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Working Groups

For the 2019 convention, SPSP is introducing a new activity at convention: Working Groups. These small collaborative groups will convene during the convention to produce a deliverable item of use to SPSP members. Topics will be selected and groups formed prior to the convention to allow for pre-convention planning, and then the groups will meet for a few hours during the convention to collaborate on their work.

This is your chance to be collaborate with colleagues around the country while you are already planning on being in the same location.

Please submit a rough of your topic by December 6 by providing a few sentences about what you hope to accomplish here.

Examples of Working Group deliverables may include:

  • Sample syllabus for XYZ Course
  • List of Best Practices for XYZ
  • Recommendations for teaching XYZ
  • Curating Resources for XYZ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can propose/lead a Working Group? 
Any convention attendee! What will the size of the Working Groups be? We envision working groups the size of 5-12 participants. 

How will participants be selected? 
SPSP will work with chosen Working Group leaders to place one call for all Working Groups, and the leaders of each Working Group will choose their participants. 

What will happen with the deliverable items? 
The deliverable items will be shared on the SPSP website, with credit being given to those who participated in process of creating them.

Exhibit Hall Schedule

Exhibit Hall Schedule

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Exhibitor Move-In and Setup: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Exhibits Open: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, February 8, 2019

Exhibits Open: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Exhibits Open (Optional): 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Exhibits Open: 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Exhibits Open: 8:00 AM – 2: 00 PM

Exhibits Open (Optional): 6:15 PM – 8:00 PM*

Note: * Evening hours on Saturday (6:15 – 8pm) during the closing reception are optional. If exhibitors elect to remain through the close of the opening reception, this time is included with booth space at no extra charge. Exhibits must be broken down at either the 2pm or 8pm closing time on Saturday.

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Legacy Symposium

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


Phillip R. Shaver, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis
Mario Mikulincer, Professor, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel
R. Chris Fraley, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cindy Hazan, Professor, Cornell University

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.”

Roots and Branches of the Legacy

Attachment theory began with Bowlby’s theoretical books and Ainsworth’s studies of infant-mother attachment. Scores of studies of child-parent attachment patterns followed. In 1987, Hazan and Shaver identified the same patterns in adult relationships. Over the past 30 years, hundreds of studies have been published covering attachment processes in the brain, the personality, romantic and marital relationships, religious experiences, and large organizations.

What Has Been Learned about Benefits of Attachment Security

A dispositional or contextually activated sense of attachment security improves audition, increases cognitive flexibility (reduces task-switching cost), improves spatial navigation, increases mentalization in social cognition tasks, and deepens exploration in a dream-work task. And the contribution of security to risk-taking, personal values, and identity formation is dependent on the stability/predictability of one’s early environment.

What Has Been and Still Can Be Learned about Stability and Change in Adult Attachment

Two of the enduring questions in adult attachment research concern why some people are more secure than others in their close relationships and the factors that promote stability and change in attachment over time. The purpose of this talk is to review what has been learned—and what remains to be learned—about these foundational questions.

Extending the Legacy

Since 1987 there have been advances in understanding the diverse and profound effects of attachment security and the nature of stability and change in attachment patterns. Much is left to explore, including the place of attachment in other social and evolutionary theories, methods to link attachment at the levels of brain, mind, and behavior; new methods for testing basic tenets of the theory; and advances in understanding the formation and markers of attachment bonds.


Getting Around Portland

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For more information about transportation, including Delta discounts, getting to Portland from the airport, and getting around the city, visit our Transportation page!


Annie Greerhalgh headshotAnnie Greenhalgh (email)
1. Download the Trimet app called Trimet Tickets. It offers transit passes at different durations (2.5 hours, 1 day, 1 week, etc) to suit your needs.

2. Public transit is wonderful here! To find out all the details about using it, I recommend Apple Maps. Google maps is great but I’ve found Apple Maps to be even better as it shows your progression through the bus/MAX/streetcar route so you know at all times when you should get off!

3. I think I’d prefer not to, if that’s okay! I’ve lived here for a short time and I only use the bus and sometimes the streetcar so I think I’d have less information than other ambassadors. But I can do it if you need!

Cynthia Mohr headshotCynthia Mohr (email)
Note that Portland is arranged in quadrants -- NW, NE, SE, SW and now also N. The Willamette river is the dividing line between east and west, whereas the Burnside Bridge divides North and South. Anything above N. Williams is considered north. All of the addresses will include the quadrant designation to help you quickly determine location. Portland has an outstanding public transit system with light rail (MAX), streetcars, and buses. You can get around very well to many locations using this system. Just head to the TriMet trip planner to plot your route: http://trimet.org/. As an alternative, it is always easy to find an Uber or Lyft nearby.

Tessa Dover headshotTessa Dover (email)
1. Know the difference between the MAX, the Streetcar, and the bus! [by Tessa Dover - and yes, you can have people contact me! -TD]

a. The MAX is the lightrail system and has the bigger trains. MAX routes are designated by colors (blue, red, yellow, orange) and swing by the convention center regularly (like, every few minutes). You can basically take any train to downtown Portland, and the red line takes you to/from the airport. They’re made for commuters so their fast, easy, and reliable, but they don’t go everywhere. No need to scan or show your pass to anyone unless a worker asks to see it.

b. The Streetcar has the smaller trains, and they’re designed for more local travel. Streetcar routes are designated by letters (A loop, B loop), and swing by the convention center a little less often than the MAX. They’re also a bit slower, but they’re very easy for getting downtown or traveling south from the convention center. Like the MAX, you don’t need to scan or show your pass to anyone unless a worker asks to see it.

c. The bus system uses numbers to designate routes (15, 24, 49), and they… are buses. Not super fast or fancy, but they go basically anywhere you’d like to get in the city. Google maps app usually does a decent job at directing you to the proper bus route to get you where you need to go. Just flash your pass to the driver when you board.

2. The MAX and the Streetcar are super useful and easy to use! Don’t be afraid to try out Portland’s public transit system, and don’t worry about asking people for advice on how to get around. Portlanders are generally very friendly and eager to help. 


In Your Free Time

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Annie Greerhalgh headshotAnnie Greerhalgh (email)

1. I enjoy game nights of various kinds around town.  For a fun night with an assortment of new and vintage arcade games in an impressively decorated venue, I like to go to barcades such as Ground Kontrol in Old Town-Chinatown.  Just make sure you bring cash or use the ATM there!  For an exciting game night, I love to put myself and my fellow graduate students to the test with one of our many escape rooms in which you do scavenger hunts and do a series of puzzles before time runs out!  There are many escape room companies around Portland if this interests you!

2. Since you’ll be coming during winter, movie night might be ideal!  My favorite theater is the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland.  The Hollywood Theatre is this charming 1920s building that the community reclaimed and restored to its original splendor.  This nonprofit theater shows indie films, cult films, documentaries, select new films.  Further it has events that are so much fun such as those in which the audience texts in jokes about the movies to be shown on the lower ¼ of the screen so that the audience can collectively riff on B movies.  Bonus: It serves pizza and select local ice cream flavors as well as beer!  You can’t go wrong here.

Emily Denning headshotEmily Denning (email)
If the weather is a bit nicer, check out Hoyt Arboretum, in SW near the Zoo and Rose Garden, for nice hikes and on clear days, views on Mt. Hood! It is also worth checking out the nearby Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden

Emma O'Connor headshotEmma O'Connor (email)
I like to go for walks with my partner and our dogs in Mt. Tabor Park, as well as around the International Rose Test Garden! The grounds are beautifully landscaped and offer amazing walking paths. Also, the Japanese Gardens are another amazing spot to walk and take in the gorgeous, pristine landscaping. 

Cynthia Mohr headshotCynthia Mohr (email)

Explore one of our beautiful gardens -- Lan Su Chinese Garden 239 Northwest Everett Street,  503.228.8131, while there enjoy tea in the teahouse. Portland Japanese Garden is also a great option--it is stunning year-round.  Monday: Noon-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4pm.  The Garden is located in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, directly above the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park,611 SW Kingston Ave., (503) 223-1321. There is a shuttle that runs from the MAX station to the garden. For more information, click here. On a side note, for those with children, also located at Washington Park and accessible by the MAX train is the Oregon Zoo and the Portland Children's Museum, both of which I highly recommend! 
Also consider a visit to the Saturday Farmers Market at Portland State University -- it's open all year (9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays, Nov-Mar) and accessible via street car, MAX train, bus or a short walk from many of the conference hotels. It is located at SW College & SW Montgomery.  In addition to produce, they also have a variety of yummy food gifts, food trucks and tasty treats from the local area and frequently have live music. 
Consider adding a day-trip to your schedule and tour the Columbia Gorge, including Multnomah Falls. The views are breathtaking and offers great sightseeing and hiking for those interested. Or, as an alternative, you could enjoy wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, or head to the coast (my favorite spot is Cannon Beach). 

Tessa Dover headshotTessa Dover (email)

1. There are a bunch of great movie theaters in Portland - most of them serve beer, wine, and food, and some of them specialize in second-run films so admission is super cheap. You can find them scattered throughout the city, but here are a few to consider: 
a. Living Room Theaters (downtown and specializing in indie  & foreign films) 
b. Laurelhurst Theater (Northeast Portland, showing both first and second-run movies. Showtimes after 8pm are 21+)
c. The Hollywood Theater (a non-profit theater in a funky old building. In the Hollywood district, which is in Northeast Portland)
2. It may be overplayed, but I really do enjoy going to Powell’s bookstore. Bookstores seem to be so rare these days, and it’s wonderful to experience all the good things about traditional bookstores -- curated staff recommendations, the smell and feel of new and old books, cute book-related doodads, the feeling of getting lost in the stacks. It’s downtown, just a MAX or streetcar ride away, and it’s just wonderful.

Emma Money headshotEmma Money (email)
One thing I like to do is grab a coffee downtown (I recommend trying Coava) and just walk around. There is a lot of Art Deco era architecture to look at but also shops to wander in and out of and snacks to munch on. If you do enjoy looking at houses and architecture, the Alphabet District is a 10-20-minute trek into the Northwest area and also has a lot of great examples of Victorian and Art Deco structures. Another fun thing to do is to visit the Pittock Mansion, not far west of the downtown area. The inside is very pretty if you like to look at old furniture and homes but you don’t have to go inside to have a good time. Hanging out on the lawn is free and has a view of Mount Hood and there is also a nice hiking trail that goes down the hill below it. 


Where to Eat

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Meet the SPSP Portland Ambassadors and get an insider’s perspective on the best parts of their city. Feel free to reach out to them with questions as you plan your convention travel!

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Annie Greerhalgh headshotAnnie Greenhalgh (email)
1. For a filling, tasty brunch in North Portland in a fun area with tons of restaurants and cute stores, Gravy is wonderful.  There’s a good variety of things on the menu but my favorites are the vegan gravy with biscuits and the Monte Cristo.

2. The Bye and Bye is one of my new favorites for more casual vegan dinner spots- try the tempeh sandwich.  The restaurant has outdoor seating and is located in the Alberta Arts District which is in North Portland.  

Emily Denning headshotEmily Denning (email)
If you want to try fantastic ice cream that has flavors you have never tried before, check out Salt and Straw. They have locations in SE, NE, and NW, and while there is often a line out the door it is definitely worth the wait! (If you want to skip the line, you can just walk up and buy a pint out of the freezer)

You may have heard of Voodoo Donuts, but here are some local favorites. Check out Blue Star, Coco Donuts, and Pip’s. My favorite for classic donuts are Coco Donuts (they make the best apple fritter I’ve ever had!), but for more interesting flavors check out Blue Star Donuts. If you happen to be here over your birthday, pick up some free donuts from Pip’s!

Emma O'Connor headshotEmma O'Connor (email)
Nicholas Restaurant: Amazing Lebanese cuisine, with in house made gigantic pita for every table. The food is always top quality, and they offer options for everyone, including gluten free and vegan. They have two locations, one in the SE and one in the NE area of the city. 

Cynthia Mohr headshotCynthia Mohr (email)
To enjoy a true Portland experience, head over to one of the many excellent brewpub choices around town. Here are a few of my favorites:

Deschutes Brewery (note it is in an excellent location near Powell's Bookstore and conveniently on the streetcar line).
Breakside Brewery - has 2 locations:   SLABTOWN, 1570 NW 22nd, and  DEKUM, 820 NE Dekum
Hopworks also has 2 Portland locations:  Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE POWELL BLVD and  Hopworks Bikebar, 3947 N WILLIAMS AVE
10 Barrel - has an awesome rooftop deck. 1411 Northwest Flanders Street
Mother's Bistro is also a very popular spot and award winning restaurant (and chef, Lisa Schroeder). Excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is family-friendly (though with a quieter section for people without kiddos!), it is right downtown and very affordable.  212 SW Stark Street
Departure is another spot to consider for pan-Asian cuisine--  this downtown restaurant is located on the top of the Nines Hotel. Many people come here for the happy hour and enjoy the amazing views. 525 SW Morrison Street

Tessa Dover headshotTessa Dover (email)
1. Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen is simple, delicious, and just a MAX ride away from the convention center in the middle of downtown Portland. Their Pho is particularly good when the weather’s a bit chilly. -   

2. Cascade Brewing Barrel House specializes in sour beers and tasty, not-too-expensive pub food. The ambiance is fun and casual, and it’s located in Southeast Portland. A short streetcar ride and then a five block walk.

Emma Money headshotEmma Money (email)
Hands down my favorite restaurant to go to is Kachka. It’s easily accessible by the streetcar and has the most amazing Russian dishes and delicious drinks. If you go, I highly recommend trying the herring under a fur coat and getting the Tvorog Vareniki (farmer’s cheese dumplings). Another good place to grab a bite is at the Piedmont Station in Northeast Portland. It has a wide selection of food carts, from sushi burritos to French food and beer, and lots of outside (covered) seating. My favorite is to go with someone who wants to share so we can get a selection of foods from various carts and taste a bunch in one sitting.

James Lee (email)
1. To experience southern cooking with a NW twist, head to the Screen Door on East Burnside St. All of their ingredients are locally sourced and organic. They have the best chicken & waffles in town and come highly recommended. Insider tip: after placing your name on the wait list, head next door to the Kopi Coffee House for a quick and remarkable Southeast-Asian coffee beverage.

2. For a casual and fun dining experience, check out Lardo in East Portland. They have a wide variety of hot sandwiches from their burgers to Nashville Hot Fried Chicken to Pork Meatball Banh Mi. Their “dirty fries” are a huge hit and make a great group appetizer. Lardo also has a large selection of rotating taps and a spacious backdoor patio in the eclectic, Hawthorne District.



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