Program and Schedule (SPPAC 2020)

Program and Schedule


**NEW: Schedule overview (click to download)


The full conference program and schedule will be posted in the spring. For now, please review the schedule overview (above) and the types of peer-reviewed presentations that will be included (below). Also, check out the Plenary Speakers and Workshops.

Presentation types

  • Pre-Conference Workshops explore a topic in depth and enhance research or clinical skills. Each pre-conference workshop is 2.5 hours (150 minutes) with the exception of ethics workshops which may be 3 hours (180 minutes). The target audience should be pediatric psychologists. Leaders of workshops should have established expertise in the topic area they propose to teach. Key selection criteria include: clear educational objectives of relevance to pediatric psychologists, likelihood of proposed workshop methods to achieve educational objectives, and use of effective and active teaching strategies. In addition to proposals reflecting the conference theme, submissions on ethics, professional development, research methodology, and skill building in academic or clinical domains are strongly encouraged. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Thursday, March  19th.
  • Symposia are 75-minute presentations with a clear, coherent theme that ideally fits with the theme of the conference. Symposia may include up to 4 speakers (including the discussant); speakers should reflect unique perspectives from different institutions. Each symposium is required to have at least 50% of the presenters at a psychologist and/or faculty level. Non-psychologist co-presenters (community/parent collaborators, professionals from other disciplines) are welcome. Symposia focused on ethics are encouraged.
  • Professional Development presentations are 75-minute sessions geared toward pediatric psychologists. 
  • Lunch and Learn presentations are registration-required 90-minute sessions which provide focused education, training, or skill-building on a topic relevant to a specific career stage. The submitter must specify whether the “lunch and learn” session is intended for early career, mid-career or senior career attendees. Lunch and learns are designed to be interactive, in-depth learning opportunities for individuals at specific career stages. 
  • Posters highlight new and upcoming research results; they will be presented at multiple times throughout the conference.

General Guidelines/Requirements

  • The SPPAC 2020 conference theme is “Pushing the Boundaries: Trailblazing the Next 50 Years of Pediatric Psychology.” Consistent with this theme, we are especially interested in proposals focusing on: integrated primary care, e- and m-health technologies, neurodevelopmental disabilities, intervention optimization, interdisciplinary collaborations, replicability, social determinants of health, intersectionality & equity, and modern ethical concerns.
  • Proposals targeted to meet the unique professional development needs of psychologists are invited. We also seek submissions for early, mid and senior career "lunch and learns.” These "lunch and learns" will be registration-required 90-minute sessions which provide focused education, training, or skills-building on a topic relevant to a specific career stage. Diversity-focused and therapy skills training sessions (e.g., ACT 101, Problem-Solving Skills Training) are strongly encouraged.
  • We are also seeking to offer additional ethics-related content to the 2020 conference. Consider submitting ethics-focused pre-conference workshops, symposia or professional development sessions.
  • All proposals will be peer reviewed and may be submitted as oral (pre-conference workshop, symposium, professional development session, lunch and learn) or poster presentations. 
  • Individuals seeking to present research orally must develop collaborative proposals with other investigators. Special Interest Groups are often helpful in connecting individuals to assemble cohesive symposium proposals. Oral presentations for the Outstanding Trainee Research Symposium will be selected from highly rated trainee poster submissions.
  • Multiple submissions from the same dataset are discouraged. A study divided into small sub- studies is discouraged unless there is clear rationale for presenting various aims in different abstracts.
  • Each abstract should represent final and original results. Abstracts based on ongoing projects will be evaluated in light of likelihood of complete data by the conference. Abstracts with complete data are preferred.



  • For questions about program content contact Jessica Fales PhD (SPPAC 2020 chair) or Christopher C. Cushing PhD (SPPAC 2020 co-chair)
  • For questions about conference registration and hotel information contact Pam Hicks by email or at 913-897-8775 



The Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Society of Pediatric Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

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