The International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI): An Interdisciplinary Association for Social and Behavioral Scientists
The 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 2020, and to receive a discount for the 2020 Self & Identity preconference at SPSP, click below to enroll/renew your membership.


A preconference on self and identity has been a fixture of the SPSP conference for many years. Click below to learn more about the 2020 preconference in New Orleans, LA.


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 below for more information.


We are excited to announce Dr. Michael Hogg as the 2020 Distinguished Lifetime Career Award recipient and Dr. Mesmin Destin as the Outstanding Early Career Award recipient. Click here for more information. See previous award winnners here

ISSI Preconference Cracow, Poland - Canceled

The one-day pre-conference on June 29, 2020 in Cracow, Poland has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Thank you for your interest and contributions, as well as the hard work of our conference organizers (see below). We will continue to post updates on the website for future meetings, etc. Your patience and support are much appreciated.


Conference Organizers

Jennifer Bosson (University of South Florida),

Tomasz Besta (University of Gdańsk, Poland),

Magdalena Iwanowska (University of Gdańsk, Poland), (registration)

Patrycja Ożarowska (University of Gdańsk, Poland), (travel and accommodation)

ISSI President: Dr. Serena Chen


Professor Serena Chen of the University of California, Berkeley is 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 the 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. 

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