2024 SWPA Convention

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk

San Antonio, Texas

March 28, 2024 - March 30, 2024

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Registration Information

SWPA combines registration and dues into a single fee. If you register for the convention, then you automatically become a member. There are two categories:

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Submission Information

SWPA offers abstract submissions for talks, posters, symposia, and workshops. We also have student research competitions. Additionally, the convention hosts four affiliate organizations: SAMR, SWToP, Psi Chi, and SCBNA.

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  • Submission Deadline: November 19th, 2023. Extended to Sunday, November 26th

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Presentation Guidelines

Hotel and Trip Information

This year, SWPA will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX.

When you are not spending time at the conference, take advantage of all that San Antonio and the Riverwalk offer!

Learn about Things to Do



SWToP Keynote Speaker


Psi Chi Keynote Speakers

Dr. Christopher G. Beevers
University of Texas at Austin

Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker Address

Short Biography

Dr. Beevers received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. He joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and is currently a Professor and the Wayne H. Holtzman Regents Chair in Psychology. He has published over 150 scientific articles and has received numerous grants and awards. Dr. Beevers' primary research interest focuses on understanding the causes and treatment of depression in adults using an experimental psychopathology framework and data science methods.


Cognitive Bias Modification for Depression

Cognitive theories of depression suggest that negative cognition has a causal role in the disorder. For instance, thinking negatively about the self or persistently focusing on negative information are thought to maintain an episode of depression. However, there have been relatively few studies using research designs that allow for strong tests of this hypothesis. Cognitive bias modification provides a research framework that allows for such tests. Specifically, cognitive bias modification targets a specific cognitive bias, attempts to remediate it, and then examines whether symptoms subsequently improve. This talk will review recent research from my laboratory where we attempted to modify negatively biased self-referential cognition and attention among depressed adults. Results provide preliminary causal evidence for the role of these biases in depression. Future directions for this work will also be discussed.

For a more in-depth review of this work, please see our pre-print review of the topic: https://doi.org/10.18738/T8/ZUU9DB.

Cancellation Policy

Individuals who pre-register for the convention may obtain full or partial registration fee refunds.

  • Full refund if requested by February 28, 2024.
  • 50% refund if requested between February 29, 2024 and March 20, 2024.
  • No refund if requested after March 20, 2024.

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