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Come to the APA Convention in San Francisco, August 2018!

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Dear Division 52 Colleagues!D52 BullockSquare -

Get ready for a great 2018 Convention for Division 52! The Division will be in its 21st year - and beginning to implement its new strategic plan. Our amazing Program Committee has been meeting regularly to develop ideas to make this a dynamic, interesting, action filled convention - for Division members (and future members!) who attend and for those who want to watch from afar. They welcome you to join in!

This note is to encourage you to submit your work, to volunteer for D52 tasks and activities, and to begin to plan now for your August 2018 adventure. Here are some details:


You can submit a variety of proposals for the APA convention:

1. C.E. Workshop proposals - deadline November 2017

The APA CE Workshop call for proposals (http://www.apa.org/convention/proposals.aspx?tab=2) closes November 14, 2017. We encourage you to propose workshops that build on international knowledge, perspectives and skills

2. Regular Programming Proposals- deadline December 1, 2017

The APA regular submissions portal opens soon! Division 52 is accepting proposals for 1-hour symposia and for posters. The theme of the Division 52 program is "Building international partnerships for psychology, people, and the planet." Submit 1-hour symposia on relevant themes, or posters on international work.  All submissions are made through the APA online portal (we will provide a link when its active). The Division has about 18 hours for programming. See APA criteria: http://www.apa.org/convention/proposals.aspx?tab=3

3. Suite Programs - deadline February 1, 2018

The Division Suite Program is going to be dynamic! It will be your backstage pass to the world of international work, collaboration and perspective. The suite programs will include:

  • Opportunities for small-group discussions with APA "VIPs" (e.g. invited speakers, award winners, prominent international colleagues)
  • Skill building sessions (for international work, for social media use)
  • Consultations on international work
  • parties!

Submit your proposals: Submit a proposal for a conversation hour or skill building session or an innovative program - Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to discuss your proposals.

Volunteer for Convention!

Reviewers: Volunteer to review convention proposals (no more than 6 proposals per reviewer) and help shape the program! (see more information)

Poster Judges: Volunteer to read and judge student posters during convention - an inspiring international "pat on the back" for students and their advisors! (information to be posted when available)

Be a D52 Ambassador: Attend sessions with an international focus and talk with colleagues about joining others in D52 (information posted when available) 

Be a host to international visitors: Participate in the student peer conversation program (details available soon) to host international students at convention; or participate as a host to international visitors of all levels to convention (details forthcoming).

Volunteer for the program committee: Work with the Program Chairs to develop social events, outreach and more at Convention 2018

Send your ideas

The program committee is just now developing the program, and you can play a role!

  • Suggest speakers - who would you most like to hear from in San Francisco on an international theme? Dream large and let the Program Committee know!
  • Suggest innovative programs - skill building, conversation hours, roundtables to foster an international perspective or engagement

Remember - this is your convention!

APA will provide the venues, your program committee will develop internationally focused sessions, but the heart and soul of convention is its attendees - so plan to come and to celebrate international and innovation! Lets make it a banner attendance year for D52 (and that will prepare the way for increased program hours for the year to come!)

Looking foward to working with you and seeing you in San Francisco


Merry Bullock, PhD, Division 52 President-Elect


Division 52 Program Chairs

Email: JGSSRA52.2018@gmail.com 
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Program Chair
Judith Gibbons, PhD

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Suite Chair
Katelyn Poelker, PhD


Program Co-Chair
(2019 Chair)
Johanna Nilsson, PhD

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(2019 Suite Chair)