American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting

Long Beach, California

March 11-14, 2020

Achieving Health Equity

Opportunities for Psychosomatic Science
The 78th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society

Dear APS Members and Registered Attendees,

We regret to inform you that our leadership has made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 APS Annual Meeting to be held in Long Beach, California March 11-14 due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

APS has been actively monitoring the developments related to COVID-19 and the emerging outbreaks within the United States and elsewhere. Several factors contributed to our decision to cancel the 2020 meeting that we have so eagerly been anticipating. After careful review of the fast-growing number of members’ institutions that have implemented travel bans, engagement with local jurisdictions and federal health officials, and acknowledging the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention age-related travel restrictions, we have concluded that this is the right decision for the Society. The outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted many of the health inequities in our system, which especially gives us pause as investigators, clinicians, and public health professionals. As difficult as this decision is, the health and safety of our membership, our attendees, and our communities are our priority.

We want to recognize and thank the APS members involved in organizing the meeting for their work, dedication, and planning efforts -- in particular, APS Program Committee Chair John Ruiz and the entire Program Committee.

The cancellation of this meeting will be costly to APS from a financial perspective. Due to the cancellation, APS will refund registration fees in full in the original form of payment, unless you kindly indicate you are not requesting a full refund. You will receive a registration cancellation confirmation in a separate email within the next week.

Please continue to let us know of any institutional travel bans which will help us in our effort to reduce APS’s liability to the hotel and vendors.

IMPORTANT: You will need to cancel your hotel and airline reservations directly. Please reference your hotel confirmation email for instructions on how to cancel online.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while the APS leadership took the necessary time to thoroughly evaluate the rapidly evolving and complex situation. We are all disappointed but will regroup.


Sue Everson-Rose
APS President

Travel Scholarships & Mentoring

APS offers the following ways to reduce the cost of attending the APS Annual Meeting. Please note many of these scholarships, travel programs and opportunities for mentoring require an accepted abstract submission. Deadlines for these programs vary, please see the APS Awards page for details

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Hotel Reservations

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About Long Beach, Family Fun and Childcare

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CME/CE Accreditation

ACCME Credit Statement:

Amedco designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

ACCME Approval Statement:

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco and the American Psychosomatic Society (APS). Amedco is jointly accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

APA Credit Statement:

This activity has been approved for a maximum of  22.5 hours.

APA Approval Statement:

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and the American Psychosomatic Society. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Additional Information

Exhibits and Sponsorship

APS is pleased to welcome the following categories of exhibitors and advertisers to join us at the Annual Meeting:

  • Book and journal publishers
  • Companies specializing in integrated solutions for data acquisition and analysis
  • Mobile and daily capture technology providers
  • Commercial laboratories
  • Complementary or affiliated non-profit organizations

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Social Activities & Networking

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Program Committee


John Ruiz, PhD


Julia Boehm, PhD
Jennifer Boylan, PhD
Jenny Cundiff, PhD
Johanna Czamanski-Cohen, PhD
Gerry Giesbrecht, PhD
LaBarron Hill, PhD
Marc Jarczok, PhD
Brooke Jenkins, PhD
Nataria Joseph, PhD

Members (Continued)

Carissa Low, PhD
Misty Hawkins, PhD
Keely Muscatell, PhD
Jackie O'Brien, BA
Jay Patel, BA
Matthew Shay, MSc
Janet Tomiyama, PhD
Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald, PhD
Cora Weber, MD
Matthew Zawadzki, PhD
Peggy Zoccola, PhD