We are excited about next year's conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, and hope to see you there!



The abstract submission system is now open! Abstracts will accepted through February 7th, 2020 (11:59pm PST). We encourage all papers addressing substantive and methodological issues studying participation in daily activities or those activities that “occupy” our lives. Contributions from social and other sciences are welcomed. Topics related to this year’s theme on “occupation and gender” will be given extra points. See the Call for Papers for more details and review criteria.





Conference Theme: Occupation and Gender: In many societies, gender expectations have historically been intertwined with occupational engagement. As we embark on the third decade of occupational science, let’s explore the current state of the science with respect to gender and occupation. 

2020 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science by Dr. Staffan Josephsson: In recognition of Dr. Ruth Zemke's mentorship, questing intellect, and ongoing efforts to foster an occupational science community of researchers, this lectureship was named in her honor. The lectureship is designed as a forum to present visionary, theoretical, and critical analyses of occupational science. Dr. Josephsson’s lecture title is coming soon!

Pre-Conference Institute (topic will be announced soon)

Silent Auction, with proceeds benefiting the SSO:USA Student Research Grant

Occupational Balance Activities: 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, stimulated, and energized to return to their work.  Shared meals, conference break blocks, and a range of balance activities encourage attendees to rejuvenate, network, and explore unique aspects of local culture. St. Petersburg has excellent occupational balance opportunities including cultural explorations of art and theater, beaches, restaurants, nature walks and bike trails, and water sports.


Abstracts of presentations will be published in the 2020 SSO:USA Proceedings.

More details to come!


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