Advancing Advocacy and Leadership through Science and Practice in Pediatric Psychology


Call for late breaking poster abstracts

If you missed the call this fall, you have another chance to feature your work at SPPAC 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Submit a late breaking proposal for poster abstract by Monday, January 31.

Contact US

For questions about logistics, registration, or exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities, please email info@pedpsych.org.

For questions about financial support, see our FAQs.

If you have questions about the conference programming, please contact the conference chairs:

Emily Law, PhD
SPPAC 2022 Chair

Soumitri Sil, PhD
SPPAC 2022 Co-chair

Map of downtown Phoenix, Arizona

Updates from the SPP President

January 2022
In response to questions about virtual options at SPPAC 2022

Thank you for raising this [question]. I imagine it is weighing on many minds as we weather another COVID surge.

It was determined by the board several months ago that a virtual option was not financially feasible. We are working to develop a robust health and safety protocol.  We continue to monitor the pandemic as it evolves.

It is shaping up to be a stellar program and we are hopeful that many folks will find it possible to attend SPPAC 2022 in Phoenix.

Laura Simons
2022 President

September 2021

In-Person versus Virtual Offerings for SPPAC 2022

SPP has received questions about plans for in-person and virtual offerings at SPPAC 2022.

At this time, special interest and affinity group meetings will be hosted via Zoom on April 4-5.

All other conference activities and programming will be in-person only, April 7-9 in Phoenix, Arizona.

For those of you who are able to join us in Phoenix, you can look forward to a full program of activities, including:

  • Plenary lectures
  • Scientific symposia
  • Professional development sessions
  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Poster sessions
  • Networking events for first-time attendees, students, early career, and mid/late career professionals

SPP is monitoring public health guidance and will adjust our meeting plans if needed closer to the conference date. We hope to see you in Phoenix in 2022!


Wendy Ward
2021 President

August 2021

Dear Members,

It is my pleasure to announce that the Call for Proposals for SPPAC 2022, April 7-9, in Phoenix, Arizona, is now open. The conference theme is Advancing Advocacy and Leadership through Science and Practice in Pediatric Psychology. We will be seeking proposals that represent broad expertise in advocacy and leadership in the field of pediatric psychology, which could be related to public policy or a broader application of advocacy and leadership by and for pediatric psychologists across settings. In addition, we will prioritize submissions that have incorporated patient and family voices, and considered our organization’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

New this year—SPP will solicit for paper abstracts with the goal to be more inclusive of a range of sizes of institutions and professional networks. If accepted, papers will be presented orally in a scientific symposium.

After two years of virtual conferences, we are now making plans to host a fully and safe in-person meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. I am looking forward to catching up with everyone in person. Knowing that things are still evolving in this pandemic, we will continue to work closely with the hotel and our management team to deliver a safe conference with as many precautions that we can provide. This year, special interest and affinity groups will host their meetings via Zoom on April 4-5. All other conference programming will be held in person in Phoenix on April 7-9. Due to budget, we will not video record presentations at the conference. We also will not provide a live simulcast during the conference. Thank you for your understanding.

Please review the guidelines about more details on how to submit your proposals. In the coming months, you’ll hear more about the conference from the co-chairs. If you have questions about the program content, please contact the SPPAC 2022 conference chair, Emily Law, PhD, at emily.law@seattlechildrens.org, or the co-chair, Soumitri Sil, PhD, soumitri.sil@emory.edu. For all other questions about the conference, please contact info@pedpsych.org.

All the best,
Wendy Ward
2021 President