Announcing the Tenth Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!

October 5, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

I am pleased to announce the tenth annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference! It will be held next February prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Our last nine pre-conferences were wildly successful and we are excited to further build on this tradition. 

The next SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference will take place on Thursday, February 23, 2023. The theme will be “Sexual Health and History in the South.”  This theme investigates the ongoing political strife surrounding reduced access to comprehensive and inclusive sex education in the American south and efforts to both increase access to these resources, while also addressing disparities in healthcare and health information access. 

Among the topics that will be highlighted in this pre-conference are strategies to reduce sexual health barriers among young Southern women and the history of sexuality in the southern United States. 

We will have three keynote speakers, who will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research on a range of topics. Keynotes include:

Dr. Matthew Hogben, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Talk title: TBD

Dr. Jessica Sales, Emory University 

Talk title: “Using Implementation Science to Optimize Sexual Health among Adolescent and Young Adult Women in the Southern U.S. ”

Hallie Lieberman, author of Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy

Talk title: “The Secret Sexual History of the South” 

As in previous years, there will be a sex data blitz in which a selected group of pre-conference attendees (advanced graduate students and faculty) will present some of their latest research findings in brief. This is always one of the highlights of the day! There will also be a symposium featuring longer talks, as well as a breakout session in which attendees can get together to discuss specialty topics (attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a list of breakout sessions).

To learn more about this exciting pre-conference, including information on registering and/or submitting a proposal for the data blitz or symposium, please visit this site

If you’re already planning to attend SPSP, this is a great way to add some sex research to your program. And if you’re a sex educator, researcher, or therapist who doesn’t normally attend SPSP, this pre-conference is a great excuse to come check it out!

Although you do not need to register for the main SPSP conference in order to attend our pre-conference, we encourage you to attend both because your pre-conference attendance entitles you to a discount on registration for the main conference.

Hope to see you in February for a fantastic day of cutting-edge sex research! #SexAtSPSP #SPSP2023

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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