for Papers: Special Issue of American Journal of Community Psychology on LGT Resilience across Cultures.

Proposals Due: January 15, 2013
Manuscripts Due: June 21, 2013
Guest Editors: Christopher Beasley, Richard Jenkins, & Maria Valenti
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Description: This section will emphasize LGBT health and well-being while highlighting cultural strengths and other factors that contribute to the resilience of LGBT persons and their families from diverse cultures in the U.S. and around the world.

To Apply: Please submit manuscript proposals directly to Christopher Beasley ( no later than January 15, 2013

Positions for Professional Associations

SPSSI Graduate Student Committee Officer Positions: SPSSI

Posted: August 18, 2013
Deadline: August 24, 2013

Description: The SPSSI Graduate Student Committee is looking to fill the following positions: Chair-Elect, Editor, and three Member-at-Large positions (see descriptions below). Each office is a one-year term, although the Chair-Elect commits to two years, one as Chair-Elect and another as Chair. Officers report to the Chair, who has the ultimate decision regarding issues such as budget and new initiatives. The Chair and Chair-Elect attend Winter and Summer SPSSI Council Meetings, and all GSC members are expected to attend SPSSI conferences. The SPSSI GSC gives a voice to the students of SPSSI. This committee can give students a forum to address a wide range of topics, such as the future goals of SPSSI and addressing current social issues. Below are a list of the open positions:

Chair-Elect (Two-year term): The Chair-Elect serves for one year as a committee member helping the Chair to carry out the activities for the year. This year of guidance helps to prepare the Chair-Elect for her or his following year as Chair of the committee. As Chair, you are responsible for day-to-day and long-term issues including the direction of the Graduate Student Committee, new initiatives, and funding for committee activities at the bi-annual SPSSI conference or (in alternate years) the APA convention. The Chair attends SPSSI Council Meetings and reports on the functioning of the Committee to the Council. The Chair acts as a liaison between the GSC and SPSSI Council and has the opportunity to work closely with Council Members.

Editor (One-year term): The newsletter/web Editor solicits content for The Rookie (the GSC student newsletter), consults with SPSSI staff on graduate student information on the SPSSI website, and manages the SPSSI Facebook page (

Member-at-Large (One-year term): The Member-at-Large position was created to provide more assistance to the Chair for various Graduate Student Council tasks. Members-at-Large can expect to be appointed to head a sub-committee (e.g. travel awards), and to coordinate important GSC functions (e.g. APA convention panels).

How to Apply: To nominate yourself for one of these positions, please send an email to with your university affiliation and platform statement (not to exceed 200 words) com no later than Friday, August 23, 2013. Don’t be shy, nominate yourself! If you have any questions concerning these positions, please contact me at


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