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SPSSI Policy Update - March 2017


Save the Date for SPSSI's Policy Workshop in Albuquerque on June 22, 2017: As in past years, SPSSI will be hosting a one-day Policy Workshop that will take place the day before the start of the SPSSI Conference in Albuquerque. This year’s SPSSI Policy Workshop will focus on the theme of creating and fostering collaborations in policy-relevant work. In this workshop, presentations, panels, and breakout activities will focus on the different ways in which students and scholars can create and foster collaborations not just across research/issue areas of interest, but also across different kinds of communities and policy settings, types of stakeholders (e.g., researchers, clinicians, community activists, civil servants), and generations of investigators (e.g., graduate students, early-career scholars, mid-career scholars, senior scholars). Registration is $25 for students and $50 for non-students.

Dr. Luis Rivera Briefs Capitol Hill Staffers on Health Disparities Research: On March 6, 2017, SPSSI member and Representative to APA Council Dr. Luis Rivera gave a Congressional Seminar on Capitol Hill entitled, "Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Physical and Mental Health: Insights from Psychological Science." The event was attended by 70 professionals from a variety of offices and organizations, including House and Senate personal offices, House committees, federal agencies, associations, and nonprofits.

March 29, 2017 Webinar On the Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change Featuring SPSSI's Immediate Past President Dr. Susan Clayton: Join ecoAmerica on March 29 from 3-4 pm Eastern for a webinar to release the new research report, Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance. The webinar will feature contributions from Dr. Susan Clayton (co-author of the report) and Dr. Howard Kurtzman (acting executive director of the APA's Science Directorate). 

Proposals Due May 1, 2017 for SPSSI Local- and State-Level Policy Work Grants: SPSSI is pleased to invite proposals for grants to local- and state-level research/policy groups. SPSSI will fund up to three groups, at up to $2000 each, for this spring award cycle. This initiative has three goals: 1) to influence policy at the local and state levels through applied research, 2) to increase the availability of policy opportunities for SPSSI members who are interested in applied research, and 3) to encourage younger scholars to become more involved in SPSSI. 

April 20, 2017 Webinar and Workshop on "Evaluation 101 for Human Rights Organizations: Insights Into How Change Comes About and How to Measure It": Join the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Human Rights Coalition (of which SPSSI is a member) for this webinar which is being organized by SPSSI Fellow Dr. Oliver Moles. Webinar attendees will learn about: 1) the purposes of evaluation - how it is useful to human rights specialists, 2) project theory frameworks - how we think change comes about, and 3) meaningful and feasible measures of change in a human rights context. 


President's Budget Proposal Released: On March 16, 2017, the Administration released preliminary, high-level details of its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request, referred to as a "skinny budget." Full budget details are expected sometime in May. It is important to note that the President's budget is just one step in the annual appropriations process. Congress still holds the power of the purse. Many, if not most, of the proposals in the President's budget will be dead on arrival in Congress.

The New Congress Introduces a Number of Bills and Resolutions Focusing on Social Issues, Scientific Research: 

The New President and Administration Issue a Number of Actions Focusing on Social Issues:

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down NRA-Backed Gag Rule on Doctors Discussing Guns


UN Seeks Input on Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Submission Deadline is April 7, 2017

Call for Workshop Submissions and Paper Proposals for the International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE): Submission Deadline is April 30, 2017

Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program - Submission Deadline is July 1, 2017

UN Urges US to Adopt Consulting Practices For Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

U.S. State Department Transmits Human Rights Country Reports to Congress

Pesticides are “Global Human Rights Concern”, Say UN Experts Urging New Treaty

UN Commission Says Aleppo Aerial Campaign Violated International Law 

UN Expert Details Relationship Between Human Rights & Biodiversity 

On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS Releases New Report 


The Social Scientific Case Against a Muslim Ban (a New York Times op-ed by SPSSI Members Drs. Sarah Lyons-Padilla and Michele J. Gelfand)

Why Social Science? Because We Need to Understand What Will Motivate People to Take Action (Why Social Science? blog)

The Law’s Emotion Problem (The New York Times)

Special Package: The Path of Evidence (a special section in Science Magazine on how evidence is used in policymaking)

Why Social Science? Because Small Tweaks to Behavior Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death (by Lisa Sage of SPSP on the Why Social Science? blog)


Call for Nominations: Committee Members to Participate in a National Academies Consensus Study on Promoting Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development among Children and Youth - Nominations Due by March 31, 2017

2017 Science and Human Rights Coalition’s Student Essay Competition and Digital Media Competition – Submission Deadline is April 30, 2017

The New America Foundation’s Millennial Public Policy Fellowship Program – Application Deadline is April 3, 2017

NIH Funding Opportunity: Secondary Data Analyses to Explore NIMH Research Domain Criteria (R03) - Earliest Submission Date: May 16, 2017 

NIH Funding Opportunities: Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-, Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes

Funding Opportunity: USDA Awards $500,000 through New Behavioral Science Grant Program


Senior Program Officer - Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, National Academies

Director of STEM Policy - Afterschool Alliance

Staff Scientist, Sr. Behavioral Science - The Scripps Research Institute


Archived Webinar Now Available: "Social Science in the Age of Trump: What We'd Like to See"

Recorded Videos Now Available: AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition January 2017 Meeting on the Right to Water

New National Academies Report on "Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide"

New National Academies Report on "Innovations in Federal Statistics: Combining Data Sources While Protecting Privacy"

Watch the Recorded National Academies Webcast of the "Summit on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security"

Cheaper, Faster Randomized Evaluations: Administrative Data Catalog Released by J-PAL North America

New National Academies Report and Archived Webcast on "Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures" 

New Resource: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change

New Report from the Williams Institute of the UCLA School of Law Highlights Best Practices for Data Collection on Gender Minorities