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SPSSI's February Policy Update

SPSSI Policy Update


Pictures of SPSSI's 2020 Advocacy Day in Washington, DC

SPSSI takes to Capitol Hill to advocate for Native American women and communities. On January 30, 2020, 19 SPSSI Council members, other position holders, staff, interns, and allied professionals visited Capitol Hill to talk about the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The day began with a training led by SPSSI President Stephanie Fryberg, PhD and SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll. The group then split up in small groups to meet with the offices of 17 U.S. Representatives and 28 U.S. Senators across 13 states. Click here to download the policy brief. Click here to watch the issue/advocacy day training videos

Updates from Wuhan, China. SPSSI member Marci Lobel, PhD at Stony Brook University recently shared with SPSSI communications she received from a friend, Dr. Siyun Liu, who received her doctorate at Stony Brook and is now Professor of Psychology at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Dr. Liu's dean, Dr. Xiangen Hu, recently issued a public letter describing the widespread and severe psychological consequences of COVID-19 and the work of Chinese psychologists to meet the growing need for mental health services and reliable information. Please read Dr. Hu's letter and make use of your expertise to respond to what appears to be a growing mental health crisis, both in China and now around the world. Click here to email Dr. Hu directly.


Spend a summer on Capitol Hill as SPSSI's Taylor Fellow. The Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship is supported by SPSSI and administered in conjunction with APA and the APA Minority Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduate student of color to work on public policy issues in Washington, DC over the summer of 2020. Applications are due March 1, 2020. 

Join SPSSI for our 2020 Policy Workshop in Denver. SPSSI's annual policy workshop will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020. This year's theme is: Psychology, Law, and Public Policy: Examining the Relationships Among Psychology, Law, and Public Policy at the Local, National, and International Levels. Registration fees are $25 for students and $50 for non-students and cover the costs of breakfast, lunch, and materials. Register for this event when you register for SPSSI's 2020 Summer Conference in Denver. 

Watch SPSSI's next congressional seminar on Facebook Live. Join SPSSI on Friday, March 13, 2020 at noon for a congressional seminar on the topic of ageism featuring Sheri Levy, PhD of Stony Brook University. If you are in the DC area and are interested in attending this event in person, please contact Sarah Mancoll to RSVP. A recording of the event will also be posted to SPSSI's YouTube channel

Free webinar: Learn how to write for a policy audience. APA Division 15 (Educational Psychology) is sponsoring a webinar entitled: Writing for Policy: Know Your Audience, Message and Medium. The speaker is SPSSI's own Policy Director Sarah Mancoll. This one hour webinar will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 2-3 pm Eastern. Join us and learn the basics of writing policy briefs, public comments, op-eds, and more!


Coronavirus epidemic snarls science worldwide. According to Science magazine, COVID-19 is affecting researchers in many ways. The spread of the virus has upended plans for numerous scientific conferences. The National Science Foundation of China has postponed grant application deadlines by several weeks, giving researchers time to catch up. Online classes, which many universities and institutes have ramped up to keep students on schedule, are also keeping scientists busy. Click here to read a message from a SPSSI member in China who speaks to some of these concerns

Climate refugees cannot be forced home, U.N. panel says in landmark ruling. As described in TIME magazine, "The U.N. Human Rights Committee made this judgment after reviewing the case of Ioane Teitiota, who sought protection in New Zealand, citing rising sea levels as a threat to his life. He is originally from the Pacific island state of Kiribati, a nation at risk of becoming the first country to sink due to rising sea levels."

House Democrats launch probe into NIH and FBI suspecting Chinese Americans of espionage. The Hill brought attention to a recent letter issued by Representatives Jamie Raskin and Judy Chu. In the letter, Raskin and Chu point to reports that U.S. intelligence agencies have urged American research universities to monitor students and visiting scholars from institutions affiliated with China, and question whether a focus on Chinese Americans amounted to racial profiling. 

Interior Department moves to impose new rules on use of science in decision-making. As reported in Science magazine: "Following up on a secretarial order issued in October 2018, department officials are in the process of developing a formal rule governing the use of science...Skeptics fear the policy could curtail use of research that requires confidentiality for health or other data."


NIH seeks broad public input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). Specifically, they seek input on the most important or cutting-edge, trans-disease research directions that would accelerate progress in these three strategic priority areas: synergy in basic and applied BSSR; BSSR resources, methods, and measures; and adoption of effective BSSR in practice. Responses must be submitted by midnight ET March 29, 2020. 

Request for public comment on draft desirable characteristics of repositories for managing and sharing data resulting from federally funded research. The purpose of this effort is to identify and help Federal agencies provide more consistent information on desirable characteristics of data repositories for data subject to agency Public Access Plans and data management and sharing policies, whether those repositories are operated by government or non-governmental entities. Responses must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm ET March 6, 2020.


Dear Colleague Letter: Exploring the NSF 2026 Idea MachineProposals and research concept outlines should be submitted by 5 pm submitter’s local time on the following dates: Conference proposals: March 15, 2020. EAGER Research Concept Outlines: March 1, 2020. EAGER proposals: April 30, 2020 

Dear Colleague Letter: Build and Broaden: Enabling new social, behavioral and economic science collaborations with minority-serving institutionsProposals due May 1, 2020

NIJ: Graduate Research FellowshipApplications due 11:59 pm ET April 15, 2020

NIJ: Research and Evaluation on School Safety, Fiscal Year 2020. Applications due April 13, 2020

NIJ: Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women, Fiscal Year 2020. Applications due 3:59 pm ET April 13, 2020 

NIJ: Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in  Persons, Fiscal Year 2020. Applications due 11:59 pm ET April 20, 2020 

NIJ: Research and Evaluation of Promising Reentry Initiatives, Fiscal Year 2020Applications due 11:59 pm ET May 5, 2020 

NIJ: Research into Immigration and Crime, Fiscal Year 2020. Applications due 11:59 pm ET April 1, 2020

NIJ: Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Prevention, Fiscal Year 2020. Applications due 11:59 pm ET April 1, 2020 

NIH/NIMHD: Health Disparities Research Institute. Applications due March 9, 2020

NIH: Research on biopsychosocial factors of social connectedness and isolation on health, wellbeing, illness, and recovery. (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed). Applications due March 17, 2020

NIH: Research on biopsychosocial factors of social connectedness and isolation on health, wellbeing, illness, and recovery. (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required). Applications due March 17, 2020

Rita Allen Foundation: Apply for a grant. Letters of inquiry due March 6, 2020

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. Applications due March 11, 2020


From the APA website: AI for social good: How psychological researchers can contribute to the socially responsible development of artificial intelligence

NIJ report: Options for conducting randomized controlled trials with inmates in local jails

NIJ Journal's 50th anniversary issue

BJS releases report on mortality in state and federal prisons, 2001-2016

LinkedIn op-ed: Eight reasons the public health and scientific communities oppose EPA’s continued push with its controversial “transparency rule”

National Academies report on forced migration research: Proceedings of a workshop

National Academies report on promoting positive adolescent health behaviors and outcomes

From the NIH Open Mike blog: Broadening the pool of NIH reviewers