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56th Annual Convention
Psychological Association of the Philippines
September 18-20, 2019 (Wednesday to Friday)

SMX Convention Center, Davao

Co-host: Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU)

Theme: “Inclusive Psychology: Valuing Diversity and Accommodation Among Filipinos”

          Filipinos are as diverse in their ways of thinking and feeling as they are different in their ways of life. Yet, in spite of these differences, Filipinos know and recognize one another by the simple act of reiterating identity.  One simple question in another country such as “Filipino (Pinoy) ka ba?” can bring about an immediate sense of belonging and camaraderie among us.

           The diversity among cultures and their societal systems (i.e., religious/spiritual beliefs, sexuality, gender, abilities) bring about the strong need for inclusivity, for unconditional acceptance is sought by everyone. Inclusion opens connections that enrich our continuous search for answers and knowledge in the psychological studies of the Filipino who resides both locally and abroad. However, mere inclusion is not enough because the true value of inclusivity is to provide equity in opportunities regardless of the societal systems Filipinos belong to; accommodation is a key feature of inclusion.

            This convention will add to the current body of scientific research and best practices in Philippine psychology where more inclusive attitudes towards political, social, economic, religious/spiritual, and cultural aspects of society are fostered through the advancement of technology, communication, and ways of life.      

             Psychology for all Filipinos through valuing diversity, inclusion, and accommodation will bring about positive changes in Filipinos and in Philippine psychology.

This is an official CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline of  submission has been extended to May 1, 2019. Papers may be submitted either for oral or poster presentation.  These may cover either a completed research or best practices in psychology.  Abstracts for learning sessions, which aim to share skills and knowledge in research methods, publication or the practice of psychology, may also be submitted.  These are further described below. 

Paper Presentation. This refers to oral presentations of individual papers on a research study or documentation of psychological practice. These presentations will be clustered into a maximum of four papers per session (no more than 15 minutes per presentation) based on a common theme. To facilitate the grouping into clusters, please take care in providing relevant key words in your abstract submission. For presentations with multiple authors, kindly designate a main or primary presenter.

Organized Symposium. A symposium refers to a set of three to four different presentations (no more than 15 minutes per presentation) plus a summary discussion that cluster around a common topic, issue, or subject matter with the aim of providing complementary or divergent views and perspectives. To foster inter-institutional collaboration, presenters in the symposium are encouraged to come from at least two different institutions. Organizers shall have the prerogative to select and to re-organize papers submitted as a symposium should the need arise.

Poster Presentation. Posters involve the use of a visual aid to illustrate a study. Presenters are expected to interact with viewers of their respective posters about their research during their assigned schedule. Guidelines for the poster size and content will be provided to those whose papers are accepted.

Learning Session. Learning sessions aim to teach participants specific knowledge or skills pertaining to current trends, teaching, practice and/or research and publication in Psychology. Sessions are typically an hour and a half (90 minutes) long and should be able to accommodate as many as 100 participants. Submitted Learning Session abstracts should include specific learning objectives and a summary of the content of the session.


Titles should not be more than 12 words. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. 

To encourage a broader participation in the convention, only one submission will be allowed as a primary presenter.  In the event that an individual has more than one submission as primary presenter, only the earlier submission will be prioritized for screening. 

As all submissions and subsequent communications will be done online, you will be required to provide an active Email address that you check at least once a week.  The confirmation of this working Email address is the first step to making a submission. 

After successfully submitting your abstract, it shall be evaluated and screened by the Scientific Program Committee.  Accepted papers shall be notified through the verified Email address by 3rd week of June 2019.  This acceptance letter from the Scientific Program Committee will also serve as the official letter of invitation.

Thus, presenters will be required to pre-register (pay the registration fee) by Monday, July 8, 2019 in order to formally secure their slot and confirm their presentation to be included in the official program.