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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.

As described below, we are now accepting submissions for flash talks, data blitz talks, poster presentations, travel awards, and for the Social and Personality and Health Network annual early career award. The deadline for all submissions is December 1, 2017. 

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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 Talks:

The 2018 SPHN preconference will feature flash talks in which researchers give a five-minute presentation on their most exciting work. Faculty and other non-student professionals are invited to submit an abstract to become one of the flash talk speakers at the preconference. If you are interested in giving a flash talk, please send a title and brief abstract (200 words or fewer) to SPHNetworkSubmissions@gmail.com by December 1, 2017. Please name your file "LastName_Abstract” and use the subject line “Flash Talk Submission." We anticipate accepting 5 to 6 flash talks. Flash talk presenters must be registered for the preconference.

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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 SPHN preconference will again feature a data blitz and poster session. Both provide opportunities for 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. We anticipate accepting 8 data blitzes. The poster presentation format is standard. We anticipate accepting 30 posters. If you are interested in participating in the data blitz or poster session, please send a title and brief abstract (200 words or fewer) to SPHNetworkSubmissions@gmail.com by December 1, 2017. Please name your file "LastName_Abstract” and use the subject line “Data Blitz/Poster Submission." Also, please indicate whether you want your submission to be considered for the data blitz, poster session, or both. Data blitz and poster presenters must be registered for the preconference.

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Student/Postdoc Research Travel Awards:

We are excited to offer two $500 travel awards to the students and/or postdocs on the basis of outstanding data blitz abstracts. To be considered for a travel award, please email a CV along with your data blitz submission to SPHNetworkSubmissions@gmail.com by December 1, 2017 and indicate your interest in the travel award in your email. Please name your file "LastName_CV” and use the subject line “Travel Award Submission." 

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 research talk.

Eligibility: Scholars are eligible to be nominated for this award if they have earned doctoral degree within the past 10 years (not before March 2008). Nominators should submit a packet including a CV, a 1-2 page cover letter describing the research contributions in terms of integration of social/personality and health psychology, and 2-3 representative publications. Nomination packets should be submitted as a PDF file to SPHNetworkSubmissions@gmail.com by December 1, 2017 with the subject line “Early Career Award Nomination.” Members of the SPHN Steering Committee are ineligible for the award. Self-nominations are welcome.

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SPSP 5K Fun Run & Walk:

As in previous years, SPHN will host the SPSP 5k Fun Run & Walk jointly with SPSP.

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Andrew GeersUniversity of Toledo
Jennifer HowellUniversity of California, Merced

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