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In 2017-2018, five faculty were housed in our social area within the Experimental Division of the Department of Psychological Sciences. Together, we have 23 publications this past year, with 16 of those submissions contained graduate student co-authors from our social area at Texas Tech. Our social area spotlight highlights recent publications from our faculty and students.

As an area, we are committed to actively seeking external funding opportunities. In 2017-2018, the social area faculty submitted 7 applications for extramural funding. Applications were submitted to the Department of Defense, National Institute of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Alquist currently has external funding from The Binational Science Foundation.

Being active in scholarly research, we often develop collaborative partnerships from diverse locations across the United States, Canada, and Israel. In 2017-2018, social area faculty and students collaborated with over 30 collaborators across 20 separate institutions. Social area faculty and students were productive in networking and presenting their scholarly research, with 35 presentations at local, regional and national conferences in 2017-2018.

With regard to giving back to the scientific community, social area faculty serve on 3 editorial boards for peer-reviewed outlets in the social sciences. In 2017-2018, social area faculty served as ad-hoc reviewers for over 40 articles submitted to scholarly journals.

Recent success by social area faculty and students: Dr. Amelia Talley receive early tenure and promotion to associate professor in Spring 2018. Ashlee Hurst (PhD, 2018) got a job as an assistant professor at Northeastern State University, Ethan Dahl (PhD, 2018) received a job as a research assistant professor at Wyoming University, and David Hancock (PhD, 2018) received a postdoc position at the University of Massachusetts. Current social psychology graduate student success: Elizabeth Niedbala received an internship from the Navy to study cyber warfare in the summer of 2018

The Social Psychology program is committed to Lewin's maxim that there is nothing so practical as a good theory. Thus, there is an emphasis on basic research and theoretical development at the same time that social psychological theories are applied to research in areas such as clinical and counseling psychology, law, public opinion, and politics. Likewise, it is believed that rigorous training in methodology will prepare students to grapple with basic and applied problems that will emerge in the future.

The research emphases of the program cover a broad spectrum of topics in social psychology, including social cognition and attitudes, group processes, interpersonal process, and close relationships. The emphasis on social cognition is consistent with the contemporary state of the field of social psychology, but at Texas Tech it is well-balanced by strong interests in relationships and groups.