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January 28, 2016
Location: Room 2
8:30-8:45: Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:00: Opening Remarks: President Traci Mann, and Organizers Matthias Mehl and
9:00-9:30: Brenda Major, University of California, Santa Barbara  
9:30-10:00: Martin Hagger, Curtin University 
10:00-10:15: Datablitz 1 & Student Award Announcement
10:15-10:45: Lyle Ungar, University of Pennsylvania 
10:45-11:15: Morning Break
11:15-11:45: Jason Rentfrow, University of Cambridge 
11:45-12:00: Early Career Award Announcement & SPHN Anthem
12:00-1:15: Lunch Networking Roundtables & Poster Sessions
1:15-1:45: Tara Gruenewald, University of Southern California
1:45-2:30: Flash Talks
2:30-3:00: Afternoon Break
3:00-3:45: Keynote Address: Kevin Patrick, University of California, San Diego
3:45-4:15: Early Career Award Address: David Creswell, Carnegie Mellon University  
4:15-4:30: Wrap-Up

Speakers | Blitz Talks & Posters Travel Awards | SPSP 5K Fun Run & Walk | SPHN Mixer | Registration | Contact | SPSP Convention

The Social Personality Health Network is excited to present the 7th Social Personality Health Preconference that is dedicated to examining the reciprocal relationship between social/personality psychology and health. The preconference, traditionally the largest of the SPSP preconferences, will present research at multiple levels of analysis, and topics this year will include socioeconomic and racial health disparities, stress, psychoneuroendocrinology, behavior change, meditation, body image, doctor-patient communication, sleep, and Big Data. Two graduate student awards will be presented, along with an Early Career Research award.


Brenda Major, University of California, Santa Barbara
Martin Hagger, Curtin University
Lyle Ungar, University of Pennsylvania
Jason Rentfrow, University of Cambridge
Tara Gruenewald, University of Southern California
Kevin Patrick, University of California, San Diego
David Creswell, Carnegie Mellon University

Blitz Talks & Posters


The SPHN preconference will again feature a data blitz and poster session. Both provide opportunities to share findings with an audience of interested health researchers. Each presentation lasts 2 minutes and highlights one central idea, study, or finding. The poster presentation format is standard. If you are interested in participating in the data blitz or poster session, please send a title and brief abstract (200 words or fewer) to Sally Dickerson by November 1, 2015. Please name your file "LastName_Abstract." Also, please indicate whether you want your submission to be considered for the data blitz or the poster presentation (note: there will be many more slots for posters than for data blitz talks). Please note that, while poster submissions are open to everyone, data blitz submissions are limited to graduate students and post-docs. Poster submissions covering non-empirical topics are welcome. If the number of data blitz or poster submissions exceeds the number of available slots, the review committee will decide based on reviewers’ scores. Data blitz or poster session presenters must be registered for the preconference.


Travel Awards

We are excited to offer two $500 travel awards to graduate students and postdocs on the basis of outstanding data blitz abstracts. To be considered for a travel award, please email a CV along with your data blitz submission by November 1, 2015 and indicate your interest in the travel award in your email. Poster session submissions are not eligible for the travel awards. Please name your file "LastName_CV."

Early Career Award

The Social and Personality Health Network (SPHN) awards an annual Early Career Award to honor a junior scholar who has made exceptional contributions to research and/or practice that integrates social/personality and health psychology. The recipient of the award will be announced at the 2016 preconference, and the winner will be formally recognized at the 2017 preconference with a plaque and the opportunity to give an invited talk on his/her research.

Eligibility: Scholars are eligible to be nominated for this award if they have earned doctoral degree within the past 10 years (not before February 2006). Nominators should submit a packet including a CV, a 1-2 page cover letter describing the research contributions in terms of integration of social/personality and health psychology, and 2-3 representative publications. Nomination packets should be submitted as a PDF file to John Updegraff. The deadline for the 2016 award will be November 15, 2015. Members of the SPHN Steering Committee are ineligible for the award.

SPSP 5K Fun Run & Walk 

As in the previous years, SPHN will host the SPSP 5k Fun Run & Walk, jointly with SPSP.

SPHN Mixer 

Join us for the 4th Annual SPHN Pre-Preconference Mixer! If you're new to the SPHN Preconference, we would be delighted to get to know you, and if you're an old-timer there's a lot of catching up to do. It will be held the night before the Preconference at a great venue, The Grand on 5th, located just a few blocks from the convention center. So come join your fellow SPHN graduate students and faculty as we socialize and enjoy happy hour drinks. Just because we'll be talking about health on Thursday doesn't mean we can't enjoy a little unhealthy behavior on Wednesday. In fact I think it justifies it.

To help us better plan, it would be great if you could RSVP (even if a “maybe”) by clicking here.

See you there!

Your host: Jeff Hunger

Wednesday, January 27th, 7-10 pm 
The Grand on 5th

Walking directions to the event can be found here.


Registrations via mail must be received by January 8, 2016. See all registration policies here.

*Attendees registering for both the Annual Convention AND a preconference will receive a $25 discount.* 


Name Email
Matthias Mehl mehl@email.arizona.edu
Kate Sweeny ksweeny@ucr.edu
Registration Questions registration@spsp.org


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