Beyond Academia: Psychology in Applied Settings
The Beyond Academia Preconference is a forum for sharing research that addresses real-world problems and processes, as well as discussing meta-issues related to the application of social and personality psychology. This preconference brings together individuals with established careers, those currently pursuing, those interested in pursuing, and those otherwise contributing to social and personality psychology research and practice in applied, non-academic settings. The program will provide attendees opportunities to consider the interplay between basic and applied research, and the many ways one can be involved in this enterprise.
The Beyond Academia Preconference will include invited scientific talks on applied work, professional development topics for both beginning and advanced applied practitioners, and panel discussions on navigating careers in applied research. We invite applications for short oral presentations related to conducting research in industry, nonprofits, and governmental organizations, as well as applied research conducted in academic settings.
This precon is accepting submissions for data blitz and single presenter talks only. All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM PT on Nov. 15. If you have questions, you may email email@example.com or the preconference organizer listed above.
Our Submission Guide outlines all the information needed for submitting to a preconference.
Policy: Judson Bonick
Finance: Yasmin Ghodse-Elahi
Technology: Maarten Bos
Academic-Industry partnership: Nancy Collins
Academic-Industry partnership: Tamera Afifi
Keynote Speaker Bios
Judson Bonick is a Senior Behavioral Researcher at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, where he uses behavioral science to tackle real-world challenges in the public policy and health domains. His work focuses on the perceived morality and equity of paternalistic policies, as well as medication adherence, vaccination, and health financing in international development, among other topics. He believes that the future of applied work lies in the development of highly customized interventions that fit specific contexts and populations, with an eye always towards differential impacts. He is passionate about creating real, measurable change in the world, and also about his pups, Huckleberry and Sprout.
Yasmin is a behavioral scientist working at U.S. Bank. She received her PhD in Social Psychology and Quantitative Methods from NYU where she studied how people form and pursue goals over time in long-term romantic relationships. She has spent most of her career developing research measures and statistical tools, teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, and leveraging her expertise in relationship science to consult on interesting projects - like a true crime docuseries. She uses her experience as a social psychologist to develop designs aimed at behavioral change for financial well-being.
Maarten Bos is a Lead Research Scientist at Snap Inc. After receiving his PhD in The Netherlands and postdoctoral training at Harvard University, he led a behavioral science group at Disney Research before joining Snap in 2018. His research interests range from decision science, to persuasion, and human-technology interaction. His work has been published in journals such as Science, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Marketing Research, and has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times.
After receiving her BA in Psychology from UCLA, Professor Collins completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Southern California. She returned to UCLA for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology, and then served as a professor of Social Psychology at the State University of New at Buffalo from 1993 to 1997. Dr. Collins joined the Psychology Department at UCSB in 1997. Dr. Collins includes among her professional honors the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Theoretical Innovation Prize (2007), the Harold J. Plous Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and research at UCSB (2002), and the Young Investigator Award from the Close Relationships group of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (1991). Dr. Collins has also received numerous honors for excellence in teaching and service at UCSB including an Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award (2004), three Outstanding Teaching Awards from the UCSB Residence Halls Association (1998, 2010, 2011), and the Sarah Miller McCune Service Award (2013). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Fetzer Institute.
Tamara Afifi is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on family and interpersonal communication in two domains: (1) how family members and relational partners communicate when they are stressed and its impact on personal and relational health, and (2) information regulation e.g., avoidance, privacy, secrets, stress contagion effects. Dr. Afifi has received numerous recognitions for her scholarship, service, and teaching. She is a Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA) and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association (NCA). She received the Mid-Career Award from the International Association for Relationship Research, the Young Scholar Award from ICA, the Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship from NCA, and Brommel Award for a distinguished career in family communication from NCA. Professor Afifi has also secured external funding through agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NICHD and NIA). Her research has appeared in numerous news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, Men's Health, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Canadian Living, Family Circle. and OptionB.org.
Welcome and introductions
Policy: Judson Bonick, Center for Advanced Hindsight
Finance: Yasmin Ghodse-Elahi, U.S. Bank
Professional development breakout rooms
Technology: Maarten Bos, Snap Inc.
Academic-Industry partnership: Nancy Collins and Tamera Afifi, University of California, Santa Barbara
Professional development and networking breakout rooms
Applied research and practice career roundtable
SPSP Applied Committee Q&A