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


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2018 Distinguised Lifetime Career Award Winner Mark Alicke

The 2018 Distinguished Lifetime Career Award winner is Mark Alicke (Ohio University). This award is made annually to recognize a scientist who has made sustained and important contributions to our understanding of self and identity throughout her or his academic career.

Dr. Alicke will be presented with a plaque, along with giving a distinguished talk at the 2019 SPSP Self and Identity Pre-Conference (February 7th in Portland). 


Many thanks to this year's selection committee: Mark Leary (Chair), June Tangney, and Constantine Sedikides. Congratulations Dr. Alicke!

2018 Outstanding Early Career Award Winner Kimberly Rios

The 2018 Outstanding Early Career Award winner is Kimberly Rios (Ohio University). This award is made annually to recognize and encourage a distinguished junior scientist who has made outstanding theoretical and empirical contributions to the scientific study of self and identity.

Dr. Rios will be presented a plaque, along with giving a distinguished address at the 2019 SPSP Self and Identity Pre-Conference (February 7th in Portland). 

Many thanks to this year's selection committee: Lora Park (Chair), Brandon Schmeichel, and Mary Murphy). Congratulations Dr. Rios!

Call for Submissions -- Special Issue of Self & Identity Perceptions and Experiences of (People with) Unconventional Identities

Guest Editors: Sarah E. Gaither (Duke University), Jacqueline Chen (University of Utah), and Nicholas Rule (University of Toronto)


Brief Description of Aims and Topics


Much of what is known about the powerful role that identity can play in how people behave and interact stems from research on traditional or mainstream identities (e.g., monoracial, cisgender, heterosexual) with comparatively little knowledge contributed from the range of unconventional identities present in society (e.g., multiracial, transgender, bisexual).


This goal of this special issue is to highlight the experiences and perceptions of people with nontraditional identities. We invite submissions of manuscripts describing 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. Researchers who utilize a variety of methodological approaches and measures, including (but not limited to) behavioral, psychophysiological, neuroscientific, and dyadic approaches are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Multi-study papers are preferred but single-study papers, if methodologically rigorous, will also be considered.


Full-length papers should be submitted through the Self & Identity submission portal by selecting the special issue by December 1, 2018. All submitting authors may be contacted to serve as reviewers for this special issue. Questions about this special issue can be sent to Sarah Gaither

Editor, Self and Identity

Shira Gabriel, Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY), University of Buffalo, is the editor for Self and Identity. Please read the editorial written by Dr. Gabriel by clicking the link below.

Self & Identity Editorial
editorial self and identity.docx
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ISSI Preconference

The Self and Identity Preconference at SPSP was held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Click here for more information.

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