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Annual Convention Legacy Program

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology is pleased to announce Phillip Shaver as the 2019 Annual Convention Legacy honoree. This program is designed to honor legacy figures in social and personality psychology. 

Legacy Award winner Phillip R. Shaver with the Portland logo trees and mountains behind him

Phillip R. Shaver, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. He obtained his BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and his PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of UC Davis in 1992 after serving on the faculties of Columbia University, New York University, University of Denver, and SUNY at Buffalo.

He has received research grants from NSF, NIMH, and numerous foundations and has published over 300 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has coauthored and co-edited numerous books including In Search of Intimacy; Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes; Attachment in Adulthood; Handbook of AttachmentProsocial Motives, Emotions, and Behavior; The Social Psychology of Morality: Exploring the Causes of Good and Evil; Mechanisms of Social Connection: From Brain to Group, and the four social/personality volumes of the APA’s series of psychology handbooks. His research deals with attachment theory, close relationships, human emotions, and personality development. He has served on numerous grant review panels and editorial boards and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

He has served as executive officer of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) and president of the International Association for Relationship Research, from which he received a Distinguished Career Award and an International Mentoring Award. He received a Scientific Influence Award and a Distinguished Career Award from SESP, a Distinguished Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Stockholm in Sweden. He lives in Davis, California, with his wife, Distinguished Professor of Psychology Gail S. Goodman. They have two college-student daughters.

The theme of Legacy program is to trace the impact of the senior scholar’s seminal contribution (or body of work) to contemporary work through a series of events as follows:

1. Legacy Symposium

Legacy Symposium -  The Adult Attachment Research Legacy: 32 Years Since Hazan and Shaver (1987)

A celebration of Shaver’s SPSP Legacy Award for adult attachment research, beginning with Hazan and his 1987 JPSP article, “Romantic Love Conceptualized as an Attachment Process,” which spawned an enormous interdisciplinary and international research literature, including scores of academic and trade books and thousands of scholarly articles and chapters. The symposium includes a brief overview of adult attachment research and suggests possibilities for future work to extend “the legacy.”

Click here for full symposium information.

2. Legacy Lunch

Directly following the symposium, the Legacy will host a lunch for his or her academic legacies (e.g., students and students’ students, etc.), major contributors to the research area as appropriate, and other guests as selected by the honoree. 

3. Legacy Posters

Posters accepted for the SPSP convention that can trace back to the Legacy (through a self-nomination process) will have the option to pick up a Legacy Badge onsite at the convention. Displaying this badge on their poster will signify all the work the legacy continues to touch. 

2019 Annual Convention
February 7 - 9, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232, USA