Association for Psychological Science 22nd Annual Convention: Boston, MA

Invited Symposium

Psychology as a Hub Science II: Navigating Early Career Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Chair: A David Nussbaum
University of Waterloo, Canada

Building on last year's Presidential Symposium, Psychology as a Hub Science, the current symposium will explore the possibilities and challenges presented by interdisciplinary research, particularly for early career scholars still in the process of establishing themselves in the field. Our panel of speakers has a track record of successful research at the intersections of psychology and a diverse set of disciplines, including neuroscience, education, political science, and law. They will each share their perspectives on the promises and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research, with a focus on effective collaboration and balancing career development. Their comments will be followed by a moderated discussion and a question and answer period.


Geoffrey Cohen
University of Colorado at Boulder
Geoff Cohen is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He examines processes related to self-evaluation and identity maintenance and their implications for social problems and social policy. Moreover, Dr. Cohen uses laboratory and field experimental methods to understand how social psychological processes play out over time, how they interact with other factors in social environments, and how they contribute to the maintenance of under-performance, social conflict, and inequality. One long-standing interest is the development and testing of theory-driven intervention strategies.
Piotr Winkielman
University of California, San Diego
Piotr Winkielman is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. His research explores the interplay between emotion, cognition, embodiment and consciousness, particularly the implications of this work for social cognition. In his research, Dr. Winkielman draws upon a variety of methods of social and cognitive psychology, including approaches and methods of social neuroscience in order to examine these overlapping areas.
Jon Hanson
Harvard Law School
Jon Hanson is Alfred Smart Professor of Law and the Director of the Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. He is also the co-creator of, and contributor to, The Situationist blog. Hanson’s scholarship melds social psychology (and related fields), economics, and law.
A David Nussbaum
University of Waterloo, Canada
Dave Nussbaum is the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo. His research is primarily focused on how people manage and defend their self-image in the face of threats, and how this affects their beliefs and behavior. Through his research, he has found that although defensiveness can lead to negative consequences, individuals and organizations can employ strategies to prevent these maladaptive outcomes by identifying contexts and processes that attenuate threat.
John T. Cacioppo (Discussant)
University of Chicago

2010 Program Committee
Tyler S. Lorig, Washington and Lee University (Chair); Nalini Ambady, Tufts University; Abigail Baird, Vassar College; Sian Beilock, University of Chicago; Daniel Klein, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York; Richard Lewis, Pomona College; Kris Preacher, University of Kansas; Deidra Schleicher, Purdue University; Timothy Strauman, Duke University; Tracy Zinn, James Madison University