2nd Biennial Hterodoxy in Psychology
2nd Biennial Heterodoxy in Psychology

» 2nd Biennial Heterodoxy in Psychology Conference

The Conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA.

January 9-12, 2020

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Recently, psychologists have challenged the science and profession of psychology to become more intellectually diverse.  They point out that too often research, training, and practice in psychology is captured by particular ideological orthodoxies and is not welcoming of diverse ideas, particularly with respect to sociopolitical perspectives.  We are psychologists – including academics, students, and practitioners – united by our concern about ideological influences on psychological research and practice.  Ideological commitment limits the accuracy, robustness, and practical application of psychological research, impedes our ability to effectively serve diverse populations, and limits the field’s credibility with policymakers and the public.   

The Heterodoxy in Psychology Conference provides an interactive forum for the exchange of research and ideas that are ideologically and intellectually heterodox in the science, teaching, and practice of psychology and allied disciplines as well as ideas on how to foster and promote heterodox work.

The Heterodoxy in Psychology Conference is an independent conference not organized or sponsored by Heterodox Academy or other entities.  The content and views shared at this conference do not necessarily reflect the position or commitments of other organizations.

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Drew Bailey, Ph.D. - University of California, Irvine
Michael Bailey, Ph.D. - Northwestern University
Cory Clark, Ph.D. – Durham University, United Kingdom
Peter Ditto, Ph.D. - University of California, Irvine
Craig Frisby, Ph.D. - University of Missouri
Glenn Geher, Ph.D. – State University of New York, New Paltz
Linda Gottfredson, Ph.D. - University of Delaware
Lee Jussim, Ph.D. - Rutgers University
Bandy Lee, M.D. - Yale University
Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D. - Emory University
Barbara Mellers, Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania
Matthew Motyl, Ph.D. - Research Director, OpenMind
Richard Redding, J.D., Ph.D. - Chapman University
Catherine Salmon, Ph.D. - University of Redlands
Sally Satel, M.D., M.S. - American Enterprise Institute and Yale University
Phil Tetlock, Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania,
Ben Winegard, Ph.D. -- Hillsdale College
George Yancey, Ph.D. - Brigham Young University



Richard Redding, J.D., Ph.D. – Chapman University, Conference Organizer 
Michael Bailey, Ph.D. - Northwestern University
Glenn Geher, Ph.D. – State University of New York, New Paltz
Lee Jussim, Ph.D. - Rutgers University
Matthew Motyl, Ph.D. - Research Director, OpenMind
Julie Planke, M.S., - State University of New York, New Paltz
Catherine Salmon, Ph.D. - University of Redlands
Sally Satel, M.D., M.S. - American Enterprise Institute and Yale University


The Heterodoxy in Psychology Conference is an independent conference not organized or sponsored by Heterodox Academy or other entities. The content and views shared at this conference do not necessarily reflect the position or commitments of other organizations.

Note: Conference schedule is tentative and subject to change.




7:00 p.m. Welcoming Dinner


"Partisan Bias and Its Discontents"




8:45 a.m.   Continental Breakfast 



Panel Session: Academic Freedom and Pedagogy in a "Sensitive" Age 

In this time of trigger warnings, safe spaces, and easy offense what is happening to our classrooms? Many of us have long enjoyed the freedom to teach about topics that have been viewed as of a sensitive nature such as sexuality, race, and politics. How many of us have changed the way we approach these topics into the classroom, restricting the range of topics taught and/or how they are discussed (or not) into the classroom? And how do we teach critical thinking and encourage students to develop honest and open discussion skills if all that matters is whether someone is "offended" by what a fellow student or their professor says?

Debate: Should the Mental Health Professions Weigh-In on SocioPolitical Issues?:  The APA Men's Guidelines and President Trump's Mental Health as Examples 

Recently, two headline-making incidents took place.  First, a group of clinicians published a book asserting that President Trump's mental state made him a danger to national security.  As experts in predicting danger, they claimed, they had a duty to warn the public. Hundreds of other concerned professionals signed open letters that carried similar messages.  Second,  the American Psychological Association produced guidelines on the treatment of men and boys.  The document came under scrutiny for its discussion of "toxic masculinity," its strong feminist sensibilities, and the implication that societal change, not merely the health of individual patients, was their goal. In these two instances, and in others that received less public attention, the actions of mental health professionals raised important questions about proper scope of professional authority, the degree to which they risked politicizing their profession, and whether participation in the sociopolitical arena threatens to erode public faith in what many think should be disinterested helping professions.

Poster Session

11:30 a.m. Lunch


Debate: Dangerous ideas; Are There Some Topics We Just Shouldn't Study? 

Heterodox psychologists tend to agree that currently there is ideological pressure intended to close off ideas merely because they are uncomfortable or politically incorrect, even if they may be true. But are there limits to intellectual heterodoxy? Should all ideas be on the intellectual table? Or are some ideas so harmful or offensive that they should be rejected outright, and essentially banned from the Academy?

Panel Session: From Conduct Codes to Title IX: Do They Help or Hurt?

In this time of trigger warnings, safe spaces, and easy offense what is happening to our classrooms? Many of us have long enjoyed the freedom to teach about topics that have been viewed as of a sensitive nature such as sexuality, race, and politics. How many of us have changed the way we approach these topics into the classroom, restricting the range of topics taught and/or how they are discussed (or not) into the classroom? And how do we teach critical thinking and encourage students to develop honest and open discussion skills if all that matters is whether someone is "offended" by what a fellow student or their professor says?

Walking On The Edge: Controversial Topics in the Study of Human Sexuality

Sex researchers walk a fine line with the questions they ask and the data they seek which often upsets people across political and ideological spectra. The speakers in this panel will discuss their own research with regard to this issue.

Paper Session 

2:30 p.m.  Break


Hack-A-Thon:  Curricula and Mentoring - Bringing Heterodoxy to Undergraduates and Prospective Graduate Students

The psychology curriculum, developed by academic faculty at universities and colleges around the US, will often reflect ideological and perspective-based biases in terms of what courses and content are included. Topics such as the genetic underpinnings of behavior, for instance, are often omitted from such curricula. This workshop will develop ways to bring more diverse viewpoints and topics into the psychology curriculum across the US. Standard processes for curriculum revision, along with other ways to affect the curriculum, will be presented to help shape the thinking of this group in terms of developing plans to effect change.

Hack-A-Thon:  Bringing Heterodoxy to the Journals 

Academic journals naturally show ideological and political biases connected with modern academia. This workshop will address this issue in detail. Participants will be charged with developing specific plans to bring heterodox work (including both work that (a) cuts against the ideological grain or (b) studies meta-heterodoxy: psychological processes that underlie issues surrounding heterodoxy in academic psychology). Specific plans to create systemic change on this front, perhaps in the form of a set of collaborative articles on this topic that are submitted to mainstream journals in the field, will be developed. 

Panel Session: 

"Cultural Competence:"  A (Politicized) Ethical Mandate?

"Cultural competence" is a ubiquitous phrase that is aggressively promoted as a professional "best practices" mandate and necessity within such diverse fields as business, medicine, social work, psychiatry, and of course, applied psychological and mental health services. The assumption is that this construct is scientifically vetted, and consists of a theoretically coherent set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that service providers need in order to more effectively work with persons from different racial, ethnic, language, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. However, there are serious questions about its construct validity, ethical necessity, measurement, real-world outcomes, and whether the concept has been politicized. This discussion will explore the many challenging issues inherent in this construct,  its practice limitations, and pathways for future research.

Panel Session:

How much should Failed Replications Shake Our Confidence in Research Findings?

According to some, the "replication crisis" has shaken psychology to its core.  According to others, it is a tempest in a teapot, because false positives are an inherent part of scientific research in psychology, and some failed replications are inevitable even for true effects.  How, then, should psychologists respond to failed replications?  Do they primarily reflect, as some of have argued, the incompetence of the replicators?  Do they reflect the invalidity of the original study?  Or is the truth more nuanced than it seems?  This panel will address these issues with a goal of bringing greater clarity to the role of replication in psychological science, and, especially, with respect to understanding the implications of failed replications for advancing psychological knowledge.







8:45 a.m.   Continental Breakfast



“Lessons Learned from Studying and Communicating Individual Differences Research” 



Hack-A-Thon:  Bringing Heterodoxy to Mainstream Psychology Organizations 

Mainstream psychological organizations, such as the APA and APS, famously focus on certain politically correct paradigms (e.g., social constructionism) more so than others (e.g., evolutionary psychology). The problem will be discussed and spelled out. This workshop will develop specific plans to help bring a broader array of perspectives to mainstream conferences (by proposing such products as special pre-conferences, meet-and-greets themed around a particular perspective, etc.). 

Hack-A-Thon: Fostering Communication and Networking Among Heterodox Researchers 

With the second conference related to heterodoxy in psychology as well as the formation of the HxPsych Facebook group, specific steps to connect heterodox researchers in the behavioral sciences with one another have started. This workshop will be devoted to the development of additional steps (e.g., the launching of a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a Google group, informal regional meetings, etc.) to help build a strong infrastructure for allowing heterodox researchers to stay connected with one another. 

Hack-A-Thon:  Using Heterodox Psychology to Promote Tolerance Across Political Divides

Several initiatives have emerged with the goal of promoting intellectual and civic tolerance across political divides. Two of the most successful such initiatives are the Heterodox Academy and the Open Mind initiative. The Open Mind initiative, in particular, utilizes empirically based social psychological processes to help unite individuals across various communities who find themselves in disagreement with one another. This workshop will discuss these extant initiatives and will allow participants the space to develop related and/or derivative initiatives that will have the goal of increasing civic tolerance during this trying time in our nation's political history. 

Forecasting Tournaments: Improving the Flow of Well-Calibrated Probability Judgments Into Policy Debates

 Drawing on a decade of research sponsored by the US intelligence community, this panel will discuss: (a) how forecasting tournaments can be used to identify and cultivate skill at making accurate probability judgments of politically charged real-world events; (b) how tournaments can be used to incentivize people to be more careful than they usually are in separating fact from value judgments, thus potentially depolarizing unnecessarily polarized debates.  

Paper Session


12:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:30 p.m.     Plenary Session

Making the Heterodox Orthodox:  Communicating Across Political Divides (Particularly When Your Findings Are Politically Incorrect) 

Panel Session: Checking our Blindspots: Bias Across the Political Spectrum

For decades, the flaws of political conservatives has been a persistent theme in social psychology, with some scholars contending that conservatives are more prone to a variety of biases (e.g., motivated skepticism, ingroup favoritism) than liberals.  A new wave of scholars—awakened by the realization of (liberal) political homogeneity among social psychologists—has begun to challenge and test these assumptions, and has found a great deal more symmetry than previously believed. Some scholars even contend that liberal biases pose a far greater threat to scientific discovery. In this panel, we will discuss political bias similarities and differences among liberals and conservatives and the challenges these pose for the left-leaning field.

3:00 p.m.    Break


Panel Session: What Happens When You Talk about Intelligence in Education?

This panel will draw from a range of scholars who have tried to talk openly and honestly about how intelligence is important in education. Despite over a century of evidence supporting the construct of general intelligence, or g, it remains a controversial and quite heterodox topic to discuss in regards to education, especially U.S. education. This panel will explore through their lived experiences what happened to them when they discussed intelligence in education, and what can be done to help incorporate the concept of intelligence into education research and policy.

Hack-A-Thon:  Developing a Research Agenda for Studying Meta-Heterodox Issues

Many behavioral scientists who consider themselves to be relatively "heterodox" in their work have expended some energy into studying meta-heterodox issues. In other words, such scholars study political and ideological attitudes among academics in efforts to try to better understand the underpinnings of the current ideologically homogenous culture that characterizes the academy. This workshop will allow participants the opportunity to develop a new research agenda, including the creation of a set of research questions along with proposed methodology and a plan for data collection/implementation. A goal of this hack is, ultimately, the publication of this work in a scholarly outlet. 

Paper Session






8:45 a.m.   Continental Breakfast


Panel Session:

Political Ideology in Social Psychology

Social psychologists are almost entirely left of center in their politics.  Political partisans often hold exaggerated and unjustified views of their political opponents.  Furthermore, some have argued that the most extreme biases stem not from left/right ideology per se, but from equalitarianism: a dogmatic commitment to cosmic egalitarianism, the complete equality among demographic groups in anything that matters.  These biases may play out in two broad ways: political discrimination against individuals who violate leftwing norms or equalitarian sacred values, and distortions in the conduct, interpretation, dissemination, and canonization of psychological research.  But how severe are such biases?  The answers to this question are neither obvious nor easy to obtain, in part, because existing empirical research has produced mixed results, and because political biases may taint the research on political biases itself.  This panel will attempt to sort through this complex maze of theory and evidence to provide a clearer understanding of what is and is not known about influences of political ideology in social psychology, and to provide guidance regarding how empirical research can help understand political biases and limit their effect on social psychological science.

Panel Session:

Conservatives and People of Faith in Psychology: Challenges and Opportunities

This panel will discuss the evidence of academic bias against political conservatives and people of faith, using both quantitative and qualitative work to look at the sources of that bias.  The panel will then discuss the consequences of such bias in academia.  Viewpoint bias is characterized by four assumptions: (1) there is an objective truth that psychologists strive to discover, (2) this objective truth is suppressed or distorted to a significant degree, (3) this distortion is systematic, not random, and (4) this distortion leads to undesirable consequences in academia. Although this distortion can and does originate from any side of the political spectrum as this relates to applied psychology, the most egregious and long-standing examples come from the progressive left.  Examples of undesirable consequences that can influence the psychology professoriate, university students, publishing, grant application, and training are discussed.  But these consequences also present implicit opportunities for conservatives and people of faith in psychology.

Paper Session

Paper Session

Paper Session 

10:30 a.m.   Break


12:15 p.m.   Lunch


             Richard Redding, J.D., Ph.D.

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Doubletree Hotel, Orange, CA

100 The City Drive Orange, CA 92868-3204

The Conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA.

We have arranged a special conference rate of just $175 per night at the Doubletree Hotel, but the number of rooms is limited so we urge you to register early with the hotel. 

Hotel Registration Portal Coming Soon!

In addition, these following hotels are also close to the conference:

Hilton 777 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802 • (714) 750-4321

Ayres Hotel 200 The City Dr. N, Orange, CA 92868 • (714) 919-7940

Best Western 720 The City Dr. S, Orange, CA 92868 • (714) 740-2700


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The closest airport is the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. It is about a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport to the hotel. The next closest airport is Long Beach Airport, which is about a 30-45 minute drive from the hotel.

+ - Student Travel Grants

A limited number of partial or full travel grants (to cover plane fare, hotel, and/or conference registration) are available to advanced undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students who wish to attend the conference and are unable to secure full travel funding through other sources such as their university.

To apply for a travel grant, please fill out this pdf and email it to 

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BaileyJ. Michael Bailey, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Northwestern University

J. Michael Bailey grew up an ideological outcast near conservative Dallas Texas. He left home to pursue higher education, obtaining a BA in mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis, but he returned to Texas for his PhD in clinical psychology. Bailey has mainly studied human sexual orientation–its causes, development, expression, and sex differences–although he has also published research on intelligence, childhood sexual abuse, paraphilias, and gender dysphoria. His research and teaching have led him to be the center of three high profile controversies. In 2003 his research was targeted by social conservatives as the prototypic example of government waste, because the research (on sex differences in sexual arousal patterns and their relation to sexual orientation) necessarily employed pornographic stimuli. (Articles from that research program have been cited more than 1,000 times.) Also in 2003 several prominent transwomen began a years-long campaign to ruin his career because they objected to his writing favorably about a scientific theory that explained most male-to-female transsexualism as erotically motivated. The campaign failed both to ruin the career or suppress the theory. In 2011 during an optional after-class event, Bailey unwisely granted the request of a small group of invited presenters to demonstrate a scientifically interesting phenomenon by performing an explicit sex act using a machine. Mercifully, he was not fired, despite intense reactions from alumni and others. Bailey’s intellectual and other experiences have led him to the following conclusions: First, issues regarding sexuality are often important but difficult for people to discuss rationally. Second, the Left is as likely the Right to let ideological and emotional issues interfere with dispassionate consideration of science and policy, although the Left and Right tend to have different blind spots. Third, it is crucial to cultivate present and future colleagues willing to, and capable of, reasonable scholarly debate on controversial topics.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Bailey, J. M. (2003). The man who would be queen: The science of gender-bending and transsexualism. Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press
  • Baily, J.M., Vasey, P.L., Diamond, L. M., Breedlove, S. M., Vilain, E., Epprecht, M. (2016). Sexual orientation, controversy, and science. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 17(2), 45-101.
  • Baily, J.M., Triea, K. (2007). What many transgender activists don’t want you to know: and why you should know it anyway. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 70 (4), 521- 534.
  • Baily, J.M., Shriver, A. (1999). Does childhood sexual abuse cause borderline personality disorder? Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 25:1, 45-57.

clarkCory Clark

Ph.D. University of California, Irvine

Cory Clark earned her Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at Durham University in the United Kingdom. She has two primary programs of research: (1) Political bias with a particular emphasis on how these biases influence scientific and empirical conclusions among laypeople and scholars alike and (2) Moral judgment with a particular emphasis on punitiveness and conceptions of moral responsibility. Her work has been featured in at least a few popular media outlets including the New York Times, National Public Radio, Mother Jones, and Quillette. She has written zero books and has won no particularly impressive awards to date, but she anticipates that this will start happening any day now. In addition to her academic work, she co-hosts a podcast, Psyphilopod, on psychology, philosophy, and politics.  Follow her on Twitter @ImHardcory.

 Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Ditto, P. H., Liu, B., Clark, C. J., Wojcik, S., Chen, E., Grady, R., Celniker, J., & Zinger, J. (2019). At least bias is bipartisan: A meta-analytic comparison of selective interpretation bias in Liberals and Conservatives. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14, 273-291.
  • Ditto, P. H., Clark, C. J., Liu, B., Wojcik, S., Grady, R., Celniker, J., Chen, E., & Zinger, J. (2019). Partisan bias and its discontents. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14, 304-316.
  • Clark, C. J., Liu, B., Winegard, B. M., & Ditto, P. H. (2019). Tribalism is human nature. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
  • Clark, C. J., Winegard, B. M., Beardslee, J., Baumeister, R. F., & Shariff, A. F. (under invited revision). Declines in religiosity predict increases in violent crime only among countries with relatively low average IQ. Psychological Science.
  • Winegard, B. M., Clark, C. J., Hasty, C., & Baumeister, R. F. (under review). Low status groups as a domain of liberal bias.
  • Winegard, B. M., Clark, C. J., & Bunnel, E. (under review). The ideology of censorship.

FrisbyCraig L. Frisby, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Educational, School &
Counseling Psychology
University of Missouri

Craig Frisby has served as an Associate Editor for School Psychology Review, the official journal of the National Association of School Psychologists and Psychological Assessment, a journal published by the American Psychological Association. He is the co-editor of the Comprehensive Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology, and is the author of Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Minority Students: Data-based Guidelines for School Psychologists and other School Personnel. He is the co-editor of a handbook just published entitled Cultural Competence in Applied Psychology: Current Evaluation and Future Directions. He also serves as a member of the American Institutes for Research Test Screening Committee for Response to Intervention.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Frisby, C.L. & Henry, B. (2015). Science, politics, and best practice: 35 years after Larry P. Contemporary School Psychology, 19(3).
  • Frisby, C. (2009). Cultural competence in school psychology: Established or elusive construct? C.Reynolds & T. Gutkin (Eds). Handbook of School Psychology: Fourth Edition (pp. 855-885). New York, NY.: John Wiley.
  • Frisby, C. (2009). Positive psychology, culture, and schools. In R. Gilman & M. Furlong (Eds),
    Handbook of Positive psychology in the schools (pp. 447-462). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Frisby, C. (1999). Culture and test session behavior: Part I. School Psychology Quarterly, 14(3), 263-280.
  • Frisby, C. (1999). Culture and test session behavior: Part II. School Psychology Quarterly, 14(3), 281-303.

GeherGlenn Geher, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
State University of New York at New Paltz

Glenn Geher is the Founding Director of Evolutionary Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he has also served as the Chair of the President’s Free Speech Task Force. Glenn has published extensively in the field of evolutionary psychology, including the books Evolutionary Psychology 101 (Springer) and Mating Intelligence Unleashed (with Scott Barry Kaufman, Oxford), among several others. Glenn’s work has been covered widely in the mainstream media, including Newsweek, New York Times, The Atlantic, BBC Radio, CBS television, and more. As an academic and teacher, Glenn is a vocal advocate for first amendment rights and freedom of expression within the academy.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Geher, G. (2017). You’d never hire a behaviourist? At least be honest about it. Times Higher Education.
  • Glass, D. J., Wilson, D.S., & Geher, G. (2012). Evolutionary training in relation to human affairs is sorely lacking in higher education. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 4(2), 16-22.
  • Geher, G., Crosier, B., Dillon, H. M., & Chang, R. (2011). Evolutionary Psychology’s Place in
    Evolutionary Studies: A Tale of Promise and Challenge. Evolution: Education & Outreach, 4, 11-16.
  • Geher, G., & Gambacorta, D. (2010). Evolution is not relevant to sex differences in humans because I want it that way! Evidence for the politicization of human evolutionary psychology. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 2(1), 32-47.
  • Geher, G. (2006). Evolutionary psychology is not evil! … and here’s why…
    Psihologijske Teme (Psychological Topics); Special Issue on Evolutionary Psychology, 15, 181-202.
  • Geher, G. (2006). An Evolutionary Basis to Behavioral Differences between Cats and Dogs? An Almost-Serious Scholarly Debate. Entelechy: Mind and Culture.

JussimLee Jussim, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Rutgers University

Lee Jussim headed up the Best Practices in Science Group at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2013-2015) and is a founding member of Heterodox Academy. His book Social perception and social reality: Why accuracy dominates self-fulfilling prophecy and bias (Oxford University
Press) received the American Publisher’s Association award for best book in psychology of 2012. In addition to continuing his work on stereotypes, prejudice, and social perception, his current research focuses on the scientific study of how scientific processes lead to erroneous conclusions, and identifying processes that limit and rapidly correct such errors, and lead to more valid conclusions. He blogs as Rabble Rouser at Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/rabble-rouser.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Crawford, J. T., & Jussim, L. (Eds.). (2018). The politics of social psychology. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Jussim, L., Crawford, J.T., Anglin, S. M., Chambers, J., Stevens, S. T., & Cohen, F. Stereotype accuracy: One of the largest and most replicable effects in all of social psychology. (2016). In T. Nelson (ed.), Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination (2nd ed), pp. 31-63. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Jussim, L., Crawford, J. T., Anglin, S. M., Stevens, S. T., & Duarte, J. L. (2016). Interpretations and methods: Towards a more effectively self-correcting social psychology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 66, 116-133.
  • Duarte, J. L., Crawford, J. T., Stern, C., Haidt, J., Jussim, L., & Tetlock, P. (2015). Political diversity will improve social and personality psychological science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 1-13.
  • Jussim, L. (2012). Social perception and social reality: Why accuracy dominates bias and self-fulfilling prophecy. New York: Oxford University Press.

scottScott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D.
Samuel Chandler Dobbs Professor of Psychology
Emory University

Scott O. Lilienfeld is also a visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) from 1986-1987. He was a faculty member at the State University of New York at Albany from 1990 to 1994, when he joined the faculty at Emory University. Dr. Lilienfeld is Editor of the journal Clinical Psychological Science, Associate Editor of Archives of Scientific Psychology, and President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. He also serves on the Executive Council of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, which publishes Skeptical Inquirer magazine. He has published over 350 manuscripts on personality disorders, dissociative disorders, psychiatric classification, pseudoscience in psychology, and evidence-based practice. Dr. Lilienfeld has received the David Shakow Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology from American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12, the Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award (for integrating psychology across subdisciplines) from APA Division 1, and the James McKeen Cattell Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Applied Psychological Science from APS. He is the author or co-author of 14 books, including 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, which has been translated into over 20 languages, the introductory psychology textbook, Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding, and Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Lilienfeld, S. O. (2017). Microaggressions: Strong claims, inadequate evidence. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 138-169.
  • Lilienfeld, S. O. (2017). Through a glass, darkly: Microaggressions and psychological science.
    Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 178-180.
  • Lilienfeld, S. O. (2015). Lack of political diversity and the framing of findings in personality and clinical psychology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, e149 (commentary).
  • Satel, S., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2014). Addiction and the brain-disease fallacy. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 4, 141.
  • Satel, S., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2013). Brainwashed: The seductive appeal of mindless neuroscience. New York: Basic Books.
  • Lilienfeld, S. O. (2010). Can psychology become a science? Personality and individual Differences, 49, 281-288.
  • Lilienfeld, S. O. (2006). The heuristic value of controversy in science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 580-581 (commentary).
  • Lilienfeld, S. O. (2002). When worlds collide: Social science, politics, and the Rind et al. (1998) child sexual abuse meta-analysis. American Psychologist, 57, 176-188.
  • Lilienfeld, S.O. (2001, May/June). Science and politics, oil and water [Review of Morton Hunt’s The New Know-Nothings: The political foes of the scientific study of human nature]. Skeptical Inquirer, 26,


MotylMatt Motyl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Illinois at Chicago

Matt Motyl earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2014, and is the Executive Director of Civil Politics and the Research Director of OpenMind. He is a social psychologist who studies what makes communicating with others who hold different moral, political, or religious views so difficult, and what can be done to improve the quality of intergroup communication. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles in some of the top journals including Science, Journal for Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Perspectives on psychological Science. He was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science for his “innovative work [that] has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their [his] continued contributions.” His research has been featured in many popular media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Science, Nature, and on CBS, BBC World, and NPR.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Crawford, J. T., Brandt, M. J., Inbar, Y., Chambers, J. R., & Motyl, M. (2017). Social and economic ideologies differentially predict prejudice across the political spectrum, but social issues are most divisive. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 112, 383-412.
  • Frimer, J., Skitka, L. J., & Motyl, M. (2017). Liberals and conservatives are similarly motivated to avoid exposure to one another’s opinions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 72, 1-12.
  • Motyl, M. (2016). Liberals and conservatives are geographically dividing. In P. Valdesolo & J. Graham (Eds.), Social Psychology of Political Polarization (pp. 7-37). New York, NY: Routledge.

reddingRichard E. Redding, J.D, Ph.D.
Workshop Organizer
Vice Provost and Professor of Law, Psychology and Education
Chapman University

Richard E. Redding previously held faculty positions at Villanova University, Drexel University, and the University of Virginia (where he received his Ph.D. in psychology). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Bar Foundation, and has received awards for his work from the American Psychology-Law Society and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals, served as a consultant to the U.S. Justice Department, and directed major R&D projects for the U.S. Justice and Defense Departments. Dr. Redding has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and his work is widely cited in scientific and legal journals. He specializes in forensic issues in criminal law and juvenile justice, the use of social science research in law and public policy, the ways in which sociopolitical attitudes influence how science is used in policymaking, and the role of sociopolitical attitudes in diversity and in professional as well as interpersonal relationships.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Redding, R. E. (2015). Sociopolitical insularity is psychology’s Achilles heel. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 38, 36-38.
  • Redding, R. E. (2013). Politicized science. Society, 50, 439-446.
  • Redding, R.E. (2012). Likes attract: The sociopolitical groupthink of (social) psychologists. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 512-515.
  • Herbert, J. A., & Redding, R. E. (2011, Sept/ Oct.). When the “shrinks” ignore science, sue them. Skeptical Inquirer, 1-4.
  • Redding, R. E. (2008). It’s really about sex: Same-sex marriage, lesbigay parenting, and the psychology of disgust. Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, 18, 127-193.
  • Redding, R. E. (2001). Sociopolitical diversity in psychology: The case for pluralism. American Psychologist, 56, 205-215.

salmonCatherine Salmon, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of Redlands

Catherine Salmon received her BSc in Biology in 1992 and her PhD in Evolutionary Psychology in1997 from McMaster University. After a number of blissful years as a post-doctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, she fled the frozen north to join the faculty at the University of Redlands. She is the co-author (with Donald Symons) of Warrior Lovers: Erotic fiction, evolution and female sexuality and The secret power of middle children (co-authored with Katrin Schumann) and is currently working on a book on the founders of Evolutionary Psychology with Barry Kuhle (Scranton University). Her primary research interests include birth order/parental investment/sibling conflict, reproductive suppression and dieting behaviour, and male and female sexuality, particularly as expressed in pornography and other erotic genres. Currently, she is the editor-in-chief of Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and the treasurer of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Salmon, C., Diamond, A. (2012). Evolutionary perspectives on the context analysis of heterosexual and homosexual pornography. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, & Cultural Psychology, 6(2), 193-202.
  • Carroll, J., Johnson, J.A., et al. (2017). A cross-disciplinary survey of beliefs about human nature, culture,
    and science. Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, 1(1), 1-32.

satelSally L. Satel, M.D., M.S.
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Yale University

Sally Satel is also the staff psychiatrist at a local methadone clinic in Washington, D.C. She was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University from 1988 to 1993 and remains a lecturer at Yale. From 1993 to 1994 she was a Robert Wood Johnson policy fellow with the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She received her M.D. degree from Brown University, her M.S. degree in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago, and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Dr. Satel has written widely in academic journals on topics in psychiatry and medicine, and has published articles on cultural aspects of medicine and science in numerous magazines and journals. She has testified before Congress on veterans’ issues, mental health policy, drug courts, and health disparities. Her recent book, co-authored with Emory psychologist Scott Lilienfeld is Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (Basic, 2013). It was a finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles TimesBook Prize in Science.

Representative Heterodox Publications:

  • Satel, S. (2017). Addiction and the brain-disease fallacy. Front Psychiatry. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24624096
  • Satel, S. and Lilienfeld S. O. Calling it ‘brain disease’ makes addiction harder to treat. Boston Globe https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2017/06/22/calling-brain-disease.../story.html
  • Drug treatment: The case for coercion (AEI Press 1999).
  • PC, M.D.: How political correctness is corrupting medicine (Basic Books 2001).
  • Satel, S. and Hoff Sommers, C. One nation under therapy (St. Martin’s Press 2005).
    The health disparity myth (AEI Press 2006).
  • When altruism isn’t enough: The case for compensating kidney donors (AEI Press 2009).

Jonathan WaiJonathan Wai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Psychology
21st Century Chair in Education Policy
University of Arkansas

Jonathan Wai received his Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the Department of Education Reform in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, where he also holds a joint (courtesy) appointment in the Department of Psychology, he was a research scientist at Duke University, a research fellow at Geisinger Health System, and a visiting researcher at Case Western Reserve University. His research examines how individual and contextual factors collectively impact the development of educational and occupational expertise across a variety of domains. With numerous colleagues, he has examined the many factors that contribute to and take away from talent development and how these are connected to policies and conversations on enhancing creativity and innovation ranging from the individual to society. He has served on the board of directors of the MATHCOUNTS foundation.

Representative Heterodox Publications

  • Wai. J., Brown, M. I., & Chabris, C. F. (2018). Using standardized test scores to include general cognitive ability in education research and policy. Journal of Intelligence, 6, 37.
  • Wai, J., & Worrell, F. C. (2016). Helping disadvantaged and spatially talented students fulfill their potential: Related and neglected national resources. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3, 122-128.
  • Wai, J. (2013). Investigating America’s elite: Cognitive ability, education, and sex differences. Intelligence, 41, 203-211.
  • Wai, J., Putallaz, M., & Makel, M. C. (2012). Studying intellectual outliers: Are there sex differences, and are the smart getting smarter? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 382-390.
  • Wai, J., Lubinski, D., & Benbow, C. P. (2009). Spatial ability for STEM domains: Aligning over fifty years of cumulative psychological knowledge solidifies its importance. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101, 817-835.

speaker yancyGeorge Yancey

George Yancey is a Professor of Sociology at Baylor University. He has published several research articles on the topics of institutional racial diversity, racial identity, academic bias, progressive Christians and anti-Christian hostility. His books include Compromising Scholarship (Baylor University Press) a book that explores religious and political biases in academia, and So Many Christians, So Few Lions (Rowman and Littlefield) a book that assesses Christianophobia in the United States. He has also published articles on academic bias in the journals Academic Questions, Society, and Sociology of Religion. He is currently working on a project assessing academic bias with graduate school directors.

+ - Local Attractions


Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Theme Park has a variety of mind-blowing rides based on movie themes, but is also a working movie studio. You can take a guided tour of the studios and explore behind the scenes of some of Universal's most popular movie sets. The main attraction for most people is usually the rides, which range from simulators to roller coasters. Favorite movie and TV-themed rides and sets include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, The Simpsons, and Transformers.

Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City

Official site: http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/

Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is one of the city's most interesting experience-based attractions, and it's all free to the public. On the grounds are exhibits and telescopes. The main highlight is a look through the Zeiss telescope, used for viewing the moon and planets. You can use the telescopes free each evening the facility is open. Also on site are solar telescopes used for viewing the sun.

Official site: www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK/griffith.htm

Disneyland Resort
Just outside Los Angeles, Disneyland is California's premier family vacation destination. Disneyland Park, with rides and experiences in elaborately created theme sets, is what most people picture when they imagine Disneyland. The Disneyland California Adventure Park, created during one of the expansions, holds even more action and adventure, with seven lands based on movie themes.

Official site: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/

A suburb of Los Angeles, Hollywood is a destination in itself, with its own unique history and iconic sites. The attractions in Hollywood are closely associated with the film industry and the glamour of the silver screen. The hillside Hollywood sign, Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame, and the Chinese Theatre can easily fill a day or two of sightseeing. If you're lucky, you might even spot a celebrity or two.

Natural History Museum
While the Natural History Museum has numerous galleries and an extensive permanent collection that covers a range of topics, it is best known for its collection of dinosaurs. The 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall has an awesome display of dinosaur skeletons, including a series of Tyrannosaurus rex fossils, known as the growth series, featuring three full skeletons that range from baby to adult. Also on display are a Triceratops and a Stegosaurus.

Address: 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles

Official site: https://www.nhm.org

Hollywood Roosevelt
You’re surrounded by Hollywood history the moment you step into the Spanish Colonial style lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt. The first Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner in the hotel’s Blossom Ballroom, while Clark Gable and Carole Lombard carried on their infamous affair in the hotel penthouse. Marilyn Monroe lived at the hotel for two years as her modeling career began to take off - she was staying in one of the vintage 1950s Cabanas at the time of her first professional magazine shoot, which took place at the Roosevelt's pool.

Address: 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028

Official site: https://www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com/

Anaheim district packing house
Boasting over 30 unique food and beverage experiences, the Packing District offers a foodie paradise for culinary enthusiasts of all ages. Within walking distance, just a few blocks northwest of the Packing House, lies a mom 'n pop retail and culinary experience.

Address: 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Official site: https://www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

Irvine Spectrum
Beyond shopping, Irvine Spectrum Center truly is a one-stop entertainment destination, complete with the Improv Comedy Club, a 21-screen movie and IMAX theater, a 24-hour fitness center, a spa and more than 30 dining establishments for everything from a gourmet meal to a quick cup of frozen yogurt or a latte on the go.

Address: 670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618

Official site: https://www.irvinespectrumcenter.com/

Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive is synonymous with luxury and affluence. Though the Beverly Hills street itself is two miles (3.2 kilometers) long, the Rodeo Drive tourists flock to is a much shorter section bounded by Wilshire Boulevard to the south and Santa Monica Boulevard to the north. High-end stores like Louis Vuitton, Versace and Dior call this area home. Visitors may also want to stop by the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the exterior of which was prominently featured in the film Pretty Woman (1990).

Address: 369 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Set within Downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown is full of superb dining destinations, art galleries and unique shops. The neon-drenched Chinatown Central Plaza is a popular spot for photos, while nearby General Lee’s boasts the most innovative cocktails in the neighborhood. Head to Yang Chow restaurant for classic Chinese dishes, or savor fried chicken at Howlin’ Ray’s at Far East Plaza.

Address: 727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

+ - Highlights from 2018 Conference


Unlike the 2020 conference which will be a much larger conference open to all interested faculty, students, and practitioners in psychology and allied disciplines, the 2018 Conference on Heterodoxy in Psychology was a small, invitation-only inaugural conference of about 120 distinguished researchers and graduate and postdoctoral students. 

Although the size and scope of the two conferences differ, the 2018 conference provides a good sense of the kinds of themes, topics, and speakers that will be featured in the 2020 conference. Below provides a sampling of talks, panels, and photos from the 2018 conference, along with some Psychology Today blogs about the conference.



Sally L. Satal, M.D., M.S., Myths of Addiction

Lee Jussim Ph.D., Debiasing Approaches

J., Michael Baily, Ph.D., Glenn Geher, Ph.D., Catherine Salmon, Ph.D,  Heterodox Perspectives on Gender & Sexuality

 Craig Frisby, PhD., Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D., Heterodox Psychology on the College Campus: Microaggressions, Multiculturalism, and Diversity

Lee Jussim, Ph.D., Philip Tetlock, Ph.D., Implicit Bias, Stereotyping, and Intergroup Relations

Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D., Sally Satel, M.D., M.S., Neuroscience Applied to Legal and Public Policy

Leda Cosmides, Ph.D., Todd Kashdan, Ph.D., Robert Maranto, Ph.D., Career Advice for the Aspiring Heterodox Researcher

Glenn Geher, Ph.D., Catherine Salmon, Ph.D., John Tooby, Ph.D., A Heterodox Discipline: Evolutionary Psychology




Studying Unpopular Ideas in Psychology: A Report on the First-Ever Heterodox Psychology Workshop


The Problem with Psychology: A Brief History of the Heterodox Movement in Psychology


Career Advice from Academia's Bravest: Here’s the Advice that Most Academics Won’t Touch


The Polarization of America: Each year, we become more fractured and more polarized


Evolutionary Psychology Is a Superpower: Lessons from pioneers of evolutionary psychological science




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