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Participants at the Diversity & Inclusion reception at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

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 is committed to scientific merit, which entails the inclusion of scientists regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status, country of origin, geographic location, and disciplinary expertise. As our members submit a proposal for a symposium, workshop, collaborative symposium, or nominee for an award, we ask that they critically examine their deliberations to eliminate biases that detract from our commitment to merit.

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 Racism

Statement on Anti-harassment

Task Force on Racial Discrimination

Deliberative diversity in the review process

2020 Committee Members
Stephan Lewandowsky, Chair, University of Bristol, UK
Matthew Dye, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Kathy Rastle, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Caren Rotello, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Travis Seymour, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Jill Shelton, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA
Sharda Umanath, Claremont McKenna College, USA


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