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.

Preconference Organizers

Susan Persky, perskys@mail.nih.gov, National Institutes of Health
Julie O'Brien, jdpobrien@gmail.com, U.S. Bank
Eliane Boucher, eliane@happify.com, Happify Health


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 precons@spsp.org or the preconference organizer listed above.

Our Submission Guide outlines all the information needed for submitting to a preconference. 

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker Bios