The Society is managed by a professional office staff, but the vision and goals of the organization are directed by its Board of Directors, various committees and task forces.
For more information on each committee, see below.
To see the current members and contact info for each committee, please visit the Leadership page.
The SPSP Awards Committee appoints, oversees and works closely with the Award Nomination Panels, who nominate and select SPSP award recipients using various processes, criteria, and the spirit of this award. The Awards Committee also works to continuously improve and expand SPSP's awards program.
The Convention Committee organizes numerous aspects of SPSP's annual convention and preconferences, such as selecting convention locations and awarding convention travel funds. Convention programming also falls under this committee’s responsibilities.
The Diversity & Climate Committee monitors diversity in the organization and funds efforts to support the conference attendance of students who come from underrepresented groups (e.g.,ethnic or racial minority students; first-generation college students; lesbian, gay, or bisexual students; transgender students; and/or students with a physical disability), in an effort to increase the diversity of personality and social psychology.
The Fellows Committee works to identify SPSP members with longstanding contribution to SPSP and the field of Personality and Social Psychology. Those selected by the Fellows committee then become SPSP fellows themselves.
The Publication committee works to maintain and improve SPSP journals and discuss new initiatives of knowledge dissemination. Some tasks include finding editors, selecting Student Publication Awards Winners, assisting with challenges around publications and specific inquiries, etc.
Society for Personality and Social Psychology offers bi-annually (in odd-numbered years) a two-week intensive summer experience for up to 80 pre-doctoral students in social and personality psychology. The SISPP committee works to select SISPP locations, candidates, faculty, and curate courses and workshops.
The Student Committee works to promote the interest of SPSP's student members. This includes producing helpful student content, organizing events for student members at the annual convention, and much more.
The purpose of the SPSP Professional Development Committee is to provide emerging, developing and evolving scholars and professionals with training on cutting edge topics and methods to maximize the impact of research in personality and social psychology as a basis for supporting and improving health, education and human welfare by:
- Providing training opportunities on cutting edge theories and research.
- Providing instruction about innovative research methods and data analytic tools.
- Providing training relevant to a diverse array of career choices and trajectories both within and outside of academia.
- Facilitating networking among those who work on related topics from different theoretical and methodological perspectives, and among personality and social psychologists working within and beyond the walls of the academy.
The Government Relations Committee provides advice and support to the SPSP staff and Board of Directors on advocacy for social and personality psychology. The Committee contributes to the specification of strategies, priorities, and mechanisms that can best permit SPSP to promote the field by engaging members to support the goals of the committee. The primary focus of the Committee’s attention is on national policy and the federal system of research and development (R&D), whether in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches of government.
Nominations Committee will solicit nominations for open positions (Boards and Committees), review nominations, and make recommendations to the SPSP Board of Directors that reflect the goals and values of the organization.