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The Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes (SPIP) Study Section reviews applications examining the social contextual factors in individual health outcomes, addressing social and psychological aspects of health and well-being across the lifespan. Emphasis is on conceptual frameworks that highlight the role of biopsychosocial processes, personality characteristics, and/or social mechanisms on individuals’ health behavior, risk prevention, treatment adherence, and health outcomes. An illustrative set of disciplines that may be reviewed in this study section includes, but is not limited to: social psychology, personality psychology, sociology, and social and affective neuroscience. Applications must focus on human behavior.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Studies that explore the determinants and consequences of stigma, stereotyping, acculturation and discrimination on health behaviors at the individual level.
  • Studies that examine the influence of family, peers and/or health providers on health-related decision-making at the individual level
  • Studies that investigate the interaction of social, emotional, attitudinal, and physical changes regarding elder care and caregiving.
  • Studies that test interventions to improve subjective well-being, stress resilience, psychosocial functioning, intellectual functioning, and quality of life in individuals at-risk for health disparities (including racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities).
  • Studies that incorporate interpersonal aspects of health, including family interventions, parenting, and marital functioning, in individuals at risk for physical, emotional, and psychosocial problems.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

RPHB / Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention (PDRP): SPIP and PDRP have a shared interest in family-level processes that influence health outcomes. Applications focused on the social aspects of the family environment as an influence on health decision-making are reviewed in SPIP; applications focused on parenting skills and parent-child interactions as an influence on individual and social development are reviewed in PDRP.

HDM / Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB): SPIP shares an interest in the social network effects on health with CIHB. Applications focusing on individual level risk factors, outcomes and perceptions of social networks that do not utilize community based methods are reviewed in SPIP; applications focused on the community level risk factors, outcomes and social networks as macro-level influences on health are reviewed in CIHB.

BBBP / Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health (MESH): SPIP and MESH have a shared interest in emotion and stress. Applications focused on social sources of stress and social factors that influence emotion and self-regulation are reviewed in SPIP; applications focused on the biological aspects of emotion regulation and the response to stress are reviewed in MESH. ​​

RPHB / Biobehavioral Medicine and Health Outcomes (BMHO): SPIP and BMHO have shared interests in stress and health-related decision making. Applications that emphasize social aspects of stress, stress resilience and personality characteristics are reviewed in SPIP. Applications that emphasize stress related pain and decisions on slowing the progression of diseases and mitigating medical complications are reviewed in BMHO.

HDM / Healthcare and Health Disparities (HHD) have shared interests in determinants of health disparities. Applications that emphasize social-psychological processes that mediate the relationship between stigma and individual-level health outcomes are reviewed in SPIP. Applications that emphasize the relationship between stigma, health service utilization, and treatment-seeking as system-level contributors to health disparities are reviewed in HHD.