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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Allen Omoto, professor of psychology in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University, has been elected President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). Omoto will serve as president for 2012-2013.
Founded in 1936, SPSSI is an international association of over 3000 scientists from psychology and related fields and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social and policy issues.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, SPSSI seeks to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems by fostering and funding research on social issues and sharing research findings through scholarly journals, sponsored books, conferences, and convention programs. SPSSI also seeks to inform national policies through its publications and advocacy efforts, and to encourage public education and activism on social issues through its newsletter and electronic discussion groups.
Omoto said he is “extremely pleased” to have been chosen to lead the group.
“SPSSI is an incredible organization that fills an important niche in connecting social science and policy,” Omoto said. “I look forward to working with staff and members to continue this important work, and especially in helping to enhance the capacity of social scientists to engage in policy work of all types. I know that my term will go very quickly, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Omoto, whose research focuses on the psychological aspects of volunteerism and civic participation and on LGBT issues, has been a fellow of SPSSI since 1997.
He has served in numerous leadership roles, including as a member of financial, convention planning, diversity, and award committees. Most recently, Omoto served on SPSSI’s governing council, as well as in the position of SPSSI’s representative to the American Psychological Association’s governing Council of Representatives.
Earlier this year he received a Distinguished Service Award from SPSSI in recognition of his long-standing commitment to the organization and for his work on its behalf.
Since the late 1960s, the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University has been a leader in providing graduate education in applied psychological science, and in preparing students to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse and global community. Many of the school’s 1,200 alumni hold major positions in business, consulting, government, health care, public health, community settings, research institutes and think tanks, and at colleges and major universities across the globe.
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