image of farm and horse with 2018 SSO conference date and location

Mission: The SSO:USA is a research society that strives to build the body of knowledge in occupational science to benefit humanity. The Society invites abstracts of in-progress or completed research, theory, or current issues in the study of occupation, or the activities that occupy our lives. Contributions from all sciences and professions are welcome. Format of the conference emphasizes discussion and networking to enhance research. 



Registration information is coming soon!


The conference will be held at:

Griffin Gate Marriot Resort & Spa
1800 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511

Reservations at the conference hotel, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, can be made through this link:

Book your group rate for SSO-USA 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Please note: If the reservation system displays a message at the top of the screen that there are no rooms available at the discounted rate of $199 USD/night, please proceed with selecting the room type you want; you should be able to reserve a room despite the error message.

If you prefer to book by phone, call Marriott reservations at 1-800-228-9290 and ask specifically for the SSO:USA 2018 Room Block to receive the discounted room rate of $199 USD/night. 

Because the weekend of the Conference coincides with the fall thoroughbred racing meet in Lexington, Kentucky, it would be wise to obtain your hotel registration early.

Also, please note: The hotel has recently implemented a $15.00 per day Resort Fee. The SSO:USA 2018 Room Block is exempt from the resort fee charges. The online reservation system automatically calculates the resort fee in figuring up the total charges for the booking. Unfortunately, this is not something that can be removed from the online reservation system; therefore, the Resort Fee charge will be removed from your bill onsite prior to payment processing.



Thursday 10/11/18

  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Pre-conference summit on sleep OT
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Welcome reception and poster session
  • 8:30 pm – 9:30pm: Dulcimer lullabies, hot chocolate, and storyteller

Friday 10/12/18

  • 6:00 am – 7:00 am: Sunrise yoga (will require pre-registration)
  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 9:45 am: Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science by Wendy Wood, Ph.D., OTR/L: “The Contexts of Occupation: Disciplinary and Inter-disciplinary Perspectives”
  • 9:45 am – 11:45 am: morning break and presentation sessions
  • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch and theme speaker: Jo Solet, PhD, OTR/L: “Sleep Rocks!”
  • 12:50 pm – 4:30 pm: presentation sessions and afternoon break
  • 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Occupational balance break.
    • Occupational balance note: Bourbon Ball cooking activity starts at 5:00 and will require pre-registration
  • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science reception, student poster session, and silent auction
  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Celebration dinner and silent auction
  • 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Sing-along

Saturday 10/13/18

  • 6:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast at the Track
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast and Annual Business Meeting
  • 9:00 am – 12:35 pm: presentation sessions and morning break
  • 12:35 pm – 4:00 pm: Occupational balance break and lunch (boxed lunches will be provided)
    • Occupational balance note: horse races start at 1:00 at Keeneland Race Course
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Closing session
  • 7:30 pm: Kentucky house party at Doris Pierce’s residence

*Note: Preliminary schedule is subject to change. Please check website regularly for updates.



Conference Theme: Sleep and Restoration

2018 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science by Wendy Wood, Ph.D., OTR/LThe Contexts of Occupation: Disciplinary and Inter-disciplinary Perspectives

Catalyzing Occupation in Practice: A Pre-Conference Summit on Sleep OT     Sleep is, arguably, the most prevalent, foundational, and health-impacting occupation of humans around the globe.  Sleep issues abound in our 24/7 world and are common in occupational therapy clients.  Sleep medicine is a dynamic new specialty.  Some of the most effective sleep interventions depend on changes to daily routines.  A panel of occupational therapy and occupational science researchers and practitioners will explore with participants potential strategies to catalyze occupational therapy's role in serving individuals with sleep issues.

Theme Speaker: Jo Solet, Ph.D., OTR/L: Sleep Rocks!  This year, a theme speaker has been added to the program in order to facilitate a strategic focus.  Dr. Solet is a Harvard researcher in the area of sleep environments.

2018 Proceedings:  Abstracts of presentations will be published in the 2018 SSO:USA Proceedings.

Student Poster Session:  The SSO:USA welcomes submission of poster abstracts from students of any educational level.  Student posters will be scored in a separate review, thus student abstracts submitted will compete for acceptance only against abstracts submitted by other students.

Occupational Balance:  One of the unique features of SSO:USA conferences is the attention devoted to balance and the quality of participants’ experiences.  Researchers should leave an SSO:USA conference refreshed and stimulated.  Shared meals, conference break blocks, and a range of balance activities encourage attendees to rejuvenate, network, and explore local culture.  2018 opportunities include hiking and biking on the Resort’s 200+ acres; spa discounts; exploring the thoroughbred horse industry at the races and horse farms; experiencing Kentucky craft, music, and food traditions; and expeditions to historic homes, The Bourbon Trail, or Shaker Village.  Come see for yourself the fall beauty, history, and friendliness of Kentucky and her people.

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