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Professional Development at SPSP’s 17th Annual Convention

These sessions are scattered throughout the two-day program of the convention and introduce attendees to topics and content to further their growth in the field. Professional development sessions can be held over meal times, and give attendees the chance to build their networks with influential colleagues.

Friday, January 29, 2016, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Convention Kick-Off & Welcome Breakfast
Chair: Bryant Marks, Morehouse University
This session is aimed at members of historically underrepresented groups in SPSP and first-time conference attendees. Meet each other in a relaxed environment and discuss suggestions for getting the most out of the conference. Brief presentation/panel discussion and networking opportunities.
Scholarship and Productivity at Liberal Arts and Teaching Intensive Institutions
Chair: Kristin Dukes, Simmons College
Steven Fein, Williams College
Shana Levin, Claremont McKennna College
Julie Woodzicka, Washington & Lee University
This round table discussion focuses on challenges to scholarship and productivity faced by faculty at teaching intensive institutions. Topics to be covered include transitioning from research intensive institutions to teaching intensive institutions at different career stages, conducting high-quality research with undergraduates, selecting appropriate professional mentors, and best practices for collaboration.
Work-Life Balance
Chair: Sara Andrews, UC Riverside
Tim Loving, UT Austin
Cynthia Pickett, UC Davis
Julia Boehm, Chapman University
Carrie Bredow, Hope College
This special session will feature four established scientists—Tim Loving, Julia Boehm, Cynthia Pickett, and Carrie Bredow—speaking about their experiences with balancing successful academic careers with other personal and professional goals. Following a brief presentation by each of the mentors, the session will open for audience Q&A.
Finding Your Research Path in the Social/Personality Field
Chair: Katy Krieger, Oregon State University
Jon Grahe, Pacific Lutheran University
Sapna Cheryan, University of Washington
Jennifer Beer, University of Texas-Austin
Leaf Van Boven, University of Colorado Boulder
Before applying to graduate school, undergraduates are faced with the problem of narrowing down their research interests. This interactive session will provide undergraduates an opportunity to learn from established researchers how to choose their research area in social/personality psychology.
Bridge Into the Future: Addressing the Gap Between Industry and Academia
Chair: Joshua A. Tabak, Facebook Inc. & Cornell University
Joshua A. Tabak, Facebook Inc. & Cornell University
Anett Gyurak, Facebook Inc.
Vivian Zayas, Cornell University
Kristen Berman, Irrational Labs
Social and personality psychologists can practice basic and applied science outside academia, but such opportunities are not well known. This panel will describe some of the many ways social and personality psychologists can extend their research programs beyond the academia and into industry. There will be an extended Q&A.
Translating Open Science into Daily Practice
Chair: Katherine S. Corker, Kenyon College
David M. Condon, Northwestern University
Erica Baranski, University of California, Riverside
Jordan Axt, University of Virginia
Katherine S. Corker, Kenyon College
Much has been said about the value of making scientific practices more open, but less has been said about *how* to do so. There are many possible routes to openness, but for researchers who don’t know where to start, this session provides concrete tools (code, templates, and techniques) to begin.
The Many Flavors of Teaching-Focused Academic Jobs: A Panel on Job Expectations and Experiences from the Perspective of Recently Appointed Faculty
Chair: Maya Aloni, Western Connecticut State University
Angela Legg, Pace University
Shannon Lupien, Daemen College
Ariana Young, California Lutheran University
Jordan Troisi, Sewanee: The University of the South
Is a teaching-focused job right for you? Come find out! Teaching-focused positions vary greatly in their teaching, research, and service expectations. Panel members will discuss a variety of experiences across different academic settings that highly emphasize teaching in order to facilitate a broader understanding of available career options.

Friday, January 29, 2016, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

So You Want To Publish (Not Perish)? Ask the Editors
Chair: Carol Sanson, University of Utah
Duane Wegner, The Ohio State University
Monica Biernat, University of Kansas
Simine Vazire, University of California, Davis

Current and incoming editors of PSPB, PSPR, and SPPS will answer common questions about how to select the right journal for submitting a paper, questions about the review process, and the features that make a paper more or less likely to be accepted. Audience questions will also be welcome.

Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”: Perspectives from Psychologists in Public Health and Medical Settings
Chair: Earnshaw, Valerie, Harvard Medical School
Sarit Golub, Hunter College
John Pachankis, Yale University
This session is tailored for early-career psychologists conducting health-related research and considering working in psychology departments versus public health or medical schools. Speakers, who work in a variety of settings and represent a range of career stages, will describe their career trajectories, offer advice, and answer questions from the audience.
Multi-Method Approaches to Data Collection
Chair: Sara Andrews, University of California at Riverside
Jamie Pennebaker, University of Texas at Austin
Megan Robbins, University of California at Riverside
Erika Carlson, University of Toronto Mississauga
Shelly Gable, University of California at Santa Barbara
The purpose of this session is to introduce new data collection methods (e.g., LIWC, EAR, experience sampling, informant reports) and describe how these methods can be incorporated into research. Presentations by James Pennebaker, Shelly Gable, Megan Robbins, and Erika Carlson will be followed by a Q&A session with the speakers.

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM


Advocating for Science and Science-Informed Policy: What Every Psychologist (Should Know/Can Do)
Chair: June Tangney, George Mason University
June Tangney, George Mason University
Wendy Naus, Consortium for Social Science Associations
Heather O’Beirne Kelly, American Psychological Association
This session will offer context on the current state of play of social and behavioral science research funding and policy on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at federal funding agencies. Advocacy experts will be on hand to share best practices for engaging in outreach with policy makers. 
Maintaining an Active Research Program at a Small Predominantly Undergraduate Institution (PUI)
Chair: Jeannetta Williams, St. Edwards University
Jeannetta Williams, St. Edwards University
Delia Kothman Paskos, St. Edwards University
Small, teaching-focused institutions pose unique challenges and opportunities for faculty to build and sustain robust research programs. Session facilitators will share their strategies, such as integrating experiential learning into curricula, sequencing internal research resources, and recruiting research assistants. Participants will also discuss best practices and will discuss potential collaborations.
Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Advice from Experts on How To Make It Work in Your Career
Chair: Nilanjana Dasgupta, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Wendy Berry Mendes, University of California, San Francisco
Gregory Walton, Stanford University
Richard Slatcher, Wayne State University
Amanda Carrico, University of Colorado, Boulder
Four social psychologists discuss how they learned to conduct research that crosses disciplinary boundaries; form interdisciplinary collaborations; and attract grant funding for interdisciplinary projects. Research foci covered include intervention science; stress and physical health; racial health disparities; close relationships and health; and environmental attitudes and behaviors.
Social Psychologists in the Wild: Career Opportunities in Industry
Chair: Andrew Galperin, Oracle Corporation
Colleen Carpinella, Disney Research
Natalia Flores, Kantar Health
Christina Larson, Lieberman Research Worldwide
Mariana Preciado, CollegeSpring
Social psychologists are highly valuable and valued in a variety of non-academic occupational fields for our ability to plan, carry out, and communicate research. In this session, we aim to increase awareness of occupational opportunities where social psychologists can make a difference and put our skills to good use.
Generating Recommendations to Align Academic Incentives With Scientific Best Practices
Chair: Jimmy Calanchini, University of California Davis
Wendy Wood, University of Southern California
Mark Leary, Duke University
Diane Mackie, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nicolas Brown, Florida Atlantic University
Wiebke Bleidorn, University of California, Davis
Recent changes in best scientific practices, such as the need for increased sample sizes, may affect careers in academia. This town hall encourages members at all career stages to discuss and propose recommendations for change to realign the incentive structure of our field with the new scientific best practices.

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Journal Editors’ Forum on Statistics and Reporting Controversies
Chair: Roger Giner-Sorolla, University of Kent
Roger Giner-Sorolla, University of Kent
Richard E. Lucas, Michigan State University
Simine Vazire, University of California, Davis
Duane T. Wegener, The Ohio State University
Statistics and research reporting standards are changing in our field. In this innovative audience-driven format, four chief editors of highly visible journals in social and personality psychology will answer questions submitted beforehand by SPSP members about their opinions on statistics and reporting issues.

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

The Science of Solutions: How To Save the World with Your Research
Chair: Dr. Sarah Lyons-Padilla, Stanford University
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, Stanford University
Dr. Hazel Markus, Stanford University
Dr. Geoffrey Cohen, Stanford University
Dr. Alana Conner, Stanford University
Congratulations on unlocking the mysteries of the human mind! Now what? In this panel and workshop session sponsored by Stanford SPARQ, attendees will learn not only how to get more psychological science into the real world, but also how to get more real world into psychological science.
Conducting Meaningful Undergraduate Research: Pitfalls and Solutions
Chair: Bettina Spencer, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame
Carrie Langner, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Monica Schneider, Miami University
We will facilitate a discussion on the challenges and solutions for conducting undergraduate research. Topics include integrating student and faculty interests, pacing research, maintaining a lab, and the variety of overall research experiences in which undergraduate students can participate. The panel consists of faculty and students from various institution types.

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Taking Research Outside the Ivory Tower: Outreach Advice from Influential Thinkers in Psychology, Policy, and the Media
Chair: Kathleen Vohs, University of Minnesota
Nick Epley, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Dan Gilbert, Harvard University
Jamil Zaki, Stanford University
Todd Rogers, Harvard Kennedy School
It can be puzzling, irksome, and demotivating to realize that little of the field’s best work gets known to those outside our field. Four big thinkers — Nick Epley, Dan Gilbert, Jamil Zaki, Todd Rogers — share advice for scholars wishing to make bigger, broader, different kinds of difference.

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

From Social Psychologist to Data Scientist
Chair: Ravi Iyer, Ranker
Ravi Iyer, Ranker
Alyssa Fu, Insight Data Science
Social psychologists make great data scientists, combining a rigorous training in analyzing data with a deep understanding of the human beings that generate this data. We discuss how to make the move from social psychologist to data scientist, including demonstrations of technologies used and the data science job market.
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