6th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


FYI. Tenure-track position in social psychology, MN, USA


Source: SPSP Jobs.

The Department of Psychology at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, announces a full-time tenure-track position in social psychology at the assistant professor level, beginning August 2018. We are seeking applicants whose work focuses on issues of culture, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, or social justice. Teaching responsibilities include courses in social psychology, research methods with lab, and advanced courses in a self-selected area of specialization. A completed Ph.D. in social psychology or a closely related area by the time of appointment is preferred. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to high-quality undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education, and have experience or potential for conducting an active program of research with undergraduates. Applicants with an ability to add intellectual diversity and cultural richness to the department are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Open until filled.

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FYI. Wellcome Trust funding for longitudinal population studies


Wellcome Trust are introducing a new funding mechanism designed to facilitate longitudinal research.

The next call is expected to open at the end of September 2017 and close in January 2018. The following information is subject to change. The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for their longitudinal population studies funding scheme. This supports longitudinal population studies, including cohorts, panel surveys and biobanks in the UK and low- and middle-income countries. The aims are to fund LPS that contribute to improving human health, encourage the integration of LPS data from a variety of sources and to work in partnership with other funders when appropriate. The scheme provides longer-term sustainable funding to existing studies, funds new studies and supports researchers who want to improve access to longitudinal population study data from health and social care records, disease registries, geocoding and social media feeds.

Funding may cover:

• ways to improve data linkage and analysis of complex data;

• regulatory or organisation changes that support data sharing;

• research that explores how multiple datasets can be linked efficiently.

Funding is worth up to £5 million for up to five years. The balance of the applications should be on core costs. Applications that include co-funding are welcomed.

More information: https://wellcome.ac.uk/what-we-do/our-work/longitudinal-population-studies

FYI. Two posts in social psychology, Western University, Canada


Source: Psychoneuroxy.com

Two Full-Time Academic Positions in the Area of Social Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Western University invites applications from exceptional researchers to fill two full-time academic positions in the area of Social Psychology. These hires are part of an intensive recruitment effort of a cluster of at least six faculty members in the areas of social, clinical, and industrial/organizational psychology. Successful applicants will join a cluster of research excellence in Social, Social Development, and Personality Psychology, and preference will be given to candidates whose research will build on existing strengths in Interpersonal and Intergroup Relations.

Depending upon qualifications and experience, the position will be either probationary (tenure track) at the rank of Assistant Professor, or, probationary or tenured at the rank of Associate Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

More information: http://www.psychoneuroxy.com/announcement,a3071.html
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Review of applications will begin on August 15th, 2017. The anticipated start date for these positions is July 1, 2018.


FYI. Save the date: Appearance Matters 8, 12-14 June 2018, Bath, UK

Appearance Matters 8

12-14 June 2018
Bath, United Kingdom

Please save the date for Appearance Matters 8, the 8th international multi-disciplinary conference hosted by the Centre for Appearance Research.

Held in historic Bath, United Kingdom, join us to hear about research and good practice around body image and appearance. Featuring keynote presentations from:

Professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer (University of Minnesota, USA)
‘20 years of research on body dissatisfaction outcomes and influences’

Dr James Partridge, OBE (Changing Faces, UK)
‘Promoting inclusion and best-practice health care for people with disfigurements’

Professor Rebecca Puhl (Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, University of Connecticut, USA)
‘Weight bias and appearance-based prejudice research and policy’


Training workshops, paper and poster presentations, mentoring, and social events.


The conference will take place in Bath’s famous Georgian Assembly Rooms, with a social programme including a private evening drinks reception at the Roman Baths, one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world, and a conference dinner in the stunning Pump Room.

Registration and Abstract Submissions:

Online conference registration and abstract submissions will open on 1st September 2017.

Closing date for paper and poster abstract submissions is 1st November 2017.

Final date for late breaking research poster abstracts is 4th April 2018.

For more information on the conference, visit www.uwe.ac.uk/appearancematters and look out for our regular conference updates by email.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018 for Appearance Matters 8!

Centre for Appearance Research
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Email: car@uwe.ac.uk
Website: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/CAR
Conference Website: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/appearancematters

FYI. CfP: Special issue Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology – Eating Disorders and Sport


HUMAN KINETICS – Special Issue: Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

Eating Disorders and Body Image in Sport and Exercise

Guest editors:
Jenny Conviser, MS, PsyD, CEDS, CC-AASP
Justine J. Reel, PhD, LPC, CC-AASP (ML Note 2: Dr. Reel, USA, is a member of this Group)
Amanda S. Tierney, MS, CSCS

The existence of eating disorders in sport and exercise is well-recognized. Athletes, exercisers, and performers have reported poor body image, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating. Specific psychosocial factors and environmental pressures are associated with the development and maintenance of eating disorder symptoms. The need for appropriate prevention, assessment, and referral is critical for all professionals in the sport psychology field regardless of their clinical background, which requires the continued advancement of empirical research in this area and the development of evidence-based strategies.

This special issue is dedicated to contributions concerning body image and eating disorders in a sport and exercise context. Empirically-based papers that discuss applied research and practice papers that evaluate clinical strategies are encouraged for submission. Submissions must appeal to and be relevant for both applied sport psychology researchers and practitioners. To this end, we welcome the following types of submissions related to eating disorders and body image in sport and exercise:

A well-organized case study significantly advancing current knowledge and/or practice
Description of context-specific approaches regarding prevention, clinical screening, and/or treatment
A guide for implementing referral or intervention strategies in a sport or exercise context
Reflection of professional philosophies, addressing relevant challenges, risks, and lessons learned
Best practices for prevention, assessment, return to activity decisions, and recovery support
Special considerations in methodology, ethics, and issues related to privacy and confidentiality

For informal inquiries, the authors can contact the co-editor, Amanda Tierney at amanda@tryteam.com to seek further information. Articles should be prepared in full accordance with the submission guidelines of JCSP. Manuscripts should be a minimum of 7 pages and maximum of 35 double-spaced pages in length, including abstract, tables, figures, and references. For this special issue, shorter and applied articles are encouraged.

Authors must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Submissions should be made no later than October 1, 2017 via email to amanda@tryteam.com. Authors MUST indicate “Special Issue” in the subject heading of the submission email. All articles will be peer reviewed and revised no later than February 15, 2018 following the journal’s procedural requirements. Final decisions will be made by the journal’s editor

FYI. Health promotion funding at grant/fellowship/studentship level (Australia)


Note: open to Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Healthway is offering: intervention research grants, exploratory research grants, postdoctoral early career or senior research fellowships, health promotion research scholarships (masters / PhD), Aboriginal health research fellowships, visiting fellowships.

All applicants MUST focus on at least one of Healthway’s priority health areas of:

  • physical activity promotion (including reducing sedentary behaviour)
  • promoting good community and individual mental health
  • reducing smoking and working towards a smoke-free WA
  • reducing harm from alcohol
  • good nutrition promotion
  • Aboriginal health.

Applications in other areas of health promotion will not be considered.

Various application processes for the different forms of funding. More info

FYI. CFP: Fat and Physical Activity – Fat Studies journal


Special issue of Fat Studies journal: Fat and Physical Activity

Call for proposals.

This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society will examine issues of fat and physical activity. Globally, there is an established weight-centric approach to policy-making about physical activity. Physical activity is promoted as a panacea to the pathologized problems of “obesity” and “overweight.” Yet there are examples of more inclusive forms of embodied movement and physical activity which challenge these imperatives. The guest editors invite manuscripts which engage with theoretical, methodological and political frameworks that challenge moralised obligations towards physical activity as a means of achieving health through weight loss.

 Guest Editors:

Dr Louise Mansfield Brunel University London (UK), louise.mansfield@brunel.ac.uk

Dr Emma Rich University of Bath (UK), e.rich@bath.ac.uk

This special issue invites contributions across a range of disciplines and methodological and theoretical approaches within fat studies that pursue questions advancing knowledge about physical activity, fat, health and wellbeing. It will also highlight work that can support the development of better informed, more inclusive and appropriate physical activity policy, pedagogies and practice for fat people. Papers which address the failure in most physical activity literature to recognise and understand the experiences of fat people in becoming and being physically active are invited.

Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical representations of fat and physical activity
  • Fat subjectivity and physical activity
  • Fat, stigma and ‘athletic’ cultures
  • Fat activism in sport, leisure and recreation – How sites of physical activity contest and resist normative notions of fat
  • The anti-fat ethic and the promotion of physical activity
  • “Obesity science” and the prescription of exercise
  • Innovative and inclusive physical activity programmes
  • Fat, physical activity and affect
  • Fat pedagogy and physical activity
  • Intersections of space/place and fat identities
  • Emerging theoretical and critical approaches to understanding physical activity and fat (e.g. posthumanism, new materialism)

To submit a proposal for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, please send a 250-500 word summary of your article to Louise Mansfield (louise.mansfield@brunel.ac.uk) by 1st September 2017. Any questions about the special issue can be directed to this email address as well.

Draft manuscripts will be required by 1st December 2017 for the review process. Submissions should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words (10-15 pages, size 12 font, double spaced), including all notes and references.

Reproductions of visual images will require permission from the artists/ copyright holders of the image(s). All authors will need to sign a form that transfers copyright of their article to the publisher, Taylor & Francis/ Routledge.

Fat Studies is the first academic journal in the field of scholarship that critically examines theory, research, practices, and programs related to body weight and appearance. Content includes original research and overviews exploring the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Articles critically examine representations of fat in health and medical sciences, the Health at Every Size model, the pharmaceutical industry, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, legal issues, literature, pedagogy, art, theater, popular culture, media studies, and activism.

Fat Studies is an interdisciplinary, international field of scholarship that critically examines societal attitudes and practices about body weight and appearance. Fat Studies advocates equality for all people regardless of body size. It explores the way fat people are oppressed, the reasons why, who benefits from that oppression and how to liberate fat people from oppression. Fat Studies seeks to challenge and remove the negative associations that society has about fat and the fat body. It regards weight, like height, as a human characteristic that varies widely across any population. Fat Studies is similar to academic disciplines that focus on race, ethnicity, gender, or age.

FYI. Two job postings (UK and US)

  1. Five lectureship posts (various rank) at University of Birmingham, UK
  2. Assistant Professor in Social Psychology at University of New Hampshire, USA 1. University of Birmingham, UK

    The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham (UK) is looking to appoint five posts at either lecturer, senior lecturer, or reader level. Starting salary range £32,324 – £52,793, depending on rank, with potential progression once in post. Positions to complement and extend existing expertise across four research themes: Perception, cognition, and action; mental health and wellbeing; language, interaction, and social cognition; and memory and attention. The following areas are particularly welcome:

    Healthy lifestyle and ageing, with a particular emphasis on sleep and eating behaviours; adolescent mental health, including early risk markers in neurodevelopment; longitudinal and behavioural genetics approaches; language and the brain, with a particular emphasis on healthy ageing; electrophysiological approaches to memory using animal models, and the application of memory research to clinical disorders; computational science, including machine learning, Bayesian modelling, and computational models of perception, categorisation and attention.

    Confidential enquiries can be made to Prof Kim Shapiro, Head of School, hos.psychology@contacts.bham.ac.uk, +44 121 414 4930.

    Closing date:  15 September, 2017

    To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit: www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs; alternatively, information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000.

    2. University of New Hampshire, USA
    The Department of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin fall, 2018 in the area of social psychology. Area of specialization within social is open; however the Department is particularly interested in individuals with a strong background in statistics with specialties in areas such as structural equation modeling and/or multilevel modeling, as well as expertise in innovative methodologies who can teach graduate-level multivariate statistics.

    Applicant’s research interests should complement current faculty in Social/Personality. History of or strong potential for external funding is desirable. Requirements: Ph.D. in psychology and strong record of research and teaching. The successful applicant will teach multivariate statistics, courses in their area of specialization, and a course in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, or Research Methods; supervise doctoral and undergraduate student research; and advise undergraduate and doctoral students. Our standard teaching load is two courses per semester. Applicants should show a commitment to sustain and advance the goals of the institution’s diversity of students, faculty, and staff.

    Review of applications begins September 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Upload cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement describing research and teaching interests, reprints, teaching evaluations, and have three referees submit letters to jobs.usnh.edu. Questions may be sent via email to Search Chair Ellen Cohn (ellen.cohn@unh.edu).

    Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.A.

FYI. Sage Young Scholars Awards


Foundation of Personality and Social Psychology and SAGE invite applicants for Sage Young Scholars Awards. You can nominate yourself or a peer.
These awards are for applicants who are 3-7 years into their first academic faculty position and have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in personality and/or social psychology. The award is one-time payment of $5000 (US) that can be used at recipients’ discretion.

Deadline: September 15, 2017

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FYI. Call for papers: International Handbook of Fat Studies


Call for Papers
International Handbook of Fat Studies

Cat Pausé and Katie LeBesco are editing the International Handbook of Fat Studies for Routledge; publication intended for 2019. At this time, the editors are inviting those interested in contributing a chapter to the handbook to submit an abstract and outline of proposed chapter for consideration. People of colour, activists, and those from outside of the United States are especially encouraged to submit.
Fat Studies is a post-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of “fatness” and “the fat body”; explores fat bodies as they live in, are shaped by, and remake the world; and theorises how society conceptualises and pathologises fat bodies. Fat Studies scholars identify and discuss mainstream and alternative discourses on fatness, analyse size as a social justice issue at the intersection of oppression, and critically appraise size oppression as it is manifested in various societal institutions (medicine, media, education, etc).

Handbooks are not intended as a textbook, but as a single-volume reference work aimed at academics and postgraduates working in areas related to fat studies generally. Each essay in the Handbook is effectively a “position paper,” a state-of-the-art overview of a branch of the subject. This being the case, each essay is expected to:

  • Provide a substantial review of the main ideas and debates in the subject through a review of the literature, outlining the historical development of ideas in the field
  • Assess the main methodologies/paradigms in the field today, outline the main questions which the subject has sought or seeks to address, describe the current research agendas, analyze how the subject does or does not draw on related disciplines (or practices/professions if appropriate), and how it has or can explore key concerns (ethical, epistemological, etc)
  • Outline the likely future of the field, possible developments, new research directions

Chapter proposals should include an abstract and an outline for the proposed chapter; these are due by 5 August, 2017. Invitations to produce a full chapter will be sent to authors in August, with full chapters due in early December, 2017. Each chapter will 7000-7500 words (including notes and references). Files should be named with the author’s surname followed by _fshb (Jones_fshb). Please include contact information in the body of the email, and ensure your submission includes the title of your chapter, an abstract, outline for the chapter, and a short bio for the author(s).

Questions, concerns, and submissions should be sent to Cat c.pause@massey.ac.nz