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Social Science: Professional Organizations

Social Science Organizations

The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) holds an annual conference that brings together scholars from around the U.S. and abroad in order to present scholarship related to a wide variety of contexts, including theory, practice, empirical research, and conceptual advancement.  It is a juried conference, meaning that presentation proposals undergo peer-review prior to potential acceptance for presentation.  We are in the 21st annual year as a robust conference with ample opportunities to exchange theoretical ideas, share research results, help advance practice, make collaborative connections, and learn from one another’s scholarship. 
American Psychological Association is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members.
COSSA is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to promote sustainable federal funding for and widespread use of social and behavioral science research and federal policies that positively impact the conduct of research. COSSA serves as a united voice for a broad, diverse network of organizations, institutions, communities, and stakeholders who care about a successful and vibrant social science research enterprise. The COSSA membership includes professional and disciplinary associations, scientific societies, research centers and institutes, and U.S. colleges and universities.
Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
The National Social Science Association is a national interdisciplinary association that has been in existence now for 33 years. It started as a series of regional associations for two and four year social scientists and then became a national association with its first national conference in Washington, D.C. Over the years the association has served countless thousands of social scientists with its conference, seminars, and publications.
The Western Social Science Association advances scholarship, teaching, service, and professional exchange across the social science disciplines. The Association’s mission is to foster professional study, to advance research, and to promote the teaching of the social sciences, as well as to promote social justice, equitable treatment, and the application of due process for all peoples. Founded in 1958 as the Rocky Mountain Social Science Association, WSSA now draws on scholars and others in over 30 disciplines, or "sections," from all over the world. WSSA convenes an annual conference, publishes the Social Science Journal, a juried quarterly research journal, and the WSSA News, the association’s newsletters.