Society Information

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) is an international group of over 3,000 psychologists, allied scientists, students, and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social issues. In various ways, the Society seeks to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems of the group, the community, and nations, as well as the increasingly important problems that have no national boundaries.

Through its activities--including the publication of the Journal of Social Issues (JSI), the electronic journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP), the new periodical journal Social Issues and Policy Review (SIPR), and the SPSSI Newsletter, as well as annual programming at APA's Annual Convention and SPSSI's own conventions--SPSSI affords social and behavioral scientists means of applying their knowledge and insights to the critical problems of today's world. Research on social issues is fostered through several annual award and grant programs. SPSSI also sponsors a number of theme conferences and research workshops. The James Marshall Public Policy Scholar and Scientist in the Public Interest, both located in Washington, D.C., work to implement SPSSI public policy initiatives at the federal level. With NGO status, SPSSI serves as consultant to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

An independent society, SPSSI is also Division 9 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and an organizational affiliate of the American Psychological Society (APS). Membership in SPSSI does not require membership in APA or APS and the recently established affiliate membership category allows anyone interested in the Society to join. Graduate student members enjoy full voting privileges as well as their own Student Committee. A Student Committee Chair is elected annually and attends SPSSI Council meetings to give voice to the special needs of student members.

SPSSI maintains an electronic discussion list, SPSSI-List. Participants, which include both members and non-members, generate discussion and debate on social issues topics. The listserv is also used as a resource for making connections or finding resources and post announcements of opportunities and events. To subscribe to the listserv, Email: with the command > (don't include brackets or quotations marks) at the top of your message. You should then receive a message from majordomo that you have been subscribed. If you include a signature file, or any other text, you will get back an error message, though you will still be subscribed. To avoid this, turn off signature files and include only the subscribe command in your e-mail.

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SPSSI Officers (Forthcoming: August 2004)

Kay Deaux, President
James M. Jones, Past-President
Marybeth Shinn, President-Elect
Daniel Perlman, Secretary-Treasurer

Council Members

Hector Betancourt
B. Ann Bettencourt
Meg A. Bond
Susan Clayton
Samuel Gaertner
Shana Levin
Maureen O’Connor
Allen M. Omoto
Susan Opotow
Pamela Trotman Reid
Steven J. Spencer
Linda R. Tropp

Executive Director

Shari E. Miles

SPSSI 2017 Conference

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