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Asia Eaton

Kristan Russell
Dionne Stephens
Ashley Votruba

SPSSI Communications Committee Activities for Spring 2021

Asia A. Eaton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Florida International University 
Dionne P. Stephens, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Florida International University 
Ashley Votruba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Dear SPSSI family, 

As we enter a new year, the SPSSI communications committee is excited to share with you our upcoming social justice-themed webinars for Spring 2021! The topics for these webinars coincide with timely SPSSI involvements, including SPSSI collaborations and publications, and with national and international political and social events. 

Webinar Series. On Wednesday, February 17th at 4pm ET, we will be holding our first Spring webinar, on Anti-Fat and Weight Bias. This webinar coincides with SPSSI’s founding membership in a new national coalition to end weight- and height-based discrimination. Join this webinar to better understand the devastating effects of weight and anti-fat bias on the well-being of children and adults, and learn how you can enact and advocate for weight-inclusive practices. Panelists include Paula Brochu, Stephanie Campbell, Jeffrey Hunger, and Andrea LaMarre, who have decades of combined experience examining the nature and effects of weight stigma, body-focused gratitude, and body diversity policies and practices.

The 2020 U.S. Presidential election once again brought media attention to the inundation of mis- and disinformation that engulfs U.S. politics. Now that the election has come and gone, in late Spring 2021 we will host our fourth webinar on Mis- and Disinformation During the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. This panel will consist of experts on mis- and disinformation and will highlight current research on the topic as it relates to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. This panel is hosted in collaboration with SPSSI’s Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) issue on the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.

In case you missed it, you can view our Fall 2020 webinars online. On December 11th, Keisha Thomas, Sasha Panaram, and Thema Campbell were panelists for the Honoring Black Women: Remembering Breonna Taylor with Social Justice Research, Activism, and Teaching. Inspired by the BLM movement and the racism pandemic, this session explored black women's unique experiences with police brutality, where it occurs, and how to address it. Over 100 people attended this interactive session that brought together community, academic and applied perspectives. Also, a panel of psychological researchers and activists who contributed to the reproductive justice-themed issue of the Journal of Social Issues, including Patrick Grzanka, Yanshu Huang, and Shelly Grabe were featured in the webinar Reproductive Justice Research Methods: Challenges and Opportunities. Held on October 19th, this panel focused on identifying characteristics of reproductive justice and ways in which this framework can guide equitable research processes. You can access these videos here:  

YouTube Series. Don’t forget to check out all of our SPSSI YouTube Videos featuring scholars engaged in cutting edge of social issues research. In these videos, scholars transform research they published in SPSSI journals into accessible and professional 2-minute YouTube videos. Thanks to Clare M. Mehta and Naomi Hall-Byers for most recently agreeing to participate, and look out for their upcoming videos on Established Adulthood and Sexual Health Among Black College Students, respectively. 

Lastly, please see a new post from Tatiana Elisa Bustos and Aksheya Sridhar on the Sound Science, Sound Policy blog on implementation science and how it can be applied to improve responses to COVID-19: 

We are hoping to continue introducing scholars to the wider SPSSI community through these efforts. If you are interested SPSSI YouTube video or creating a blog post on the SPSSI Psychology Today blog, email the Communications Committee Chair, Asia Eaton, at We especially welcome BIPOC and other underrepresented scholars to participate in these series. 

Thank you for your continued support of our work; we look forward to providing more useful content in the coming semester! 

Asia Eaton (Chair) 

Kristan Russell 

Dionne Stephens 

Ashely Votruba 

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