About SMEP

The Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology was founded in 1960 as an organization of researchers interested in multivariate quantitative methods and their application to substantive problems in psychology and related fields. Many distinguished scientists in this field have been active members of SMEP. Please refer to the current list of members as well as the list of past Presidents.

SMEP was founded as a small elective society in order to facilitate high level research as well as intensive interaction among members. Membership is limited to 65 regular active members. Additional information about membership is provided elsewhere at this site.

SMEP oversees the publication of a research journal entitled Multivariate Behavioral Research. This journal publishes research articles on multivariate methodology and its use in psychological research. The current Editor of MBR is Peter Molenaar, and the journal is published by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Follow the link to MBR for further information about the journal, including information about subscriptions and submitting manuscripts.

SMEP and Taylor & Francis also cooperate on the publication of the Multivariate Applications Series, which features books that encourage the use of rigorous methodology in the study of meaningful scientific issues and that attempt to describe the applications in easy-to-understand language. The book series is edited by Lisa Harlow.

An annual meeting of SMEP is held every October. The meeting is open to members only, although nonmembers may attend at the invitation of a member.

The Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP) is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of multivariate statistical approaches in psychology. A key component of our mission is to provide a welcoming community of scholars and to promote diversity across gender, sexual identity, and race/ethnicity in the community of quantitative psychology. As a scientific society, we adhere to the principle that the diversity of ideas is enhanced through the diversity in our membership. In particular, we affirm the belief that diversity advances the social and behavioral sciences in that it holds the potential for engaging in critical questioning of some of our basic assumptions about human behavior. We strongly encourage the nomination of individuals from underrepresented groups for membership in SMEP and participation in the SMEP annual meetings. To this end, SMEP provides funding for members of underrepresented groups to attend workshops on quantitative methods. More information regarding this fund and ways to contribute can be found here.