Science: Single Presenter

Single Paper Session

(All access/in-person only)

A single paper session is comprised of four presentations on similar topics, selected by reviewers. This allows submitters to have their science considered as a single paper without putting together a full symposium. Data has to have been collected by time of submission.


  • PPT upload (required)
  • 15-minute video/audio recording (required)
  • 70-minute session with four presenters for live presentation

Poster - Single Presenter

(All access/in-person only)

Posters, presented in person, are the most common form of convention programming. Posters are grouped in sessions based on their keywords. Undergraduate presenters who want to attend in person should submit a poster.


  • PDF Poster upload (required)
  • 5-minute video/audio recording (optional)
  • 60-minute session for live engagement with traditional poster board

Research Spotlight

(Virtual only/on-demand)

SPSP offers Research Spotlights for those who cannot attend in person but wish to share their research with attendees. Research Spotlights are available to attendees via the convention app before, during, and after the event. Submitters who want to present a poster but cannot attend the convention in person should submit a Research Spotlight instead.


  • PPT upload (required)
  • 2–5 minute video/audio recording (required), on-demand only
  • Presenters can organize their own Q&A sessions with individual Zoom links or a virtual meet-up

Roundtable Unconference 

(All access/in-person only)

Pitch your ideas. Discuss lessons learned. Showcase best practices. Have a casual conversation about recent scientific issues and discoveries such as the state of online data collection, teaching in a post-COVID-19 world, how to find funding, and more. This presentation format is ideal for someone who doesn't have data to present but would like the opportunity to connect with colleagues and be included in the program. Roundtable unconferences are scheduled during two 70-minute sessions. There will be numbered tables in the room and presenters will be assigned a slot at a designated table. Attendees will be able to rotate among the tables to talk with all presenters.


  • Handout upload (optional) 
  • 70-minute roundtable presented live

Data Blitz

(All access/in-person only)

Want a lot of science fast? Data blitzes offer rapid-fire presentations in which psychologists share key highlights from their research in five-minute chunks. These popular sessions are attendees' best chance to capture the span of the field in one session. Data has to have been collected by time of submission.


  • PPT upload (required)
  • 5-minute video/audio recording (required)
  • 70-minute session with up to 11 presenters for live presentation

Science: Group Presentation


(All access/in-person only)

With over 80 symposia offered, these 70-minute sessions give attendees the chance to hear three to four presentations from leading researchers in the field. The content of symposia is entirely scientific, providing a look into cutting-edge research. Data has to have been collected by time of submission.


  • PPT/Handout upload (required)
  • 70-minute session presented live in person
  • 10-15-minute video/audio recording of each speaker (required)

Professional Development/Training

Professional Development Sessions

(All access/In-person only)

These sessions introduce attendees to topics and content that will further their growth in the field and are not tied directly to specific research. Professional development sessions are 70 minutes long, scheduled concurrently with symposia.


  • PPT/Handout upload (required)
  • 70-minute session presented live in person

Professional Development Workshop

(All access/In-person and Virtual)

Workshops provide an in-depth learning experience, focused on a specific topic. Workshops are 2.5-4 hours long and can include presentations, panels, debates, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and roundtable discussions. Workshops will be presented virtually during the week of the Annual Convention or in person.

Components for Virtual format:

  • PPT/Handout upload (required)
  • 2-4-hour synchronous session in Zoom presented live
  • Sessions will be scheduled virtually during convention week
  • Will be recorded and available on-demand 

Components for All access/in-person only format:

  • PPT/Handout upload (required)
  • 2-4-hour live presentations

Other Programming Types


As part of the SPSP Annual Convention, leaders in the field organize mini-conferences focused on specific areas of study and research. These preconferences (scheduled to be in person as well as virtual) kick off the convention and give attendees the unique opportunity to gather with colleagues who share their academic and research interests. These sessions can include speakers, discussions, networking lunches with experts, and poster presentations.

Note: Registration for Preconferences will open when convention registration opens in September.  

Invited Session

Invited sessions will cover timely issues important to the psychological sciences, ranging from national policy discussions to conversations on big data and evolutionary processes.

Constellation Program

The Constellation Program celebrates luminary figures in personality and social psychology. The SPSP Convention Committee has selected Dan McAdams as the 2024 Constellation honoree. The Constellation Program aims to trace the impact of the senior scholar's seminal contribution or body of work to contemporary research through the following series of events:

  • Constellation Symposium

    This symposium will pair Dan McAdams with 2-3 active researchers whose work builds upon the honoree's work. Dr. McAdams will have the opportunity to address the audience in any format they like for half of the symposium's allotted time. The rest of the symposium will be devoted to presentations by the two contemporary researchers who will present more traditional research talks that highlight how their work can be traced back to Dr. McAdam's seminal contributions.
  • Constellation Presentations

    Submissions accepted for the Annual Convention will have the option to include a Constellation tag during the submission process. Using this tag with your accepted submission will signify all the work that Dr. McAdams continues to touch. One of the unique features of the Constellation Program is that it allows presenters to self-identify their work as being part of the honoree's legacy. Common reasons to identify work as part of the Constellation Program include being connected to the honoree as a former student/postdoc/student of a student/etc., or relying on concepts, theories, and findings strongly associated with the honoree. We are asking submitters to identify this during the submission process so the digital program can include the "Constellation" tag alongside other keywords in order to enhance recognition of the honoree across all presentation types.