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SPSSI Conferences SPSSI's 2021 Virtual Conference:  August 2-5, 2021.

Changing the System: Social Research and Action to Reshape the World We Live in

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This year has thrown a harsh spotlight on the systemic factors that shape our ostensibly individual behaviors and outcomes. Choices around work, leisure, childcare, travel, and relationships have been forcibly adapted to new pressures or revealed new aspects of themselves against a starkly different background. Social psychology and its related disciplines are well versed in the systems that affect us all, whether based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or a number of other factors. Perhaps the silver lining of exposing the fragility of our current systems is the reminder of their malleability and of our power to reshape them. This year’s SPSSI Conference invited contributions that focus on changes to these systems, methods of implementing them, and the possible consequences of these changes. Across a variety of approaches—traditionally empirical, policy-based, critical, etc.—we welcomed contributions that boldly reframe not only the solutions to contemporary social issues, but even our understanding of what those issues may be.  

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Download both the Agenda At A Glance and the Conference Meeting Guide here:


Conference Highlights:

(Left to right: Dr. Keon West, Dr. Linda Silka, Jeryl D. Hayes, JD, LL.M., Lisa Brunner)

  • Presidential Address with Dr. Keon WestAsking the Right Questions 
  • Special Interactive Session with Incoming President Dr. Linda Silka entitled, SPSSI: Using Our Past and Looking to Our Future 
  • Invited Keynote with Jeryl Hayes, JD, L.L.M.: At the Intersection of Justice: Using Reproductive Justice as a Model for Social Change
  • New! Invited Keynote with Lisa Brunner: Be A Good Ancestor
  • Live session hosted by Teaching & Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs Danielle Dickens and Sahana MukherjeeResearch from SPSSI Teaching Award Honorees
  • Daily networking and social events sponsored by SPSSI Committees: Thank you to our Graduate Student Committee, Early Career Scholars' Committee, Internationalization and Diversity committees for hosting these events!  We hope to see you there.
  • Now Available!: Download the Conference Meeting Guide to view tips for navigating the platform, agenda at a glance, session information, and more! Want a quick and handy printable agenda? Download our agenda at a glance!


On 8.5. SPSSI celebrated 85!  on the final day of our conference there was a special screening of the very first public release of our short film "Celebrating 85 Years of SPSSI."  The session took place August 5th 4:00-4:30pm EDT.  The screening was followed by a live Q&A with our featured scholars and Past Presidents, Dr. James Jones and Dr. Michele Wittig.  Click here to learn more about the film.



This year's virtual conference featured:


  • Interactive Discussions:  Daily live, interactive, small group discussions. 

  • Keynote Sessions:  These sessions highlighted the intersections between psychology and policy, spotlighting individuals’ specific contributions in these fields.  Watch this year's Presidential Address by Dr. Keon West.
  • On-Demand Sessions including 15-Minute, Poster, and Symposium Presentations and Access for the Remainder of the Year:  Each day of the conference, new sessions were released! Registrants have complete access to submitted conference sessions until December 31, 2021.
  • Networking Opportunities:  One of the benefits of every SPSSI Conference is being able to network with attendees and presenters, and this year was no different! There were plenty of opportunities to connect by joining a networking room, engaging  in an interactive discussion, or speaking via video or private chat.
  • SPSSI’s 85th Anniversary Celebration!  This 8/5 we'll celebrated 85 years of SPSSI!  There was a live, interactive discussion with President-Elect, Dr. Linda Silka, the very first public release and screening of a historical SPSSI short film, live Q&A, and live trivia!  How much do you know about SPSSI's history?  Learn more today.  

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2021 Conference Rates Information Page

We understand this is a challenging time for so many.  Hardship requests and waivers will certainly be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

2021 Conference Program Chairs:

Dr. Alaina Brenick
 University of Connecticut

Dr. Andrea Miller
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Dr. Roxanne Moadel-Attie
U.S. Census Bureau


We hope to see you in Puerto Rico in 2022!  Save the date!

Past SPSSI Conferences:

SPSSI presents special programming each year at the APA Convention as well. Find more information here.

We are also proud to join with the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP) and with the Society of Australian Social Psychologists (SASP) to co-sponsor small joint meetings on selected topics.