Learn about upcoming conferences, career development opportunities and calls for papers and proposals

Psych-E welcomes notices about upcoming conferences, calls for papers and/or proposals, and job opportunities relevant to the field. All notices are subject to approval by the editor. To have your notice included in the next issue of the Women’s Psych-E newsletter, please send a detailed email to the editor, Ms. Kari Hill.

Please direct all inquiries regarding scholarship and grant opportunities to APA’s Scholarship, Grants and Awards database. The Women’s Programs Office no longer has oversight over these lists.

Upcoming Conferences

1. Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPPSI) 2012 Biennial Conference “Changing Societies: Learning from and for Research, Social Action, and Policy”
June 21-24, 2012
Omni Hotel, Charlotte, N.C.

Psych-E staff regrets the call for submissions had closed prior to publication of this issue.

Gathering includes a broad diversity of psychologists, sociologists, public health researchers, policy makers and social activists who share a common goal of generating knowledge to understand and to redress social problems.  In light of remarkable societal changes — environmental disasters, migration, economic upheaval and social movements and revolutions — what can we learn? How can we contribute?

Using multidisciplinary approaches spanning psychology, education, health, sociology, policy studies, law, economics and political psychology, the 2012 SPSSI conference will explore a plethora of policy relevant phenomena on individual and group behavior, such as prejudice, romantic relationships, social cognition, volunteerism, social justice and a host of other topics. In addition, we will offer a multitude of research-based presentations focused on the application of science to the development of sound public policy.

The core of the program will include addresses by invited speakers, symposia on a range of selected topics, facilitated discussions, research sessions and poster presentations. In addition, the conference will feature a full-day pre-conference workshop, special mentoring sessions, special receptions for graduate students and international attendees, and opportunities for conference participants to volunteer with a community-based organization in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2. Seventh Annual INGRoup Conference
July 12-14, 2012
Doubletree Hotel Chicago-Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Ill.

Psych-E staff regrets the call for submissions had closed prior to publication of this issue.

The Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) which uses research to advance the understanding of group behavior, dynamics and outcomes will host its 2012 conference at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago– Magnificent Mile. Room reservations can be made by calling (312) 787-6100. To receive the group discounted rate, you must mention “INGRoup Conference.” The conference fee will include conference program, a welcome dinner reception on the evening of July 12, continental breakfasts, lunches and break refreshments on July 13 and July 14, reception on July 13, and a closing gala on the evening of July 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

3. 12th Annual Diversity Challenge: What to Do About Race and Culture and Violence
October 19-20, 2012
Boston, Mass.

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College invites you to join us for the Institute's twelfth annual national conference in the suburbs of Boston, a city known for its struggles and efforts to address issues of racial and ethnic cultural diversity in U.S. society. The Institute was founded in 2000 at Boston College, under the direction of Dr. Janet E. Helms, to promote the assets and address the societal conflicts associated with race and culture in theory and research, mental health practice, education, business and society at large. The Institute solicits, designs, and distributes effective interventions with a proactive, practical focus. Each year the Institute addresses a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic, scholarly, or grassroots focus through its Diversity Challenge conference.

4. 4th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection
January 10-13, 2013
The Taj Hotel, Chandigarh, India

Registration ends September 15, 2012

Calls for Papers and Proposals

1. 4th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection
Deadline: October 15, 2012

Relevant topics include: 

  • Acceptance-rejection in intimate adult relationships 

  • Acceptance-rejection in the context of immigration & acculturation 

  • Acceptance-rejection in the context of adult offspring’s caregiving of aging parents 

  • Acceptance-rejection of children with special needs 

  • Affectionate communication 

  • Bullying 

  • Clinical and developmental implications of interpersonal acceptance-rejection 

  • Cultural & social contexts of acceptance-rejection 

  • Educational implications of teacher, peer and parental acceptance-rejection 

  • Father love 

  • Ostracism & social exclusion 

  • Parental acceptance-rejection 

  • Peer & sibling acceptance-rejection 

  • Methodological issues in the study of interpersonal acceptance-rejection 

  • Neurobiological concomitants of perceived rejection 

  • Resilience & coping with perceived rejection 

  • Psychological and emotional maltreatment 

  • Psychotherapy and psycho-educational interventions 

  • Rejection sensitivity 

  • Relation between acceptance-rejection & attachment 

  • Victimization and bullying in school age children

Career Development

1. 20th Annual Summer Institute in Political Psychology
July 15 – August 4, 2012
Stanford University

Applications are being accepted for the 20th Annual Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP), to be held at Stanford University July 15 to August 4, 2012. The SIPP program takes up to 60 participants and is filling up; there are still some spots available. The Summer Institute offers three weeks of intensive training in political psychology. Political psychology is an exciting and thriving field that explores the origins of political behavior and the causes of political events, with a special focus on the psychological mechanisms at work. Research findings in political psychology advance basic theory of human cognitive and social behavior and are an important basis for political decision-making in practice.
SIPP was founded in 1991 at Ohio State University, and Stanford has hosted SIPP since 2005, with support from Stanford University and from the National Science Foundation. Hundreds of participants have attended SIPP during these years.
The 2012 SIPP curriculum is designed to:

  • Provide broad exposure to theories, empirical findings and research traditions; 

  • Illustrate successful cross-disciplinary research and integration; 

  • Enhance methodological pluralism; and 

  • Strengthen networks among scholars from around the world.

SIPP activities will include lectures by world-class faculty, discussion groups, research/interest group meetings, group projects and an array of social activities. Some of the topics covered in past SIPP programs include race relations, conflict and dispute resolution, voting and elections, international conflict, decision-making by political elites, moral disengagement and violence, social networks, activism and social protest, political socialization, and justice. In 2012, SIPP will accept up to 60 participants, including graduate students, faculty, professionals and advanced undergraduates.

2. Radboud University Nijmegen

Position/Title: Associate Editor, In-Mind Magazine

The In-Mind Foundation is soliciting nominations for the editorship of its magazine. In-Mind Magazine is the leading journal to communicate social psychology to lay audiences. The new editor is expected to begin service on or before September 1, 2012. We are seeking two editors for three years and two for two years. Please indicate your preferred period in your letter. 

Description of the Magazine: In-Mind is a leading international magazine for communicating social psychology to the general audience. We publish research overviews intended for a broad audience. Working with In-Mind means you will be cooperating with scholars from all over the world.

Job Summary: associate editors will edit peer-reviewed manuscripts and be responsible for incorporating reviewer comments, questions, and changes into manuscripts. The associate editor will also be corresponding with authors to resolve queries and check the manuscript for accuracy and quality. Additional smaller duties related to the overall goal of the magazine may be requested from time-to-time. Please take note that all our positions are voluntary.

Minimum Skills and Requirements: Candidates for the position must be scholars with an outstanding motivation to communicate important ideas from our field to a lay audience. They must also possess strong administrative skills pertinent to the management of top-tier academic publication processes, and should be willing to contribute to the acquisition of manuscripts for our journal.

  • Third-Year Graduate student (or higher) in (Social) Psychology 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

  • Work effectively toward common goals as a team member 

  • Identify potential problems and opportunities 

  • Listen to readers’ feedback and communicate their issues, needs, and interests to the editors-in-chief Reine van der Wal and Selin Kesebir

Please send a curriculum vitae and a cover letter detailing your interests and insights for the magazine to the Founding Editor, Hans IJzerman.

3. Golson Media

Call for Authors: Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness
Position/Title: Author Manager

Per the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on mental health, “Surveys estimate that during a one-year period, 22 to 23 percent of the U.S. adult population—or 44 million people—have diagnosable mental disorders, according to reliable, established criteria.” The report goes on to say “epidemiological estimates have shifted over time because of changes in the definitions and diagnosis of mental health and mental illness.” Indeed, some experts believe there has been an astonishing rise in mental illness. According to one report: “In 1987, prior to Prozac hitting the market and the current ubiquitous use of antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs, the U.S. mental illness disability rate was one in every 184 Americans, but by 2007 the mental illness disability rate had more than doubled to one in every 76 Americans.” Discussion now revolves around the questions: Are there truly more mentally ill people now or are there just more people being diagnosed and treated? And what are the roles of economics and the pharmaceutical industry in this controversy? At the core of what is going on with mental illness in America and around the world, we believe, is cultural sociology: How differing cultures treat mental illness and, in turn, how mental patients are affected by the culture. In this multidisciplinary reference, we look at the culture of mental illness in non-clinical perspectives of sociology, history, psychology, epidemiology, economics, public policy, health practitioners, and finally, the mental health patient him or herself.

This comprehensive project of approximately 375 signed articles will be published by SAGE Reference and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library’s electronic services. The general editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Andrew Scull, University of California, San Diego.

We are currently making assignments with a deadline of August 17, 2012.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product or access to the online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will email you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness: An A-to-Z Guide, please send an email. Please provide a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines.