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Poster Session

2015 National Meeting
January 13 – 18, 2015
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
New York, New York

Deadline: October 13, 2014

APsaA's Subcommittee on Posters and Research Symposia and Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Society (PPRS) invite Poster Session submissions for the 2015 National Meeting to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The Poster Session will take place on Friday, January 16, 2015.  Membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association or PPRS is not required to submit a presentation for consideration.

The Subcommittee welcomes submissions with conceptual and/or empirical relevance to psychoanalytic theory, technique, aspects of practice, and effectiveness of psychoanalysis. The Poster Session is intended to convey new unpublished data, new analyses of these data, newly designed ongoing studies, as well as scholarly conceptual analyses and interpretations to participants at APsaA's meetings.

An additional important emphasis is upon contributions from multiple disciplines, including research questions in 'neighboring fields' – such as clinical, developmental and social psychology, family psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, literary criticism, as well as historical studies, history of ideas, and art history.

The Subcommittee does not normally accept a poster that has been presented, or that will be presented, elsewhere. This restriction does not apply to invited presentations. Exceptions may also be made in cases where the membership has not had access to the information.

All methodologies appropriate to the discipline, the data, and the question(s) under study (including small-sample, single-subject, descriptive, and clinical research designs) are acceptable. Sufficient data must be presented in a submission so reviewers may evaluate it. An appropriate review panel, without knowledge of submitters’ identities, will evaluate all submissions.

Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words. Each poster submission should be accompanied by an abstract of 500 words, as described below. 

Deadline for all Submissions

The deadline for poster session submissions is October 13, 2014. An exception may be made for invited submissions.

What is a Poster Presentation?

The usual research poster format presents the purpose, background, methods, findings, and discussion of the findings. For some disciplines, other approaches may be more appropriate. For example, a presentation might include a thesis, background, relevant questions, and points for discussion. In light of the opportunities offered by the poster format, graphic approaches – diagrams, pictures, graphs and illustrations of methods and results – can be particularly valuable ways of enhancing presentation of a given project. Poster displays are mounted on 4' by 8' easels. Push pins are provided to mount the poster displays. Posters will be displayed for 4-3/4 hours. During this time, the presenter will be available to answer questions and to discuss the poster display with visitors.

Submission Guidelines

APsaA strongly recommends electronic submissions of all posters. You may submit your submission electronically to Linda C. Mayes, M.D. ( with a "cc" to Linda Isakson ( For those who are unable to submit electronically, please send your submission(s) by regular mail to:

Linda Mayes, M.D.
Yale Child Study Center
230 S. Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520

All submissions must either be received by midnight on October 15, 2012 if submitted electronically or postmarked by October 15, 2012. This submission deadline does not apply to invited presentations. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent electronically, or if requested by mail, in November. Submissions may include multiple authors.

Instructions for Preparing Submissions

If submitting by regular mail, include two self-addressed, stamped envelopes: one to acknowledge receipt of your submission, and one for notification of decision. Envelopes must be standard #10 or approximately 41/8" x 9 1/2". If two submissions are mailed in a single package, each submission must be contained within its own envelope or folder within the package and be accompanied by a separate set of self-addressed return envelopes.

Titles may be no more than 130 characters including spaces and punctuation.

All submissions must include a Poster Face Sheet.

Poster Summary

Please include a 1,500-word, double–spaced summary of the poster including the titles but no authors. Up to 2 tables or figures and key references may be included.

Poster Abstract

Poster abstracts may be circulated or published or may be used to inform the press about specific presentations in the poster session. Authors are encouraged to make abstracts as readable as possible for the general clinician audience, with an interest in research. For instance, please ‘translate’ newer statistical techniques or terminology from neighboring fields into language that can be understood by our psychoanalytic colleagues. This does not mean oversimplifying your conceptual or empirical text. Rather, we hope you will be able to find language that most clearly communicates the ideas in your poster.

Please include an abstract of the poster including titles and all authors in the order of authorship. Poster abstracts may be no longer than 500 words. The Poster Session will be open to the press. Submission of a poster presentation for review implies permission for media coverage. Submission of a poster abstract implies permission to be considered for publication by The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA).

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated by at least two members of the appropriate review panel. Reviewers will not be informed of submitters’ identities. Three criteria will be used:

  • clarity of formulation or conceptualization,
  • adequacy of methods,
  • and appropriateness of interpretations.

If two ratings of a submission differ appreciably, a third reviewer will rate the submission.

APsaA Poster Award

The American Psychoanalytic Association sponsors a $500 award for an especially noteworthy poster presentation. The APsaA Poster Award will be made on the basis of substantive significance and innovation as well as quality of presentation. The award will be announced at the time of the poster session.

PPRS Poster Award

The Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Society sponsors a $500 poster award for an early career investigator whose work is of particular merit.

Review Panel Selection

Review panels will be selected in accordance with primary disciplinary affiliation or review panel preferences given.

Submission Conditions

If submitting electronically, APsaA will acknowledge receipt as the submission is received. If submitting by mail, a copy of your submission face sheet, stamped “RECEIVED” and labeled with a submission identification number in the upper righthand corner, will be returned to you as a receipt acknowledgement of your submission. Please allow three weeks for acknowledgment of receipt for submissions by mail.

The American Psychoanalytic Association reserves the right to accept no changes in a submission once it is accepted for presentation. Selection decisions made by the American Psychoanalytic Association are final.

Submission is taken as an agreement to present an accepted format at the scheduled time, to allow audio recording of the session, and press coverage.

Poster Session participants who wish to attend other sessions of the meeting besides the poster session will need to register and to pay appropriate registration fees.

Send submissions to:
Linda Mayes, M.D. ( and "cc" Linda Isakson (
or to:
Linda Mayes, M.D.
APsaA 2011 Poster Session
Yale Child Study Center
230 S. Frontage Rd.
New Haven, CT 06520

Your checklist:

_____Poster Face Sheet

_____1,500-word, double-spaced summary (including titles but no authors)

_____500-word abstract (including titles and all authors in the order of authorship)

_____(Applicable only to mailed submissions): 2 self-addressed envelopes (standard #10 business envelope or approximately 4-1/8 x 9-1/2 in size, stamped if U.S.; unstamped if outside U.S.)

For further information, please contact:

Linda Mayes, M.D.