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Division 53 (SCCAP) is currently seeking proposals for APA’s Annual Convention

As we near the end of 2023 we want to remind you of the call for abstracts for Division 53 for the 2024 APA Convention in Seattle, Washington! See below for more details. 

Abstracts are due by January 10th!

2024: See you in Seattle!

APA 2024 is scheduled for August 8-10 in Seattle, WA. This is an exciting year for the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP)! It is the 25th anniversary of SCCAP as a unique division in APA.

Our overarching theme will be “Lived Experiences of Youth and Families: What we Gain from Listening.” The field of clinical child and adolescent psychology has come a long way in identifying evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches. At the same time, many of the studies validating our diagnostic classifications, assessment tools, and interventions have not reflected the diversity of the youth and families we serve, or the real-world providers delivering their care. Moreover, mental health disparities exist for a variety of reasons, including systemic disadvantages, stigma, and access barriers. As we look forward, it is a priority to learn from listening to youth and families in our research and clinical practice.

We invite submissions of proposals for individual presentations, symposia, discussion panels, and skill-building sessions that take into consideration youth and parent perceptions of mental health, values related to child behavior and long-term outcomes, priorities for treatment, and contextual strengths/barriers. Work that aims to engage underserved and/or underrepresented youth and families in evidence-based care is especially encouraged.

Posters, Symposia, Discussions, and Skill-Building Sessions: Due January 10th

We hope to receive proposals in a range of formats from a range of presenters. Perspectives from members of underrepresented groups are extremely valuable to our community and are warmly encouraged towards submission and participation in this conference. Individuals across settings and degree status (i.e., trainees, early career professionals, practicing psychologists, researchers, and academics) are all invited to submit proposals — we value your contributions to our community of learning and collaboration! Submissions that relate to our conference theme will be given strongest consideration.

The 2024 Call for Proposals portal is available through the APA website here:

Additionally, if you are interested in being a reviewer, please contact Nicole Lorenzo (

We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your important work!

Nicole Lorenzo, Ph.D.

Division 53 Convention Programming Chair

Kelsie Okamura, Ph.D.

Division 53 Convention Programming Co-Chair