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SPSSI Policy Update February 2017


SPSSI Responds to the U.S. President's Executive Order on Refugees: On February 8, 2017, SPSSI issued a statement regarding the U.S. President's recent executive order on refugees. SPSSI also signed on to two other letters--one from the scientific and academic community, and one from the UN Committee on Migration--urging policymakers to rescind or repeal the order. 

Applications for Dalmas A. Taylor  Summer Minority Policy Fellowship due by March 1, 2017: This fellowship entails an 8-12 week placement that will be shared between SPSSI and APA's Public Interest Directorate in Washington, DC during the summer of 2017. Applicants must be members of an ethnic minority group. The fellow receives a $3,000 stipend, paid travel expenses, and up to $1,500 for living expenses. 

Summer Policy Workshop & Advocacy Day: Registration Opening Soon: SPSSI will be co-sponsoring a Policy Workshop and Advocacy Day August 1-2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The event will immediately precede the 2017 APA Convention in Washington. Registration fees are $25 for students and $50 for non-students. Travel awards will also be available. SPSSI will circulate an announcement as soon as registration opens. 

SPSSI's UN/NGO Committee Sponsors Mental Health Event at the United Nations: On February 2, 2017, SPSSI and the Psychology Coalition of NGOs Accredited at the United Nations sponsored an event entitled “Promoting Equal Access to Mental Health Resources for All Ages.” The event also marked the end of Dr. Yvonne Rafferty's 12 years of service on the committee. Thank you, Yvonne!

Call for Proposals: 2018 SPSSI-SASP Small Group Conference Meeting (North America): Proposals or letters of interest are due by May 15, 2017 for the 2018 meeting of the small group conference series jointly sponsored by SPSSI and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP). A total of $7,000 in support is available for the 2018 meeting. The purpose of this collaboration is to help strengthen links between the two organizations so that members of each may have opportunities to discuss research questions of mutual interest.

SPSSI Members in the News...

Social Science Builds Democracy by SPSSI President Dr. Chris Crandall, as featured on the Psychology Today blog.

Building an Immunity to Fake News by Dr. Sander van der Linden, as featured on NPR's Science Friday.

Report: Nebraska Criminals Who Complete Probation Less than Half as Likely to Repeat Crimes than Those Sent to Prison by Dr. Rich Wiener, as featured in the Omaha World Herald.

Change is a constant. Here's what we should all know about it. By Dr. Linda Silka, as featured in the Bangor Daily News.

Please share your news clips with Cyndi Lucas, SPSSI's Communications Director, at She will use them on SPSSI's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and share them with our members in the next Policy Update.

If you are contacted by media, contact Cyndi via email or phone for support. She can assist with responding to media requests, editing materials, or sharing media links through SPSSI's social media platforms. She can be reached by phone at 202-675-6956.

News in U.S. Policy...

HHS Announces Final Changes to Human Subjects Research Regulations

A Review of the 2015–2016 Congress, the Last Congress of the Obama Administration (

From APA: Here Comes a New Congress – What Can Psychology Expect?

New Publication from COSSA: Social and Behavioral Science Research: Ten Recommendations for the 45th President of the United States

New Website: AAAS Election Transition Information and Resources

And So Power Passes: What Next for Federal Role in Social Science? (

Brookings Institution Report: Direct and Indirect Benefits of Federally Funded Investments in University Research Programs

Senate Bill S. 54 Would Prevent the Creation of a Registry of Muslim Immigrants

Constitutional Amendment Introduced: Would Reapportion House Seats Based on Citizenship, Not Residency

Professor Smith Goes to Washington: In Response to the New President’s Stances on a Range of Issues, More Scientists are Preparing to Run for Political Office (The Atlantic)

News from the United Nations and Globally...

New UN Secretary General Urges Conflict Prevention to Promote Peace 

Behavioral Insights at the United Nations – Achieving Agenda 2030

UN Seeks Input on Impact of Overincarceration: Input due by March 1, 2017

Call for Humanitarian Research Concept Notes: Due by March 10, 2017

Call for Conference Proposals: Human Rights Research and Advocacy

Human Rights Watch Issues World Report 2017

Fellowships, Funding & Other Opportunities….

SBM Hosts NIH Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioral Research Training Course

Funding Opps: NIAAA: Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-, Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes (R21) (PA-17-132), (R03) (PA-17-134), (R01) (PA-17-135

Alliance for Integrative Approaches to Extreme Environmental Events Accepting Nominations for Steering Committee: Applications Due by February 28, 2017

Funding Opp: NIH's All of Us Research Program

Additional Resources of Interest....

Sanctuary Campus: Resistance and Protection Within and Beyond the University (

NSF Releases 2017 Report on Underrepresented Groups in Science and Engineering

New blog: Why Social Science?