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A Workshop Just for You: Early Career Journeys with Social Policy
By Kim Case, Early Career Scholar Committee Chair

You did everything your graduate advisors told you to do. But, do you feel like you still need training? Do you feel a bit clueless on how to use your research to inform social policy? What if you could come together with other scholars interested in connecting research with social policy? What if there was a way to learn from seasoned SPSSI leadership? What if it was all happening in June 2010?!

Over the past 2 years, the Early Career Scholars Committee has worked to develop an early career scholars summer workshop focusing on junior scholars’ needs within SPSSI. The primary goal of the Early Career Scholars Workshop is to provide early career scholars, defined as advanced graduate students, post-docs, and individuals within seven years of receiving their Ph.D., with advanced training in the application of psychological research to public policy.  Unfortunately, specialized training on the relevance of psychology to policy, and training in effectively disseminating research findings to policymakers, is lacking in many traditional doctoral programs. Participants will benefit from exposure to best practices for using research to inform policy at multiple levels of government as well as within organizations.

We are happy to announce that the first Early Career Workshop will be held on June 24, 2010 in New Orleans. This one day workshop will serve as a pre-conference to the SPSSI Convention taking place June 25-27, 2010.  Space will be limited and application materials will be available at by January 5, 2010.

As workshop participants, scholars will learn strategies for using their research programs to effectively impact policy-making at the local, national, and international levels.  Specifically, participants will be informed about funding and experiential opportunities to foster social justice research and public policy advocacy.  Scholars will also gain tools for networking with a variety of stakeholders, including fellow researchers, funding agencies, non-profit and educational organizations, and government agencies.  Finally, participants will learn about the organizational structure of SPSSI and avenues for taking on leadership roles within the organization. 
We look forward to receiving your application to the 2010 SPSSI Early Career Scholars Workshop!! Please take the time to send this announcement to any advanced graduate students, post-docs, and early career scholars you believe may be interested in applying.


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