2024 Annual Meeting


Diversity and Inequity in Mental Health: Social-structural, Cultural, Psychological, and Biological Mechanisms

LATE-BREAKER ABSTRACT ANNOUNCEMENT: Along with the    extension of early bird registration, APPA is reopening abstract submissions through 12pm ET on January 19th! Please click HERE to submit. (Note: applications for travel awards are no longer being accepted.)

 Artwork by Jaswant Guzder, MD

We are now accepting abstract submissions for the 2024 annual meeting! Submissions are invited addressing the 2024 conference theme as well as any area of psychopathological research. Accepted abstracts will be presented during a poster session at the conference. In addition, selected abstracts will be included on the meeting program and invited to be given as oral presentations.

APPA also invites individuals submitting an abstract to APPA 2024 to apply for travel scholarships to support attendance at the annual meeting. The number of available scholarships will be determined based on available funding. We are accepting applications for the following travel scholarships:

  • Trainees (currently a student, post-doctoral fellow, or resident in any specialty)
  • Early career investigators (within 4 years of completion of training)
  • Individuals from a group that is underrepresented in medicine or biomedical research at any stage of their career who have not yet received RO1-level funding (including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women)

Notifications of original abstract acceptances were sent the week of December 18, 2023

APPA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (DEIAB) Guidelines for Presenters

The APPA is interested in stimulating and supporting science that promotes equity and inclusion. We ask all presenters to review the following recommendations and additional linked information.

  1. You are welcome to describe your own identities and sociopolitical positionality as it pertains to the work you are presenting. 
  2. Describe the population and context of the research study.  
  3. If pertinent to the topic of the research study, include information on racial, ethnic, gender, sex or any other relevant differences in the prevalence of the condition under study, or in the access to diagnostic and treatment services. Consider discussing the cumulative or combined effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) in the experiences of socially excluded individuals or groups to produce and sustain complex inequities. 
  4. Include information on measurement and evidence of validity and reliability of measures in the selected study population. 
  5. Describe limitations in generalizability of the findings to other segments of the population and how these limitations may have impacted results and conclusions that can be drawn. 
  6. Integrate inclusive and non-stigmatizing language (e.g., reference to person with a mental illness rather than “the mentally ill”). Avoid culturally appropriative or pejorative language. 
  7. Implement best practices to design accessible presentation materials.

Please refer to these resources for additional information, examples, and guidance on this topic.