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JCCAP Future Directions Forum (June 28th-29th, 2019; Washington, DC)

SAVE THE DATE: JCCAP Future Directions Forum (June 28th-29th, 2019; Washington, DC)

The field of child and adolescent mental health leverages knowledge from multiple disciplines to understand, assess, prevent, and treat child and adolescent mental health concerns. This field thrives when its constituent disciplines—Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Education, Nursing, and Neuroscience, among others—build bridges to work with one another. However, these bridges do not build themselves. As a leading journal in the field, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) has the ability to build these bridges. In fact, JCCAP publishes content with a large, interdisciplinary outreach. In particular, our Future Directions article series ( unites the field’s disciplines, in that the thought leaders we invite to write these articles come from research backgrounds as diverse as treatment, neuroscience, suicide, health disparities, sleep, and stigma. In an effort to strengthen these connections, in 2017 we launched the JCCAP Future Directions Forum (

Held annually in June in Washington, DC, the Forum is the premier, gala science event specifically designed to meet the needs of early career scientists. The goals of the Forum are three-fold: (a) showcase interdisciplinary work in child and adolescent mental health, (b) provide professional development training to early career scientists, and (c) raise public awareness of the “best and brightest” of these scientists-in-training.


The JCCAP Future Directions Forum achieves its goals with three kinds of programming:

  • Addresses by authors of Future Directions articles, which highlight innovate research areas;
  • Structured professional development workshops about all elements of academic work, and personalized consultations with seasoned professionals about manuscripts and grants; and
  • Our 100% digital poster presentations and Future Directions Launch Award program allow us to raise public awareness of our field’s most promising early career scientists.


  • The next JCCAP Future Directions Forum will be in Washington, DC, on June 28th-29th, 2019! We will hold the Forum on the top floor of the American Psychological Association’s home office (, and webcast many of the Forum activities!


  • At the Forum, leading figures in child and adolescent mental health speak about their work and inspire early career scientists with innovative ideas. A description of the JCCAP Future Directions Forum and list of speakers can be found online (


  • Attendees will have access to several professional development training opportunities, from large-group, structured workshops on all elements of publishing, grants, and academic jobs; to small-group and one-on-one consultations for advice on research projects, manuscripts, and grant applications.


  • The Forum includes a premier social event dedicated to early career scientists presenting their own research on child and adolescent mental health. An innovative element of our poster session socials is that we render these poster presentations in a 100% digital environment, saving presenters both time and money. Further, this event provides early career scientists with opportunities for “one-on-one” time with the scientists who we invited to speak during the Forum. Visit our Facebook page to see video examples of some of the presentations from the 2018 Forum (


  • From among presenters at the Forum, we will identify recipients of the Future Directions Launch Award. This award recognizes promising early career researchers doing work in areas highlighted at the Forum. Information about previous winners of the Future Directions Launch Award can be found online (Winners).



–Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D.

Editor, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

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