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Founded in 1974, SPSP is currently the largest organization of social and personality psychologists. SPSP membership is open to students and professionals involved or interested in personality and social psychology.
Click below to become a member of SPSP (or to renew a membership). (Note: Dues are paid directly to SPSP Inc.)
SPSP is committed to supporting its members during times of hardship. If financial assistance is needed, please submit a Hardship Dues Waiver Request.
Additionally, some universities or employers may help offset the cost of membership in a professional association by covering the costs of dues or providing reimbursement. Find ideas for approaching your faculty members/employer to help pay your membership dues. Both you and your university/organization can benefit from your SPSP membership—this guide can help you build a compelling case to your university or organization for reimbursement of your membership dues.
SPSP Inc. was established as an organization independent of APA (including Division 8 of APA) in 1975. Memberships in SPSP Inc. and in Division 8 of APA are, therefore, independent and are applied for in separate and different ways. People may be a member of one organization, the other, or both.
How to Join Division 8 of APA
To become a Division 8 of APA member, individuals must meet APA's membership criteria, AND indicate interest in becoming a member of APA Division 8, which requires an additional $5 paid directly to APA beyond regular APA dues.
How Membership Benefits Differ Between Division 8 of APA and SPSP
- As an APA Division 8 member, individuals qualify for the APA Convention member registration rate, while being a member of SPSP, by itself, does not. APA Division 8 members also qualify for reduced rates for APA journals (e.g., JPSP).
- As an SPSP member, individuals qualify for the SPSP Convention member registration rate. Being a member of APA Division 8, by itself, does not qualify people for that rate. In addition, members of SPSP receive complimentary SPSP journals (e.g., PSPB, PSPR) as well as SPPS. See membership categories above for more information about membership dues and categories.
Member Categories and Rates
This category is for those who have earned a doctorate degree in psychology. It includes all benefits and services of membership and is intended for those who want to be top supporters of the Society.
This category is for those who have earned a doctorate degree in psychology. It includes all benefits and services of membership.
Individuals who are no longer a student and have not earned a doctorate in psychology are eligible for this membership. (Note: Associate members are not eligible to vote or hold office in SPSP)
Individuals who have earned their doctorate degree in psychology within the last 6 years may choose to join as early career members.
This membership is for undergraduate students interested in personality and social psychology. After receiving their bachelor’s degree, students may continue to be in the undergraduate category for up to three years before they must transition to either graduate student or associate member categories.
This membership is for graduate students interested in personality and social psychology. Students enrolled in a masters or doctorate program may register in this category.
For retired individuals with past experience in the social and personality psychology fields.
For individuals based in Low-Middle Income countries.
Benefits of Membership
Read on below to learn more about the benefits of membership.
Access new research with free online and print access to SPSP’s three journals: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB), Personality and Social Psychology Review (PSPR), and Social Psychology and Personality Science (SPPS).
Join our network of over 7,500 social and personality psychologists through our online, members-only community, SPSP Connect! This exclusive network also includes shared interest groups for specific member types and areas of study within the social and personality psychology field.
Contribute to the field by attending and presenting at our annual convention. In addition, as a member, you will receive a discounted member rate.