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The American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy) is hosting our first-ever AMENA-Psy Conference on Saturday, September 26, 2020. The conference will be held virtually beginning at 12pm Eastern/9am Pacific and ending at 5pm Eastern/2pm Pacific Time. 

The conference is designed to balance delivery of content and opportunity for interactive discussion between attendees and presenters in a virtual environment. We invite AMENA-Psy members and non-members to join us!


Mohamed Abdallah and Leah Khaghani (Co-Chairs) 
Ayse Ikizler, Engin Ontiveros, Laila Abdel-salam, Bahaur Amini, Emily-El-Oqlah


Submissions from multidisciplinary, international, and student scholars are welcome and encouraged! 

The theme of the conference this year is Coming Together: Shaping and Nurturing a Strong Future for AMENA-Psy. The conference theme refers to the development of community among colleagues and emergence of AMENA-Psy and the field of MENA American Psychology as a whole, with a particular interest in fostering professional development for students and Early Career Professionals (ECPs) who represent the future of the field. We invite proposals related to:  

Identities as communities of MENA descent in North America

Visibility and recognition as a distinct ethnic group

Experiences of ethnic oppression

Social justice/advocacy work

Culturally-informed practice or pedagogy

MENA-inclusive curricula or training


Proposals may be submitted for the following types of presentations:

PAPER: Formal presentation of theoretical issues, research data, clinical case material, treatment methods, program descriptions, etc. (10 min presentation; 15–20 minutes total).

SYMPOSIUM: Joint presentation by 3-4 participants to inform about a topic of interest that should include related individual presentations offering different perspectives. Please allow time for discussion and questions from the audience (50 minutes total).

ROUNDTABLE: Oral presentation with in-depth discussion with attendees on a particular topic. Roundtable presenters are suggested to provide a 5 minute introduction of themselves, topic, and what to expect during the roundtable discussion, leaving plenty of time for discussion. Presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to attendees in order to learn from and with those attending (35-45 minutes total). 

POSTER: Visually inviting presentation of an individual study or project, including graphs, tables, pictures, etc. Presenters must be available for discussion of their work at the poster session.

Submitting a proposal implies a commitment to attend the conference and deliver the proposed presentation if accepted. The first author should make the presentation. All presenters and attendees must register for the conference. 


Submissions will be accepted through August 12th, 2020. 

Conference Proposal Submission Link

All submissions must consist of the following:

  • Abstract: A 250-500-word abstract describing the proposed session and scholarly references 
  • Short description of the presentations tie to the theme
  • Curriculum vitae

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference theme 
  • Contribution to the field of MENA Psychology through empirical quantitative and qualitative research, theory, practice, training and education, and/or advocacy,
  • Organization, clarity, and quality of writing.

Notice of Acceptance/Rejection: Notification of acceptance or rejection of proposals will be made to the corresponding author via email by August 27th, 2020. The corresponding author has the responsibility to inform other authors of all communications.


Participants are required to register for the meeting. 


Visit our events page to register!


Registration will close on September 7th, 2020.