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April 16 & 17



call for proposals


The University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) invites you to join us for our Psychology Conference in Kingston, Jamaica

This year we invite students, scholars and practitioners in psychology to come together to discuss the resources and challenges of Caribbean life as it is lived at home and in the diaspora, and the

potential of current psychology theory and research to enhance practice in mental and physical health care, education, business, community and society at large.

The theme of the UWI Psychology Conference 2020 is

From Critique to Possibilities: Caribbean Psychology at Home and Abroad

Submit your proposals today!

We seek proposals that focus on research, assessment, interventions, and health policies that fully consider the complexity of Caribbean social context, identity, and culture as effects on mental and
physical health. We welcome proposals that address such issues across the lifespan and focus on specific age groups, such as children, adolescentsand adults of all ages. Also, we encourage proposals
outlining system-level approaches to these concerns, which may include preventive strategies, school interventions, and agency collaborations that focus on structural features of Caribbean life experiences.


Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2020


Presentation Formats

Workshop (90 minutes) - An intensive presentation intended to share specific research, educational, social policy, or mental health experiences and/or skills, or empirically based knowledge about Caribbean factors in treatment, research, and policy with an interactive and experiential focus. 


Individual Presentation (15 to 30 minutes) - Formal presentation of theoretical, practical, policy issues, or research related to program development, mental health issues, community and school
initiatives, and overcoming systemic barriers as experienced by individuals of all ages. Papers will be grouped together around similar themes by the conference organizers and assigned a chair.
Typically, 3-4 presentations will share a 90 minute block. Authors may also propose a Symposium of 3-4 papers with a similar theme.

Roundtable Discussion (90 minutes) - Conveners present on an area of conference emphasis relating to some aspect of Caribbean experience and facilitate group discussions intended to generate
new ideas and solve related problems.


Submission Requirements

In order to ensure anonymity during the review process, please identify presenters and institutions only on the Proposal Cover Sheet.

1. Proposal Cover Sheet - Please include the name and address for EACH presenter who will be attending the conference.

2. Proposal - Each proposal should contain a 500-word overview or summary that includes:

  • Title
  • Program format
  • Purpose, goals, and objectives
  • Methodology, conclusions, and/or questions raised
  • Structure of presentation

3. Program Abstract - A 50-word synopsis to appear in the program

Note: Proposals will only be considered once all materials are received.

Please send via email to

Only the primary presenter will be notified via email upon receipt and after proposal review.

Proposal Review and Selection Process

Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent at the end of March 2020. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of quality and contribution to the study of Caribbean health or mental health.
An anonymous review of conference proposals will be conducted by a team of reviewers.

Deadline: February 28, 2020

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