From our Editor
Sarah Herrmann, Assistant Professor, Weber State University
The weather is warming as we approach the end of another semester and the beginning (hopefully) of a return to normalcy, with the promise that all adults will have access to the COVID vaccine in a few short months. However, we will most assuredly continue to feel the effects of the pandemic on unemployment and economic progress, educational setbacks, and the challenges associated with the upcoming changes in our lives. In other ways, we are also continuing in a time of turmoil, including the dramatic increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, and the recent killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. This duality is highlighted in the articles in this edition of The Forward.
Specifically, we highlight recent research from Social Issues and Policy Review, including “Identity Leadership in a Crisis: A 5R Framework for Learning from responses to COVID-19” and “Political Psychology in the Digital (mis)Information age: A Model of News Belief and Sharing.”
Additionally, we hear from the winners of a variety of SPSSI awards:
We also receive reports on the continuing efforts of SPSSI Directors and Committees, including:
United Nations NGO Committee: Mehrgol Tiv and other members of the SPSSI UN NGO committee detail a report and policy recommendations designed to address the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate change crisis, as well as a panel presentation on “Effective Applications of Psychological Science: Drawing Parallels between COVID-19 and Climate Change.”