SPPAC 2017: Collaborative Research and Practice in Pediatric Psychology

Chad Jensen, PhD, Conference Chair and Erica Sood, PhD, Conference Co-Chair

We invite you to attend the 2017 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC) March 30th-April 1st in Portland, Oregon. Consistent with our conference theme, Collaborative Research and Practice in Pediatric Psychology, the conference will feature invited speakers, symposia, and skill building workshops focused on collaborations with health professionals, families, and community members.

Thursday, March 30th will feature preconference workshops and special interest group (SIG) meetings followed by two days of invited speakers, symposia and poster sessions. The conference will feature numerous networking and professional development opportunities, including social hours, a mentoring lunch and career development programming. Back for a second year by popular demand — an interactive internships and postdocs on parade social hour. As always, the conference will provide numerous opportunities to earn continuing education credit.


Perfectly situated in downtown Portland, the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront will host the conference. This location is convenient to area restaurants and Waterfront Park while providing scenic views of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River. A block of rooms at the Marriott has been reserved at the discounted rate of $209 plus applicable taxes for regular conference attendees, and $189 for student attendees. This discounted rate is available until March 15th (or until the block fills). 

Featured Presenters

Christine Chambers, PhD

Dr. Christine Chambers is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Chambers’ research examines the role of developmental, psychological, and social influences on children’s pain, with a current research focus on the role of families in pediatric pain and social media for health knowledge mobilization. Her work spans knowledge generation (e.g., original studies), knowledge synthesis (e.g., systematic review, guidelines), and knowledge translation (e.g., policy, public outreach). Dr. Chambers’ presentation will focus on disseminating science to change practice in pediatric psychology.

Glenn Flores, MD, FAAP

Dr. Glenn Flores is Distinguished Chair of Health Policy Research at the Medica Research Institute, Research Affiliate in the Department of Health Sciences Research at the Mayo Clinic, and Affiliate Professor of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He is Director of the NIDDK/APA Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID) and an editorial board member of Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Dr. Flores’ address will focus on racial/ethnic disparities in children’s and adolescents’ health and healthcare, including community partnerships which have successfully increased health insurance coverage and eliminated health disparities.

Greg Fritz, MD

Dr. Gregory Fritz is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.  He is also the current president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Dr. Fritz’s research and clinical expertise is in the mind-body interactions in chronic pediatric illness.  His AACAP presidential initiative is focused on integrated care. His address will focus on collaborations between psychologists and psychiatrists in integrated care.

Terry Stancin, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Terry Stancin is Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.  She serves as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology and Vice-Chair for Research in Psychiatry at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Stancin has been a national advocate and expert in pediatric mental health issues in primary care settings for more than thirty years. In 2012 she served as the SPP representative on the APA Inter-Organizational Work Group on Competencies for Psychological Practice in Primary Care.  In 2013, she spearheaded the formation of a Task Force on Integrated Care. Her presentation will focus on integrated primary care.

Call for Proposals

We invite proposals for workshops and symposia in addition to paper and poster presentations. Oral presentations are more likely to be accepted if they are included in a symposium rather than as an individual paper. We are particularly interested in proposals highlighting collaborations with our colleagues across many health-related specialties including technology, neural and biological sciences, and other health care disciplines. Proposals for presentations of innovative collaborations between psychologists and community partners are also invited.  

Important Dates

September 15: Abstract submission site opens. We will distribute specific submission instructions once the submission portal becomes available.

October 1: Symposium and workshop submission deadline

October 20:  Paper and poster submission deadline

Dec 1: Conference registration site opens

December 20: Notification of acceptance or rejection of submissions

March 15: Deadline for hotel reservations at reduced rate (unless block fills prior to then).

March 30: The conference begins!

For more SPPAC 2017 information, including the Call for Proposals, visit societyofpediatricpsychology.org. Updates will also be distributed via the Division 54 Listserv.

Any Questions? Please contact us.

Chad Jensen, PhD
2017 SPPAC Chair

Erica Sood, PhD
2017 SPPAC Co-Chair