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Member Newsletter: February 2019

A Podcast for Grad Students, by Grad Students

Graduate school can be strenuous. So SPSP members Emma O’Connor and Emily Denning began providing students an avenue of support through a podcast.

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What’s in a Gender? And How Does It Develop?

Through her TransYouth Project, Kristina Olson is conducting the first longitudinal study on the gender development of transgender children who socially transition early in their lives.

What Do You Want to See in This Newsletter?

Have a great idea for SPSP member newsletter content, or want to contribute? Reach out!

Convention News

First Information on SPSP 2020 in New Orleans

Important dates and housing block information is now available.

2019 Convention Coverage

Read about research presented at #SPSP2019 with posts from Character & Context.

Video from #SPSP2019

Watch Saturday's Invited Session: Implicit Bias Training and Beyond.

Share Your Convention Presentation

Maximize the reach of your work! Upload your poster or talk to the Open Science Framework.


SPSP at NITOP: Call for Proposals

The National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference will be held in January, 2020. Each year, SPSP sends one member to present. To be eligible, submit your proposal by April 1, 2019.

ICYMI: SPSP Sexual Harassment Survey Results and Climate Survey Report

Apply Now for a Small Research Grant

The summer application portal is now open. These grants provide funding for SPSP members who work at institutions that do not provide financial support for research. Apply by April 15.

Community Updates

Julie Norem

Member Spotlight: Julie Norem

Julie holds the Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology chair at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on how people use the strategy of defensive pessimism.

Brian Don

Member Spotlight: Brian Don

Brian Don teaches at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon. His research focuses on the situational and motivational roots of healthy relationship functioning.

ICYMI: This month, we discussed Incorporating Open Science Practices with Michèle Nuijten, Rich Lopez and Rich Lucas.
Mark Your Calendar for #SPSPchat 16
Join us for our next Q&A on March 19th from 1-2pm EST when we discuss Teaching and Research with Undergraduates, with Benjamin Le, Melissa Scircle and Tom Carpenter.
We Want to Share Your News

Share your news with the SPSP community, whether it’s professional (a new job, book, or award) or personal (a wedding, children, or the passing of a colleague).

News Center

Commitment Readiness Predicts Relationship Success, Say Scientists

Social psychologists from Purdue University offer new research showing that a person’s commitment readiness is a good predictor of relationship success.

Researchers Discuss the Awkwardness of Conversations

Conversations are fundamental to relationships and wellbeing, but they often leave people feeling anxious, uncertain, and socially excluded.

The Good and Evil of Ghosts, Governments, and Machines

Good and evil may spring from the human mind, but new research reveals how they extend beyond humans to the artificial and supernatural.

If you have new or timely research you want to share with the public, consider writing a post for the SPSP blog, Character & Context. Send your proposal or a draft to




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