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From our President

Dr. Wendy Williams

As I sit down to write this column, my news feed is filled with terrible and tragic news.

The American Psychological Association (APA) recently released their annual “Stress in America” report, for which they interviewed Americans about significant sources of stress in their lives. Over the past ten years, work and money have consistently ranked at the top. After the divisive presidential election last year, the APA added a series of new questions to probe how the country is dealing with the current political climate. 

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From our Executive Director

Anila Balkissoon, M.S.

It’s a great honor to pen my inaugural column as SPSSI’s Executive Director - to take a short moment to reflect on my time with the organization, and to contemplate the possibilities of SPSSI’s future.  I've worked for the organization for a number of years.  As I look back on this time, I’m reminded of the great leadership before me.  I want to formally thank my predecessor Dr. Susan Dudley for her years of dedicated service to the organization, and for the mentorship, support, and careful guidance she’s provided to so many of us during her time with SPSSI.  It is exceedingly and continuously appreciated.  I also want to give thanks to the numerous elected leaders of the Society with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with over this time, and our generous, hard-working members that contribute to meeting the goals of our mission each and every day.

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 Asia Eaton
2018 Conference Co-Chair

Jason Lawrence
2018 Conference Co-Chair

2018 SPSSI Conference Announcement: Bridges to Justice: Building Coalitions and Collaborations Within and Beyond Psychology

2018 Conference Co-Chairs

Drs. Asia Eaton & Jason Lawrence

Proposals Due December 20, 2017!

We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 SPSSI conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, June 29 - July 1, 2018, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. While Pittsburgh today is known for its world class art museums, prestigious universities, and multicultural cuisines, the bridges of Pittsburgh are unparalleled in their uniqueness and beauty. Our conference theme “Bridges to Justice: Building Coalitions and Collaborations Within and Beyond Psychology” is a celebration of Pittsburgh’s feat of design and science, inspiring us to continue extending ourselves, and reaching out to one another, in service of social justice goals. Despite compounding national and international challenges to human rights, we can make progress towards ending racism, sexism, and other social ills if we unite, resist, and persist.

SPSSI’s mission is to support us in this endeavor—using research to address critical social and economic issues through policy, practice, and advocacy. These issues run the gamut from sexual violence, to wealth inequality, to white supremacy, to gun violence, to climate change. Lives hang in the balance. We urge you to join us, along with psychologists from every subdiscipline, in developing solutions to these urgent issues. Hear from psychologists who are successfully collaborating with policy makers to increase people’s access to services and justice. Learn about pedagogical strategies for addressing partisan issues in the classroom. Meet psychologists who share your vision for a socially responsible and accountable psychology, in which diverse and interdisciplinary approaches are valued and used to expedite progress.

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In This Edition

Teaching Awards

Policy Activities

Emerging Scholar Highlight

SPSSI Communications

JSI Special Issue Announcement

The Rookie

News from SPSSI UN Committee

APA Council of Representatives Update