APA seeks proposals for individual presentations and sessions for the 2015 Annual Convention taking place Aug. 6-9, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


  • Film Festival: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (Submissions closed).
  • Division Submissions: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, 5 p.m. ET (Submissions closed).
  • CE Workshops: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 (Submissions closed).
  • Collaborative Programs: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 (Submissions closed).

Complete Information

The APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 105KB) provides detailed descriptions of the proposals sought, submission deadlines by category, submission procedures, rules for participation and a subject index for the convention program.

Film Festival (closed)

Submissions for the 2015 APA Film Festival in Toronto are now closed. 

Festival Description

The APA Film Festival’s mission is to open minds and build bridges in the areas of psychology, film, social media, and contemporary social issues. We seek to influence the quality and content of films that impact our world and the art and science of psychology. Awards for excellence will be given for films in three categories: 

  • Feature Length: Relevant to the field of psychology and preferably no longer than 50 minutes.
  • Shorts:  Relevant to the field of psychology, no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Avant-garde: Relevant to the field of psychology, no longer than than 50 minutes, and presenting a new or progressive approach to film aesthetic.
Who May Submit

APA members, commercial, educational and independent filmmakers, producers and distributors.

Format for Film Submissions to Preview

Secure Online Screeners

Submission Instructions

For the first time APA is accepting all film festival entries online via our secure Withoutabox festival site. This service (a DBA of IMDb.com Inc or its affiliates) offers paperless submission to the festival through an Internet-only submission platform using a master entry form. This site makes it possible to provide a copy of the film at the time of submission using the Secure Online Screeners feature. It’s a safe and economical alternative to our previous hard-copy DVD submissions process.  There is no entry fee for this festival. NOTE: Only the members of the APA Film Committee will have access to the submissions and the ability to preview the films online.

If you already have a Withoutabox account you can follow this link to submit your film today.

First-time Withoutabox users can follow this link to establish a free account and access the APA Film Festival submission site. Note: As part of the process you’ll  also need to create an account for IMDB, an affiliate of Withoutabox, which you will do during account set-up.

Detailed criteria and instructions for submissions can be found on our festival site. Questions should be directed to Mary Anne Dornbusch.

Division Proposals (closed)

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, 5 p.m. ET (Submissions closed).

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.
  • 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 either 50 minutes or 1 hour 50 minutes.
Requirements and Review Criteria

Requirements and review criteria vary by division.

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, 105KB).

CE Workshops (closed)

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014  (Submissions closed.)


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;
  • and 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 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.

The proposal process is a competitive one; we receive an average of 125 proposals each year for 70 spaces. You must demonstrate in the proposal that your workshop meets the Standards and Criteria for Approval of Sponsors of Continuing Education for Psychologists (February 2009) (PDF, 116KB). The Workshop Proposal Form provides detailed information on how to meet the standards and criteria.

Application Instructions

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

More Information

Full details in the APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 105KB).

Collaborative Programs (closed)

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 (Submissions closed.)


This is the second year in which APA has implemented an exciting addition to the convention: cross-cutting themes and enhanced integrative collaborative programming across divisions. 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.
  • 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, 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, 105KB).