Society for Personality and Social Psychology

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Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Founded 1974
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Over 5,500
Mark Leary, Duke University

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) is an academic society for personality and social psychologists focused on promoting scientific research that explores how people think, behave and interact. It is the largest organization of social psychologists and personality psychologists in the world. SPSP was founded in 1974 and it serves as Division 8 of the American Psychological Association


  • Produce and disseminate knowledge to the profession and the public for the public good through personality and social psychological science;
  • Promote the careers of students and professionals in the areas of personality and social psychology; and
  • Recognize and promote achievement in personality and social psychology.


Each year, SPSP hosts a convention that attracts thousands of attendees. Attendees include students and new and seasoned psychologists. At the convention symposia, research is shared and members are able to engage in professional development.


SPSP governance consists of a twelve-member Board of Directors, with five officers. Governing members include:

  • President: Mark Leary
  • President-Elect: Wendy Wood
  • Past President: James Pennebaker
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Shelly Gable
  • Member at Large: Michael Zarate
  • Member at Large: Theresa Vescio
  • Member at Large: Toni Schmader
  • Member at Large: Sanjay Srivastava
  • Member at Large: Veronia Benet-Martinez
  • Member at Large: Samuel Sommers
  • Division 8 Council Representative: Paula Pietromonasco
  • Executive Director: Chad Rummel


SPSP publishes the journals:

  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB) - monthly journal consistently ranked among the most prestigious journals in social and personality psychology, according to the Social Science Citation Index
  • Personality and Social Psychology Review (PSPR) - top‐ranked journal in social and personality psychology, published quarterly and devoted to theoretical and review articles
  • Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPPS) - a new, brief reports electronic journal jointly published by the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Association for Research in Personality, the European Association of Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and other co‐sponsoring organizations

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