Overview

The Close Relationships Preconference has been a part of SPSP for nearly 20 years. This preconference brings together cutting-edge research and theory in relationship science across social and personality psychology. The preconference features award addresses, talks and data blitz presentations of new research, themed lunch tables, and a special session designed to generate discussion. This year’s lineup will include a series of dynamic speakers (with time for discussion), including talks by the winner of the Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award and the Graduate Student Research Paper Award. Our interactive special session will include 3-4 presenters followed by a moderated discussion. The data blitz will allow 12 researchers at any stage (often young investigators) to present their ‘hottest’ new findings in 3 minutes. The themed lunch tables cover an array of professional development, theoretical, and methodological topics and facilitate forming new connections and collaborations with relationship science colleagues.

Graduate Student Paper Award

The Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within the Society for Personality and Social Psychology presents an annual award to a graduate student who has published an empirical manuscript that makes original and important contributions to relationship science. The recipient of this award will be honored and presented with the award at the 2023 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference.

Eligibility: The primary selection criterion is that the publication must be an outstanding empirical contribution in the general area of close relationships. The following specific criteria are considered when evaluating papers: theoretical contribution, addressing underrepresented populations, attention to best practices such as considerations of power and replicability, strength of evidence presented, and applicability to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The graduate student must have been first author on the publication, it must have been published within the past year (that is, official acceptance for publication or in print between September 1, 2021, and September 1, 2022), and the nominee must be a current graduate student. A paper may be submitted for consideration only once. Previous winners are not eligible to apply for this award.

Submission materials: To be considered for this award, please send the following: (1) The empirical manuscript. (2) A brief statement of how this work contributes to the broader literature in close relationships more generally. (3) If not obvious from the manuscript, evidence that it meets award criteria (i.e., that the first author was and is a graduate student, time of publication). Self-nominations will be accepted.

Please create one PDF file with all of your materials, and email the file to Marci Gleason, chair of the 2023 RRIG Graduate Student Research Award Committee, at marci.gleason@utexas.edu. Please include RRIG NOMINATION in the email subject line. The deadline for nominations is September 6, 2022. The committee members this year are Marci Gleason, Allison Farrell, and Jessica Maxwell. The award recipient will be notified in late October/early November.

Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award

The Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) presents an annual award to a new investigator who has made original and important contributions to relationship science. The recipient of this award will be invited to give an award address at the 2023 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference.

Eligibility: The primary selection criterion is an outstanding record of original research in the general area of close relationships. Because this award recognizes a new investigator, nominees will typically have received their Ph.D. within the past 10 years at the time of the conference (i.e., 2013 or later). However, applicants who received their Ph.D. before 2013 and have taken a leave or have another extenuating circumstance should feel free to apply and should briefly explain their situation in their letter (see submission materials).

Submission materials: To be considered for this award, please send the following: (1) A 1-2 page letter that provides a summary of your major research contributions and a brief description of the general topic that you would likely present in your address at the preconference; (2) A recent CV; (3) PDF files of 2 representative publications; and (4) A letter of recommendation from a scholar in the close relationships field who is familiar with your work. (They can send the letter separately.)

Please create one PDF file with all of your materials (excluding the recommendation, which can be sent separately), and email the file to Paul Eastwick, chair of the 2023 RRIG Early Career Award Committee, at eastwick@ucdavis.edu. Please enter RRIG NOMINATION in the email subject line. The deadline for nominations is September 6, 2022. The committee members this year are Sara Algoe, Paul Eastwick, Marci Gleason, and Brian Ogolsky. The award recipient will be notified in late October.

Preconference Organizers

Brett Peters, petersb@ohio.edu, Ohio University
Allison Farrell, farrelak@miamioh.edu, Miami University
Jessica Maxwell, jessica.maxwell@auckland.ac.nz, University of Auckland
Phakkanun Chittham, Phakkanun.C@chula.ac.th, Chulalongkorn University
Rosie Shrout, shrout@purdue.edu, Purdue University

SUBMISSIONS OPEN SEPTEMBER 1

We will begin accepting submissions for our 2023 preconferences on Sept. 1. All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM ET on Nov. 15.
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