EPA 2020 Cancelled

March 9:  Based on the latest public health authority information on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and careful deliberation and consideration, the EPA Board of Directors has decided to cancel the physical gathering of EPA 2020 in Boston. We are looking into ways to distribute conference materials virtually or online in the near future, which will allow us to disseminate the important scientific work that you all do. We will announce details of the plan as soon as possible.  

This decision comes as we have been closely monitoring the growing COVID-19 outbreak, and the advisories from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the CDC, and WHO. Many countries, agencies, and institutions have now banned travel, and several communities have recommended self-quarantining, in order to limit the spread of the disease. Many scientific conferences have been cancelled, including the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and, tellingly, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. For these reasons, we have decided to transition to a virtual or online conference.

We recognize that this decision will significantly inconvenience many of you. But this decision is based on safeguarding the health of our members, staff, the Boston and surrounding communities, and your own communities, and considers the recommendations of public health authorities about limiting large public gatherings.

We will be in touch with all registered attendees soon with more information, as well as with details about the plan to disseminate your work. We appreciate your patience as we work through this unprecedented situation and ask that you please hold off on contacting us until we have more detailed information to communicate.

To our Members, Fellows and Associates:

Like you, we are disappointed and frustrated that we have had to cancel the EPA conference.  Like you, we have put in many hours and resources for the planning of this meeting and like you, we were looking forward to the personal interchange that can occur only at a meeting. Nevertheless, events beyond our control have necessitated this action.  

A few of you have asked about a refund of your “registration fee.”  Please understand that EPA does not charge a registration fee for its meeting. Rather, we ask you to join EPA, to become a member, or associate member of EPA.  That membership confers privileges including: 1] submission of an abstract for peer reviewed consideration, 2] presentation of accepted abstracts at the meeting, 3] publication of your accepted abstract in the program book of abstracts (which may be cited in your CV), 4] attendance at the meeting, including all poster sessions, keynote addresses, symposia and workshops.   Due to events beyond our control, we cannot deliver on #4.  Nevertheless, we are planning to provide a substitute for the physical meeting as a virtual or online meeting, the details of which are still being developed.

We appreciate your membership and we hope you will renew it for years to come.  In its long history, this is the first time EPA has had to cancel a conference.  We hope it’s the last.

Best luck and good health,

Paul Schnur, Ph.D., Executive Officer
Amy Learmonth, Ph.D., President

EPA Board of Directors

Suzanne Baker, Ph.D.
Ted Bosack, Ph.D.
Patricia Brooks, Ph.D. 
Andrea Bubka, Ph.D.
Bonnie A. Green, Ph.D.
Amy Hunter, Ph.D.
Marianne Lloyd, Ph.D. 
Tamarah Smith, Ph.D.
Stacey Zaremba, Ph.D.


The REviews are Completed.

Letters of acceptance and non-acceptance were mailed on December 27.  If you didn't receive one or the other, please check your Junk Mail folder.  If you still can't find a letter, please write to: Epaexecofficer@gmail.com.  The schedule of presentations will be available on our website in a few weeks.  We look forward to seeing you in Boston.

The schedule is available at the following link.  Find your name in the index and look up your presentation date and time.

EPA Program 2020

The calendar-at-a-glance is available here.

The 2020 mobile app can be loaded here.  


Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) was founded in 1896 and is the oldest of the regional Psychological Associations in the United States. Its sole purpose is to advance the science and profession through the dissemination of professional information about the field of Psychology. EPA achieves this goal by conducting its annual meeting where the members of EPA present the latest advances in professional and scientific work to their colleagues. EPA welcomes psychologists from all fields across the discipline.

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