SPF 2022

Addressing U.S. Health Disparities with Social and Personality Psychology

Do you conduct or are interested in research with underrepresented populations (e.g., racial and sexual minorities, low SES individuals) or on topics including but not limited to close relationships, culture, or prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, stigma or health? If so, your work is ideally suited to contribute to the understanding, reduction, and prevention of health disparities: that is, differences in health between groups of people that stem from economic, social, or environmental disadvantage.

Reducing U.S. health disparities is a primary goal of Healthy People 2030, a priority of federal funding agencies, and an increasing focus on the academic job market. Yet, social and personality psychologists have barely scratched the surface in the possible contributions our unique expertise can offer to this important societal and health problem.

This Summer Psychology Forum is aimed for people of all career stages, with three goals in mind: for participants to: 

  • Gain an appreciation for the power of social and personality psychology to address the pressing issue of health disparities;
  • Identify and form collaborations and/or mentorships to help them expand into this area of research;
  • Learn about funding opportunities in the area of health disparities.

The 2-day event will include both basic and applied researchers and will allow participants to learn both about broad issues in health disparity research, as well as how research in prominent areas in our field (e.g., close relationships; stereotyping/prejudice/discrimination/stigma; socioeconomic status) are poised to address health disparities.

The format will include a rich mix of keynotes, smaller breakout sessions within specific sub-domains of social and personality psychology, data blitzes and presentations, methodological tips, informal conversations, and ample opportunity for networking.

Keynote Speakers and Presenters

  • Neil Lewis Jr., Cornell University
  • Wendy Berry Mendes, UC San Francisco
  • Belinda Campos, UC Irvine
  • William Chopik, Michigan State University
  • Emily Hooker, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Tyler Jimenez, University of Washington
  • Drexler James, Denison University
  • Danielle Beatty Moody, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Louis Penner, Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Sean Phelan, Mayo Clinic

SPF 2022

SPF 2022

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Submission Types


Physical, printed poster board presentation

Data Blitz / Flash Talk

Short, <5 minute talk

Participants should select and rank order the format(s) they prefer for their presentation. Poster submissions will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until May 23 at 11:59 PM PT. All submissions that select the data blitz / flash talk format will be considered if received by the deadline of May 23 at 11:59 PM PT.

Submissions have now closed.

Submission Requirements

  • Title of Presentation
  • Summary for program materials
  • Summary for evaluation purposes
  • Author(s) Info
  • Research Info
  • Submission’s involvement in equity and anti-racism goals of SPSP (if applicable)

Questions? Please email mjester@spsp.org

Submission Guide

In order to be considered for a poster in the 2022 SPF Program, all participants of each submission must consent to and comply with the following SPSP Policies:

  • An individual may be submitted for only one submission in the role as presenting/first author. If an individual is found to be included as these roles on more than one submission, all associated submissions will be voided before review.
  • An individual can be accepted for a maximum of one submission: one submission in the Data Blitz category or one submission in the Poster Presentation category.
  • All speakers/presenters must be members of SPSP for 2022 in order to participate in the SPF program.
  • All speakers/presenters must be paid registrants of the forum in order to participate in the SPF program.
  • Data collection and analysis do not have to be complete at the time of submission. The purpose of this change is to allow people to present newer research at SPF, since there is a delay between the time of submission and the actual conference. We also want to be consistent with larger changes in the field regarding evaluating the scientific rigor of the methods versus the significance of the results, somewhat akin to pre-registered reports for journals. Note that although data collection does not need to be complete at the time of submission, we do require a clear indication that data collection and analysis will be done by the time of the conference. This means that you should only utilize this option if you are certain that the study will be done by that time.

Please use this form to gather all of the necessary information for consideration for the 2022 SPSP Summer Forum in Minneapolis, MN. The portal will be open on from April 18, 2022 through May 23, 2022.

Note: Participants should select and rank order the format(s) they prefer for their presentation. Poster submissions will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until May 23, 2022. All submissions that select the data blitz / flash talk format will be considered if received by the deadline of May 23, 2022.      


Posters are the largest form of programming at the SPSP Summer Psychology Forum. They are presented in poster sessions that takes place throughout the conference. Posters for the 2022 Summer Psychology Forum will be physical, hard copy posters. Dimensions of the Poster Board are 4’ (48”) high by 6’(72”) wide. All posters should be made to fit within these specifications.

Data Blitz/Flash Talk

Data Blitz presentations are 5-minute rapid fire presentations grouped into a single session of 20 presentations. Presenters have limited time to give attendees the very best of their research. These popular sessions give attendees the chance to capture the span of the field in one session.

4:00 PM CT


Keynote: "Realizing the Promise of Social and Personality Psychology for Health Disparities" (Ballroom 3)

Speaker: Neil Lewis, Jr (Cornell University)

5:15 PM CT

Data Blitz 1 (Ballroom 3)

  1. Alejandro Garcia, Data Blitz Award Winner (California State University, San Bernadino) “The Sustainability of Social Movements: Evaluating Risk and Benefits”
  1. Eleanor Junkins (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) “Exclusion of LGBTQ+ and Nonbinary Folks in Romantic Relationships Research”
  1. Akanksha Das (Miami University). “Multiple forms of oppression on college student alcohol-related outcomes”
  1. Odalis Garcia (North Dakota State University) “Loneliness is a stronger predictor of poor sleep than discrimination: An application of social psychology to behavioral sleep medicine”
  1. Julie Kirsch (University of Wisconsin, Madison) “The 2008 Great Recession and Mortality, and Moderating Influences of Psychological Well-being in the Midlife in the US Study”
  1. Angela M. Smith (University of Toronto) “A tale of two pandemics? The impact of socioeconomic status and hardships on mental health over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States”
  1. Jennifer Howell (University of California, Merced) “Social Forces in Context: Minority Serving Institutions as A Unique Environment for Understanding Group-Level Differences in Health”

6:00 PM CT

Welcome Reception and Poster Session (Ballroom 4)


Hannah Asis (Yale University). “How Does Race Moderate the Relationship Between Big 5 Traits and PROMIS Depression and Anxiety Scores in College Students?”

Aisha Bano (Fast-Nuces CFD Campus, Pakistan). “Relationship Between Psychopathy and Machiavellianism: Moderating Role of Gender”

Cheyenne Bates (Northwestern University). “Investigating Racial/Ethnic Differences in Leadership Aspirations Among Resilient College Students”

Maggin Britton (University of Houston). “How Do Provider Perspectives About Concurrent Tobacco and Other Substance Use Care Impact Delivery of Tobacco Treatment Within Agencies Providing Substance Use Care?”

Garrett Byron (North Dakota State University). “Heart Rate Variability During Pregnancy Moderates the Impact of Depressive Symptoms on Fetal Growth”

Sarah de Vegvar (Foothill College). “Tiktok Health Misinformation, Commiseration, and Dissemination: A Scoping Review”

Raul España (Northwestern University). “Personality, Personal Values, and Psychopathology in Children”

Citlalli Hernandez (Arizona State University). “Sympathy and Empathy in Interracial/Interethnic Friendships and Racial Discrimination”

Claire Kamp Dush (University of Minnesota). “Using the National Couples’ Health and Time Study for Addressing U.S. Health Disparities From a Psychological Perspective”

Kengthsagn Louis (Stanford University). “Negative Consequences of Self-Presentation on Disclosure of Health Information: A Catch-22 for Black Patients?”

Soo Yeon Park (Korea University). “Mental Representations of Perpetrators and Victims: In Context of Intimate Partner Violence”

Melanie Reyes (Saint Louis University). “After "I Do," Does Marriage Predict Better Health?”

Shanta Ricks (Duke University). “Understanding COVID-19 and Flu Experiences: A Look Into Racial Influences”

Simrat Samra (University of Denver). “Judgements of Biracial Individuals Vulnerability to Race Prototypic Diseases”

Joseluz Sosa (California State University, Northridge). “Language Differences and Social Presence: Spanish-Speakers, Telephone Use, and the Unhoused” 

Felica Tuchman (Northwestern University). “The Role of Socioeconomic Status in the Relationship Between Parenting and Child Externalizing Behavior”

Jiayi Wang (University of California, Santa Barbara). “Social Support From Pets: The Role of Relational Concern in How Human-Animal Interaction Impacts Emotions”

Samantha Weston (North Dakota State University). “Sleep Narratives Reveal Current Theories Concerning SES Disparities and Sleep Health May Have Limited Utility”

SPF 2022
Plan Your Visit

Marriott City Center

Hotel Options & Rates

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Single/Double - $179

Rates above are not inclusive of current occupancy taxes in Minneapolis (currently 14.03%).


A deposit of one-night's room and tax is required to guarantee all reservations.

This is charged at time of booking and is refundable if the reservation is cancelled by 4:00pm (CT) 72 hours prior to check-in date.

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We know you have choices when booking accommodations, please book inside the Official SPSP Hotel Block so we are able to meet the minimums required by our contracts, which will help SPSP avoid penalties. Hosting a meeting in any city comes with logistical and financial challenges. When determining locations for the meeting, SPSP must agree to provide a designated number of hotel room nights proportionate to the meeting space required to hold our meeting. If we fail to use the sleeping rooms contracted, SPSP is fined. Choosing not to stay within the block has long-term repercussions for the future of our meetings. Failing to meet room block commitments will drive up registration prices for attendees in the future and could mean that cities will be unwilling to work with us to host our meetings in years to come.

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