New Beginnings: Reimagining Psychosis Services & Systems in the US

ISPS-US 23rd Annual Conference | November 1-3, 2024 | University of Pittsburgh & Duquesne University | Pittsburgh, PA & Hybrid Online

Call for Proposals Now Open

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November 1st, 2024: Pre-conference event at the University of Pittsburgh
November 2nd-3rd, 2024: Full conference at Duquesne University, hybrid online

Decades following the peak of de-institutionalization in the United States, outcomes for those labeled with psychotic disorders remain unacceptably poor.  Long-term poverty, unemployment, criminalization and incarceration, housing precarity and coercive intervention remain more the norm than not for millions. These deeply entrenched and longstanding disparities also disproportionately affect those who face additional forms of marginalization and discrimination. Meanwhile, the utopian ideals of the recovery movement have not led to the ground-breaking change we had hoped. Public stigma against individuals labeled with schizophrenia has markedly worsened, and lived experience integration and leadership has stalled at all levels.

Despite these challenges, pockets of hope and inspiration are emerging and persevere. From community-driven grassroots  initiatives to research and academic endeavors, dedicated individuals are reshaping the landscape of mental health care, interrogating the cultural imaginary of how we understand, perceive, and respond to experiences labeled “psychosis.” By acknowledging and amplifying these voices of change, we can harness our shared energy and wisdom to foster a new era of collaboration and transformation in the field. 

This ISPS-US annual conference aims to generate substantive conversation about the current state of psychosis and inspire thoughtful conversations about future change.  Panels and presentations will feature leaders across the areas of activism/advocacy, research, policy, and clinical practice.

Abstract submissions are welcome from all, including: clinicians, researchers, advocates, people with lived experience and family members. You may choose to present in-person in Pittsburgh, PA, or virtually online. Please note we have more in-person spaces, and you are encouraged to join us in Pittsburgh for the full conference experience. More information about the submission process can be viewed here

See you in Pittsburgh!

2024 Conference Planning Committee

Nev Jones, PhD, University of Pittsburgh (Conference Chair)
Marie Brown, PhD, ISPS-US President
Leah Giorgini, MS, ISPS-US Executive Director
Kimberly K. Mathos, DO, MPH, University of Pittsburgh
Jeremy Northup, PsyD, Point Park University
Elizabeth Pienkos, PsyD, Duquesne University
Kristine Vliet, MEd, MBA, ISPS-US Operations Director

Call for Proposals Deadline: June 3rd, 2024

"I felt I gained clinical skills from the psychiatrists and therapists but perhaps more importantly from learning from the lived experience of presenters" - Conference Attendee, 2023