Submissions are now open for the 2021 conference!
Please read everything below carefully as our instructions for submitting to the MPA Conference and the three affiliate programs that also present at MPA (Psi Chi, STP, SCRA) have changed.
NOTE: The 93rd annual meeting of MPA (on April 22-24, 2021) will proceed, but the nature of the conference (in person or virtual) is being determined. As soon as we know, we will let you know. There are questions in each submission site about your plans for attending a conference and how your plans may change as a function of whether it is in person or online.
(scroll down to find which program to which you’re submitting)
For Teachers submitting to Society for Teaching Psychology (STP)
If you are interested in submitting to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) program at MPA, please click HERE to find instructions on submitting. Presenters should become members of MPA prior to submitting. The Deadline for Submissions to STP is December 1st, 2020 by 11:59pm.
For those submitting to Division 27/Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)
If you are interested in submitting to the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) program at MPA, please click HERE. Presenters must be registered and should become a member of MPA prior to the conference. The Deadline for Submissions to SCRA is November 4th, 2020 by 11:55pm CST.
Instructions for Faculty/Graduate Students applying to the MPA Main Conference
Submissions for papers, posters, professional development sessions, and symposia for the annual meeting will be accepted from September 1, 2020 through November 4, 2020 11:59PM EST. Electronic submission is required.
At least one of the authors on each presentation must be a current, dues-paid MPA member. If you hold a doctorate in psychology or are a graduate student you may become a member HERE. Membership is separate from Registration. If you want to renew your membership, login using the box in the upper right-hand corner. Once you have become a member or renewed your membership, you may submit your presentation.
1) Papers, Posters, and Professional Development Sessions Submissions
To submit a poster, paper, or Professional Development Session please prepare two abstracts describing your work: one 400-word abstract to be reviewed by the Program Committee and one 50-word abstract that we will appear in the Program Book if your submission is accepted. Instructions for abstracts appear below:
For Papers and Posters
400-word Abstract for Review. The name(s) and institution(s) of the author(s) must not appear on the abstract since these are reviewed blind. The following format should be used, including the headings:
A. Problem or Purpose: The Committee finds it helpful to have the paper put in context, perhaps even with references.
B. Procedure: State the rationale, design, controls, sample sizes, characteristics of the samples.
C. Results (including statistical tests employed and statistical results as you would include in a paper).
D. Conclusions and implications.
It is important that you provide adequate background information in the form of references (in text citations only, no need to include full references) and names of investigators or theories to help reviewers evaluate your abstract. The blind reviewing process does not permit reviewers to determine the background on the basis of the author(s) names(s).
You have the option of uploading one document containing tables or figures to supplement your 400-word abstract. Your tables or figures must be in pdf format to be uploaded. Only upload tables and figures. Please do not upload any other portions of your 400-word abstract.
50-word Abstract for Program. A short abstract not to exceed 50 words is also required. If your paper is accepted, this abstract and all of your contact information will be inserted directly into the program, so proofread it carefully.
Edit your paper, poster, or professional development session HERE.
For Professional Development Sessions
Include a 400-word Abstract discussing the the goal of the session, topics to be covered, and a description of the format. What will the audience leave the session having learned?
You will also be asked how long you need for the session. Sessions tend to fit in 110 minute sessions. If you need all 110, that is fine. If you’d like to have a shorter session (e.g., 50 minutes), we may be able to combine sessions together into a thematic session.
Also include a 50 word abstract that will be printed in the program so people know what to expect from the session.
Edit your paper, poster, or professional development session HERE.
2) Symposium Submission
To submit a symposium, one of the organizers should prepare a brief overview of the symposium, collect the contact information, talk title, and 400-word abstract from each person who will be presenting research, and get the contact information from the discussants (if there are any). A symposium must include at least three, but no more than six research presentations, and may include up to two discussants.
Edit your symposium HERE.
Note: Only one contact email can be associated with each unique submission login. Don’t use your colleague’s, professor’s, or student’s login unless that person’s email address should be the contact email address for all the submissions. The last email address entered will be used for all submissions under that login.
For All Undergraduates: Apply to Psi Chi (deadline, Wednesday November 4th by 11:59PM EST)
If you are a recently graduated student and want to submit to Psi Chi, you may do so as long as you graduated within 6 months of the submission deadline. So anyone graduating in May 2020 or later is eligible to submit to Psi Chi this year!
All undergraduate students who are submitting their own work (e.g., an honors thesis) should submit a poster through the Psi Chi portion of the annual meeting. You do NOT need to be a member of Psi Chi to submit to the Psi Chi portion of the program. Additionally, your study does not need to be complete at the time of submission. Submit or edit your submission HERE. Undergraduates who have collaborated on faculty-generated research may be coauthors on MPA papers and posters as long as the MPA member is also an author and present at the meeting. Please remember that all submissions should be empirical, rather than theoretical or review (experiments, self-reports, naturalistic observation, archival research, and case studies are all considered to be appropriate methods). Researchers applying to Psi Chi may be the first author on no more than two submissions.
To submit, please prepare a 400-word abstract to be reviewed by the Program Committee. If first author is a PSI CHI member, please also submit a short 50-word abstract. This short abstract will be published in the MPA program if you are selected as a Regional Research Award Winner. You will also be asked the extent to which you (the first author) and your faculty mentor(s) contributed to the elements of your submission (i.e., study design, data collection, data analysis or analysis plan, interpretation of data, conclusions or implications, writing and revising the abstract).
Instructions for the 400-word abstract:
Please note that your abstract will be entered into a text box and cannot exceed 400 words. To include references, tables, or figures, you may also submit an additional document, which does not count toward your 400-word total. The additional file should be a PDF. Do not include your own name, or your institution, in the file name.
All abstracts must include the following:
Problem or major purpose
Results (to date) or expected results
Conclusions and implications
Do NOT include authors’ names or affiliations. Your submission is sent out for masked review. If you fail to remove your names or the name of your institution, your submission may be automatically disqualified.
Note: Psi Chi welcomes proposals for projects that are underway but not yet completed, as long as your project will be complete in time for the conference. If this applies to you, then we have two recommendations for your long abstract. First, describe how far along you are in the process. For example, you might say that you have received IRB approval and will begin data collection in 2 weeks, or perhaps you have already collected 10% of the data. Second, we recommend that you describe the analyses and results that you anticipate. For example, you might say “I plan to conduct a 2×3 ANOVA with Y as the dependent variable. Consistent with our hypothesis, we expect a significant interaction.” These steps will communicate that you are serious about completing the project and will indicate how well the project is designed. Students will not be penalized in the review process if the project is not yet complete.
Psi Chi submissions will be judged on the extent to which it conforms to the proper form and length described above, the quality and originality of the study, and the clarity of the long abstract.