The Health Preconference is a “hub” for SPSP attendees working across a diverse array of areas connecting social/personality processes to health. Indeed, many current topics in social/personality psychology have links to health and wellbeing, including intergroup relations, close relationships, self and identity, emotion, motivation, and, of course, social interventions. The pandemic highlighted critical connections between social/personality processes and health, and has brought renewed attention to the broader structural and systemic determinants of health disparities.  Accordingly, this preconference would be a vital component of SPSP 2023 programming, particularly following the 2022 Health Disparities Summer Psychology Forum (SPF).

In addition to invited research and keynote presentations, the preconference features student/postdoc data blitzes, faculty/professional flash talks, round table discussions on research and professional development topics, poster presentations, and additional dynamic formats that actively involve attendees and leading experts. Awards will be presented for Outstanding Student/Postdoc Flash Talks, Early Career Scholarship, Diversity in Research, and Lifetime Contributions.

Preconference Organizers

Jeffrey Hunger, hungerjm@miamioh.edu, Miami University
Drexler James, djames@umn.edu, University of Minnesota
Michael Trujillo, mtrujillo@cmu.edu, Carnegie Mellon University

2023 Social Personality and Health Network Awards


This preconference is accepting submissions for all presentation formats. 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.

Data Blitz/Flash Talk Submission Information

The Health Preconference will feature Data Blitz/Flash Talks. Blitz talks will be limited to 5 minutes each (with two minutes for Q&A). We strongly encourage individuals with exciting findings from all areas at the intersection of psychology and health research to apply. Submission decisions will be made by early December.  

Poster Submission Information

The Health Preconference is excited to host a poster session. Abstracts can include completed, ongoing, or planned work. If limited space is available for poster presentations, preference may be given to abstracts presenting study results. Submission decisions will be made by early December.

Postdocs and students are eligible for one of two $500 travel awards based on outstanding data blitz abstracts. Submissions earmarked only for the poster session are not eligible for the travel awards. To be considered for a travel award, please submit your data blitz as outlined above, along with your CV. Please submit your CV as a PDF file, titled "LastName_CV."

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