The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



SPSSI's 2018 Summer Conference

Bridges to Justice: Building Coalitions and Collaborations Within and Beyond Psychology

June 29-July 1, 2018 | Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

Known as “The City of Bridges,” Pittsburgh, PA, is unrivaled in its use of art, science, and industry to create a cohesive community. Through the installation of over 400 bridges, the first of which opened in 1818, Pittsburgh grew from a shattered series of hills, planes, and ravines, to a thriving, multicultural metropolis. Inspired by its host city, the 2018 SPSSI conference aims to shed light on and facilitate community building to overcome the varied and interlocking barriers to social justice we face today.

Racism, sexism, heterosexism, xenophobia, classism, ableism, and ageism, are mutually-reinforcing oppressions, linked in both our institutions and social consciousness. To overcome these oppressions, psychologists working towards social justice must creatively collaborate across sub-disciplines, leveraging the complementary strengths of social, developmental, community, cognitive, clinical, and applied perspectives. Psychologists working on social problems must also actively build bridges with policy makers and community organizations to center and translate their work for the public good. Given the global rise in attacks on human rights and active efforts to divide people with different social identities, the 2018 SPSSI conference theme of building bridges is meant to celebrate, inspire, and support the creation of coalitions and collaborations within and beyond psychology--as what one cannot do, many can accomplish.

Conference Co-Chairs
Asia Eaton, 
Florida International University
Jason Lawrence, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Online registration is now closed. New registrations will be accepted on-site beginning June 28.

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Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

We have a limited number of rooms available at the group rate. Rooms are based on availability and the rate is only guaranteed until May 31st.. Click here to book your reservation or call (412) 471-4000. To see if there are any graduate student rooms available please call (412) 471-4000.

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.


Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin