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SPSSI Contributes to Report on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Psychology Education and Training, 2020

Published in September of 2020, this report synthesizes concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on psychology education and training, with a particular focus on how COVID-19 might widen inequalities within higher education. Various APA divisions and affiliates contributed to this report, including SPSSI. 

SPSSI Thanks Chairwoman Johnson for Leadership on Addressing Racism in STEM, 2020

On September 1 of 2020, 80 scientific organizations, including SPSSI, issued a letter to the Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, to thank her for her leadership in calling for the United States to confront inequities in the scientific enterprise that have prevented full participation of racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in STEM.

SPSSI Endorses Statement Submitted to United Nations on COVID-19 Recovery, 2020

In May of 2020, SPSSI signed on to a statement submitted by the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship  with the United Nations (CoNGO) entitled "COVID-19: Building Back Better." In the 2-page statement, 130+ NGOs "call on the 193 UN Member States to renew their commitment to the UN and to turn this international crisis into an opportunity, using it as a starting point to rebuild economies that are inclusive, and based on sustainable production and consumption."

SPSSI and Partner Organizations Voice Support for Transgender Rights, 2018

In October of 2018, a leaked memo suggested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sought to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance. According to the memo, key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” In response to the memo, SPSSI partnered with GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality) and a number of other organizations to issue an open letter. The letter condemns the suggested policy change and explains why such a definition of sex/gender would a) be inaccurate and b) threaten the rights of many people. 

SPSSI Joins Other Societies in Responding to NIH Clinical Trial Policy, 2018

In October of 2018, SPSSI joined with many other scientific organizations in writing to the Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to express concern about basic human research being divided into "clinical trial" and "non-clinical trial" categories. The letter calls for NIH to create a registration and reporting system that is appropriately tailored to basic science.

SPSSI Reaffirms its Longstanding Opposition to Torture, 2018

In advance of the August 2018 meeting of the APA Council of Representatives, SPSSI issued a statement reaffirming its longstanding opposition to torture and longstanding commitment to human rights. SPSSI articulated that it does not believe that either the science or ethics supports re-engaging psychologists in settings where persons are held outside of, or in violation of, either International Law or the U.S. Constitution, regardless of whether they are working for detainees or military personnel.

SPSSI Adds its Name to a Joint Public Statement by Psychology Groups on U.S. Immigration Policies and Practices, 2018

In July of 2018, SPSSI joined with APA Division 45 (the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and other APA Divisions in strongly standing against any policy that criminalizes parents fleeing poverty, violence, and political persecution in search of a safe and better life for their children and that is more frequently resulting in immoral “zero-tolerance” practices.

SPSSI Voices Strong Support for Policies and Practices that Keep Families Together, 2018

In June of 2018, SPSSI issued a public statement condemning the forcible separation of thousands of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border by the U.S. Federal Government. Drawing from research findings on the harmful and long-lasting effects of forcible family separation, SPSSI articulated that it is our responsibility as a society to ensure that the practice of separating immigrant families at the border never returns. This statement was based on a longer piece written by SPSSI's Virtual Special Issue Editor Masi Noor, Ph.D.

SPSSI Issues Public Comment on Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, 2018

In February of 2018, SPSSI submitted a public comment on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. The comment focuses on the importance of preserving U.S. federal student aid programs, including grants, loans, Work-Study, income-driven repayment plans, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. 

SPSSI Joins Statement Condemning Ongoing Persecution of Turkish Colleagues, 2018

In February of 2018, SPSSI joined with the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), and other social science associations, in expressing deep concern about current threats to academic freedom in Turkey for signatories of the 2016 "Peace Petition." The statement calls on Turkish authorities to immediately stop legal proceedings against signatories and to reinstate academics to their university positions. 

SPSSI Commends Senators for Introducing and Advocating for Joint Resolution Condemning White Supremacists and Hate-Based Violence, 2017

In September of 2017, SPSSI commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. Senators who introduced and advocated for the passage of a Joint Resolution which condemns the violence perpetuated in Charlottesville, VA by white supremacists and other hate groups; rejects white supremacy and other hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define Americans; and urges the Executive Branch to use all available resources to investigate and prosecute acts of hate-based violence and domestic terrorism, improve the collection and reporting of hate crimes, and speak out against hate groups and the messages they seek to advance.  

SPSSI Joins Coalition in Calling for APA Board of Educational Affairs to Develop Guidelines for Addressing Psychology Programs at Non-affirming Faith-based Colleges and Universities, 2017

In August of 2017, SPSSI joined other psychology stakeholder groups in calling for the Board of Educational Affairs at the American Psychological Association to develop guidelines addressing concerns about psychology programs at non-affirming faith-based colleges and universities that, due to religious convictions, explicitly or tacitly discriminate against students, faculty, and staff on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or religion.

SPSSI Responds to the U.S. President's Executive Order on Refugees, Visitors from Select Countries, 2017

SPSSI issued a statement of its own and added its name to several sign-on letters in response to this executive order. The statement by SPSSI was drafted by SPSSI UN/NGO Committee Member David Livert, Ph.D., and SPSSI UN/NGO Committee Interns Michelle Herrera, Ph.D. student, and Gina Roussos, Ph.D. student, in collaboration with SPSSI UN/NGO Committee Member Corann Okorodudu, Ph.D., SPSSI Policy Committee Chair Linda Silka, Ph.D., and SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll, M.S.

SPSSI Joins Other Scientific Associations in Calling for Academic Freedom in Turkey, 2016

In July of 2016, SPSSI joined the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and other societies in calling for Turkey to uphold the human rights of the scientific community, including the freedom to think independently and innovatively, and the freedom to engage with scientists around the world. 

SPSSI Urges Lawmakers to Support Federally Funded Research on Gun Violence in Light of Pulse Nightclub Shootings, 2016

In light of the Pulse nightclub shootings of June 2016, SPSSI leadership urged national lawmakers to reinvest in federally funded gun violence research, including within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This letter was authored by SPSSI member Dr. Arie Kruglanski, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland-College Park, in collaboration with SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll. 

SPSSI Calls on the UN to Elect a Woman as the Next UN Secretary-General, 2016

In an open letter addressed to Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), SPSSI's leaders stated that "Now is the time to choose a woman as Secretary-General." 

SPSSI Urges Tennessee Leaders to Support State University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, 2016

In May of 2016, the Tennessee General Assembly voted to reallocate all funds in the budget of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for fiscal year 2016-17, and banned the university from spending state funds to carry out a number of programs organized by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The Governor allowed the bill to become law. In an open letter, SPSSI leaders urged Tennessee policymakers to reconsider their decision. This letter was authored in collaboration with SPSSI member Dr. Kim A. Case, a UTK alumna. 

SPSSI Issues Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule, 2016

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects or the “Common Rule” was published in 1991 and codified in separate regulations by 15 Federal departments and agencies. In 2015, the Federal government announced proposed revisions to the Common Rule. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register, seeking comment. In January of 2016, SPSSI leadership issued a comment on behalf of the organization, articulating that, “As scientists, we share the desire to reduce delay or burdens associated with research administration to facilitate promising research that offers considerable benefits for society at large. As professionals who conduct research on issues of human rights and social justice, we share concerns to provide better protection of human subjects.” The public comment identifies proposed revisions that improve on the 1991 regulations and also identifies areas where the proposed revisions might be improved. 


Research Summary on Media Violence, 2014 (Executive Summary) (Bibliography)

Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2014 signator

Statement on Climate Change, 2010

Statement on Unemployment, 2010

Statement on Interrogation and Torture, 2006

Statement on the Death Penalty, 2001

Seville Statement on Violence: Psychologists' Manifesto, 1987 endorsement

Graduate Record Exam-Educational Testing Service, 1970

American Indifference to Atrocities on Our Side, 1966

A Statement of Psychological Aspects of Foreign Policy, 1964

Re-Training & Education Programs, 1963

Treaty Banning Tests of Nuclear Weapons, 1963

Validity of Instrument Used to Predict Delinquency in Early Life, 1960

Academic privacy (Unofficial), 1956

On the Relation of Investigating Committees to Academic and Scientific Freedom, 1954

Psychology and Atomic Energy, 1946

Human Nature and Peace: Statement by Psychologists, 1945

The Races of Mankind, 1944

Race as a Determinant of Psychological Characteristics, 1938

Radio Programming and Mind Reading, 1938

Armistice-Day Statement, 1938

Other statements of interest