The SPSSI Policy Update is a email newsletter that comes out every several weeks and highlights policy-relevant discussions, actions, and opportunities that might be of interest to SPSSI members. If you have an item that you would like to add to the next issue of Policy Update, please contact SPSSI's Communications Director Cyndi Lucas. For older issues of the Policy Update, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
Current Policy Update (February 2017)
News from SPSSI...
SPSSI Responds to the U.S. President's Executive Order on Refugees: On February 8, 2017, SPSSI issued a statement regarding the U.S. President's recent executive order on refugees. SPSSI also signed on to two other letters--one from the scientific and academic community, and one from the UN Committee on Migration--urging policymakers to rescind or repeal the order.
Applications for Dalmas A. Taylor Summer Minority Policy Fellowship due by March 1, 2017: This fellowship entails an 8-12 week placement that will be shared between SPSSI and APA's Public Interest Directorate in Washington, DC during the summer of 2017. Applicants must be members of an ethnic minority group and/or have demonstrated a commitment to a career with a focus on ethnic minority issues. The fellow receives a $3,000 stipend, paid travel expenses, and up to $1,500 for living expenses.
Summer Policy Workshop & Advocacy Day: Registration Opening Soon: SPSSI will be co-sponsoring a Policy Workshop and Advocacy Day August 1-2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The event will immediately precede the 2017 APA Convention in Washington. Registration fees are $25 for students and $50 for non-students. Travel awards will also be available. SPSSI will circulate an announcement as soon as registration opens.
SPSSI's UN/NGO Committee Sponsors Mental Health Event at the United Nations: On February 2, 2017, SPSSI and the Psychology Coalition of NGOs Accredited at the United Nations sponsored an event entitled “Promoting Equal Access to Mental Health Resources for All Ages.” The event also marked the end of Yvonne Rafferty's 12 years of service on the committee. Thank you, Yvonne!
Call for Proposals: 2018 SPSSI-SASP Small Group Conference Meeting (North America): Proposals or letters of interest are due by May 15, 2017 for the 2018 meeting of the small group conference series jointly sponsored by SPSSI and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP). A total of $7,000 in support is available for the 2018 meeting. The purpose of this collaboration is to help strengthen links between the two organizations so that members of each may have opportunities to discuss research questions of mutual interest.
SPSSI Members in the News...
Social Science Builds Democracy by SPSSI President Dr. Chris Crandall, as featured on the Psychology Today blog.
Building an Immunity to Fake News by Dr. Sander van der Linden, as featured on NPR's Science Friday.
Report: Nebraska Criminals Who Complete Probation Less than Half as Likely to Repeat Crimes than Those Sent to Prison by Dr. Rich Wiener, as featured in the Omaha World Herald.
Change is a constant. Here's what we should all know about it. By Dr. Linda Silka, as featured in the Bangor Daily News.
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