Society for the Study of Social Problems

Society for the Study of Social Problems

SSSP members are an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, you belong in the SSSP. You will meet others engaged in research to find the causes and consequences of social problems, as well as others seeking to apply existing scholarship to the formulation of social policies. Many members are social scientists by training. Many teach in colleges and universities. Increasing numbers work in applied research and policy settings. Membership is open to anyone who supports SSSP’s goals.




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Breaking Prejudice

Breaking Prejudice

History documents the repeated devaluation and exclusion of certain groups. Even today, while it may be less evident, discrimination affects people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities. But if individuals and groups stand up and speak out, things can and will change. Our differences are inconsequential when it comes to being human. Therefore, they should not affect how we treat other individuals.




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Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Founded in 1936, SPSSI is a group of over 3000 scientists from psychology and related fields and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social and policy issues. In various ways, SPSSI seeks to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems of the group, the community, and nations, as well as the increasingly important problems that have no national boundaries.

SPSSI affords social and behavioral scientists opportunities to apply their knowledge and insights to the critical problems of today’s world.

SPSSI fosters and funds research on social issues through annual awards and programs of small research grants and disseminates research findings through its scholarly journals, sponsored books, specialized conferences, and its convention programs.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Society influences public policy through its publications and the advocacy efforts of its members, fellows, and staff.

SPSSI encourages public education and social activism on social issues and facilitates information exchange through its newsletter and electronic dsicussion groups.

The Society’s mission is extended to the global arena by a team of representatives who cover developments at UN headquarters in New York and Geneva. SPSSI has been represented at the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) since 1987. SPSSI serves as consultant to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

An independent society, SPSSI is also Division 9 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and an organizational affiliate of the American Psychological Society (APS). SPSSI members are not required to be members of APA or APS. We welcome the membership of anyone interested in the Society.




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National Institutes of Mental Health

National Institutes of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead Federal agency for research on mental illnesses. The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
The urgency of this mission arises from the public health burden. According to recent estimates, mental illnesses account for 21.3 percent of all years lived with disability in the United States. An estimated 9.6 million American adults suffer from a serious mental illness (SMI) in which the ability to function in daily life is significantly impaired. Those with SMI die 10 years earlier than individuals in the general population, on average. Furthermore, over 41,149 Americans die each year from suicide, more than twice the annual mortality from homicide or AIDS. Beyond the morbidity and mortality, a conservative estimate places the direct and indirect financial costs associated with mental illnesses in the United States at well over $300 billion annually. Mental illnesses rank as the third most costly medical conditions in terms of overall health care expenditure, behind heart conditions and traumatic injury.




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Association for Humanistic Psychology

Association for Humanistic Psychology

In the twenty-first century, the Association for Humanistic Psychology is committed to translating new knowledge and science into humanistic applications and approaches to further the wisdom, purpose, and consciousness of individuals and communities.  AHP seeks to influence other fields so that Humanistic Psychology becomes the lens through which humanity can understand and shape an evolving world.  When we comprehend how humanistic values and themes can impact new developments and world events, and vice versa, we are better able to promote growth, awareness, interdependence, and peace.




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Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

ADDA provides:
Virtual Support Groups to connect members with others who truly understand life with ADHD so they may share resources, information, and support.
The ADDA Conference is the largest live event of its kind dedicated to adults with ADHD. This Conference brings together adults with ADHD, their loved ones and the professionals who serve them in a unique event to connect with experts, professionals, researchers and most importantly, with other adults with ADHD.
An educational and supportive webinar series that provides information on executive functioning challenges and living successfully with ADHD. Each webinar is packed with helpful information and features expert coaches, psychologists, therapists, physicians, researchers, organizers, and educators.
A monthly newsletter featuring articles from ADHD experts and members who truly get it to provide subscribers with up-to-date information on topics related to ADHD as well as inspiring and motivational stories.
A voice to policy makers in Washington, DC regarding issues that directly impact adults with ADHD, such as reporting discrimination faced by students seeking accommodations for high stakes testing. ADDA is also the author of U.S. Resolution 390, unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate, establishing ADHD Awareness Day, now ADHD Awareness Month in the U.S. and spreading internationally.
Support for and facilitation of research on issues specifically impacting the adult ADHD community. ADDA needs your support to facilitate research on diagnosis and treatment options geared towards adults.




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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF (CARD)

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF (CARD)

CARD’s work includes:
Developing and disseminating materials. Our materials are available online and in hard copy.
Developing and distributing an online newsletter two times a year. On a monthly basis, we send our CARD Connector, an online blast with educational and informational content for folks on our mailing list.
Organizing and conducting local, regional and statewide training events. Each year, regional workshops are organized on topics of great interest to families and school personnel.
Maintaining an active website. Families and professionals often access the web to gather information. Our website links to information and resources about autism and related disabilities, provides a list of training events, and other valuable information. The website is updated on a regular basis. CARD-USF also distributes information through our Facebook page and Twitter.
Engaging in individual consultations. CARD-USF offers families and/or professionals strategies or information on best practices to increase skill development or address behavioral concerns by observing the individual in natural settings, and collaborating with the person’s team and family members to suggest appropriate services and supports. Once our staff has determined the individual needs of a child or adult with ASD, we may provide direct consultation in a home, school or community setting.




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Bite Back

Bite Back

BITE BACK is anonymous.
No real names: We like to be creative and make up fun and different usernames. Not only is it entertaining, it also has the added bonus of protecting everyone’s identity. It means everyone can share their stories and express themselves in their entries and comments with complete honesty.
Public posts or private? The choice is up to you. Every time you make an entry on BITE BACK, the upload form gives you the option to make your post public (with your username shown), private (just for your eyes), or public but without your username shown so no one knows which user posted it. There are bookshelves, things to do, think tanks, and mental fitness. It is such a complete user experience.




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