The 20th Annual Rehabilitation Psychology Conference theme Promoting Access and Inclusion will facilitate opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge, as well as collaborate and network with colleagues in the field. Through a peer-review process, a select group of submitted abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations at the conference. Abstracts for poster presentations will also be peer-reviewed. In addition to general rehabilitation psychology-related topics, the program committee will give preference to those submissions which reflect the following thematic areas: prevention of secondary conditions amongst at-risk populations, promotion of inclusion and improved quality of life across contexts through the practice of Rehabilitation Psychology, and reduction of health disparities and barriers to access through the implementation of evidence-based practices and programs.

Division 22 places a high value on learning from and collaborating with:

  • Professionals at all levels (e.g., student/trainee, early, mid, and late career)

  • Professionals providing rehabilitation services in a wide variety of settings (e.g., educational, inpatient, outpatient, private sector, university hospital, community medical settings,  government agencies, Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration)

  • Professionals providing rehabilitation services to diverse populations (e.g., children/adults, rural/urban, LGBTQ, amputation, burn, cardiac, chronic disease/illness, critically ill/intensive care, MS, psychiatric, SCI, stroke, TBI)

  • Professionals providing rehabilitation services within interdisciplinary teams

Submissions reflecting the topics above, especially those that embody the theme of Promoting Access and Inclusion: Celebrating Rehabilitation Psychology's social justice, human rights and advocacy mission are highly encouraged.

Target Audience
This conference is designed for psychologists in practice, academic settings, and/or public service who focus on rehabilitation with individuals having chronic diseases, impairments and / or physical and cognitive disabilities as well as for trainees (students, interns, and postdoctoral residents) with interests in Rehabilitation Psychology. Program content will be directed to all (i.e., basic, intermediate and advanced) skill levels.

THOSE ACCEPTED FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN EXPENSES (I.E., TRAVEL, REGISTRATION), AND WILL RECEIVE A REDUCED REGISTRATION FEE

Division 22 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists.  Division 22 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.   Due to Division 22’s strict adherence to accreditation criteria, policy, and guidelines, presentations must meet all requirements to be considered for continuing education credit.  All faculty presenting or contributing to a presentation for continuing education must provide certain information and be vetted for potential conflicts of interest. The following items are required and will be collected: current curriculum vitae or professional resume, disclosure of potential conflicts of interest, learning objectives, and research references. Research that is incomplete at the time of the submission may be submitted under the assumption that the data will be complete and ready for presentation by the time of the conference.