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SPSSI's December Policy Update

SPSSI Policy Update


Apply Now: SPSSI's James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship - Applications Due February 1, 2019The Marshall Fellow spends one year in Washington (September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020) learning about the policymaking process firsthand through a congressional office placement. This opportunity is open to postdoctoral scientists from any discipline relevant to the psychological study of social issues, in addition to current doctoral students who will obtain a PhD or PsyD before the start of the fellowship.

Opportunity to Participate in SPSSI'S 2019 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. SPSSI will be organizing an advocacy day to coincide with the winter meeting of SPSSI's Council in Washington, DC. Our topic this year is "promoting the human rights of scientists, scholars, and students around the world." The advocacy day will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019, with participants attending a training at SPSSI's Capitol Hill office in the morning and then visiting with the offices of their lawmakers in the afternoon. Registration is free, although there are a limited number of spaces. If you are able to be in Washington on Thursday, January 31, 2019, please consider joining us. Email SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll to express your interest in this event. 

Mark Your Calendar: SPSSI to Begin Accepting Applications for the 2019 Dalmas A. Taylor Summer Minority Policy Fellowship in Early January of 2019. Administered in conjunction with APA and the APA Minority Fellowship Program, this fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduate student of color to work on public policy issues in Washington, DC. The fellowship also includes participation at the 2019 SPSSI Conference in San Diego. Applications will be due March 1, 2019. 

Seeking Comments on Proposed Revisions to the APA Race and Ethnicity Guidelines - Comments Due February 3, 2019. From Kim Case, SPSSI Representative to APA Council of Representatives: "We need SPSSI voices to weigh in on this in terms of what works well and what needs more work." The guidelines are divided into four major categories: fundamental guidelines, education and training guidelines, practice guidelines, and research guidelines, creating a comprehensive guide to race and ethnicity in psychology. APA is seeking feedback on the content of the rationale and application sections of each guideline. In addition, they are seeking overall feedback on readability of the entire document.

Comments Invited on Proposed Regulations Related to Implementation of Title IX. Inform APA’s comments with research or information pertaining to Title IX implementation as related to campus sexual assault and the proposed regulatory changes. Individuals and divisions are welcome to submit their own comments as well. Submissions to APA’s Government Relations should be received by Jan. 11, 2019. Final comments are due to the Department of Education on or before Jan. 28, 2019. 

APA's Congressional FellowshipJacquelin Goldman Congressional Fellowship, and Executive Branch Science Fellowship – Applications due January 6, 2019


Watchdog Group Investigates Federal Loan Forgiveness Program for Public Servants (Washington Post)

President Signs Farm Bill, Directs USDA to Expand Work Requirements on Food Stamps (ABC News)

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Reauthorized (The Chronicle of Social Change)

The First Step Act, a Prison and Sentencing Reform Bill with Strong Bipartisan Support, is Signed into Law (The Guardian)

...Outside of the U.S.:

Mexico’s New President Restarts Investigation Into 43 Missing Students (The New York Times)

Prominent Uyghur Language Researcher Disappears, Feared in China’s Re-education Camps (Radio Free Asia)

More than 160 Governments, But Not the U.S., Adopt UN Global Compact for Migration (UN News)

Human Rights Groups Sign Letter to Google CEO to End Search-Engine Project in China (Human Rights Watch)


From the National Academies: Gulf Research Program’s Science Policy Fellowship – Applications Due March 6, 2019

From the National Academies: Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship – Applications Due Feb 20, 2019

Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences – Applications due January 11, 2019

The Hopi Foundation's Barbara Chester Award for Outstanding Clinicians/Practitioners Who Treat Victims of Torture, Their Families, and Communities – Nominations Due February 1, 2019

Call for Articles: Special Issue on Ethics and Displacement in Forced Migration Review – Submissions Due February 18, 2019

Call for Papers: The 2018-2019 Working Paper Series of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice 


Enrollment Now Complete for NIH's Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study – Scientists Will Have Access to Baseline Data from All Study Participants in Early 2019

Newly Released: NSF Companion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research

NIH Releases Data Book Update

Newly Released - Gulf War and Health: Volume 11: Generational Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War (National Academies)

Why Don’t More Bills with Broad Popular Support Become Laws? (

Tipping Point: A Majority of States Abandon Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Children (Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth)

The Newest Jim Crow: Recent Criminal Justice Reforms Contain the Seeds of a Frightening System of “e-carceration” (The New York Times)

Qualification Recognition is Crucial to Refugee Integration: Credential Verification Would Allow Refugees to Access Education and the Labor Market (Times Higher Education)