Presidential Invited Addresses

Molly Crockett (Yale University) examines the astonishing range of social behaviors, from the heroic to the atrocious, by investigating the psychological and neural mechanisms of social learning and decision-making. Her approach integrates social psychology, behavioral economics, neuroscience and philosophy and utilizes a range of methods including behavioral experiments, computational modeling, brain imaging, and pharmacology. She has published in some of science's top journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Neuroscience, Current Biology, as well as JEP: General.

Sarah Brosnan
(Georgia State University) is a Professor of Psychology, Philosophy, and Neuroscience. She studies the mechanisms underlying cooperation, reciprocity, inequity, and other economic decisions in nonhuman primates from an evolutionary perspective. She looks at the decisions individuals make and how they make them, how their social or ecological environments affect their decisions and interactions, and under what circumstances they can alter their behaviors depending on these conditions. Some of her most recent work, funded by the National Science Foundation, has proven that some primates respond to inequity in a similar way to humans. She has published in science’s top journals including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science among numerous others.

Randall Engle
(Georgia Institute of Technology) has conducted research for the past 30 years that has explored the nature of working memory, the nature and causes of limitations in working memory capacity, the role of those differences in real-world cognitive tasks, and the association of working memory capacity and cognitive control to fluid intelligence. His work has been funded by various agencies including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Office of Naval Research. His work has been highly influential across a wide array of areas including social psychology, emotion, psychopathology, developmental psychology, psychological testing, and has contributed to modern theory of cognitive and emotional control.


Shinobu Kitayama (Department of Psychology, University of Michigan) received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where he is currently Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology. His research focuses on cultural variations in the self and certain cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes that are linked to it. In recent years, he has contributed to a newly emerging field of cultural neuroscience by investigating the dynamic, recursive interaction between culture and the brain. He is also interested in genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in understanding human culture. He previously taught at several institutions including the University of Oregon, Kyoto University, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. He is currently serving as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology—Attitudes and Social Cognition. He was an elected Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences (1995-1996 and 2007-2008), received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010-2011), held the Earnest Hilgard Visiting Professorship at Stanford (2011), and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011).

Kiley Hamlin (University of British Columbia) focuses on the role of evaluative processes in our everyday cognitions about the world. In particular, her work examines people’s tendency to judge individuals’ actions as good or bad, as deserving of reward or punishment, and as morally praiseworthy or blameworthy. In addition, she asks whether and how these social and moral evaluations influence people’s understanding of others’ future acts, their mental states, and their underlying personalities. She examines these questions using preverbal infants and young toddlers, in order to study the foundational origins of these processes before complex cognitive abilities (such as language and inhibitory control) fully develop, and prior to the influences of cultural norms and values. Her work has been cited in top journals including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, JEP:G, and numerous others.

John Pryor (Illinois State University) is a social psychologist who studies stigma and sexual harassment. His work is well published and cited, having published numerous papers in the field's top journals including JPSP, PSPB, and JESP. He has been awarded multiple millions of dollars in external grant funding from sources such as the Office of Naval Research, the National Centers for Disease Control, the Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, and the National Science Foundation. He has done consulting work related to the latter topic as well as other forms of discrimination, and has served as an expert witness for the EEOC and US Department of Justice. He has also dedicated considerable time to MPA and is one of the organizations former Presidents.

Linda J. Skitka (University of Illinois at Chicago), MPA President. Dr. Skitka's research explores (1) the psychological antecedents and consequences of experiencing attitudes and policy positions with moral conviction, (2) ideological bases of motivated reasoning, especially related to the attributions people make for others’ behavior, (3) the consequences of distributive and procedural fairness, and (4) social psychological responses to terrorism. Dr. Skitka has also served as president for the International Society for Justice Research, and will be the 2019 president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. She has over 100 publications, serves on numerous editorial boards, and tries hard to avoid being an absent-minded professor.

Society for the Teaching of Psychology Invited Addresses

John Dovidio (Yale University) studies issues of social power and social relations, both between groups and between individuals. He explores both conscious (explicit) and unconscious (implicit)influences on how people think about, feel about, and behave toward others based on group membership. He has conducted work on aversive racism, a contemporary subtle form of prejudice, and on techniques for reducing conscious and unconscious biases. He has also explored how the bias of health care providers and perceptions by members of traditionally disadvantaged groups of being stigmatized affects medical interactions, decisions, and outcomes. He was the recipient of the APA Presidential Citation, the Kurt Lewin Award, and has been awarded the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize three times. He has published hundreds of times in the field's top journals and is considered one of the world experts in intergroup relations research.

Nicholas Epley (The University of Chicago Booth School of Business) conducts research on the experimental study of social cognition, perspective taking, and intuitive human judgment. His research has appeared in more than two dozen journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Psychological Review, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. His research also has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and has earned the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the 2011 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association. He is the author of Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want.

Daniel Cervone (University of Illinois at Chicago) does work that is grounded in of the overall design and operating characteristics of personality systems, or a model of personality architecture. The Knowledge-and-Appraisal Personality Architecture (KAPA) model provides a set of principles for delineating distinct psychological subsystems that contribute to the overall coherence of personality functioning (Cervone, 2004). He has examined the ways in whichknowledge-and-appraisal systems contribute to cross-situational coherence in personality in both basic research domains and in health-relevant applications. He has also examined how the KAPA model and related social-cognitive formulations for relates to personality assessment, person--situation interaction, the psychology of aging and life-span development, self-regulation, and other topics. He has published in the field's’ top journals including Psychological Science, Annual Review of Psychology, and Psych Review and is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Psi Chi Invited Address

Mark Leary (Duke University) examines social and personality psychology, centering around topics involving self and identity, interpersonal motivation and emotion, and interfaces of social and clinical psychology. He has been particularly interested in how people's behavior and emotion are affected by their concerns about others' impressions, evaluations, and acceptance of them. He has also been quite interested in the ways in which people's' inner self-talk creates personal and social problems and in the role of egoic (and hypo-egoic) processes on emotion and behavior. Much of his work explores the ways in which social psychological processes contribute to adjustment, well-being, and dysfunction. He was the co-recipient of the Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He has been awarded numerous grants and published hundreds of papers in the field’s top journals as well as publishing numerous books on a host of topics.

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