Diversity and Inclusivity in SPR

Values:

The Society for Psychophysiological Research recognizes that science is enhanced by the involvement of a wide range of individuals who are able to bring their unique perspectives and life experiences to bear in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. As such, SPR is committed to pursuing inclusivity in all aspects of its functioning, including its membership, leadership, attendees at the annual meeting, and the authorship represented in Psychophysiology.  Every individual should feel welcome within the SPR community, including people of any race, national origin, native language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, educational background, disability, or age.  

We further recognize the importance of diversity for the pursuit of scientific knowledge about the physiological bases of psychological processes, and encourage researchers to (a) increase the representation of diverse participants in psychophysiological studies, (b) when feasible report sufficiently detailed demographic descriptions of sample participants, (c) examine whether and how demographic diversity (e.g. sex, race, socioeconomic status, and age) moderate associations between physiological indices and psychological processes, and (d) use respectful and inclusive language in reporting research related to group differences.

 

 

Committee Initiatives:

The Society for Psychophysiological Research has a Diversity and Outreach Committee dedicated to expanding the representation of the SPR membership, enhancing diversity in our science and profession, and ensuring a sense of equity and inclusion at our meetings. 

 

Contact:

Please feel free to reach out to the Committee Co-Chairs with any suggestions, feedback, or concerns.

Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, Co-Chair

Penn State University

Lmk18@psu.edu

 

Frini Karayanidis, Co-Chair

University of Newcastle

Frini.karayanidis@newcastle.edu.au

 

 

Promoting representation among trainees:

  • The Diversity and Outreach Committee is committed to investing in the next generation of psychophysiological researchers.  By partnering with the Committee for Student Interests and the Education and Training Committee we are working to expand the financial resources available to support travel and training opportunities and to commit funds to support individuals from under-represented backgrounds.

 

Promoting the importance of diversity in our science and profession:

 

SPR believes in the value of promoting diversity in academia, but also of recognizing the importance of diversity and representation in our science.  Psychophysiology, the official journal of the Society, published a special issue on this topic in 2016; Diversity and Representation: Key Issues in Psychophysiological Research.  In addition, the Program Committee reserves a symposium slot for the topic of diversity.  Examples of past Diversity Symposia include:

  • 2019 Diversity Symposium: ADDRESSING THE REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLES PROBLEM IN PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL RESEARCH: PRACTICAL AND CONCEPTUAL STRATEGIES FOR ADVANCING THE FIELD

  • 2016 Diversity Symposium: PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY IN RESEARCH ON STEREOTYPE THREAT AND INTERGROUP DYNAMICS

  • 2015 Diversity Symposium: EQUAL, BUT NOT THE SAME: WHY PARTICIPANT DIVERSITY MATTERS IN THE STUDY OF PHYSIOLOGY-BEHAVIOR ASSOCIATIONS

In collaboration with the Women in Science Committee, the Diversity and Outreach Committee hosts events at each annual meeting where outside experts are invited to speak about professional issues related to increasing diversity in academia. 

  • 2019 Adrienne Carter-Sowell “Diversity in the Workplace: Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion”

  • 2018 Tasha Neumeister “Promoting Visibility of #STEM Women and Minorities”

  • 2017 Panel Discussion: Evaluation of Merit in Psychological Science: Implications for Women and Minorities

  • 2015 Speaker and Panel Discussion: Gender Bias and Negotiation in the Workplace

 

Promoting equity and inclusion:

 

SPR is committed to ensuring that everyone is able to attend and feel respected at the annual meetings.  Learn more about our existing policies and please feel free to reach out with feedback or suggestions of how we can do more.

·       Family care grants

·       Designated prayer and quiet space at the meetings

·       Designated breastfeeding space at meetings—with viewing for keynote addresses

©2018 Society For Psychophysiological Research. All Rights Reserved  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Use  |  Jobs  |  Contact Us