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

We are so excited SPSSI’s Summer Conference is taking place June 24-26, 2022 in San Juan, Puerto Rico!  Join us as we share great presentations, participate in networking opportunities, and celebrate being together again.  This year’s theme is:

Reenergizing Ourselves and Our Communities: Connections Across Borders and Barriers

Revitalizándonos y Nuestras Comunidades: Conexiones a través de Fronteras y Barreras  

Our communities have sustained us through times of upheaval, uncertainty, and change. Recent local and global challenges have brought forth connections to new resources and technologies as well as fatigue. This year, we invite you to reenergize in community with one another. Through reconnection, we can network and support the social issues work that define our careers as well as leverage the lessons we have learned to spark new ideas and connect. It will also provide a platform to learn about global knowledge and actions to promote informed social justice action. Our setting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, embodies the spirit of community, resiliency and resistance, and recursive local-global focus on barriers to justice. We invite contributions that speak to how we can create and sustain personal and community action towards building a more equitable society. 

Call for Conference Submissions:  Deadline Extended!

The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 24, 2022.  If you have questions about the SPSSI Conference, submission process, or need help with translating the submission form, please email Presentations submitted in Spanish will be considered. Opción de traducción: ¿Prefieres leer esta página o nuestras páginas de registro en español? El navegador recomendado para envíos es Google Chrome y Google Translate. Si tiene preguntas relacionadas con sus presentaciones, comuníquese con nuestros organizadores: Se considerarán las presentaciones enviadas en español.

Submission Types

  • 15-MINUTE PRESENTATIONS: Individual proposals may be submitted as 15-Minute Presentations. These short presentations will be grouped with 2-3 other submissions of similar topic. Proposals must include a title (10-word max), a summary (200-word max), and contact information for all authors.
  • POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Individual proposals may be submitted as Posters. Proposals must include a title (10-word max), a summary (200-word max), and contact information for all authors.
  • INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS (1 hour): In this format, presenters give briefs remarks and facilitate an interactive discussion on a topic relevant to the conference theme. Proposals must include a title (10-word max), a summary (200-word max), and contact information for all presenters.
  • SYMPOSIUM (90 minutes): Symposium presentations include 3 to 4 talks on a common topic. Proposals must include a symposium title (10-word max), a summary of the symposium theme (200-word max), titles (10-word max) and summaries (200-word max) of each participant’s work, and contact information for all presenters.

2022 Summer Conference Safety Considerations

Please note guidelines are subject to change.  Check and the below resources frequently for updates.

SPSSI is committed to creating a safe space for in-person events with our top priority being the safety and well-being of attendees, speakers, and staff. Therefore, we will implement COVID-19 health and safety practices as issued by local and state authorities, including the event venue, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For the safety and comfort of all, SPSSI is requiring that all summer conference attendees provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of our conference registration process. This will be in addition to the requirements listed on the links below to both visit the island and enter the resort or convene in shared spaces.  Masks are required indoors in this year’s conference space and at all outdoor activities of 50 attendees or more.  Please be sure to check our main conference page and the below links frequently as requirements are subject to change.

The Puerto Rico Health Department and Discover Puerto Rico have posted travel guidelines on their website for visiting the island. This includes completing a Travel Declaration Form through the online portal. Those on domestic flights will be required to either upload an official vaccination card or provide evidence of a negative molecular or antigen test for COVID-19 performed within the 48-hour period prior to arrival to Puerto Rico. For those traveling internationally, please refer to the travel guidelines as those protocols differ from those traveling domestically. Fully vaccinated travelers will be asked to present their vaccination card or must present a negative COVID-19 PCR molecular or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours. All guests must also complete a Lodging Travel Declaration and Contact Tracing Form.

The meeting is being held at the Royal Sonesta San Juan, and they also have posted their own protocols for entering the venue. If you plan to stay in the meeting hotel, please note, a negative COVID-19 test that is from no more than 3 days prior to your travel date must be provided at check-in or proof of being fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, they will be unable to provide you with a guest room if you are unable to provide negative results.

2022 Conference Program Chairs:



Dr. Eduardo A. Lugo Hernández
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Dr. Kala J.Melchiori
James Madison University


Dr. Souhail M. Malavé Rivera
University of Puerto Rico,
Medical Sciences Campus



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.