International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI) An Interdisciplinary Association for Social and Behavioral Scientists
International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI)An Interdisciplinary Association for Social and Behavioral Scientists
About Us
The International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI) is a scholarly association dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the human self. The Society members come from all over the globe, representing many different academic and professional disciplines. The members of ISSI share an interest in cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes related to the self-system. These include the ability for people to think consciously about themselves, to form images and concepts of what they are like, to evaluate their characteristics and capabilities, to plan deliberately for the future, to worry about how they are being perceived by others, and to direct their own behavior in line with personal standards. Because this ability to self-reflect has important implications for understanding behavior, the self has emerged as a central focus of theory and research in many domains of social and behavioral science.


ISSI sponsors preconferences on the Self and Identity at the annual meetings of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the European Society for Social Psychology (EASP). 


To be counted as a member in 2016, and to receive a discount for the 2016 Self & Identity preconference at SPSP, please enroll/renew your membership here


Each year ISSI honors researchers who have made important empirical and theoretical contributions to the understanding of self and identity. The Distinguished Lifetime Career Award is presented to a researchers who have made major, enduring contributions to understanding self and identity over the course of their academic careers. The Outstanding Early Career Award is given to researchers who have made especially impressive contributions to the field within their first 10 years of obtaining a Ph.D.

Self and Identity Journal

The official journal of ISSI is Self and Identity, which is published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis). Self and Identity is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on research and theory relevant to the aims of the society.
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  • The submission portal for the 2016 Self-Determination Theory Conference will be closing soon. Submit your papers by November 1, 2015 by clicking here.


  • The winner of the 2015 Distinguished Lifetime Career Award is William B. Swann (University of Texas).


  • The winner of the 2015 Outstanding Early Career Award is Wilhelm Hofmann (University of Cologne).    


  • David Sherman, Professor of Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, has been elected as President of ISSI. Sherman will serve as President-elect in 2015 and as President beginning in 2016.


  • Shira Gabriel, Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY), University of Buffalo, is the new editor of Self and Identity. 


  • Click here for information about the 2016 Self and Identity Preconference at SPSP.


  • To be counted as a member in 2016, and to receive a discount for the 2016 Self & Identity preconference at SPSP, please enroll/renew your membership here.                    
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