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is an association of  approximately 3000 psychologists, allied scientists, and others, who are interested in the application of research on the psychological aspects of important social issues to public policy solutions.



  • Registration for SPSSI's 2015 Conference in Washington DC is now open! Due to an overwhelming response, our Legislative Engagement Day is now full.
  • SPSSI issued an official statement condemning the use of torture as detailed in the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee Report.  
  • SPSSI's new "Viewpoints" page showcases the views of seven SPSSI members on the psychological dimensions of unaccompanied minors emigrating to the U.S., and includes brief audio recordings from each contributor.
  • New! Call for Volunteers - Two openings for SPSSI Non-Governmental Representatives at the United Nations. Click here for more info
  • Why do some people seem to care more than others about making human rights a priority for US foreign policy? SPSSI's Sam McFarland discussed this and other human rights topics before an audience of 100 on Capitol Hill on October 8, 2014. Representative Jim McGovern provided introductory remarks. For a video of the event, see here.  McFarland's Human Rights 101, a brief, college-level introduction to the topic, is available here.
  • What’s this about a SPSSI 2015 Conference??? Good news for SPSSI members who can’t wait until 2016 for the next SPSSI biennial conference! We’re making plans to host a brand new SPSSI conference in summer 2015 at a site in the greater Washington, DC region. We expect this conference to be smaller and more intimate than our recent biennial meetings, and it will focus on a social science/social policy theme. This is all in the early planning stages at this point, but watch the website for additional information on this event (focus, venue, registration) which will be forthcoming as soon as we have things finalized. 
  • New! Call for Proposals for the 2015 APA Convention - Click Here
  • Not enough women and minority/ethnic group minorities go into STEM-related fields. Buju Dasgupta spoke at SPSSI's third event in its Congressional Seminar series on the bottlenecks limiting the participation of women and racial/ethnic minorities in STEM fields, and made recommendations for improvement.
  • Milgram's famous experiments on obedience were published 50 years ago. New research suggests we have been misinterpreting their meaning ever since.
  • Five SPSSI members offer their thoughts on the troubling developments in Ferguson, MO, where two weeks ago a police officer shot and killed an unarmed young black man named Michael Brown.
  • SPSSI co-sponsored a successful Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in early August for 50 psychologists and grad students, who came to lobby on behalf of the Family Act. The participants received training on effective advocacy in the morning and met with their senators and representatives in the afternoon. 
  • Wiley is offering a special 35% discount on virtually all Wiley books ordered by SPSSI members through the end of 2014. Use the SPSSI discount page to place your order.
  • New! Video Blog on the Journal of Social Issues Vol 70 Issue 1: Social Exlusion of Children.
  • Click here for more information on the 2014 Obedience to Authority Conference in Kolomna, Russia and visit SPSSI's regional group page SPSSI Moscow!
  • ELECTION RESULTS! With our thanks to all the candidates who agreed to run for SPSSI leadership positions, we are happy to announce the results of this year's elections.
    • Susan Clayton will begin serving as President-Elect in September of this year, and as President in September 2015.
    • Rudy Mendoza-Denton, Jessica Salvatore, Margaret Shih, and Stephen Wright will join SPSSI Council in September, and Jamie Franco-Zamudio will serve as this year's Council alternate. Kim Case will join incumbent Wendy Williams in representing SPSSI on the APA Council of Representatives.
  • SPSSI's Executive Committee has endorsed the December 2012 Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement, by the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence. 
  • SPSSI has been an accredited NGO at the United Nations since 1987. Learn more about our ongoing UN activities.
  • Join your colleagues on the SPSSI Listserv, where you can keep up with discussion and debate on social issues, and get announcements and updates of interest. This listserv is open to SPSSI members and non-members alike.

SPSSI's Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Help SPSSI promote our publications: JSI, ASAP and SIPR. Click here.
  • The complete digital library of SPSSI's scholarly journals, beginning with the premier 1945 issue of JSI, is now available for download at Wiley Online Library.


Through the Journal of Social Issues, SPSSI is able to bring behavioral and social science theory, empirical evidence, and practice into focus on important  human problems.

JSI is published quarterly. Each issue is devoted to a single topic, and available in electronic and print format.



Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy  is an outlet of social science scholarship for social action and policy. It serves a global audience of policy makers and advocates as well as social scientists, students, and the public.

Articles are published electronically as soon as they are accepted and then printed at the end of every calendar year.


Social Issues and Policy Review is an annual publication featuring high quality review articles on cutting-edge topics relevant to social issues and social policy.

SIPR has been in publication since 2007. Each issue includes both theoretical and empirical reviews of policy-relevant research.


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