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Thank you for all your hard work organizing our 2nd annual AMENA-Psy Conference!


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The American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy) is hosting our second AMENA-Psy Conference. The conference is designed to balance the 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!

The theme of the conference this year is MENA Matters: Increasing Visibility in Psychology. 

The conference theme has two meanings:

  1. MENA Matters speaks to AMENA-Psy’s mission to advocate for MENA inclusion in the US social fabric and racial dialogue. It refers to the imperativeness of advocating for MENA recognition in the US, as the lack of such legal, and subsequently, social recognition has had significant negative implications. The lack of recognition of MENA has led to the failure in documenting mounting hate crimes against the community and has also hindered the community’s sense of belonging.
  2. MENA Matters also speaks to the importance of bringing a spotlight to MENA matters, including the similarities in MENA experiences, while also honoring and creating space to dissect the existing nuances. It reiterates that a MENA experience deserves acknowledgment and recognition. 


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Conference Co-Chairs: Bahaur Amini, M.S. & Danna Bismar, M.S. 
Programming Co-Chairs: Rawan Atari, Ph.D. & Laila Abdel-salam, Ph.D.


We encourage individuals from all fields of psychology, including educational/school, social, health, developmental, community, I/O, counseling, clinical, international and beyond, to submit proposals. Submissions from multidisciplinary, international, and student scholars are welcome! 

Accordingly, given the dearth of psychological research focused on MENA, we invite proposals related, but not limited, to:

Identity, exclusion, and visibility 

Experiences of racial discrimination and ethnic oppression

Methods & Theory: Assessment, modeling, sampling

Social reform, solidarity, and scholar-activism

Immigration and immigration reform

Resilience and protective factors

Development across the lifespan & family context

Identity development and impact of intersectional identities

Culturally-informed and MENA-inclusive curricula, practice, and training

Brief Description of Presentation Types:

PAPER: Papers will be orally presented to an audience, and the author(s) can decide on the format of the presentation, including whether there will be any visual aids. This should be a formal presentation of theoretical issues, original data collection, clinical case material, treatment methods, and/or program evaluations and descriptions (50 minutes).

ROUNDTABLE: Roundtables provide a small group forum for discussion and debate of a specific topic. Facilitators open this session type with brief remarks or viewpoints on a specific topic that can be discussed with the audience. This format is especially appropriate for exploration and feedback of a topic, engaging in in-depth discussion or debate, and meeting colleagues with similar interests (50 minutes). 

SYMPOSIUM: A symposium is a session focused on a common issue in which individual authors present their diverse views with the goal of integrating the perspectives into a meaningful whole. Symposia do not focus on only one paper but are meant to involve multiple authors to present in-depth knowledge around common themes within clinical practice, research, training, and/or policy; a discussant is optional (50 minutes).

POSTER: Visually inviting presentation of an individual study or project, including graphs, tables, pictures, etc. Posters should highlight the key components of the particular type of work. Presenters must be available for discussion of their work at the poster session. In an effort to increase opportunities for masters and doctoral students in psychology to present their scholarship, we encourage students to be first authors on poster presentations.  

We are no longer accepting proposals at this time



Committee Members: Mohamed Elnakib, Zainab Akef, Negar Fani,

Nicole Fleischer, Haleh Jortani, Layli Khaghani, and Rebecca Moussa



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