Advocacy and Policy
Government Relations

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) advocates for research among the various legislative and executive agencies. In addition, the SPSP Government Relations Committee (GRC) monitors federal legislation affecting science, advocates for funding for social and personality psychology, and collaborates with other social science organizations to do the same.

Advocating on Behalf of Social Psychology

The GRC regularly holds the “Why Social Science” contest—challenging early career and graduate student members to explain, in 100 words or less, how social psychological research can help address societal problems. Read the submissions from our most recent contest, including the three winning entries.

Bringing Social Psychology to the Policymakers

Social Science Advocacy Day  - SPSP members are welcome to attend the Consortium of Social Science Association (COSSA) Advocacy Day to ensure social and personality psychologists voices are heard by policymakers.

Strong government policy requires the input of researchers who can effectively communicate their science to legislators.

Advocacy Priority Areas

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Action Alert

Congress will be preparing legislation over the coming months that will determine funding for federal science and data agencies for next year (FY 2023). Now is the time to tell them to fight for social and behavioral science funding. Learn how COSSA can connect you with your member of Congress today.

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Get Involved

For more information on getting involved with SPSP Advocacy Activities, contact any member of the Government Relations Committee.

To receive advocacy updates, update your email subscriptions at for and widespread use of social and behavioral science research and federal policies that positively impact the conduct of research. Learn more about opportunities to engage.

“Why Social Science?” Blog - COSSA's blog focuses on the impact of social science research on the world by answering "Why Social Science?" Find out "why" today.