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Call for Experts

Call for Reviewers: Special Projects Applications

Dear SPSSI Member,

SPSSI is seeking individuals with expertise in research methods within any of the areas listed below, and experience in grant writing and reviewing to serve as reviewers for SPSSI’s first Special Projects RFA proposals. (You can see a copy of the RFA by going to     

If you are willing to participate in this important SPSSI initiative, please fill out the form provided at the end of this memo.  Proposals are about 20 pages in length and you will be provided with a template for the review.  We anticipate that each review will not take more than 30-45 minutes.  If you are willing to serve as a reviewer, we will send the proposals to you electronically.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Content Areas/ Expertise Needed:

Research design, data analysis, and evaluation
Translation of research for dissemination and public policy
Health care, health disparities, and health policy
Policy curriculum development, evaluation and dissemination
GLBT health care, violence, same sex marriage
Sexual violence
Veterans and mental health
Social justice
School-based interventions and evaluation
Ethnic/Racial diversity and access to care, education, acculturation
Reviewer Volunteer Form:

Areas of Expertise:
Contact Information:
Send your responses as soon as possible to  


Sally A. Shumaker, Ph.D.

Call for Volunteer Psychologists

AAAS Science and Human Rights Program “On-call” Scientists Program Seeks Volunteer Psychologists for Specific Assignment

The following alert was forwarded to SPSSI by our colleagues at AAAS:

Dear Colleagues:
On behalf of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program (SHRP), I am writing to introduce you to one of our newest initiatives and to request your assistance in identifying volunteer psychologists.
In October 2008 we unveiled "On-call" Scientists, an SHRP initiative which aims to expand pro bono science in the service of human rights by connecting scientists, health professionals and engineers interested in volunteering their skills and knowledge with human rights organizations in need of scientific expertise.  Over 250 volunteers from around the world have signed-up, and requests for volunteers from human rights organizations are also starting to come in.  Indeed, we currently have one specific request for which volunteer psychologists are needed.
A highly-regarded human rights organization has submitted a request for board certified and state licensed psychologists to document evidence of torture and other abuse for men and women fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States.  This information may be submitted to the federal government in support of the asylees' application.  For these purposes, it would be particularly useful, though not imperative, for the volunteers to be able to speak French, Spanish and/or other foreign languages.
If you or someone you know is suitably qualified and would like to volunteer with our "On-call" Scientists program and/or contribute to the specific project outlined above, please complete a 'Become a Volunteer', available at:, or email us at
Yours sincerely,
Jessica Wyndham
Project Director

Call for Abstracts

The following alert was forwarded to SPSSI by a member of the organization:

Dear Colleague:

As more scholars from diverse disciplines in South Eastern Europe (SEE) engage themselves with issues of peace and conflict in this part of the world, the time is ripe for a volume that meets the needs of a growing number of scientists and practitioners in this region and elsewhere who identify themselves as peace psychologists.  No book is currently available that delineates the field of SEE peace psychology.
Our intention in this volume is to identify and map broader psychological dimensions of research, interventions, and pedagogies that bear on the pursuit of peace and social justice in the context of SEE.  We expect the volume to yield a coherent view of theory and practices from SEE perspectives that can guide future efforts in peace psychology scholarship and practice.

We, Olivera Simic and Zala Volcic, plan to edit a book on peace psychology in SEE, and we would like to invite you to submit an abstract for review.  We are especially encouraging original studies written by SEE, or in collaboration with SEE scholars/practitioners.

To clarify the domain of peace psychology in SEE, we include in this invitation packet, two papers for your reference, which define the theoretical  field of peace psychology:

Christie, D. J., Tint, B., Wagner, R.  V., & Winter, D. D. (2008).
Peace psychology for a peaceful world. American Psychologist, 63,  540-552.

Christie, D. J. (2006). What is peace psychology the  psychology of?
Journal of Social Issues, 62, 1-18.

We welcome scholarly manuscripts on a wide array of subjects concerning  peace; nonviolent conflict  resolution; reconciliation; and the causes, consequences, and prevention of war and other forms of destructive conflict.  These other forms of conflict may be within nations, communities, or families.  Possible topics may be:  Children, Families, and War; Ethnicity and Peace; Media and Peace; Feminism and Peace; Peace and  Education; Peace and Transitional Justice; Reconciliation, Public Policy and Action.  We would like to encourage a mixture of empirical, theoretical, clinical, and historical work, as well as policy analysis, case studies, interpretive essays.  Please keep in mind that while peace psychology encourages interdisciplinary perspectives, there should be an effort to relate your work to peace psychology, broadly ³defined by theory and practice aimed at the development of  patterns of behavior and cognition that prevent and mitigate both  episodic and structural forms of violence (Christie, 2006, p.  6).²

By September 24, 2009, we would like to receive all abstracts.  Please do not send us a full-text manuscript or a power point file.  All abstracts and manuscripts will go through a review process.  If your abstract is accepted, we would like to receive your full manuscript by June 15, 2010.  Daniel Christie (Ohio State University) edits the Springer book series, and will be advising us along the way.  There are twelve books in  print or in progress for the series, covering topics such as global conflict resolution, nonviolence, forgiveness  and reconciliation, peace psychology in Asia, cultures of peace, transitional  justice systems, youth violence, and liberation psychology.

Please contact the editors for an Author¹s Guide that gives specific instructions for preparing your abstract and chapter.

Kindly address all correspondence:

To: Olivera Simic and  Cc: Zala Volcic

Best regards,

Olivera Simic
LLM, MA,  Doctoral Candidate in Law
University of  Melbourne


Dr Zala Volcic
School of  Journalism and Communication, University of  Queensland

Help Needed!

The following alert was forwarded to SPSSI by our colleagues at AAAS:

Dear Colleagues,

We write to ask your assistance in identifying university and college syllabi on science and human rights from any and all disciplines (eg health, engineering, anthropology).
With the permission of their authors, these syllabi will be posted online as part of a database of science and human rights resources being created by the Education and Information Resources working group of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition.

Examples of the types of syllabi we seek include:  Health and Human Rights, Anthropology and Human Rights, Science in the Service of Human Rights.
We look forward to receiving your syllabi and suggestions for inclusion.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards,
SHRP Staff
Science and Human Rights Program
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005 USA
Ph +1 202 326 6796
Fax +1 202 289 4950

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