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SPSSI's January/February Policy Update

SPSSI Policy Update


SPSSI Responds to U.S. Department of Education Regarding Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. SPSSI joined with 70+ other scientific societies in raising concerns about newly proposed amendments to the regulations that guide implementation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. In the letter, the signatories use research evidence to argue that such amendments will reinforce barriers created by sexual harassment and leave no one with a regulatory obligation to address sexual harassment. 


Apply Now: SPSSI's Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship - Applications Due March 1, 2019This fellowship is administered in conjunction with APA and the APA Minority Fellowship Program, and 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, which will be held on the second-to-last weekend of June in San Diego.

Register Now: Webinar on "Qualitative Research Methods and Ethics: Understanding Lived Experience" - February 8, 2019 from 3 - 4:15 pm Eastern. SPSSI and several other APA Divisions are co-sponsoring this webinar, which will introduce major approaches and strategies of research design, data collection, and analysis for understanding lived experience. The presenter, Frederick J. Wertz, PhD of Fordham University, will contextualize these approaches historically and philosophically and also address issues of working with marginalized and disempowered populations (for example, when interviewing immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers).

CODAPAR Call for Nominations - March 15, 2019 Deadline. SPSSI has been invited to submit one nomination for two Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2022 positions on CODAPAR, the Committee on Division/APA Relations. Nominees should be past division executive officers or active division leaders with significant governance experience, including committee and task force chairs. The committee is always open to early career psychologist candidates who meet the criteria. If you are interested in potentially being nominated by SPSSI, please contact SPSSI Executive Director Anila Balkissoon.

Apply Now: APA Seeks Chief Diversity Officer. The Chief Diversity Officer will lead a transformational agenda to infuse equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the work of APA. This position will report directly to the CEO, serve on the Executive Management Group, and work with APA’s Board of Directors and governance groups.


SPSSI to Host Op-Ed Writing Policy Workshop on June 20, 2019. The workshop will immediately precede the 2019 SPSSI Summer Conference in San Diego and is being organized by SPSSI's Policy Committee. Registration will open in late February.

SPSSI to Co-Host Second LGBTQ-Themed Pre-Convention Workshop on August 7, 2019. In partnership with several other APA Divisions, SPSSI will co-host a pre-convention workshop in Chicago to immediately precede the 2019 APA Convention. The workshop is tentatively titled "Toward a Thriving Generation: Using Research, Practice, and Policy to Promote LGBTQ Youth Health and Well-being" and will open for registration in mid-April of 2019.


The 115th Congress of the United States in Review (GovTrack Insider)

U.S. Supreme Court Leaves DACA Program in Place for Now (New York Times)

U.S. Cities Are Bracing for 2020 Census Chaos (CityLab)

New Administration in Brazil Creating Atmosphere of “Panic and Intimidation” in Higher Education Communities (Times Higher Education)

Japan's Supreme Court Upholds Law Effectively Requiring Transgender People be Sterilized Before Changing Gender on Official Documents (Associated Press)

Pakistan's Supreme Court Upholds Blasphemy Acquittal of Christian Woman (Reuters)

The Lessons, and the Costs, of Terrorism in Kenya (The Atlantic)

Report Says 1 in 3 United Nations Staffers Has Been Sexually Harassed (NPR)


National Institutes of Health (NIH) Requests Input on a Revised Definition for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research - Comments Due February 22, 2019

NIH's National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Requests Input on New Strategic Plan - Comments Due February 15, 2019

NIH Issues Notice to Encourage More Research into the Maintenance of Health Behavior Change

NIH Posts Guidance for Implementing the Revised Common Rule

NIH Launches New Protection of Human Subjects Website

New Fact Sheet from APA - Immigration Policy: A Psychological Perspective

More Science Than You Think is Retracted. Even More Should Be. (Washington Post Opinions)

Six Negotiation Lessons from the Brexit Disaster (Psychology Today)

In the #MeToo Age, APA Has New Guidelines for Psychologists Talking About Traditional Masculinity (ABC News)