Most scientists in psychological research agree that diversity, both ethnic and gender based, are good for the field. As a Society, the enhancement of diversity and elimination of bias is one of our main goals. We must support this goal to ensure the proper direction of the field in the future. The ability of the field to meet these challenges will require the full participation of all members of society; thus the Psychonomic Society (PS) recognizes the strategic and critical importance of a diverse and inclusive climate for the future of the field.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
In 2016, PS recognized that the Society and field are not as diverse as we would like it to be and created a Diversity & Inclusion Committee to address these concerns. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee improves coordination and collaboration of diversity efforts throughout the Society; provides the structure for effective utilization of Society resources committed to diversity; and helps to maintain diversity as a priority issue for the Society.
The Psychonomic Society (PS) supports and encourages the equitable opportunity for all people to participate within the cognitive and experimental psychology field without regard to gender or gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or family, marital, or economic status. The Society will promulgate and implement programs designed to advance the field by promoting an inclusive climate in the field.
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
Work towards strong representation in all aspects of the Society (e.g. governance, awards, workshops, supported symposia, keynote speakers, etc.) that are not only gender balanced, but includes underrepresented groups.
Hold a diversity and inclusion networking reception during each Annual Meeting.
Create and award five student diversity travel awards valued at $1,000 each, to be provided for students from underrepresented groups. These awards are named the J. Frank Yates Student Travel Award - Supporting diversity & inclusion in cognitive psychology.
Statement on Anti-harassment
Valerie Reyna, Chair, Cornell University
Laura Carlson, University of Notre Dame
Ivy Defoe, University of Pennsylvania
Jean Fox Tree, University of California, Santa Cruz
Alejandro Lleras, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Travis Seymour, University of California, Santa Cruz
Duane Watson, Vanderbilt University