Summer Psychology Forum
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
Onsite registration will not be available due to necessary COVID-19 health and safety plans. Early Bird pricing ends June 6, 2022, 11:59 pm PT.
Early Bird: $169
Early Career Members
Full/Retired Associate Members
How We Developed Our Registration Rates
Registration costs are determined by a wide variety of factors as we attempt to balance affordability for members (i.e., the cost members will pay) with needs to pay for the conference itself (e.g., reserving space, catering, AV production, etc.). The cost of running a conference rises every year. In fact, the society often loses money each year by hosting the conference in order to keep the cost as manageable as possible for members. When determining registration pricing for this year’s Summer Psychology Forum, we needed to consider the several unique elements of the event:
- Access for emerging researchers: We are committed to keeping registration rates for our student and early career members more affordable than full member rates.
- Hosting in a popular location: Expenses for hosting a convention in Minneapolis are higher than past conference locations. For example, pricing for food and beverages is roughly 15% higher than in St. Louis where we hosted our conference in 2020. Expenses for meetings have also increased amid challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Fiscal responsibility to SPSP: We also needed to honor our obligation to mitigate deficits due to rising meeting expenses and reduced revenue.
We share these factors to demonstrate that the registration rates above are the result of a thoughtful and deliberate process, designed to help us host an event that is as safe and inclusive as possible. When attending an SPSP event, you’ll have access to a rich array of programming and the opportunity to connect with your fellow leaders in the field.
All meeting attendees will be required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination. A person is up to date with their vaccination two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination and one booster when eligible. Booster eligibility is dependent on your individual circunstances and location of residency.
Attendees, including those who are fully vaccinated, will be required to wear masks at all times while participating in the meeting, except for when actively eating or drinking.
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- Additional protocols may be followed to ensure safety during the event. They include, but are not limited to:
- Attendees are required to register in advance; there will be no on-site registration.
- Attendees will receive a health attestation form which they will be required to complete prior to picking up their registration badge onsite.
- Meeting space will be arranged to allow social distancing where possible
- Food and beverage functions will be adjusted to reduce lines, crowds and high touch surfaces.
- Hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes will be available throughout the venue for attendee use.
- Attendees staying in the SPSP block of hotel rooms will be able to opt out of housekeeping.
COVID-19 Notice and Release
Those choosing to attend the 2022 Summer Psychology Forum must agree to the terms of this Notice and Release during the registration process. By agreeing to this Release, participants acknowledge that they have made the decision to attend the 2022 Summer Psychology Forum with the full understanding of the inherent risks of such decision and acknowledge and agree to these risks. Please see the full Notice and Release here.
COVID-19 Protocols and Health Screening – Attestation Form
As a condition of your admission to all SPSP sponsored or supported events, you will be required to complete this attestation prior to your arrival at the conference:
- I am fully vaccinated and have received my booster (if eligible) more than one week prior to arrival.
- I will provide proof of vaccination to SPSP at the registration desk when picking up my registration badge.
- I am not currently experiencing any symptom of illness such as:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- If I become symptomatic at the event, I will leave the meeting space immediately and return to my hotel room to isolate. I will alert SPSP by sending an email to email@example.com.
- I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last (10) days.
- I have reviewed the CDC quarantine and isolation guidelines. I am not required to isolate or quarantine based on the guidelines.
- I have reviewed the CDC travel guidelines. I am permitted to travel based on the guidelines.
- I will wear a mask at all times while participating in the meeting. When actively eating or drinking, I may remove my mask for bites/sips.
- I will practice social distancing at all times where possible.
- I will follow all other safety protocols established by SPSP and the hotels for individuals attending the meeting.
Failure to provide the required attestation at the time of arrival may result in your exclusion from SPSP events during event.
Note on COVID-19 Variants
As more information about variants of the Coronavirus emerge, SPSP will follow safety measures put into place by state and local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure the safety of those participating in the Summer Psychology Forum.
How We Developed the Health and Safety Plan
The SPSP Board of Directors and Convention Committee aim to protect the health of those attending SPSP events. We must also protect the community in which we are guests: the city of Minneapolis.
It is also important to consider the communities to which we will return after the event. We are mindful of those with personal health vulnerabilities related to the pandemic, including those with children under 12 or high-risk family members. We also understand that part of an in-person conference’s value is the opportunity to gather with colleagues and are exploring ways to safely foster these connections.
As we all know, circumstances surrounding the pandemic are constantly evolving. While it is impossible to anticipate what the situation will be as we come closer to the event, we know that people will need to plan in advance and would like to offer as much policy guidance as possible in order to help them prepare accordingly.
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In addition to general misconduct, the SPSP Code of Conduct specifically addresses sexual harassment, which is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of the United States as including "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature." Note that such harassment "does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's sex." Behavior can be classified as harassment when it "is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment." Sexual harassment is perpetrated and experienced across genders and professional roles.
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Consequences for Prohibited Behavior
Violation of this Code of Conduct is considered by SPSP to be a serious form of professional misconduct. The consequences for violations will be determined by factors including the immediacy of the threat to attendees, the severity and frequency of the violation, whether the individual has been found to have past violations, and the status of the individual (with those in position of authority and leadership held to the highest standards of behavior). Agreement to this Code of Conduct constitutes acknowledgement that 1) the possible disciplinary actions for its violation include but are not limited to a verbal warning, removal from an event without refund, restriction on attending future events, removal from membership, and forfeiture of previous awards or honors, and 2) SPSP reserves the right, in consultation with the complainant, to notify a home institution or employer of a finding of misconduct in violation of this Code of Conduct.
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology will offer a limited number of awards to support individuals registering for the Health Disparities Summer Psychology Forum (SPF).
Graduate Student Travel Award: Applicants are required to be Graduate Student members.
Teacher/Scholar Travel Award: Applicants must be a teacher/scholar who teaches and works exclusively with undergraduate students. Graduate student teachers or teaching assistants are not eligible.
The deadline to submit is Monday, May 23 at 11:59 PM PT.
Note: There will be at least five $250 student travel awards to outstanding poster/data blitz submissions, as well as two $500 awards for exceptional student data blitz submissions. To be considered for these awards, submissions must be made by May 23.
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.
- 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 email@example.com
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)
- Alejandro Garcia, Data Blitz Award Winner (California State University, San Bernadino) “The Sustainability of Social Movements: Evaluating Risk and Benefits”
- Eleanor Junkins (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) “Exclusion of LGBTQ+ and Nonbinary Folks in Romantic Relationships Research”
- Akanksha Das (Miami University). “Multiple forms of oppression on college student alcohol-related outcomes”
- 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”
- 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”
- 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”
- 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”
9:00 AM CT
Morning Session 1: Social Relationships and Health Disparities (Ballroom 3)
- 9:00 AM "Why Does Concealment Undermine Health and Wellbeing? A Network Analysis of Potential Mechanisms" Joel Le Forestier (Citation Award Winner, University of Toronto)
- 9:05 AM “The Cultural Shaping of Relationships and Health Has Implications for Health Disparities” Belinda Campos (University of California at Irvine)
- 9:35 AM “Socioeconomic Status and Health Disparities” Jenny Cundiff (University of Alabama)
- 10:00 AM “Socioeconomic Status and Social Support” Emily Hooker (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Coffee break and informal time for questions with Thursday morning speakers.
11:00 AM CT
Morning Session 2: Funding Opportunities in Health Disparities (Ballroom 3)
- Arielle Gilman (Program Officer, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities)
- Steve Breckler and Ximena Arriaga (Program Directors, National Science Foundation)
1:30 PM CT
Afternoon Session: From Individuals to Society: Discrimination and Culture (Ballroom 3)
- Sierra Semko (Citation Award Winner, University of California, Berkeley)
- 1:35 PM “Internalized Racism and Health”
- Drexler James (Denison University)
- 2:00 PM "Health Disparities for Native Americans"
- Tyler Jimenez (University of Washington)
- 2:25 PM “I’m Not in Kansas Anymore: Moving from Basic to Applied Research on Racial Bias and Health Care Disparities”
- Lou Penner (Karmanos Cancer Center, Wayne State University)
3:30 PM CT
Data Blitz 2 (Ballroom 3)
- Melisa Williams Ibora, Data Blitz Award Winner (Texas Tech University). “State-Wide Structural Stigma's Impact on Adolescent Drug Use Among Racially and Sexually Marginalized Youth”
- Fabiola Vazquez (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona). “Cultural Orientations of Horizontal/Vertical Individualism/Collectivism and Attitudes about Seeking Psychotherapy”
- Tatiana Basanez (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona). “Exploring the Factor Structure of Cultures of Joy/Easygoingness and their link to Mental Health”
- Laurel Gibson (University of Colorado, Boulder). “Effects of perceived discrimination on sexual minority men’s psychological distress: Exploring sources of resilience and risk”
- Hannah Elizabeth (Yale University). “Relationship Status, Sexual Identity, and Individual Well-being”
- Minh Duc Pham (University of Connecticut). “Implications of Beliefs about Learned versus Natural Prejudice for Discrimination-Coping Styles and Mental Health Among Black Americans”
- Zachary G. Baker (University of Minnesota). “Simultaneously developing interventions for low-/middle-income and high-income settings: considerations and opportunities”
4:15 PM CT
Breakout Tables for Networking (Deer/Elk)
9:00 AM CT
Morning Session: Approaches and Methods in Health Disparities Research (Ballroom 3)
- 9:00 AM “The Health-White Association: Repercussions on and Reclamation of Racial-Ethnic Minority Health”
- Danielle Boles (Stanford University)
- 9:05 AM “Social Psychology: A Powerful Tool for Studying Heart, Brain, and Discrimination”
- Danielle Beatty Moody (University of Maryland at Baltimore County)
- 9:30 AM “Working in Healthcare Settings”
- Sean Phelan (Mayo Clinic)
- 9:55 AM “Harnessing Large Secondary Data Sources to Answer Questions about Health Disparities”
- Bill Chopik (Michigan State University)
- Coffee break and informal time for questions with Friday morning speakers
11:00 AM CT
Inside the Disparities Researcher’s Studio (Ballroom 3)
Conversation with Wendy Berry Mendes (University of California, San Francisco), moderated by Modupe Akinola (Columbia Business School)
12:00 PM CT
Plan Your Visit
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.
Stay in the Official SPSP Hotel Block
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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