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SPSSI Policy Update - April 2017


Congressional Seminar on Criminal Justice Reform and Justice Reinvestment: In this April 2017 briefing, Dr. Rich Wiener and Judge John Colborn used the example of Nebraska to talk about how policy initiatives can spur advances in risk assessment, evidence-based practices, and lower recidivism rates among convicted offenders and probationers. Their collaborative work highlighted one way in which researchers and policymakers can work together to inform and improve criminal justice systems.

Register Now: SPSSI Methodology Webinar - An Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 3 pm EDT (12 pm PDT): Long considered the gold standard for research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses form the basis for many practitioners' and policymakers' decisions. In this one-hour webinar organized by the SPSSI Graduate Student Committee, Robert Marx of Vanderbilt University will provide an introduction to conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis, walking participants through the search, screening, and coding processes.

Register Now: SPSSI's Policy Workshop in Albuquerque on June 22, 2017: In this year's workshop, presentations, panel discussions, 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.

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. 

Call for New SPSSI UN/NGO Representatives and Interns: SPSSI is now accepting applications for the SPSSI UN/NGO Committee, which advises the United Nations on a range of social issues. Representatives and Interns must live in or near New York City so that they can travel one or more times each month to UN Headquarters in Manhattan. 

Watch Now: Recorded Webcast of SPSSI Co-Sponsored Psychology Day at the United Nations: The theme of this year's annual event was“Promoting Well-being in the 21st Century: Psychological Contributions for Social, Economic, and Environmental Challenges.”

Watch Now: Recorded SPSSI Webinar on "Science, Policy, and Controversy": On April 19, 2017, the SPSSI Graduate Student Committee hosted its first policy-focused webinar, which featured a presentation by Dr. Daniel Hicks, a philosopher and Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. 

SPSSI Marched for Science: Scientists and science lovers in 600 cities Marched for Science on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and SPSSI was there. Initial reports from our members indicate that SPSSI members marched in 35 cities in the United States and internationally. We want to hear about it! Email us your pictures and tell us a little about the experience. If you did not get a chance to respond to our earlier March for Science survey, tell us where you marched on Saturday.


Trump Administration Announces Details of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget

Four Senate Democrats Voted for Law Expanding Gun Access to Those with Severe Mental Illness

Nevada is First State Since 1978 to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment 

Proposed Legislation Would Allow States to Drug Test Anybody Claiming Unemployment Insurance or Food Stamps


Fellowship Opportunity in Mali: Early Warning Project Fellowship Program, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide - Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Register Now for a Workshop on "Policy Impact of Knowledge and Knowledge Organizations: From Understanding Impact Towards Measuring It" – June 20, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium

Materials Now Available: European Commission-Sponsored Workshop Focusing on the Professional Skills Needed in Organizations Working at the Evidence-Policy Interface

New Series on OpenDemocracy: “Resilience as Resistance: Mental Health and Well-being in Human Rights”

Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program - November 5-17, 2017 in Orvieto, Italy - Applications Due July 1, 2017


National Academy of Sciences Soliciting Proposals for Two $37,500 Awards to Support the Formation and Development of Collaborative Science Communication Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships - Applications Due June 1, 2017

Apply for the 2017 NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute – Applications Due May 12, 2017 

Call for White Papers from the National Academy of Sciences: A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security - Responses Due June 12, 2017

National Science Foundation Requests Recommendations for Membership on Directorate and Office
Advisory Committees

2018 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards: RFA RM-17-005 – Applications Due September 1, 2017

2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards: RFA RM-17-006 – Applications Due September 8, 2017

2018 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards: RFA RM-17-007 – Applications Due September 15, 2017

2018 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards: RFA RM-17-008 – Applications Due September 22, 2017

NIH Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01) Awards: Reissue of PAR-11-314 - Three Review Cycles Per Year

NICHD Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21): PA-17-259 - Applications Due May 16, 2017

Request for Information: Development of the FY 2019 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research - Responses Due May 15, 2017

Labor Department Announces Availability of $66 Million in Grants to Improve Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals

Save the Date: 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (Sponsored by AcademyHealth and NIH) - December 4-6, 2017

USDA Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (supports work on, for example, climate change mitigation and adaptation, workforce modernization) - Applications Due June 8, 2017


Recorded Webinar: Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance (Featuring Dr. Susan Clayton, the Immediate Past President of SPSSI)

Recorded Webinar: Evaluation 101 for Human Rights Organizations: Insights into How Change Comes About and How to Measure It

Upcoming Webinar: Evaluation 101 for Human Rights Organizations, Part 2: Designing Evaluation Studies – May 15, 2017 at 2 pm EDT

Watch the Webstream: NIH Inclusion Across the Lifespan Workshop - June 1-2, 2017

Upcoming Webcast: A Public Workshop on Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Hosted by the National Academy of Sciences - June 8-9, 2017

Now Available: Resources Related to Congressional Briefing Highlighting the Importance of Social and Behavioral Sciences Featuring Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Alvin Roth

Discussion Paper: Science and Federal Environmental Decisions: A Survey of Interactions, Successes, and Difficulties

Why Social Science? Because Social Science is Necessary to Achieve Health Equity (

Why Social Science? Because It Is in the National Interest, Both in Interdisciplinary Work and on Its Own (