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The Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention is the premier international event for more than 3,800 social and personality psychologists. Attendees from academia, non-profit, government, and private sectors present and discuss research, network and collaborate on projects, and pursue professional development while advancing science and pedagogy in the field. The 2019 convention will begin with preconferences on February 7. The two-day convention that follows will be held on February 8-9, 2019.

2018 Convention Committee for the 2019 Meeting

Evan Apfelbaum (Chair)
Lisa Jaremka
Robin Edlestein
Elliott Berkman
John Rauthmann

2018 Program Panels for the 2019 Meeting

Symposium Panel:

Amy Summerville
Ken DeMarree

Single Presenter Panel:

E.J. Masicampo
Negin Toosi

Professional Development Panel:

Yoel Inbar
Vivian Zayas

Workshop Panel:

Yoel Inbar
Vivian Zayas

Note: A $50 penalty will be applied to your registration fee if you purchase accommodations outside of the SPSP housing block.

Exceptions will be made for anyone living locally and commuting to the convention, anyone staying with family or friends, or if the official housing block is full/sold out.

SPSP Meeting Staff 

Nate WamboldMeetings and Events Director
Tel: (202) 869-3242
Email: nwambold@spsp.org

Rachel BaderProgram Manager
Tel: (202) 869-3244
Email: rbader@spsp.org

Brian RiddlebergerRegistrar
Tel: (202) 869-3240
Email: registration@spsp.org


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Future & Past Conventions

Future and Past Conventions

2022 - San Francisco, CA
February 17-19, 2022

2021 - Austin, TX
February 11-13, 2021

2020 - New Orleans, LA
February 27-29, 2020

2019 - Portland, OR
February 7-9, 2019

2018 Printed Program cover

2018 - Atlanta

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Talks and Posters

2017 - San Antonio

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Talks and Posters

2016 - San Diego

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Talks and Posters


2015 - Long Beach

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2014 - Austin

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Talks and Posters


2013 - New Orleans

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2012 - San Diego

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2011 - San Antonio

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2010 - Las Vegas

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2009 - Tampa

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2008 - Albuquerque

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2007 - Memphis

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2006 - Palm Springs

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2005 - New Orleans

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2004 - Austin

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2003 - Los Angeles 

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2002 - Savannah

Program not available


2001 - San Antonio

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2000 - Nashville

Program not available


SPSP Exhibits

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention is at the Oregon Convention Center on February 7-9, 2019. With over 7,000 members, SPSP is the largest Social and Personality Psychology organization in the world. Join over 3,600 attendees in the Poster and Exhibit Hall in Portland to build partnerships with our science that can change the landscape of personality and social psychology.

Exhibits at the SPSP Annual Convention are paired with attendee meal breaks, social hours, and poster sessions, ensuring prime exposure to the event’s most highly trafficked areas.

The 2019 Exhibit and Sponsorship Prospectus will be available in Spring of 2018. Check back often for more details.


Programming Types

Programming Types

The submission period for the 2019 Convention will open in July of 2018. Many preconferences accept late submissions, so visit those pages for additional submission opportunities.

Single Paper Session
Similar to the standard symposium session, a single paper session is comprised of 3-4 scientific presentations grouped into single paper sessions allowing submitters have their science considered as a single paper i.e. without putting together a full symposium. Submissions for single paper sessions will be reviewed and then grouped into 75-minute sessions with 2-3 other single papers of similar topics.

Posters are the largest form of programming at the SPSP Annual Convention with around 2,000 posters displayed over the course of the convention. Poster sessions take place in the exhibit hall and offer attendees ample opportunity to see the latest research being conducted around the country and the world, while affording them the chance to chat with the minds behind the science.

Data Blitz 
Want a lot of science fast? Data blitz sessions will offer rapid fire presentation style science in 5 minute chunks. Presenters have limited time to give attendees the very best of their research. These popular sessions are attendees' best chance to capture the span of the field in one session. 

With over 80 offered at the convention, these 75 minute sessions offer attendees the chance to hear 3-4 presentations from some leading researchers in the field. The content of symposia is entirely scientific, offering a look into cutting-edge research.

View last year’s research symposia here.

Professional Development Sessions
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.

View last year’s professional development sessions here.

Workshops provide convention attendees with an in-depth learning experience on a specific topic. Each workshop will designate its intended audience, and application to attend may be required. Workshops may be scheduled over meals or concurrently with symposia rounds.

View last year's deep-dive workshops here.

As part of the SPSP Annual Convention, leaders in the field of social and personality psychology organize daylong mini-conferences focused on specific areas of study and research in the field. These one-day preconferences kick off the SPSP Annual Convention and give attendees the unique opportunity to gather with colleagues who share their specific academic and research interests. These sessions can include speakers, discussions, networking lunches with experts, and poster presentations. Take a look at last year's preconferences

Note: Registration for Preconferences will continue to be merged with convention registration.

Invited Sessions
The sessions will cover timely issues important to the psychological sciences, ranging from national policy discussions to big data and evolutionary processes conversations.

View last year's invited sessions here

Legacy Program
The Annual Convention Legacy honoree will be selected each year by the SPSP Convention Committee. This program honors luminary figures in social and personality psychology. 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

This will be a symposium that pairs the honored figure with two active researchers whose work builds upon the legacy’s work. The luminary will have the opportunity to address the audience in whatever format they would like for half of the symposium’s allotted time. The rest of the symposium time would be devoted to presentations by the two contemporary researchers who would present more traditional research talks that highlight how their work can be traced back to the honored guest’s seminal contribution(s).

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

Pop-Up Programming
While the SPSP convention program is chalked full of amazing topics, speakers, and sessions, SPSP is making space in this year’s convention for sessions to “pop-up” for an informal conversation on a topic with new and old friends. Attendees can reserve designated space for such small group discussions that will be advertised on the mobile app, rotating screens, and social media. Given the last-minute nature of these unique sessions, information for attendees to join will be made available as soon as sessions “pop-up”. 

Birds of a Feather
To foster friendship and collaboration at the convention, some of the lunchtime tables on Friday and Saturday will be labelled by topic where, on an informal first-come first-served basis, attendees can sit, eat, and meet new, like-minded people. Closer to the convention, SPSP will poll attendees on topics they would like to see represented at these tables. 

Organize a Preconference

Organizing a preconference can seem overwhelming, especially to a first-time organizer. However, all you have to do is select the program and SPSP staff will take care of the rest (catering, a/v, registration, etc). 

Hosting a Preconference

SPSP will begin accepting applications to host a preconference for the 2019 Convention in May of 2018. Those interested in hosting a preconference must provide general information about their preconference in an application for review by the convention committee.

Applications will be made available here in May. Organizers are strongly encouraged to fill out the entirety of the application. Since preconferences are limited in 2019 due to space, the information submitted in the application will be used to evaluate which preconferences are selected and which are not if space does not exist for all applications submitted.

Note: Due to space limitations, SPSP reserves the right to reduce the number of preconferences and only those submitted by the deadline of June 8, 2018 will be considered.


SPSP staff have worked hard to streamline the planning experience for organizers. SPSP’s planning and onsite logistics team handle all elements of logistics for preconferences – budgets, registration, food and beverage selection, room setups, AV, and posters. 

After submission and acceptance of your preconference, SPSP staff will do the following:  

  • Your preconference will be placed in a room size based on your previous attendance. New preconferences will be placed in rooms as space permits.
  • SPSP will ensure that each preconference receives the appropriate setup, AV, and food and beverage selections to optimize the experience for all preconference attendees.  
  • Organizers will have the ability to use previous year’s funds from that preconference (if available) or solicit funding from sponsors to provide registration discounts or travel awards.
  • If you wish to present posters in your preconference, please check the box in the application and indicate how many poster boards you would like (each double-sided board allows 2 posters to be presented simultaneously). SPSP staff will make every effort to accommodate poster requests. Conveniently located poster areas will be utilized to maximize the cost effectiveness of renting poster boards. Preconferences will be assigned morning, mid-day, or afternoon timeslots to utilize poster areas for their programs.
  • Registration pricing will be identical for all preconferences to ensure a fantastic and equal experience for all attendees. By streamlining the logistical experience for attendees (registration fees, meals provided, sufficient AV, etc.) across all preconferences, SPSP will allow your attendees to focus only on the compelling material your organizing team provides in your program.
  • Registration for preconferences will be seamlessly merged with SPSP Annual Convention Registration AND a discount given to those who register for the convention and a preconference. Allowing attendees to “check a box” during Convention Registration will greatly increase exposure to your preconferences and make registering easy. There will be a similar web system to allow non-convention attendees to register for the preconference. Attendees will pick up their Preconference/Convention attendee badge prior to preconferences starting on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning at registration. There will not be individual registration desks for each preconference. Onsite registration will only be accepted at SPSP staffed registration locations as space in preconferences permits.
  • SPSP will provide onsite troubleshooting support from experienced SPSP event staff.

Note: Please remember SPSP does not monitor, select, limit, or endorse any material presented in preconferences.


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