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The American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy) is hosting our first-ever IN-PERSON Conference on Friday, September 29th & Saturday, September 30th, 2023

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

The theme of this year's conference is Empowering Arab/MENA Communities Through Psychological Science and Practice.

We encourage proposals related, but not limited to: 

Exploration of literature and empirical evidence related to MENA communities 

Clinical and applied case study presentations related to MENA populations

Impact of various systemic and environmental factors on MENA populations

Sources of resilience, perseverance, and strength  

Public policy, social reform, and political action (national and international political movements)

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

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! 


Important Dates

Conference Dates: September 29 - 30, 2023 (Friday & Saturday)

Time: TBD

Last day to reserve a room with discounted rates: August 28, 2023

Early bird registration deadline: August 29th, 2023





Secure your spots quickly as there are limited seats!


Early Bird registration deadline is August 29th, 2023.

Reminder: All presenters must register for the conference.


See our "Hotel & Accommodation Info Sheet" for details on hotel options, rates, locations, etc.




We Are No Longer Accepting Proposals.

Please see the Submission Guide for Proposals Handout for detailed information on presentation types, proposal formatting, and step-by-step instructions for submission. Proposals will be submitted via Google Forms. 

Brief Description of Presentation Types:

PAPER: Individual proposals (one author), including empirical reports, will be submitted as 15-minute spoken presentations. 

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). Additional requirements for submission are outlined in the Submission Guide.

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 (90 minutes). Additional requirements for submission are outlined in the Submission Guide.

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 (50 minutes).



To submit your proposal for consideration, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Respond to all questions in our submission portal via Google Forms. 
  2. Upload CV’s for each author in the Google Form.
  3. Upload abstract as MS Word document in the Google Form, following the format and abstract guidelines outlined in the Submission Guide for Proposals Handout.

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


All submissions must consist of the following:

  • Abstract describing the proposed session and scholarly references (see submission guide for details on word- limits).
  • 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. The corresponding author has the responsibility to inform other authors of all communications.

Check back for updates and more!

Conference Chair: Germine Awad, Ph.D.
Programming Chair: Nicole Fleischer, Psy.D.



If interested in sponsoring this conference: Please email amenapsyconference[at]



The University of Michigan


The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), University of Michigan


The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, University of Michigan


 Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan

American Psychological Association


Marsal Family School of Education, University of Michigan

Research on Anti-Racism and Gender Equity Lab (RAGE Lab), PI: Germine Awad, PhD, University of Michigan


Race, Achievement, Culture, & Education Lab (RACE Lab), PI: Kevin Cokley, PhD, University of Michigan

Trust Insurance


ADVANCE Program, University of Michigan

National Register

Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Student Psychological Association (AMENASPA)

School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)

Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS), University of Michigan

American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)