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The American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy) is hosting our 5th Annual AMENA-Psy Conference. The conference is designed to balance the delivery of content and the 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 this year's conference is: Decolonial Visions: Considering Past & Present as We Co-create a Just and Sustainable Future.

We root our theme foremost in the original use of decolonial frameworks as it pertains to indigenous people’s pursuit for rehumanization, empowerment and liberation from historical systems of oppression and control. This year’s conference seeks to illuminate how Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) psychologists can break down walls within our field to build a decolonial future together.  

As such, we call for proposals that highlight MENA psychology research and practice that speaks to historical and transgenerational trauma and resilience, present realities, future possibilities, and everything in-between. We invite work that highlights solidarities both among MENA peoples and in communion with other marginalized groups. We welcome and encourage work that centers MENA psychology and experience, and pertains to clinical practice, research, and community work with MENA populations, and MENA psychology professional growth.

We invite seasoned researchers and clinicians, as well as early career professionals, students, activists, and artists to submit material whether fully developed, in-progress or in early stages of creation. 

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

Deadline for proposal submission: July 1, 2024

Conference Dates: September 27 - 28, 2024 (Friday & Saturday)


We strongly encourage review of 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: 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 (60 minutes). Additional requirements for submission are outlined in the Submission Guide.

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 (60 or 90 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 (60 or 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: 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. The corresponding author has the responsibility to inform other authors of all communications.

Check back for updates and more!


Conference Chair: Layli Khaghani, Psy.D.

Programming Chairs: Rawan Atari-Khan, Ph.D. & Bahaur Amini, Ph.D.

Questions: amenapsyconference[at]