I am honored and a bit surprised to be considered for the presidency of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. I have been a member of the society since my days in graduate school--a very long time ago. I identify myself as a personality psychologist and my work places me at the intersection of personality and social psychology. I have served the society in a number of different roles and have always tried to do my very best in whatever the role required. I think I have distinguished myself as a truth teller and a problem solver. As a leader and mentor, I am definitely someone who gets passionate about other people’s success. Indeed, the roles I have enjoyed the most have been those that have allowed me to play a part in honoring the accomplishments of others (the fellows committee and the student publication award committee). I see my work as an editor as not only part of making excellent science but as celebrating that science and the scientists who create it. To be honest, I would hope that as president of SPSP I would serve a similar function—celebrating all of the various people who are doing amazing work in our field.  As a first generation college student and out lesbian, I know what it feels like to wonder if you really belong, in various academic contexts. My goal as president of SPSP would be to reinvigorate our diversity efforts, to create a celebration of all of our science.

Sitting here in the shadow of a pandemic, it is difficult to generate a list of policy ideas or priorities. But I can share the values that I believe should guide the decisions that our field faces in the coming years. I value integrity, transparency, and diversity.