APA seeks proposals for sessions and individual presentations for the 2018 Annual Convention taking place Aug. 9-12, 2018, in San Francisco.


  • Collaborative Programs: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 5 p.m. ET. 
  • CE Workshop Proposals: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.
  • Division Proposals: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.
  • Film Festival: Friday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.  
  • Associated Psychological Organization Requests: Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. 

Complete Information

The APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 2.1MB) provides detailed descriptions of the proposals sought, submission deadlines by category, submission procedures, rules for participation and a subject index for the convention program.

Collaborative Programs

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.

What is a Collaborative Program?

A collaborative program pulls together multiple perspectives on a topic significant to psychology and, where relevant, to society at large. It is a cohesive session that showcases multiple perspectives and involves more than one core area of psychology (i.e., science, practice, education, public interest). Psychologists frequently work in teams across interest areas and disciplines. Collaborative sessions are therefore encouraged to reflect interdisciplinarity and relevant aspects of diversity.

Collaboration goes beyond multiple divisions co-listing a program. Rather, a collaborative program is actively developed by stakeholders with diverse points of view. The overarching goal is to highlight the unique role of APA as a unifying force in psychology.

  • One- or two-hour proposals only.
  • At least two participants in addition to the chairperson of the session.
  • Innovative formats encouraged.
  • Proposals from all career stages, settings and fields encouraged.
  • Programs integrating psychological sciences and practices encouraged.
  • Identify a minimum of two or up to seven divisions relevant to the proposal content.
Review Criteria

Broad appeal, importance of work, current and timely topic, originality and innovativeness, interactive/creative format, scientifically/empirically based and attention to diversity.

Application Instructions

All proposals must be submitted online via the APA Call for Convention Proposals website.

More Information

Full details in the APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 2.1MB).

CE Workshops

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017,  5 p.m. ET.


The APA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) is accepting workshop proposals that represent the lifelong learning needs of the APA membership. The CEC seeks proposals that:

  • Are relevant to psychological practice, education, and science.
  • Enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies.
  • Allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.
Criteria for Approval

The proposal process is a competitive one; we receive an average of 250 proposals each year for 70 spaces. You must demonstrate in the proposal that your workshop meets the definition of "CE in psychology" and meets the Standards and Criteria for Approval of Sponsors of Continuing Education for Psychologists (Aug. 2015) (PDF, 353KB). The Workshop Proposal Form provides detailed information on how to meet the standards and criteria.

The CEC is committed to gender and ethnic diversity representation among workshop presenters, and all proposals should address these issues in the content and format of the workshop.

Application Instructions

All proposals must be submitted through the CE Workshop Proposal online system.

More Information

Full details available at APA's Call for CE Workshop Proposals.

Division Proposals

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.

Types of Submissions
  • Symposia: Focused sessions in which multiple participants present their views about a common theme, issue or question.
  • Skill-Building Sessions: Programs based on teaching direct skills and application of theory to participants.
  • Data Blitz: Fast-paced reports on hot topics – typically featuring eight individuals talking for no more than five minutes each on a variety of research areas.
  • Conversation Hours: Opportunities for informal discussion and exchange of ideas between the audience and usually one or two presenters.
  • Posters: Sharing of research findings, new ideas, innovations and advances in the profession with as many individuals as possible.
  • Papers: Papers submitted to a division will be grouped together by the division program chairperson within paper sessions scheduled for 50 minutes.
New for 2018!
Grand Research Competition

Prizes will be awarded for the best poster submission, graded on innovation, scientific merit and poster presentation style. See APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 2.1MB) for details.

Requirements and Review Criteria

Requirements and review criteria vary by division (PDF, 77.4KB).

Application Instructions

All proposals must be submitted online via the APA Call for Convention Proposals website.

More Information

Full details in the APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 2.1MB).

Film Festival
Submission Deadline

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, 5 p.m. ET
(Film submissions will be accepted between Dec. 1 and Dec. 22, 2017.)

The APA Ad Hoc Committee on Films and Other Media seeks to broaden the APA Film Festival’s base by attracting filmmakers outside of the traditional psychological community who are creating media that artistically comment on psychological and social issues of the day.

Awards for excellence will be given for films in two categories: 

  • Feature – Relevant to the field of psychology and preferably not longer than 60 minutes.
  • Short – Relevant to the field of psychology and under 20 minutes.
Who May Submit

APA members and commercial and educational film producers and distributors.

Submission Instructions

Film Festival entries will be submitted via a secure website. Detailed submission instructions will be available on the APA convention website beginning Nov. 1, 2017. The APA Film Festival site will be activated on Friday, Dec. 1. Submissions will be accepted between Dec. 1 and Dec. 22, 2017. 

Other Media Program Submissions

To obtain submission guidelines and instructions for submitting proposals for “Other Media Programs” (e.g., a panel discussion on “The Impact of Reality Television on Adolescents,” including film clips), please contact the APA Convention Office or call 202-336-6020.

Associated Organizations

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018,  5 p.m. ET. 


Associated psychological organizations that would like to request a program time for a business meeting, an award presentation or a social hour should communicate their requirements and detailed program plans to the APA Board of Convention Affairs.

  • The group must be relevant to the science and practice of psychology.
  • The session cannot involve any financial gain above actual expense of operation to the organizer or other participants. 
  • The session may not interfere with the orderly business of APA.
  • The session shall be consistent with the APA Ethics Code, shall not reflect unfavorably on APA and shall be subject to the policies and procedures of the APA.
More Information

Full details in the APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 2.1MB).