Plenary Sessions

Thursday, May 26

Opening Keynote Address

6:00 PM – 6:50 PM

American Injustice, Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative

Bryan Stevenson is a public interest lawyer, bestselling author of Just Mercy, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize and the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor.

Learn more about EJI and their work here:

Friday, May 27

Plenary Panel Session

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Curbing Police Violence: Stories and Science from Chicago

Craig B. Futterman, University of Chicago Law School 

Andrew V. Papachristos, Northwestern University

Arewa Karen L. Winters, The 411 Movement for Pierre Loury, United Congress for Community and Religious Organizations, and Chicago Consent Decree Coalition

The impact of police violence is both localized and diffuse, bringing tragedy to the doorsteps of victims and their families and sowing widespread mistrust that can persist for decades throughout communities. Yet how do police violence and misconduct arise? And what can we do to intervene? This symposium addresses these questions with a focus on Chicago. The panelists will highlight the power of science to detect the social networks that lead police misconduct to spread across officers, the power of law to probe for patterns of misconduct across police departments, and the power of community leaders to push for police reform. 

Keynote Address

6:00 PM – 6:50 PM

Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

Batja Mesquita, University of Leuven, Belgium

I will take you on the journey that my own research has taken me on to show that emotions are not universal responses coming from within but that we craft our emotions to attune them to the values, norms, and practices of the cultural worlds outside our individual selves. Emotions are learned and coconstructed during our many everyday social interactions. What makes us human is not that emotions are identical for all but that they connect us to others, in our direct environment and in our broader cultural context. I argue that appreciating that emotions are fundamentally linked to our outside worlds—and that we have a role in creating and changing them—is a bridge to more effective relationships in all of the many multicultural spaces in our communities.

Saturday, May 28

Awards Ceremony

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

APS Awards Ceremony: A Celebration of Excellence

APS honors members in the earliest stages of their careers as well as accomplished leaders with the field’s most prestigious awards and recognitions. The 2022 APS Awards Ceremony will recognize recipients of the inaugural James S. Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award for Transformative Scholarship, James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, William James Fellow Award, Mentor Award, Janet Taylor Spence Award, and Student Awards. Join your colleagues to celebrate these achievements in psychological science.

Plenary Panel Session

6:00 PM – 6:50 PM

Trust in Institutions: Perspectives from Public Health, Policing, and Education

Neetu Abad, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nicholas Camp, University of Michigan

Claude M. Steele, Stanford University

Recent events have shown the importance of trust across a range of institutions—and its fragility. What are the global, organizational, and psychological forces that erode trust in institutions, and what can be done to reverse these trends? This symposium will address this core question as it relates to police legitimacy, public health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizational climate, and it will consider what intersectional approaches are needed to rebuild trust in institutions.