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The Social Personality Health Network (SPHN) is excited to present the 10th annual SPSP Health Preconference, dedicated to examining the reciprocal relationship between social/personality psychology and health. This preconference will present research at multiple levels of analysis and topics this year will include health disparities, medical decision making, health communication, emotions, risk perception, and the neurobiology of social stress, among other exciting areas of research.

In addition to standard research presentations, the conference will also include student/postdoc data blitzes, faculty/professional flash talks, round table discussions, poster presentations, and a “just-in-time” topical debate involving attendees and research experts. Two student/postdoc research awards will be presented, along with an Early Career Award.


Pre-conference mixer: Wednesday night before the pre-conference we'll be holding our 6th annual pre-conference mixer. If you're new we are delighted to get to know you, and if you're an old-timer there's a lot of catching up to do. The mixer will be held from 7pm-10p at the W/XYZ Bar inside the Aloft Hotel, just a few blocks from the conference.

Round table themes: Also, as in years past, during lunch we will be offering themed round tables to help facilitate discussion. This year, however, we'd like your input on the topics we'll cover. Attendees will receive a brief survey about round table themes to let us know what (if any) table topics would be of interest.

Step challenge: Finally, we would also like to encourage everyone to take part in the SPSP Step Challenge! In lieu of a 5k this year, conference-goers can compete to see who can rack up the most steps. More information on how to participate can be found here!

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Invited Talks:

The pre-conference will included invited talks from:

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Peter Ubel (Keynote)
Duke University

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Elliot Berkman
University of Oregon

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Belinda Campos
University of California, Irvine

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Susan Persky
National Human Genome Research Institute

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Darby Saxbe
University of Southern California


Flash Talk Speakers:

The 2018 SPHN preconference will feature flash talks in which the following researchers will give a five-minute presentation on their most exciting work.

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Bobby Cheon
Nanyang Technological University

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Tessa Dover
Portland State University

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Kate Faasse
University of New South Wales

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Nikki Legate
Illinois Institute of Technology

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Peter Mende-Siedlecki
University of Delaware

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Krista Ranby
University of Colorado Denver


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Antonio Terracciano
Florida State University



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Save $25 when you register for both convention and preconference together!

Registration for preconferences is limited and fills quickly.
Registration is now open and will not reopen once this preconference fills.

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Data Blitz and Poster Session:

The Health preconference will feature an exciting line up of data blitz and poster session. Both provide opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to share findings with an audience of interested health researchers. Each data blitz presentation lasts 2 minutes and highlights one central idea, study, or finding. The poster presentation format is standard.

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Student/Postdoc Research Travel Awards:

We are excited to offer two $500 travel awards to graduate students and postdocs on the basis of outstanding data blitz abstracts. Travel award winners will be announced at the preconference.

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 2018 preconference, and the winner will be formally recognized at the 2019 preconference with a plaque and the opportunity to give an invited talk on his/her research.

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Andrew GeersUniversity of Toledo
Jennifer HowellUniversity of California, Merced

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