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SPPAC 2023: March 30-April 1, 2023

Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, Illinois

New this year— Abstracts accepted for presentation at SPPAC will be published in a special online-only issue of Journal of Pediatric Psychology, SPP’s official journal!

Video message from Soumitri and Naadira! 

For information about conference programming, please contact:
2023 Conference Chair: Soumitri Sil:
2023 Conference Co-Chair: Naadira Upshaw:

Call for Proposals!

Submissions Portal CLOSED

The SPPAC 2023 conference theme is Pediatric Psychologists as Social Justice Change Agents Across Science, Practice, Training, and Policy. Consistent with this theme, we seek proposals that represent broad expertise in actionable social justice in pediatric psychology, incorporate patient and family voices, or prioritize our organization’s values of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Our goal is to develop a conference program that is innovative and relevant for pediatric psychologists at different stages of their careers and trainees who are engaged in research, clinical practice, education, administration, and training activities. Within the context of pediatric psychology, we define social justice as the fair and equitable distribution of culturally informed, evidence-based healthcare to all pediatric persons and their families. We are interested in proposals that center the voices of and pay particular attention to the needs of those who hold multiple marginalized identities. We encourage proposals that represent broader applications of leveraging leadership roles, privilege, and power by and for pediatric psychologists to promote actionable systemic change. We are especially interested in proposals that move beyond identifying problems related to social justice and focus on pragmatic steps and strategies to implement change.

Examples of proposals related to the conference theme include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Developing strategic programs and interventions in institutions to promote social justice and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts
  • Creating and adapting evidence-based practice to care for pediatric patients with diverse and marginalized identities
  • Cutting-edge strategies to promote culturally humble, inclusive, and social justice-informed supervision of pediatric psychology trainees
  • Assessing and responding to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Community participatory research methods or programmatic approaches that promote successful recruitment and retention of participants
    with membership to marginalized identities in pediatric psychology research
  • Collaborations with community- or non-profit organizations that center patient-identified needs to advance evidence-based practices, training,
    and translational research
  • Leadership strategies, allyship, and sponsorship for the successful recruitment, retention, and equity in the professional development of
    underrepresented minority trainees, staff, and faculty within pediatric psychology
  • Efforts to address and improve the wellness of pediatric psychologists engaged in social justice work
  • Leveraging pediatric psychologists’ roles and lived experiences to enact change through policy and advocacy at the systems level

We are soliciting five types of proposals for SPPAC 2023:

  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Scientific symposia
  • Professional development seminars
  • Poster abstracts
  • Paper abstracts - Accepted paper abstracts will be presented by the first author in a scientific symposium.

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