Submission Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • All patient information submitted in a proposal should be disguised.  There should be no identifying information.

  • All submissions are to be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and emailed to Scientific Program and Meetings Director Carolyn Gatto. APsaA does not accept proposals in the body of an email. There is no need to follow up with a hard copy. You will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call 212-752-0450 ext. 20

  • APsaA members presenting on the scientific program are required to pay a registration fee. Non APsaA members presenting on the scientific program will receive complimentary admission to the session at which they are presenting. If they wish to attend other sessions on the program, they are required to pay the appropriate registration fee.

  • The scientific paper, discussion group and symposium submission deadline for the February 2019 National Meeting is May 21, 2018.  

  • The submission deadline for panels for the February 2020 National Meeting is October 19, 2018.

  • The submission deadline for the Poster Session for the February 2019 National Meeting is October 2, 2018.  See special submission requirements below.

Scientific Paper Submission Guidelines

Scientific papers are presented by the author and considered by a formal discussant with ample time allotted for the audience to respond. Scientific paper sessions are scheduled on Friday and Saturday of the National Meeting (January/February) from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   There are no Scientific Paper sessions at the Annual Meeting (June).

  • The first page of the paper should include the title. The author’s name should not appear on any page. 
  • Scientific papers are for oral presentation and must be no longer than 4,500 words (not counting references) and timed for 40 minutes reading time. 
  • Include (in a separate document) a 100 word description and two educational objectives which will be printed in the preliminary and final program if your paper is accepted. Click here for the Description and Educational Objectives guidelines. 
  • Complete the Continuing Education Criteria form.
  • If a paper is accepted for the meeting, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) has right of first consideration. The paper cannot have been accepted or be under consideration for publication by another journal. JAPA submissions must be done separately. For further information regarding JAPA submissions, please contact Jennifer MaharJAPA Managing Editor . 
Send submissions by May 21, 2018 for the February 2019 Meeting to:

Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director 
Please put “Scientific Paper Proposal” in the subject line and include the following:
1) Scientific paper
2) Description and educational objectives
3) Continuing education criteria form 


Meet-the-Author Guidelines

Authors of recent books of psychoanalytic interest discuss their work with other colleagues in a panel format.  The Meet-the-Author session is scheduled on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the National Meeting (January/February) and on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Annual Meeting (June).

  • Send a copy of your book or manuscript to:
    Henry J. Friedman, M.D.
    6 Garden Terrace
    Cambridge, MA 02138 

  • A member of the Meet-the-Author Subcommittee will review it and consider its relevance for a particular meeting. 

Discussion Group Submission Guidelines

Discussion groups permit a small number of participants to discuss a topic of mutual interest. The groups meet annually; this continuity offers participants to collaborate.  Discussion groups are scheduled for two hours on Wednesday and Thursday of the National Meeting (January/February) at the following times 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  At the Annual Meeting (June), they are scheduled from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and 3:45-5:45 on Friday and from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Discussion Group proposal should include a detailed description, rationale and educational objectives.

For the 2019 National Meeting , send submissions by May 21, 2018 to:

Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director 
Please put “Discussion Group Proposal” in the subject line and include the following:
1) Discussion group proposal
2) Continuing education criteria form

Symposium Submission Guidelines

Symposia explore the interface between psychoanalysis, society and related disciplines. Many focus on how psychoanalytic thinking can be applied to non-psychoanalytic settings. These sessions feature 10-15 minute presentations given by a maximum of three presenters, with the remaining time allotted for audience participation. No papers are read and the emphasis is on audience interaction.  Symposia are scheduled on Friday and Saturday of the National Meeting (January/February) from 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. The day and time will vary for the Annual Meeting (June).

Symposium proposals should be a maximum of two pages and must be submitted with the following:

For the 2019 National Meeting , send submissions by May 21, 2018.
Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director 
Please put “Symposium Proposal” in the subject line and include the following:
1) Symposium proposal
2) Continuing Education Criteria Form 
3) Description and Educational Objectives 

Panel Submission Guidelines

Panels bring together nationally recognized psychoanalysts to present papers on clinical and theoretical topics. Active interchange with the panelists is encouraged in response to questions from the audience. Please note the lead time following the submission of panel proposals. All panel proposals are circulated and voted upon one year in advance by the Program Committee members. For example, a proposal that has been submitted for a National (January) Meeting must be received in October of the previous year. It is voted at the National Meeting and, if accepted, the panel is held the following January. When the committee meets, the eight proposals that have received the greatest number of votes are discussed, and from among these a selection is made. Panels take place during the National Meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  There are no panel submissions for the Annual Meeting (June).  See below for frequently asked questions regarding panel proposals.

Please note that the deadline for a panel to be considered for the 2020 National Meeting is October 19, 2018

Submit by October 19, 2018 to:
Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director (
You will send one email with the subject line “Panel Proposal”.  The email should include the following two attachments:
1) Panel Proposal Form
2) Continuing Education Criteria Form

Frequently Asked Questions about Panel Proposal submissions

What is an APsaA panel?

Typically, APsaA sponsors four panels at each of our conferences. Panels address a wide range of currently pertinent or challenging clinical, theoretical, historical or professional topics through active interchange among panelists and with panelists and audience.

What is the format of an APsaA panel?

Several formats are encouraged, and are more likely to be selected for presentation:

  • A panel in which panelists address, perhaps in two rounds of about 10 (and in no case more than 15) minute presentations, questions posed by the panel chair.  In between rounds, discussion with each other and the audience is encouraged.  (Such a format works well for a topic in which panelists may wish in a first round to give a general perspective, and in a second round, a clinical vignette).
  • A format with individual presentations that are about 15 (and in no case more than 20) minutes, sometimes followed by a discussant and always with questions and interchange with the audience. This format is closer to a traditional papers panel.
  • A panel configured as a roundtable, with a chair asking a series of questions over the three hours and limiting responses to these several questions to 5-6 minutes, rotating the order of panelists for each question.  Audience participation in such a format can be built in a variety of ways.
  • A panel that begins with presentations and interchange among panelists for two hours followed by a third hour in which audience members gather in small groups, facilitated or visited by panel participants, further to discuss the topic.  (This format is particularly suitable to panels focused on particular clinical dilemmas.)

How are APsaA panel submissions different from panels at other professional conferences?

  • Unlike other conferences where the submitted proposal if accepted appears on the program in the configuration the proposer developed, the APsaA Program Committee works actively with panel organizers to shape all panels, including both format and participants.  Panels on particular topics are accepted, but this does not necessarily mean that either the proposer or the proposed participants will be on the panel.  Panel proposers are encouraged to describe a general topic of inquiryquestions, and possible participants or categories of participants.  (This means that submitting a pre-determined list of presenters, or a proposal in which titles of papers or presentations have already been determined, is much less likely to be accepted.

  • Panels are not intended as vehicles for the presentation of individual papers, which properly belong in the scientific papers section. Rather the Program Committee encourages proposals that consist of a theme or topics and suggested presenters. 

  • The Program Committee is committed to increasing and widening participation in programs.  Among suggested participants, panel proposals should always include at least one participant who has not been on a panel before or who has not been on a panel in the past five years.  On all panels, we will be trying for a mix of already-known presenters and those who are earlier in their career, less-well known, or have not participated recently. Representation of the range of member institutes and of member diversity will be fostered.

What if I have questions about my panel proposal?

If you would like to consult with a member of the Program Committee about your proposal, please contact the Program Committee Chair.  She may be able to answer your question or refer you to a member of the committee who could mentor your proposal forward.

Ernst & Gertrude Ticho Memorial Lecture

The Ernst and Gertrude Ticho Memorial Lecture, part of the scientific program of APsaA’s Annual Meeting, is given by an early to mid-career analyst (5-15 years post-graduation) who is currently contributing and likely to continue making significant contributions to psychoanalytic science, practice, and thought. Nominees must be a member in good standing of APsaA.

The Ticho lecture was inaugurated in June 2006 with the generous support of the Ernst and Gertrude Ticho Charitable Foundation to further the Ticho’s devotion to developing younger analysts. The lecture carries a stipend, covers expenses, and is well publicized. In addition, there is a reception in the lecturer’s honor.

Nomination Guidelines for Ernst & Gertrude Ticho Memorial Lecture

A letter in support of the nominee along with his/her curriculum vitae should be addressed to Program Committee Chair, Christine Kiefer, Ph.D., and emailed to Carolyn Gatto.

The letter should explain why the nominee should be considered. The nominator should know the nominee’s work very well. The letter of nomination should address the nominee’s:

  • Accomplishments to date
  • Future intentions regarding psychoanalytic practice, science, and scholarship
  • The nominee’s capacity to achieve those goals

Effective nominating letters are detailed, specific, and generally no more than three pages in length. The nominator should also include discussion of the nominee’s position as an early or mid-career psychoanalyst, and his/her ability to craft and deliver an engaging lecture.

Individuals previously nominated for the Ticho Lecture may be re-nominated with an updated letter submitted on their behalf, ensuring that the selection committee has the most up-to-date information regarding each nominee’s scholarship and contributions.

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