Announcing the 6th Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!


I am pleased to announce the sixth annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference! It will be held next February prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Our last five pre-conferences were wildly successful and we are excited to continue building on this tradition.

The next SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The theme will be "sexual pleasure and positivity." We selected this theme because, more often than not, sexuality research tends to adopt a risk-prevention perspective. We hope the presentations in this pre-conference will instead highlight the numerous ways that sex and sexuality enhance the human condition and benefit society.

We will have three keynote speakers, who will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research on a range of topics from a sex-positive perspective. Keynotes include:

Dr. Lori BrottoUniversity of British Columbia, author of the book Better Sex Through Mindfulness

Talk title: "Mindful Sex: The Science of Present-Moment, Nonjudgmental Pleasure"

Dr. Kristen MarkUniversity of Kentucky

Talk title: “Benefits of Prioritizing Sexual Pleasure in Couple Relationships”

Dr. Richard SprottCalifornia State University, East Bay

Talk title: "The Invisible Gate: Experiences of Personal Growth and Well-Being in the Context of Kink/BDSM Sexuality" 

As in previous years, there will be a sex data blitz in which a selected group of pre-conference attendees (advanced graduate students and faculty) will present some of their latest research findings in brief. This is always one of the major highlights of the day! There will also be a one-hour symposium in which 3-4 speakers will dig a little deeper into a range of sexual diversity issues. Also, a new addition this year is a sexuality poster session.

To learn more about this exciting pre-conference, including information on registering and/or submitting a proposal for the data blitz, symposium, or poster session, please visit this site. Registration fees include breakfast, lunch, and two coffee breaks. 

Please note that registration for this pre-conference is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please register early to guarantee yourself a spot and also to take advantage of the earlybird discount!

If you’re already planning to attend SPSP, this is a great way to add some sex to your program. And if you’re a sex educator, researcher, or therapist who doesn't normally attend SPSP, this pre-conference is a great excuse to come check it out or, at the very least, to come visit Portland (which is a pretty awesome city!). Although you do not need to register for the main SPSP conference in order to attend our pre-conference, we encourage you to consider attending both because your pre-conference attendance entitles you to a discount on registration for the main conference.

Hope to see you in Portland for a fantastic day of cutting-edge sex research! #SexAtSPSP #SPSP2019

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