• Call For Nominations - word document


    Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence

    APA Division 48: Ethnicity and Peace Working Group:

    Task Force on Immigration and Arizona bill SB 1070


    Deadline: November 15  

    The Division 48 Executive Committee has charged the Ethnicity and Peace Working Group with coordinating a Task Force on Immigration and the Arizona law SB 1070. 

    Once again, with the Arizona law, we witness how issues regarding ethnicity and race relate to perceptions of and political and personal responses to immigration. Throughout U.S. history, immigrant and refugee populations have encountered ongoing direct, physical and psychological violence as well as structural violence ranging from exclusion acts to economic discrimination.  In response, there have also been concerted efforts to mitigate violence and promote peace, organized by political, professional, and religious groups, artists, etc. as well as by immigrant groups struggling for justice.

 Peace psychology has much to contribute to understanding the varied and complex issues regarding immigration. 

    The purpose of the Ethnicity and Peace Working Group - Immigration Task Force is to draft a statement by December 1 that updates and expands on Division statements and positions. The TF draft will include a general statement regarding how peace psychology perspectives can be used to frame responses to the Arizona law as well as specific recommendations for how the Division, the Society, and individuals, including psychologists in the Division, can respond.   The draft will be distributed to all division members for discussion and sent the 48 Executive Committee for approval as a Division statement and for subsequent wide distribution.


    We propose that the Task Force consist of 8-10 psychologists who have contributed to the field of immigration through their scholarship, practice, and/or community action. 

    Please submit a 1-2 page letter to the Working Group Co-Chairs that summarizes your particular interests/scholarship/and practice germane to immigration.  ( and


    Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: APA Division 48  
    Task Force on Psychological and Humanitarian Issues in the Blockade of Gaza  
    and the Broader Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


    Deadline: November 1

    The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, Division 48, Executive Committee has approved the creation of a Division-level Task Force on the Psychological and Humanitarian Issues in the Blockade of Gaza and the Broader Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  The task force is charged with engaging our members and others in thoughtful constructive “action-oriented dialogue” on psychological and humanitarian issues in the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza. This would include identification of what models and theories of psychology and peace psychology apply; what kind of action our theories call for, and what would be the mechanisms for putting forth this action. The task force will develop and disseminate empirically-based conclusions and recommendations to inform our understanding of this violent intractable complex conflict and to inform the development of peace-related policy at various levels. The task force will conduct a program at the APA 2011 convention.

    The Society is soliciting nominations (including self-nominations) of researchers, practitioners, and educators, who are knowledgeable about the numerous factors related to the Israel-Palestine conflict in general, with particular attention to the historical, psychological, social, and political factors involved in the Israeli boarding of the Mavi Marmara and the related blockade of Gaza.

    We propose that the task force consist of 8-10 psychologists who have contributed to the Palestinian-Israeli issue through their research, scholarship, practice, and/or community action. Candidates should be well-versed in the literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its historical origins and current context, as well as its effects on individuals, subgroups, communities, and on their culture, socialization, worldviews, values, and living conditions.

    Interested candidates should submit a 1-2 page letter summarizing your particular interests, research/scholarship, and practice germane to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, no later than November 1, 2010 to the Society c/o Kathleen Dockett and Judith Van Hoorn, and who are assisting the Society in organizing this task force. 


  • Tenure-Track Position: Social Psychology, Clark University

    The Hiatt School of Psychology invites applications for a tenure track position in social psychology to begin in August 2011. Noted for its rich history in Psychology, Clark University offers the advantages of both a distinguished research university and a small liberal arts college (see The Psychology Department has Ph.D. programs in Social, Clinical, and Developmental Psychology.

    Rank is open, although preference will be given to candidates at the assistant or associate level. We seek a social psychologist particularly interested both in theory and application related to socially relevant issues. Areas of research interest include intergroup relations, ethnic violence and discrimination, conflict transformation, societal norm change or social movements and collective action, immigration, and other topics that intersect with political psychology. We seek candidates who combine multiple methods in their research, have experience working in diverse cultural contexts (including outside the U.S.), and who practice a contextualized as well as theoretically grounded social psychology. The preferred candidate would provide synergistic links with the other programs in the department and with other University programs such as the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, International Development and Social Change, the Race and Ethnic Relations program, or the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise. Candidates should have a productive program of research that shows promise for obtaining external funding. The successful candidate is expected to be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in social psychology, research methods or statistics, and her/his area of expertise. 

    Applicants should send a statement of research and teaching interests, CV, and three representative publications (one of which should, preferably, be theoretical), and should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent electronically to Review of applications will begin September 28th, 2010. AA/EOE. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Changes in APA Ethics Code - June 1, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the changes in the Ethics Code became effective June 1.

Here is an attachment that has all the changes from the website, including related info,  and the Feb press release.

Thought that some of you might want to circulate this as well as have a copy. If so, you can replace the brief note from me with one of your own (and rename the file).

Judith Van Hoorn, Ph.D.
Council Representative, American Psychological Association
Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence
APA: Division 48
Professor Emerita
University of the Pacific

  • APA Convention 2010, San Diego --  Social Responsibility Consumer Information


    For those going to the APA convention in San Diego, or know of people who are going to whom this can be forwarded, we have done homework to help us be mindful of the social impact for peace or against structural violence when we spend our money there. The four-page flyer of information is available by clicking here


    Rachel M. MacNair, Ph.D.


    Society Membership Chair


  • Nominations are now being accepted for the next editor of Social Issues and Policy Review (SIPR), a journal of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) - Review begins March 22, 2010

For more information see SIPR Editor, 2012-2015 Call for Nominations


  • Peace Prizes for Convention 2010

Early Career Convention Stipend  &  Peace Prize for Partnering an Interdivisional Program Submission

Call for Undergraduate and Graduate Proposals


The 2010 Convention will be held in San Diego. The 2010 Presidential theme is Solutions to Intergroup Conflict-Constructing Sustainable Webs of Peace Builders. Click here to download the flyer with more information! Steven Nisenbaum, Program chair, welcomes questions at

  • Peace Psychology Book Available for Free Download!

Christie, D. J., Wagner, R. V., & Winter, D. D. (Eds.) (2001). Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century. Available for Free Download in PDF format!

  • Monitor on Psychology: Humanitarian Heroes

Visit the December 2007 issue of the Monitor on Psychology. Several members of the Society for the Study of the Peace, Conflict, and Violence are featured!

  • Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology highlighted!

The Society's journal, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology (Vol. 11, No. 1) is highlighted in the June 2005 issue of the Monitor on Psychology in an article entitled, "Peace psychologists, military leaders highlight soldiers' ethical dilemmas." To read the article online, Click Here.


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