Who We Are

Our Mission

PsySRPsychologists for Social Responsibility is an engaged community of members and supporters who work to advance peace and social justice through the ethical use of psychological knowledge, research, and practice. Representing a variety of cultural and disciplinary perspectives, we recognize diversity as a valuable resource in our efforts to address economic, racial, and gender-based injustices and other forms of oppression. We believe that peace with justice in an environmentally sustainable world depends upon a commitment to global well-being, universal human rights, mutual understanding, and collaborative partnerships in the pursuit of change.

PsySR is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, funded primarily through dues and contributions. Our national headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois. For general or administrative questions please email info@psysr.org or call 917-626-7571.

Our History

The creation of Psychologists for Social Responsibility in 1982 followed a venerable tradition of psychologists’ organizing to promote social change--in support of work-programs during the Depression of the 1930’s; against fascism in Germany before and during World War II; in support of equal civil rights regardless of race or gender during the 1960’s; and against the Vietnam War during the 1970’s.

Formed during the height of the Cold War in the 1980’s, PsySR’s first focus was promoting the use of psychological skills and knowledge to push for nuclear disarmament and to reduce the threat of nuclear war. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union, we expanded our mission to include broader issues of peacebuilding and social justice. Today we have proudly entered our second 25 years with a continuing commitment to building cultures of peace with justice—here in the United States and throughout the world. A more detailed history of PsySR is available HERE.

Our Programs

Psychologists for Social Responsibility accomplishes much of its work through specific projects linked to six programs on Human Rights and Psychology; Violence, War, and Their Alternatives; Peacebuilding and Reconciliation; Social Health, Justice, and Well-Being; Climate Change, Sustainability, and Psychology; and Education for Social Responsibility.

PsySR's Leadership

PsySR benefits from the broad participation of its members and from the dedicated efforts of its leadership, which includes its Officers, Steering Committee, and Advisory Board. A listing of members currently holding these positions is available HERE.

Joining PsySR

Psychologists for Social Responsibility is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our members are psychologists, mental health professionals from all fields, other social scientists, researchers, teachers, students, and other activists. Our efforts and activities are supported primarily through membership dues, donations, and project grants. We can't do our work and achieve our goals without you.

Our membership year begins June 1st. Membership dues paid now cover membership through May 2014. We have several membership categories: Regular Membership ($60), Limited Income Membership ($30), International Membership ($30), Student Membership ($20), and Sustaining Membership ($90).

All members of PsySR receive the same benefits and opportunities for participation. Our membership categories reflect the recognition that members face differing economic circumstances.

For those who are able, dues payments at our Sustaining Membership level help provide PsySR with the financial foundation necessary to pursue our work and offer reduced dues rates to others.

No one is denied membership in PsySR due to financial limitations. Individuals for whom the current dues structure represents a hardship are encouraged to contact membership@psysr.org to discuss alternative arrangements. Thank you.

To join PsySR, renew your membership, or make a donation online, please click on one of the buttons below. We’ve partnered with Groundspring.org and Network for Good for secure processing of your credit card transaction.


Donate Join Renew

If you prefer to join, renew, or donate by regular mail, please print, complete, and mail our Membership Form along with your check or credit card information to:

Psychologists for Social Responsibility
c/o Brad Olson, President
122 S. Michigan Avenue
National Louis University
Chicago, IL 60603
USA

If you have any membership related questions, please contact us at membership@psysr.org or call us at 202-543-5347.