Meet Psychology Editor Christopher Johnson at SPSP

While at Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in Atlanta, GA this March 1-3, Executive Editor Christopher Johnson shares what’s new in Psychology for UC Press. #SPSP2018

What projects have been under development for Psychology? 

It’s nice to have projects at various stages of development.

My first book at UC Press published this past SeptemberSeeing: How Light Tells Us About the World by cognitive psychologist Tom Cornsweet (Emeritus Professor at UC Irvine).

We have an upcoming book this Fall 2018Transforming Psychological Worldviews to Confront Climate Change:A Clearer Vision, A Different Path by F. Stephan Mayer, in paperback, cloth, and ebook. When considering climate change, it begs us to ask the question: are we beginning from a distorted view?

My recent textbook signing is a wonderful treatment of creativity by Robert Weisberg (Temple University). This book joins two other innovative textbook signings from earlier this yearone for the psychology of adjustment course by Robert Innes and a second for the testing and measurement course by Lisa Hollis-Sawyer. I’m particularly excited to be working with pioneering psychologist Ravenna Helson(Professor Emerita UC Berkeley) and coauthor Valory Mitchell on a book that traces the evolution of Helson’s groundbreaking Mills Longitudinal Study.

New proposals have been keeping me busy. From a new textbook for the psychology of religion course, to a thoughtful and innovative look at the evolution of the self in the digital age, to a much needed new text for the psychology of the self course. I really want to hear from authors interested in reaching audiences in undergraduate and graduate psychology courses.

Are you specializing in a particular area of psychology?

Absolutely! The UC Press has traditionally championed books that examine social issues: race, class, gender, conflict, poverty, social justice, the environment, etc. The topics are well represented in our world-class sociology, criminology, history, anthropology, and other catalogs. Psychological science sheds an indispensable light here and I’m eager to work with authors who want their research to influence the national dialog. To that end, I welcome proposals for related textbooks, scholarly works and trade books.

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