APRIL 7-9, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

In preparation for SPPAC 2022, we would like to share answers to some frequently asked questions. If there are other questions that we haven’t covered here, please email


Has SPP developed a health and safety guidelines for SPPAC 2022?

Yes, please read the SPPAC 2022 Health & Safety Protocol (revised: 12.2.21)

The Society of Pediatric Psychology recognizes the need to provide SPPAC 2022 attendees with the safest experience possible. This health and safety protocol was developed following national and local public health guidelines for planning large events. 

  1. Vaccine proof or negative test required for entry to the meeting. All attendees must provide either proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, or a recent negative COVID-19 test. 

Full vaccination is defined as two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine and one shot of the Johnson & Johnson product (or a comparably approved vaccine for international attendees) at least 14 days prior to arrival. Valid forms of verification include: Vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, or printed record from a vaccine provider, and government-issued ID. 

A negative COVID-19 test is defined as a negative PCR test or a negative antigen test within 72 hours of arrival. Valid forms of verification include: Printed record or photo of COVID-19 test result, and government-issued ID. 

  1. Masks are required at all times for all participants while indoors, except while eating and drinking. Masks are also encouraged during outdoor events. 
  2. Social distancing while eating. Seating will be arranged to allow social distancing while eating indoors. Outdoor spaces for eating will be provided as space allows at the hotel. 
  3. Hand hygiene, cleaning, and sanitation procedures will be followed. Hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the meeting space and at the registration desk. Hotel staff will follow Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment policies, which you can review here. This includes frequent cleaning and sanitation of high touch surfaces and high-traffic meeting areas. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an evolving situation. This protocol is subject to change in response to changes in national and local public health guidelines.

The above protocol was developed after consulting federal, state, and local guidelines.

Will I be penalized if I submit an abstract and later withdraw my submission due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic?

We want submitters to feel comfortable submitting their science. If a submission is withdrawn, we welcome you to re-submit for the 2023 meeting.

Is there a virtual or hybrid option for SPPAC 2022?

In 2022, 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. We will not video record presentations at the live conference. We also will not provide a live simulcast during the conference.

Can I receive financial support to attend SPPAC 2022?

Please review SPP's award opportunities.

Complimentary registrations to SPPAC are available for:

  • Plenary Speakers
  • SPPAC International Travel Award: two winners
  • Select Conference Planning Committee Members: Conference Chair, Conference Co-Chair, MAL CE, and Student Representative
  • Journal Staff: JPP Editorial Assistant, JPP Publisher Representative, CPPP Editorial Assistant, CPPP Publisher Representative
  • Conference Sponsors: one at levels at $3,000 or higher
  • Non-Psychologist Speakers: e.g. physician non-members, family/patient advocates)
  • Student volunteers 


The pandemic is ongoing and public health guidance is evolving rapidly. SPP will be monitoring events closely and will adjust our meeting plans as needed. We hope to see you in Phoenix in 2022!