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
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.


Become a Member

To be counted as a member in 2019, and to receive a discount for the 2019 Self & Identity preconference at SPSP, click the button below to enroll/renew your membership.

2019 SPSP Self & Identity Preconference

A preconference on self and identity has been a fixture of the SPSP conference for many years. Click the button below to learn more about the 2019 preconference in Portland, OR.

Self & Identity Journal

The official journal of ISSI is Self and Identity, which is published by Taylor & Francis. Self and Identity is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on research and theory relevant to the aims of the society. Click the button below for more information.

2018 ISSI Career Award Winners

Congratulations to ISSI's 2018 Distinguished Lifetime Career Award winner Mark Alicke (Ohio University) and and 2018 Outstanding Early Career Award winner Kimberly Rios (Ohio University). Click here to see a list of current and past recipents.   

ISSI President Elect: Dr. Serena Chen


The International Society for Self and Identity is pleased to announce that Professor Serena Chen of the University of California, Berkeley will be the next president of the organization, beginning her 3-year term on January 1, 2019. Dr. Chen is Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology and the Marian E. and Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Innovative Teaching and Research at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the self and identity, interpersonal relationships, and social power and influence. She is a Fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, and Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Chen was also the recipient of the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Social Sciences Division of the University of California, Berkeley. 

Special issue of Self and Identity on “Perceptions and Experiences of (People with) Unconvetional Identities.”


We are seeking empirical research of nontraditional identities, defined as those that are not commonly a focus in published identity research to date. They can be visible or invisible, chosen or not chosen, transitional, temporary, or permanent, and may be experienced, perceived, or inferred characteristics of individuals. Submissions may also focus on individuals who claim a particular nontraditional identity, or perceptions of real or hypothetical individuals who claim that identity. Click here for more information. 

Special issue of Self and Identity on “The Effects of Sexual Harassment, Assault, and Objectification on the Self.”


We are seeking research that explores the many different forms of sexual harassment, sexual objectification, and sexual assault. We are open to work that explores these forms of sexual objectification from either the target or the source perspective. We are specifically interested in work that explores the role of the Self in this context, for example: How does sexual objectification affects the target’s self-concept? Can high self-esteem buffer the effects of sexual objectification? How does sexual objectification affect the source’s self-concept, and what are the self-relevant motivations behind their behaviors? Do self-presentation concerns affect one’s tendency to sexually harass? Click here for more information. 

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