The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


Getting Involved

Looking for ways to get more involved with SPSSI, the Graduate Student Committee (GSC), or psychology for policy? Below are some ways to get more involved. If you have any questions email contact the current GSC Chair

Become a student member of SPSSI for just $25. Members receive discounted conference registration, regular SPSSI emails, the ability to apply for SPSSI awards and fellowships and to run in SPSSI elections, subscriptions to SPSSI journals and newsletters, and more. (International Members may be eligible for reduced-rate dues. For more information, please contact SPSSI Central Office

Rookie Student Newsletter
The Rookie is the graduate student section of SPSSI’s newsletter, The Forward. The Rookie provides an opportunity for SPSSI graduate students to disseminate their work to the larger SPSSI community and to gain experience with the publication process. We encourage submissions from all areas of psychology, including clinical, community, developmental, social, cognitive, neuroscience, industrial/organizational, etc. Submissions may take many forms, including, but not limited to: emerging research by graduate students, tips for surviving graduate school (e.g., writing, time management, applying for academic or non-academic jobs), describing policy implications of research, commentary on current events/social issues that incorporates the student’s research and/or psychological theory in general. Browse previous issues of the Rookie and find out more about writing for the Rookie here. Any questions about the Rookie should be directed to

Graduate Student Committee Positions & Elections
SPSSI’s Graduate Student Committee is lead by students in six elected positions: Chair, Chair-Elect, Member at Large Communications Focus, Member at Larger Membership Coordinator, Member at Large Policy & Applied Work Focus, Member at Large Academic Focus and Member at Large Diversity Focus. Elections are held in later summer/early fall for all Member at Large positions and the Chair-Elect position. Member at Large positions are a one year commitment, and Chair-Elect is a two year commitment (second year serving as Chair). Find out more about each position here.

SPSSI holds regular conferences for scholars to present research relating to social issues and to network with people with similar research interests. SPSSI’s Graduate Student Committee host events at these conferences. Find out more about SPSSI Conferences here.

SPSSI Awards & Fellowships
SPSSI offers a variety of awards to provide students with research funding, travel awards, dissertation awards, fellowships, and internships. Find a list of the opportunities most relevant to students here.

Journal Positions
SPSSI publishes three journals, Journal of Social Issues (JSI), Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP), and Social Issues and Policy Review (SIPR). Below is information about the opportunities available with each journal. To find out more contact the editor of the specific journal you are interested. The names and contact information for current editors can be found here.

Journal of Social Issues (JSI): Students who want to be considered for a board membership (heavy editorial responsibility) or ad hoc reviewing opportunities (1-2 manuscripts), email the journal editor and include information about your area of research expertise.

Social Issues and Policy Review (SIPR):At least two graduate students serve on SIPR’s editorial board. Board members should have publication experience, preferably as a senior author. Opportunities become available as current student board members graduate.

Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP): Graduate students who wish to be considered for editorial board membership or ad hoc reviewing opportunities may email the journal editor. Please include information about your areas of research expertise. 

Research to Affect Public Policy
SPSSI’s Policy Program helps researchers use their work to impact policy. Their website includes an Advocacy Center to help you advocate for you work, information about policy events, and updates on what SPSSI is doing to affect policy.

Conference Reviewing
SPSSI students are welcome and encouraged to review submissions for SPSSI conferences and for SPSSI programming at the APA Convention. Students can review alone or asked a professor to review with them. Students who have reviewed conference submission can list themselves as an “Ad-hoc Reviewer” for that conference on their CV. Email the current conference chairsto find out if there are currently opportunities available.

Volunteer with SPSSI
The Graduate Student Committee officers work throughout the year on projects, newsletters, and events. Volunteers are welcome to help us with these tasks. Previously volunteers have helped solicit submissions for the Rookie and compiled information about non-academic career opportunities. Email contact the current GSC Chair if you are interested in volunteering. 


SPSSI Listserv
If you want to be part of the electronic discussion or SPSSI members and non-members discussing and sharing resources of topics relating to psychology and social issues, subscribe to our Listserv. (The SPSSI Listserv is separate from the SPSSI membership emails.)

Sound Science, Sound Policy Blog
Contemplating a career as a science writer? SPSSI’s new blog, Sound Science, Sound Policy, offers budding writers a great opportunity to develop a portfolio while working with a professional editor. It also offers more senior psychologists a chance to disseminate their research to a broader audience. If you are interested in writing for the blog, or even just contributing a post, please contact David Aronson at

Getting Others Involved
Do you think other students you know may be interested in SPSSI? Direct them to our websiteor Facebook page. You can also show them is great video—“What is SPSSI?”or print this flyer and post it in your department or lab. 


This material was compiled by Joanna Weill

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin