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Call For Papers

A pre-conference at the International Congress of Applied Psychology

Moving LGBTQ Psychology Forward Together!

Extended Deadline: November 1, 2017
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It is a pleasure to invite you to The International LGBTQ Psychology Pre-Conference at ICAP 2018. The conference will take place in Montreal, Quebec on June 25, 2018 as one of the pre-conferences for the 2018 International Congress of Applied Psychology, which is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. Due to the overwhelming interest in the conference, we are considering extending the dates of the conference to include the 24th and 25th of June, 2018. 

We invite you to “Preach to the Choir” of International LGBTQ Psychology researchers. What do you want to share with others in the field of LGBTQ Psychology? What methods, research questions, samples, and findings are important for moving the field forward and ensuring that our research collectively remains on the cutting edge? Where will the field be in 5, 10, 20 years? What can be learned from the history of this new field? You are encouraged to submit research relevant to others in the field to the pre-conference, while also submitting more generalist versions of your work to the larger overall International Congress of Applied Psychology being held June 26-30! Click Here to download a copy of this Call for Papers in PDF format. 

Moving LGBTQ Psychology Forward Together


  • Theories of anti-LGBTQ prejudice
  • Methods of studying and recruiting LGBTQ populations
  • Measuring sexual and gender identity
  • Encouraging & Teaching LGBTQ-inclusive research methods
  • Two-spirit and indigenous experiences of gender and sexuality
  • Getting LGBTQ (youth) research approved by ethics boards
  • Intersections with other identities (race, ability, SES, gender identity, nationality, etc.)
  • What is the future of LGBTQ Psychology?
  • Historical overviews of LGBTQ Psychology's past and progress
  • Rifts / Points of contention within LGBTQ Psychology
  • Global perspectives on LGBTQ Psychology
  • Diversity within LGBTQ communities

In order for LGBTQ Psychology to be an effective scientific discipline, it must achieve two goals:

  1. Disseminate LGBTQ Psychological Research to a broad academic and clinical audience in order to improve the uptake and utilization of research findings;
  2. Advance the field of LGBTQ Psychology as a separate and valid area of inquiry within the broader field of psychological science.

Meeting these two goals can require separate approaches to research dissemination. While the first might require presenting a form of your research that can be understood and used by a broad, non-LGBTQ-expert audience, the latter requires that researchers in the field learn from each other in order to advance methods of best practice within the field and generate dialogue concerning the field’s challenges, debates, and controversies.

The 2018 Conference is designed to meet both of these goals! The pre-conference invites you to “Preach to the Choir” and move the field of LGBTQ Psychology forward, while the general Congress provides the opportunity to reach more generalist audiences in other areas of Psychology from around the world. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract Formats:

  • Oral Paper 
  • Symposium
  • Data Blitz Paper
  • Poster
  • Roundtable Discussion

During the submission process, you will be asked to select your preferred method of presenting. You may select more than one format and rank them by your preference. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, unless otherwise specified. 

Oral Presentation (20 Minutes): An oral presentation that will be grouped with 2-3 other presentations. Each presenter will have roughly 15 minutes to speak and 5 minutes to answer questions.

Symposia (1 Hour): A complete set of 3-5 papers on a coherent topic. Please submit an abstract for the overall symposium explaining how the papers fit together as well as individual abstracts for each paper.

Data Blitz (5 Minutes): These are short, to the point, and fun presentations! Each presenter will be given 5 minutes (and not a second more) and 3 slides in which to present the most important and interesting aspects of their research.

Poster: Poster presentations offer the opportunity to present your work visually. Posters will be displayed at various points throughout the conference and there will be designated times when presenters are asked to stand near their poster in order to engage with those interested in hearing more about the work.

Roundtable Discussion – 1 hour During Lunch: Roundtable discussions are informal sessions where the submitter serves as a discussion facilitator with a small group of delegates interested in discussing the proposed topic. These sessions will take place during lunchtime, offering delegates the opportunity to pick a table to eat at by picking the topic that they would most like to discuss.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Sari van Anders, University of Michigan

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Dr. Sari van Anders is Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, and is affiliated with Science, Technology, and Society as well as Neuroscience. Dr. van Anders’ research sets out new ways to conceptualize, understand, and map gender/sex, sexual diversity, and sexuality, and also provides unique tools and theories for feminist and queer bioscience, focusing on social neuroendocrinology. Dr. van Anders' scholarship has been recognized with awards such as the 2016 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, the 2012 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the 2013 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from APS, and Dr. van Anders has been named a “Scientist to Watch” by The Scientist. Dr. van Anders is Editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research, Associate Editor of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity as well as Sexual and Relationship Therapy, and has been recognized with the 2016 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award from APA.

Dr. Carlos Santos, Arizona State University


Dr. Carlos Santos is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University in Counseling Psychology. He received his Ph.D. and B.A. from New York University and a masters degree from Harvard. Dr. Santos was recently awarded Emerging Professionals Contributions to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, a division of the APA. He was among the graduate students who attended the International LGBT Psychology Summer Institute at the University of Michigan in 2008. Drawing on intersectionality perspectives that underscore the ways in which systems of oppression (e.g., heterosexism and racism) overlap and influence individual outcomes, Dr. Santos will highlight findings from his research conducted with individuals who identify as both, as a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as well as a member of a sexual minority group. Dr. Santos is a co-editor of Studying Ethnic Identity: Methodological and Conceptual Approaches Across Disciplines.

Special Issue of Psychology & Sexuality

Authors of accepted presentations will be invited to submit a manuscript based on their presentation for consideration in a special issue of Psychology & Sexuality. Please note that acceptance of a presentation for the pre-conference does not guarantee acceptance of a paper for the special issue, as space will be limited. The anticipated deadline for manuscript submission is December 2018. 


Scientific Committee
Karen L. Blair - St. Francis Xavier University - Canada - Program Chair & Host
Daragh McDermott - Anglia Ruskin University - UK
Todd Morrison - University of Saskatchewan - Canada
Lisa M. Diamond - University of Utah - USA
Lisa Couperthwaite - University of Toronto - Canada
Jeffery Adams - Massey University - New Zealand
Eric Julian Manalastas - University of the Philippines
Alexander Moreno - UQAM - Quebec, Canada
Rhea Ashley Hoskin - Queen's University - Canada
Devan Kronisch - University of Victoria - Canada
Ashleigh Yule - University of Calgary - Canada

IPsyNet Programming Committee Members:
Julie Koch - Oklahoma State University - USA
Dagoberto Heredia Jr. - Texas A&M University - USA
Sharon G. Horne - University of Massachusetts Boston - USA
Roberto L. Abreu - University of Kentucky - USA
Joseph Roy Gillis - University of Toronto (OISE) - Canada
Clinton W. Anderson - APA & IPsyNet - USA


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