Abstract for: Psychology SIG Poster Presentation, Roundtable and Annual Meeting

The Psychology SIG is a venue for discourse and learning about ways of integrating psychological processes into system dynamics models and to apply system dynamics methodology to the formation of psychological theories. Psychology SIG members seek to promote the following interests and aims: (1) To build psychological and social constructs and processes into more classical system dynamics models, including community-level models, where such constructs and processes would help in understanding the underlying dynamic problem of interest; (2) To develop new molecules or mini-models of psychological processes to promote deeper understanding of existing psychosocial and behavioral theories and to generate new psychological and behavioral theories of psychosocial and behavioral dynamics; (3) To apply system dynamics to a wide range of clinical, public health and community problems to improve therapies and interventions for individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities. The Psychology SIG welcomes the participation of Society Members from diverse disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, the helping professions (e.g., medicine, nursing, and social work), as well as the basic sciences. Our roundtable will focus on epistemological issues of including psychological constructs in formulation, simulating, and validating system dynamics (SD) models.