Call for Workshop Proposals

Publishing Opportunity

A special issue of the Caribbean Journal of Psychology

Editor in Chief

Prof. Jaipaul Roopnarine


Guest Editors

Michelle Codner, PsyD, LP-HSP, MA, NCC, Attending Psychologist, Outpatient Psychiatry Service/ Learning Disability Program Assistant Director- LEAH Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
Boston Children’s Hospital
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

E. Thomaseo Burton, PhD, MPH, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist with the Healthy Weight Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Fellow,  American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program Leadership and Education Advancement Program (LEAP) for Diverse Scholars

Caryl James, B.Sc(Hons), M.Sc, PhD
Prof./Clinical Psychologist/Eating Disorder Specialist
Faculty of Social Sciences
The University of the West Indies, Mona
Kingston Jamaica


Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission deadline for conference: August 23, 2024

Important dates

Abstract Submission deadline for conference: August 23, 2024

Deadline for submission of completed manuscripts to journal: September 1, 2024

Response from editors: December 1 2025

Publication: February 2025


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Call for workshop proposals

The 4th Scientific Conference 

 ‘Dying to be Beautiful? Body Image, Eating Behaviours and Health in the Caribbean’

Location: The Vibrant and Beautiful Capital City - Kingston

December 6-8, 2024

Scope of Conference

The Dying to be Beautiful Conference brings focus and conversations to healthcare challenges and marginalized topics such as body image, colorism, excessive social media use, weight concerns, and eating behaviours faced by people in the Caribbean and by extension other similar ethnic groups and colonized nations.

By bringing together an international group of healthcare providers and scholars, these healthcare challenges are viewed through a scientific lens, which are examined closely for a deeper understanding, translatable to the public.

The knowledge and expertise garnered from this conference will inform policy and provide further training for those involved in the management and healthcare of our people. We encourage individuals to submit original research, workshops, theoretical frameworks, literature reviews, case studies, and articles on psychology and health behaviours in the public interest.

Broad Themes of Interest

You are invited to submit abstracts related to the following themes: 

  • Cultural Norms that Define Body Image
  • Colorism
  • Acculturation and Challenges when working with Caribbean Immigrants
  • Eating Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Stigma
  • Trauma and Depression in the Caribbean Population
  • The Emotional and Physical Cost of Food Scarcity
  • Obesity vs Health at Every Size
  • Cost of Beauty: Social and Economic Implications
  • Sports Psychology – Getting Your Head into the Game
  • Men and Muscularity – What is healthy vs. disordered?
  • What is Old has Become New Again – The Science and Promise of Plant Medicine
  • The Impact of Media on Physical, Mental and Social Health
  • The Impact of Supplement Use for Sports Performance
  • Substance Abuse
  • Physical Activity and Mental health

Suggestions for panel themes are also invited 

Papers will also be considered from other related themes 

Online Submission for Abstracts/Workshops

Scientific abstracts and workshop proposals should be submitted to The word limit for abstracts is 350 words and should include background, objectives, methods, results and conclusion. For workshop proposals, the format can be obtained at: CLICK LINK!

Online Submission for Full Manuscripts 

Presenters have the opportunity to submit their fully developed manuscripts for peer-review and possible publication in a special issue of the Caribbean Journal of Psychology. We encourage presenters to submit original research, theoretical frameworks, literature reviews, case studies, and pieces on psychology and health behaviours in the public interest.

Authors should submit their manuscripts online at: and note that the submission is intended for the special issue on Dying to be beautiful, body image, eating behaviours and health in the Caribbean. You must register as an author and log in to submit the manuscript. For further assistance, contact the Journal Manager at: