Every year, the SSO:USA annual research conference brings together leading researchers, scholars, therapists and students to exchange ideas and share their work related to the study of participation in daily activities, or those activities that occupy our lives. We are excited about this year's conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, and hope to see you there!



The abstract submission system deadline was February 7th, 2020. Primary authors will receive notification via email regarding the status of their submission(s) by late March 2020. If you have any questions about the status of your submission, please contact Aaron Eakman at [email protected]. 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 on mixed methods research (speaker to be announced soon)

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

Networking opportunities for students, researchers, scientists, and clinicians to discuss occupations, gender, culture, and our changing world

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, Florida is a thriving cultural destination offering many engaging indoor and outdoor activities, art museums, botanical gardens, performing arts, history and culture museums, entertainment, and dining.

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

More details to come!


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