Welcome to SESP

The Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) is a scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of social psychology. Our members typically have Ph.D.s in social psychology or related fields and hold academic positions or appointments in applied settings. SESP holds a conference each autumn. In 2022, the conference will be in Philadelphia, PA from October 13-15.

SESP co-owns Social Psychological and Personality Science (published by Sage). All SESP members receive online access to this journals as part of their annual dues.

SESP’s mission is to provide opportunities for direct and personal scientific exchange and collaboration among social and personality psychological scientists through its annual meeting. We invite all faculty and principal investigators (PIs) to join SESP at their earliest eligibility and attend our annual meeting. SESP aims to support faculty at all stages of development, beginning with the transition to a faculty position (e.g., among “future” members) and continuing across all subsequent career stages.

SESP prioritizes principles of inclusion, diversity, and equity. Membership in the society is available to all social psychologists (post-5 yrs Ph.D.) regardless of their background (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual preference, language, culture, nationality, religion, or physical ability). SESP values diversity and actively seeks to increase the inclusion of individuals from underrepresented and historically excluded groups. SESP aims to ensure equity by maintaining fair and transparent procedures and providing equal opportunities for all to engage with their colleagues. 

Currently, SESP globally has more than 1000 members. Membership is by nomination and election, and is open to any self-identified social psychologist, regardless of disciplinary affiliation. Because of the selective process for admission to the society, all members have Fellow status in SESP. For more information, please email us at: info@sesp.org

If you would like more information about social psychology, visit the Society for Personality and Social Psychology website or read What Is a Social/Personality Psychologist? Another useful resource is Social Psychology Network, which contains a searchable database of more than 20,000 resources.
2023 SESP Officers

Executive Officer
Steve Stroessner, UCLA

Past President
David Amodio, University of Amsterdam

Shira Gabriel, University at Buffalo

Lora Park, University at Buffalo

SESP by-laws