Call for Proposals: 2019 APA Convention

The Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) is excited to invite program submissions for symposia and posters for the 2019 APA Annual Convention in Chicago, August 8-11.

This year’s theme is “Contextualizing Health:  Family, Social and Cultural Factors in Health Psychology.” Health psychologists work in multidisciplinary teams across a variety of settings including hospitals, community organizations, private practices, academic centers, and many others. Our work increasingly acknowledges multiple drivers of health and wellness that include individual factors, as well as social and cultural determinants of health. We also acknowledge the importance of patient engagement and patient-centered care. Health psychology plays an important role in ensuring the voices of patient stakeholders are heard.

We hope to highlight multidisciplinary patient-centered work in this year’s convention program. We encourage submissions that demonstrate health psychology’s role in team science and practice. For symposia, we are particularly interested in submissions that include psychologists, non-psychologist health providers, and patient panelists.

As many of you are aware, convention audience members collectively hold a wealth of expertise. We encourage presenters to leverage this expertise and actively engage the audience. As such, symposium submissions should clearly articulate how a dedicated portion of the symposium will be devoted to active audience participation. We hope presenters will offer audience members tangible information they can use in their own work.

The deadline for submissions of symposia and posters will be December 3, 2018 through the APA website ( We strongly encourage SfHP Councils and Committees to submit symposium proposals that address this year’s theme or other health psychology topics. Also, symposia that offer continuing education (CE) credits are highly preferred. Travel awards of $500 will be given to the five top-rated posters. We look forward to your submissions and to seeing you at next year’s meeting.

Travis I. Lovejoy, PhD, MPH
2019 SfHP Program Chair