News from the Accelerator- July 2020

monthly update

Chris Chartier


July 24, 2020

July has been extremely active in the PSA, and this newsletter contains updates on many projects, but we’d like to highlight two things up front:

First, the PSA has taken a very big and important step as an organization this month by initiating our first truly democratic election for an open Associate Director position! You can read the candidates’ statements at the links below to prepare for the vote.

Second, we are continuing data collection on the PSA-Covid-Rapid studies as long as we can afford to, which is likely through the end of August. The team could use some more data collection help to make sure we clear our pre-registered N targets! Email if you are interested in joining or have questions about joining.


The two candidates in our election for an open Associate Director position, Peter Mallik and John Protzko, have provided written statements describing why they've chosen to run, and describing what they'd like to achieve in the Associate Director role if elected. 

You can read each statement by clicking the candidate's name here: Mallik and Protzko. Additionally, we have posted each statement in dedicated slack channels. I encourage all members to read them, consider them carefully, and ask any questions you have for the candidates! You can ask questions by joining the PSA slack workspace at this link, and then joining the #associatedirectorelection_protzko and #associatedirectorelection_mallik channels. The slack discussion closes today, but you can read the questions and answers throughout the election. Soon, we will email each PSA member with instructions about how to vote.


Approximately ⅔ of the available seats are full, so make sure to register now to claim your spot if you’d like to attend. We have a recent surge of attendees requesting free admission, and would very much like to to be able to fill all requests, so we would be very grateful if a few additional members were able and willing to pay the $60 admission fee to open up more free spots. Also, the program is  slowly but surely filling up. If you have work or ideas you would like to present at the conference be sure to fill out of new submission form! We’ve started a general info page that highlights a few presentations already set and links out to the current draft program. We hope to have the full program set in late August and will share an update with the full network when it is ready to go!

Current Studies

A Chapter on the PSA, QRPS, and Clinical Psych

A group of PSA members, led by Julie Beshears, are beginning work on an invited chapter about the PSA and how the PSA's design can affect the presence of questionable research practices (QRPs) in clinical psychology research.  Ideally, they are seeking individuals with clinical experience, but other contributions are welcome.  If this project interests you, you may join the slack channel (proj_clinical_chapter) or email Julie at .

Committee Updates

Recorded for the Chinese Open Science Network Available Online 

Chris Chartier recently gave a talk to the Chinese Open Science Network. They recorded the presentations and have posted it here, so anyone can watch and reach out with any questions or feedback (). 

Thank you for all that you have, and continue to do, on behalf of the PSA. Onward!

Savannah and Chris