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 2019 preconference in Portland, OR.


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.

2019 Awards

Congratulations to Brenda Major (2019 Distinguished Lifetime Career Award Recipient) and Jochen Gebauer (2019 Early Career Award Recipient). These awards recognize scientists who have made important contributions to our understanding of self and identity.  

ISSI President: Dr. Serena Chen


The International Society for Self and Identity is pleased to announce that Professor Serena Chen of the University of California, Berkeley is the new 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. 

ISSI Preconference Cracow, Poland


ISSI is hosting a one-day preconference on June 29, 2020 in Cracow, Poland. The preconference will take place prior to the General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), which will be held from June 30-July 4 at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. 


Where: Hotel Polonia in the heart of Cracow, Poland.


When: June 29, 2020


Submissions: The submission process for the preconference is NOW OPEN. The number of attendees will be limited to 65 and registration will close when we reach that number. If you are planning to submit an abstract, please register no later than March 6, 2020. All abstracts will be reviewed and presenting authors will be notified via e-mail regarding the status of their abstract submission. If you are not submitting an abstract, but wish to attend, please register as soon as possible and no later than May 29, 2020.


Program: The program will include research talks, poster sessions, and a "data blitz" session. It will be announced in March 2020.


Costs: The registration cost for the preconference is €50 (about 220 PLN). It includes lunch and two coffee breaks. Please plan to pay cash on the day of the preconference. We hope you will join us for drinks and dinner after the preconference. The cost is about €20 (about 85 PLN).


For more information about the ISSI preconference visit:


For information about travel, accommodations, and registration for the EASP General Meeting please visit


See you in Cracow!


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)

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