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51st International Annual Meeting Update 

A Message from Bruce Wampold, President of SPR

Dear SPR Members, Conference Registrants, and Presenters,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the safety of SPR members and conference participants, the Executive Committee has made the following decision:

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society of Psychotherapy Research has been CANCELLED

We wish to recognize the efforts of the Mike Constantino and the local host committee, the University of Massachusetts, and Martin grosse Holtforth and the Program Committee for their fine work!

There are a number of very important issues to keep in mind:

  1. All registration fees for the meeting will be refunded in full. Please allow some time for this to take place.
  2. The book of abstracts for Amherst will be published so access to the latest research will be available.Accepted presentations, although not presented, can be referenced (see apastyle guidelines).
  3. SPR governance will proceed as usual, with the necessary accommodations.
  4. Awards will be announced in June, with presentations in 2021 at the conference in Heidelberg.
  5. We will have a virtual Business Meeting in June during the time the conference would take place (more about this in the future).
  6. Nominations and elections will take place as usual, with nominations from the floor (or by email) during the virtual business meeting.
  7. We will be announcing various initiatives to keep our SPR community engaged.

Please let us know if there are additional concerns we should address or questions you have. We wish you all the best in this trying time.

See you in Heidelberg!

Bruce Wampold

President, Society for Psychotherapy Research

8th SPR European Chapter Methods Workshop

Postponed. Please consult the extensive description of the programme here.

Feel free to contact Jan Boehnke or Svenja Taubner for any further questions.

SPR UK Chapter meeting 2020

Postponed. We will keep you informed about when we'll be able to have the conference day and hope very much that you will submit your research and join us for the postponed event.

51st International Annual Meeting Update

With almost 500 individual submissions for panels, brief paper sessions, structured discussions and posters, six semi-plenaries, a plenary session focused on the conference theme, Personaizing Psychotherapy to its Participants and Moments, and Bruce Wampold's presidential address, the planned program and activities were stellar. Unfortunately, this year's meeting has been cancelled due to the worldwide pandemic. We wish to thank the local hosts and the program committee members for their phenomenal work and all of the presenters who submitted important research. Our thoughts go out to all of you at this time and we hope that you find the time to reach out to other researchers, colleagues and friends and maintain bonds and connections.

2020 Dues Renewal

When you renew your dues, please take some time to enjoy some of your membership benefits, including electronic access to current and past issues of Psychotherapy Research, webinars, and special interest group discussions. Renew now at

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Daily dynamic assessment and modelling of intersession processes in ambulatory psychotherapy: A proof of concept study by Tim Kaiser & Anton-Rupert Laireiter

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