Looking for a new way to connect with other SPSP members? Share career advice, ponder big-picture questions, and meet members with similar backgrounds in these virtual meeting rooms hosted by fellow SPSP members.
In order to make participation more equitable and inclusive:
- Sessions may be recorded for inclusion in SPSP Learning Online
- Sign-up times will be spread out and with advance notice
Sign-ups for November 4 and November 11 sessions will open Monday, October 31 at 2 PM ET. Sign-ups for November 18 and November 25 will open on Thursday, November 4 at 12 PM ET.
Questions can be sent to SPSP Community & Resource Manager: Lauren Booker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Host a session
Have an idea to host a Free-Form Friday session? Apply to host a future session (submit a meeting name, host, description, and preferred dates/times). Submit your session idea by November 18.
The current Student Committee is excited to have a discussion with students interested in being members of the committee for the upcoming year (2023-2024). Committee members will be sharing their experiences as members of the committee, together with information about what being a member of the committee entails. If you are interested in applying for a position on the student committee, attending this event can be very helpful and informative.
The goal of this session is to discuss how social psychologists can conduct theory-guided research to improve the lives of people experiencing depression and other forms of mental illness. Social psychologists are not the ones to provide therapy or medication, but there are other critical contributions that they can make within this domain. The hosts' work focuses on creating persuasive messages to increase help-seeking and reduce stigma, and there are numerous ways that researchers can use social psychological theory to address real-world issues related to mental health. The session will begin with a short overview of the hosts' work in the realm of depression; next, the hosts will explore the wide range of ways that social psychological theory and research can make a critical contribution to this applied domain. This session will be helpful for anyone interested in discussing ways that social psychology can aid in the battle to help those with depression and other mental illnesses.
In this session, Dr. Ashley Ruba will share her experiences pivoting from a career in academic psychology research to a career in UX Research. She will discuss why she "left" academia, what she does as a UX Researcher, and how psychology PhDs can network and apply for jobs outside of academia. This session will be helpful for psychology researchers (at all career stages) who are considering making a similar career transition.
Host: Ashley Ruba, email@example.com, Meta
In this session, hosts say the quiet part aloud—a lot of academics, even those in coveted tenured or tenure-track positions—have become unhappy in academia, and are choosing to leave. The hosts will share insights from our own experiences, as well as themes they have seen across six months of hosting "Recovering Academics"—a support group for those leaving the academy. The discussion will be geared towards those currently working in faculty positions (tenure track or not!) who are considering leaving academia or are just curious about life on the outside. The hosts will cover navigating the decision to leave, myths and stereotypes around leaving, our process, and adjusting to a changing identity.
While conducting studies that relate to multiple disciplines (e.g., combining Psychology with Health Science, Sports, Technology, etc.) holds great appeal for researchers wishing to diversify their areas of impact (and opportunities for publication), a number of myths about interdisciplinary research can hold researchers back from combining multiple fields in ways that generate new insights by virtue of a gestalt effect. After overviewing several myths about what interdisciplinary research is (and what it isn't), this session will provide some helpful guidelines for conducting interdisciplinary research that will help you stay original and find a welcome audience for your research findings in multiple fields.
Host: Julia Sebastien, firstname.lastname@example.org, Media Psychologist and Learning Designer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
The human perspective on driving leaves much to be desired especially in economies struggling with poor driving habits. With several research investigations proffering solutions that are yet to bring about the desired safe driving behavior, the goal of this session is to discuss the possibility of exploring parents' driving behavior as a model for their children's future behavior on the road. Thus, the host plans to discuss personality characteristics that aid safe driving behavior, and argue that characters or traits such as traffic rule obedience and related variables can be imbibed and inculcated by children as they drive with their parent(s) to and from school.
Hosts: Bola Malomo, email@example.com, University of Lagos