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View the 2020 How to Submit Guidelines and the Submission Checklist before finalizing your submission!

In line with the theme of #ADAA2020: Resilience: From Research to Practice, ADAA also encourages submissions focused on psychological resilience across the lifespan. Examples include:

  • Preventive interventions aimed at enhancing resilience in high-risk populations (e.g., children growing up in poverty, urban youth, first responders, military)
  • Clinical trials focused on enhancing resilience in individuals with anxiety and/or depression
  • Neuroimaging studies of resilience to stress and/or trauma
  • Research in animal models of resilience
  • Novel resilience-focused programs (e.g., clinical, family or community-based, school- or college-based programs; programs for the elderly)

ADAA encourages:

  • Any submissions pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of depression related disorders.
  • Interactive presentations comprised of both clinicians and researchers and speakers from different institutions.
  • Submissions on diversity and those related to cultural, racial and socioeconomic barriers to mental health care.
  • New first-time presentations.

Types of Submissions:

Master Clinician: Interactive, experiential, in-depth training, and skills acquisition sessions that target experienced clinicians (MD, MFT, MSW, PhD, PsyD, NPs, etc.). Sessions are 120-minutes in length.

  • Deadline: July 10, 2019

Workshop: Educational sessions that provide hands-on, in-depth experiential clinical training and case presentation for a particular skill or treatment area. Workshops should include active involvement of the audience. Workshops can also be submitted on topics related to practice, research, and career development such as promoting your practice, using social media for recruiting participants for studies, or writing a successful grant. Sessions are 90-minutes.

  • Deadline: September 5, 2019

Symposium: An organized set of presentations around a specific topic. Must include a unique title and abstract for each presenter.  Priority is given to symposia that are innovative, multidisciplinary, and involve both clinicians and researchers, both basic and clinical researchers, or present new cutting edge research. Sessions are 90-minutes.

  • Deadline: September 5, 2019

Ignite Symposium: Group presentation organized around a specific theme or topic. Participants present research or cases around a theme, i.e. treatments for children or attention bias. The presentations are designed to "ignite" the audience on a subject, whereby awareness, thought, and action are generated on the topics presented. Each speaker is allocated five minutes of presentation time and is accompanied by about 10 with a maximum of 20 presentation slides. During presentations, each slide is displayed for 15 seconds and then automatically advanced.  After all presentations, 20-30 minutes are allocated for discussion. Sessions are 60 or 90-minutes.

  • Deadline: September 5, 2019

Roundtable: Interactive discussion with up to five experts (including chair) on a focused topic, issue, theme or question in research or practice. Roundtables may include short statements during which presenters outline approaches to the same question but do not make formal presentations.  Slides with discussion points or important facts are acceptable. Sessions are 60-minutes.

  • Deadline: September 5, 2019

Award Submissions: Learn more about the Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program here and the Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award here

  • Deadline: October 1, 2019

New Research Poster: Individual presentation in a poster format sharing new research findings on topics including anxiety, depression, and related disorders. Submissions should include title and abstract (3000-character maximum.) Format: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion. Preliminary analysis of new data must be included in abstract. Poster presenters must register for the conference if accepted.

  • Deadline: October 30, 2019

Note for All Submissions: Preference will be given to sessions that include both clinicians and researchers, as well as those closely related to the theme, Resilience: From Research to Practice. 

Submission Timeline

  • All submissions go through a peer review period and a Conference Committee review period.
  • You can expect to receive decision letters via email about 6 weeks from the submission deadline. 
  • You must agree to the below terms before you submit:
    • If accepted, all session and poster presenters must register at the appropriate registration fee to attend and present at the conference. ADAA is unable to provide a registration discount for presenters.
    • If accepted, your session will be scheduled on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (except for Master Clinicians). ADAA is unable to accept scheduling requests.
    • If accepted, you must log back in to the submission portal to RSVP and submit your AV requirements.


Questions? Please email