"Psychological anthropology is concerned with subjective and sociocultural worlds and with the interplay between them. Scholars in psychological anthropology examine social and cultural influences on individual psychology and the psychological foundations of social behavior and shared culture."

John M. Ingham, p. 1. Psychological Anthropology Reconsidered. Cambridge University Press, 1996.


Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in News | 0 comments

We have a great line up of 14 SPA-reviewed sessions on the program for the AAA Meeting from December 3-7, 2014. These include 3 invited sessions, one of which has been co-sponsored with the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and another with the Biological Anthropology Section. We also highly-reviewed another 7 sessions that were placed on the schedule. In addition, we formed 3 paper sessions and 1 poster session out of individually submitted abstracts and found homes for other individual papers in already-formed SPA sessions and sessions organized by other sections as well. Continuing from what we started last year, SPA members with related interests agreed to serve as chairs and discussants for each of the paper sessions SPA organized.

We also have several SPA meetings that will take place during the AAA Meeting.  Of importance for all our members is our Annual SPA Business Meeting on Friday, December 5 from 8:30 pm until about 10:30 pm. As usual, we will have a cash bar, snacks, and socializing before, after, and during the actual meeting and awards presentation. We’ll also be announcing exciting news about the 2015 Biennial Meeting in Boston.  In addition, we will have free drink tickets for the first 20 graduate students. Please make sure to attend and bring along others who are interested in psychological anthropology.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!
Bambi Chapin and Carol Worthman
SPA Program Committee for AAA 2014

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Lemelson funding

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The SPA is now accepting applications for its two signature programs generously funded by the Robert Lemelson Foundation.

Lemelson Conference Funding Program

The Lemelson Conference Funding Program provides financial support for conferences that engage innovative and significant topics, issues, and theoretical/methodological perspectives in any subfield of psychological anthropology as well as conferences that seek to bring psychological anthropology into generative dialogue with other related fields of inquiry. Conference funds are available to support pre- /post-conference events held prior to or immediately following the SPA Biennial Meetings (April 9-12, 2015) or the 2015 AAA Annual Meeting (November 18-22, 2015) as well as more traditional, “stand alone” meetings. Funding can be requested for the full range of conference expenses and transportation, room and board for invited attendees up to a maximum of $30,000. Further details on the program can be found here. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.

Lemelson Student Fellowships

The Lemelson Student Fellowships provide graduate students working in the field of psychological anthropology with funding to pursue exploratory research for planning their dissertation research and methods training to prepare for dissertation research. Up to a maximum of $6,000 in funds can be requested to cover travel expenses, research expenses and any other reasonable and justified expenses. We anticipate awarding six fellowship in 2015. Applicants need not be graduate students in departments of Anthropology, but must be SPA members at the time of application. Fellowships are open to all students without regard to citizenship or residence. Further details on the fellowship can be found here. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2015.

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Student-faculty workshops at AAA

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The Society for Psychological Anthropology will sponsor six student-faculty workshops at the AAA meetings in Washington, D.C. this December. The workshops are informal settings for graduate students to discuss their research with like-minded students and leading scholars in the field. Each workshop can accommodate three students and the workshops are free and open to all SPA student members. Meals/café snacks will be provided for all workshops. The workshops are:

1. Byron Good (Harvard University)
Topic: Psychological Anthropologists Working in Global Mental Health Settings

2. Eugene Raikhel (University of Chicago)
Topic: Psychiatry and Mental Health

3. Claudia Strauss (Pitzer College)
Topic: Narrative Analysis

4. Ted Lowe (Soka University of America)
Topic: Publishing in Psychological Anthropology

5. Rebecca Lester (Washing University in St. Louis)
Topic: Integrating Clinical Practice and Academic Research

6. Kristin Yarris (University of Oregon)
Topic: Interdisciplinary Work as a Psychological Anthropologist

To apply to a workshop, please complete the following form, which includes a 250-300 word essay on your work and aims for the project: http://goo.gl/forms/HnE79OKk3h. Email Erin McFee with any questions or concerns that you have.

You do not have to be a member of the SPA at the time of application, but we request you join the Society for Psychological Anthropology should you be selected to participate.

Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-reviewed basis, and with the requirement that applicants’ projects/questions be closely related to the workshop topics. As such, please submit your applications as soon as possible.

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Lemelson/SPA Conference Fund application deadline

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The deadline for the first set of applications for the Lemelson/SPA Conference Fund is quickly approaching: June 1. Click here for more information.

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SPA Biennial 2015

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Save the date for the next SPA Biennial Meeting! It will be held on April 9th – 12th, 2015 at the beautiful Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts. Please plan on joining us for what will surely be an exciting meeting. A call for papers and additional information will be made available here in the coming weeks.


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Lemelson Student Fellowships

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The deadline for this year’s Lemelson Student Fellowship is March 31, 2014. Graduate students in the early stages of studying psychological anthropology are encouraged to apply for funds that can be used for initial fieldwork, exploratory research for planning dissertation research, methods training to prepare for dissertation research, and pilot studies to prepare for more extensive research applications. More information can be found here. Good luck!

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AAA 2014 and the International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The deadline for submitting abstracts for this year’s American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting is April 15, 2014. This year’s AAA’s also marks the inauguration of  the International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant. Find out more information here.


Looking for a session to join? Looking for a paper to complete your session?

If you are looking to join a session at the AAAs, please feel to post in this forum some brief information on your paper and an email where a session organizer can contact you. If you are a session organizer, who is looking for an additional contributor, please post in this forum your session’s abstract and an email.

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