First Time Attendees


The American Psychoanalytic Association is pleased to welcome you to your first APsaA meeting. We hope it will be the first of many to come. By choosing to attend an APsaA meeting you are making a significant investment in expanding and developing your professional knowledge and skills. And you are going to meet a terrific group of people as well.

Attending APsaA’s Annual Meeting for the first time can feel overwhelming but we’ve got you covered:

Before the meeting:

• Schedule an appointment with a program committee member who can offer personal guidance to the scientific program based on your interests. A member of the program committee will contact you by email or phone to go over the program and offer suggestions on which sessions might be most beneficial and enjoyable to you. To schedule an appointment, contact Rosemary Johnson or 212- 752-0450, ext 28.

At the meeting:

• Attend the Thursday night party and meet other adventurous registrants when you head out to tour Chicago on a Segway!  (See page 8 of the preliminary program for details). 

• Sign up for the Grant Park Music Festival and dinner on Saturday night.  Enjoy listening to renowed pianist Natasha Paremski with the Grant Park Orchestra under the stars with APsaA meeting attendees.  (See page 9 of the preliminary program for details). 

• Grab a First Time Attendee ribbon to wear on your badge if you want. It’s a great conversation starter. Or you can choose to go incognito.

Contact Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director to ask any questions you might have.