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Lee Anna Clark, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, is the 2016 Jack Block Award for Distinguished Research in Personality. Lee Anna’s current research focuses on the core elements of personality pathology that are needed to diagnose personality disorder, and to determine how personality pathology relates to psychosocial disability. SPSP asked Lee Anna about how she got into the field, her past, current, and future research interests, the best professional advice she’s ever received, where she’d like to see the field evolve, and more.  
SPSP had the opportunity to ask Ravenna M. Helson, the 2017 Annual Convention Legacy honoree, how she believes the field has changed over time, and what she considers to be her greatest professional contributions. Ravenna’s responses are below: Changing Personality
Dear colleagues, The Publications Committee and the Board of Directors of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology have opened nominations for the editorship of Personality and Social Psychology Review (PSPR). The editor's term is typically 4 years, to begin January 1, 2018. The editor's stature in the field should be commensurate with PSPR's high quality and impact; the editor typically holds the rank of professor. Nominations, which may include self-nominations, should include a CV and statement of one page or less. All inquiries or nominations should be submitted to Shige Oishi via email (
SPSP is seeking a diverse pool of candidates for the next election cycle of Board members (positions starting January 2018). Members of the SPSP Board help guide the future and vision of the organization and field. Please consider adding your name to the ballot or identifying a colleague who you think would be a good candidate. Prior involvement in SPSP leadership is not a requirement. The following positions will be on the ballot this spring:
Each month, student members provide insight and tips on a particular topic. This month focuses on how to manage holiday stress. How to Deal with Holiday Stress Listen to the song "So this is Christmas" by John Lennon and reflect on all that you have accomplished since January. Maybe you have successfully proposed or defended your thesis or dissertation, maybe you aced a stats course that you felt you were drowning in, or maybe you finished your very first year of grad school with the confidence to keep going. Whatever it is, celebrate it, take pride, and worry about New Year's resolutions later!-Corin Ramos, University of Texas at El Paso
Chaona Chen, University of Glasgow At the beginning of my third year of my PhD, I was overwhelmed by how many things I had to finish each day. I was collecting data for my experiments, writing a paper, preparing my conference presentations, and running statistic workshops for undergraduate students. I felt worse every day as more and more things were ‘delayed’ on my to-do-list. I finally decided to take action before I would burn out.