2019 Annual Convention

The 2019 AzPA Conference, "Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts: Integrating Research and Practice," will create learning spaces where scientists and practitioners can learn from each other’s innovations while addressing each other's challenges. The conference will provide opportunities for researchers, academics, clinicians, consultants, administrators, and trainees to pull down professional silos and inform the psychology community of the valuable knowledge we each possess and can mobilize. Through this mutual learning, attendees will foster a better understanding of the diverse field of psychology while developing helpful skills they can apply to their own work.


The 2019 Annual Convention will take place October 31 - November 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Hotel Accommodations are available for $185 per night plus applicable taxes until October 9, 2019, based on availability.

Online Booking Link Coming Soon!


Keynote Speakers: 

Dr. Megan Carlos
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Argosy University. Dr. Carlos served for eight years on the faculty of the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. She has a private practice in Berkeley, California, where she specializes in working with children and adolescents and clients with disabilities.  Dr. Carlos has previously served on the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology and on the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology’s Disability Task Force.

Dr. Steven C. Hayes
Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. He is the developer of Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods.

Dr. Derald Wing Sue
Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University. He was the co-founder of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, co-founder and first President of the Asian American Psychological Association, past presidents of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, and the Society of Counseling Psychology.

Additional Keynote Speakers will soon be announced!

breakout Speaker Call for Proposals:

AzPA is now accepting proposal submissions for the fall Convention. Acceptable proposals may address the confluence of psychological research and practice as it exists in the following content areas:

  • National Issues and Trends
  • Practitioner Toolbox
  • Technology and Social Media
  • Professional and Leadership Development
  • Public Policy
  • Regulatory Complexities
  • Social Responsibility, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Teaching and Training in Psychology

Please download the Content Focus Areas, Call for Proposals and Proposal Abstract Cover Page documents to learn more. 

Abstracts may be submitted online to jchamb@midwestern.edu and must include Proposal Abstract Coversheet.

LGBTQ+ Track Call for Proposals:

AzPA will be featuring a LGBTQ+ track, presented by the association's Diversity and LGBTQ committees. Programming for this track will focus on: 

  • Advancing psychological research, practice, education and training and advocacy on issues related to sexual orientation and gender diversity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming and queer individuals and allies;
  • Promoting the development and delivery of affirmative psychological services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender nonconforming and queer people;
  • Using psychological knowledge to advocate for the advancement of social justice, public interest and the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender nonconforming and queer people.

Please download the Call for Proposals and Proposal Abstract Cover Page documents to learn more. 

Abstracts may be submitted online to e.burrell@arisect.com and must include Proposal Abstract Coversheet.

Submissions will close Friday, May 31, 2019


Tentative Agenda

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Pre-Conference Workshop: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Break: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Break: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Governing Council Meeting: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Annual Business Meeting: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Friday, November 1, 2019
Breakfast & Sunrise Yoga Session: 7:00 – 8:00 am
President's Welcome & Introduction: 8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Keynote: 8:30 – 10:00 am
Sponsor Break & Poster Session: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Breakout Sessions I: 11:00  am – 12:30 pm
Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Sponsor Break: 1:30 - 1:45 pm
Breakout Sessions II: 1:45 - 3:15 pm
Sponsor Break: 3:15 - 3:30 pm
Afternoon Keynote: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Break: 5:00 - 5:15 pm
Sponsor Break: 5:00 - 5:15 pm
APA Address: 5:15 - 6:15 pm
Awards Reception & Ceremony: 6:15 - 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Breakfast & Sunrise Yoga Session: 7:00 – 8:00 am
Morning Keynote: 8:00 – 9:30 am
Sponsor Break: 9:30 – 10:00 am
Breakout Sessions I: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Sponsor Break: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions II: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch: 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Sponsor Break: 2:15 – 2:30 pm
Breakout Sessions III: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Sponsor Break: 4:00 – 4:15 pm
Legislative Plenary: 4:15 – 5:45 pm

*Agenda is subject to change. 



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