Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format of the 2021 Conference?

MPA Leadership has decided that the 2021 Conference will be fully virtual.

We made this decision based on the safety of all parties involved and thought the certainty of making this decision now afforded everyone an opportunity to set plans for submitting and presenting. It also means MPA can begin planning earlier how to make this an amazing virtual conference.

This change to a virtual format changes nothing about our programming. All program formats will remain the same (e.g., posters, papers, symposia, workshops, and keynotes for MPA main; all other formats for our affiliated programs with Psi Chi, SCRA, and STP). We want all members to have the chance to see the same amazing research and present their work with the larger MPA community. Further, we’ll be working on creative ways to help you network with other scholars attending the conference.

When will submissions for the annual meeting be accepted?

The submission site will open on September 1, 2020.

When is the submission deadline?

The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 11:59PM EST.

Must I register for the Annual Meeting in order to present?

Yes. EVERY SINGLE PERSON attending the meeting must register for the meeting. Members pay lower registration fees than nonmembers (this does not include undergraduates who SHOULD NOT BECOME members). Early registration will end April 5th, 2021 at 11:59 EST. Onsite registration fees are $25 higher than advanced registration fees.

REGISTRATION will still occur for the Virtual Conference! To access online material, upload and present your submissions, and see other scholars will all require you register. Registration will be open after acceptances go out in late December or early January. You can find more info HERE about registering.

I’m an undergraduate. What should I do?

Undergraduates are welcome at the Annual Meeting. They may register in advance or on site. Advanced registration ends April 5th, 2021 at 11:59 EST. Undergraduates pay $25.00 if they register in advance and $50.00 if they register on-site.

I’m not a student or faculty member but I want to attend the Annual Meeting. What should I do? What if I am a family member wanting only to attend one session?

People who are not currently psychologists or students should register for the Annual Meeting as nonmembers. They may register in advance or on site. Early registration will end April 5th at 11:59 EST. Family members who wish only to attend a single session at which their family member is presenting may register on-site for a “family member single session pass.” They should email the MPA Executive Officer for details (

What are my chances of being accepted?

The program committee reviews submissions. Each submission is assigned to two reviewers based on the topic area you identify (e.g., stereotyping, behavioral neuroscience). Reviews are blind. The overall rejection rate each year is approximately 15%. The rejection rate is similar across topic areas.

What are the most common reasons submissions are rejected?

One common reason we cannot accept papers is because data collection is not yet complete. The program committee favors research that is complete or near completion. Other papers are rejected because there is insufficient information or data in the abstract for reviewers to judge the merits of the project. Submitters are allowed to include one table or figure with their submission. A table or figure is often useful to reviewers. A third reason for rejection is failure to follow instructions. Please be sure to provide all necessary information with your submission.

When will I find out if my presentation is accepted?

Notifications are sent in January. The first author of each submission will receive an email.

Who should I contact with questions about my submission?

Please contact the 2021 Program Moderator, Dr. Heather Claypool.