New collaborative program submission process for 2014 APA convention

Changes for the 2014 convention include a new deadline of Nov. 1, 2013, for submitting collaborative programs.

Some changes in the 2014 convention will affect your division. As you may recall, beginning with APA's 2014 Annual Convention, APA is implementing a new, exciting addition to the convention to develop cross-cutting themes and enhance integrative collaborative programming across divisions. The overarching goal is to highlight the unique role of APA as a unifying force in psychology.

The changes create a new opportunity for cross-divisional collaborative proposals. The Board of Convention Affairs and an extended group called the Central Programming Group have worked out the procedures and rules that will govern the submission and review of these proposals. We are sending this information to you now so that you can assure that your division gets started on its collaborative programming.

  • Only 1 or 2 hour proposals that highlight collaborative ideas and integrative approaches will be considered.
  • At least 2 participants must be included. 
  • Innovative formats are encouraged. 
  • Programs integrating psychological science and practice are encouraged. 
  • Submitters will need to identify 2 or 3 divisions that are relevant to the proposal content. These divisions will evaluate the proposals for forwarding to the Central Programming Group. Deadline for submitting collaborative programming to divisions is Nov. 1, 2013.
  • Proposals will be submitted through APA’s convention website
  • Review criteria include: broad appeal, current and timely topic, originality and innovativeness, interactive/creative format, scientifically based and attention to diversity.
  • Although submissions can be on any psychological topic, special consideration will be given to proposals consistent with 2014 themes: 
    • Psychology and the Public Good,
    • The Psychology of Violence,
    • Psychology and Technology,
    • Healthcare Integration and Reform,
    • Mechanisms and Principles of Change,
    • Internationalizing Psychology,
    • Controversies and Difficult Dialogues in Psychology, and
    • Lifelong Training and Development of Psychologists.
  • The Central Programming Group reserves the right to change titles of accepted proposals to enhance marketability.
  • In the event that a proposal is not accepted for the new collaborative programming, it will be returned to the divisions in time for consideration under the division programming process.
  • Note: Limited funds have been set aside and are available on a competitive basis to divisional collaborative proposals for “high draw” presenters. If requesting such funds, a budget and justification will be needed at the time the proposal is submitted. 


July-August 2013 
  • Based on common interests, division presidents and program chairs were advised to continue networking with the other chairs whom they met at the Division Leadership Conference in January 2013.
  • It was recommended that program chairs be proactive and innovative both before and after the 2013 APA convention, for example, contacting divisions and other colleagues about their interest in collaboration, sending out this information to division electronic mailing lists to alert members to the new opportunities, and organizing time at APA to meet with members of other divisions to develop a proposal.
Sept. 1, 2013
  • The official 2014 call for convention proposals was issued. Again, 2014 division presidents and program chairs were encouraged to be proactive and innovative.
Nov. 1, 2013
  • Deadline for collaborative program submissions.
    • Each proposal must designate one of the divisions as primary for purposes of the submission and forwarding to the Central Programming Group. 
    • Each of the submitting division program chairs will need to assure that the collaborative submissions are evaluated and decide whether each proposal is, from that division’s perspective, relevant for being considered for the collaborative programming hours based on the review criteria and the 2014 themes. Note that a particular division may have multiple collaborative submissions and each will need to be rated and prioritized.
Nov. 22, 2013
  • Deadline for the primary division to submit proposals to the Central Programming Group. Only those proposals deemed appropriate (agreed to by two or more divisions) may be submitted to the Central Programming Group for final review. It is up to the primary division to determine which of its submissions will be forwarded to the CPG.
Dec. 2, 2013
  • Deadline for submitting convention proposals to divisions.
Dec. 13, 2013
  • The CPG will finalize which proposals have been accepted or rejected for collaborative programming. If a proposal is rejected by the CPG, it will be sent back to the primary division. At that point, the primary division and the other divisions can decide whether to accept the proposal within their own program.
  • CPG-accepted proposals do not count against any of the division’s hours. It is therefore expected that there will be a large pool of submissions and divisions are encouraged to submit their most competitive proposals.

Questions? Contact the APA Convention Office.