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

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November 1st, 2024: Pre-conference workshop at the University of Pittsburgh with Professor Craig Steel (more details coming soon)
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.

More information about the conference, including featured sessions, will be released soon. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when registration opens.

See you in Pittsburgh!

2024 Conference Planning Committee

Nev Jones, PhD, University of Pittsburgh (Conference Chair)
Marie Brown, PhD, ISPS-US President
Nancy Burke, PhD, ISPS-US Vice 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 CLOSED. We endeavor to get back to everyone who submitted a proposal by June 28th. 

Keynote Speakers (more TBA)

Professor Craig Steel: Academic Director at the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research, part of the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Craig completed a PhD at King’s College London (1998) and qualified as a clinical psychologist (2000) at Royal Holloway, University of London. His clinical and research work has focussed on the development and evaluation of psychological treatments for psychosis. He has a particular interest in developing models than enable us to ‘make sense’ of psychotic symptoms within the context of the reaction to traumatic life events. Current research includes developing a ‘voice dialogue’ approach to working with distressing voice hearing experiences, working with a London refugee service to help evaluate trauma interventions and working with colleagues across Europe and the UK to evaluate an imagery-based intervention aimed at helping people diagnosed with bipolar disorder better regulate their mood.

He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and Associate Editor to the Journal Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. He is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and a member of the Health and Care Professionals Council. He is also an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to pay a registration fee if I am presenting?

    Yes, all accepted presenters must pay the registration fee, request a scholarship, or elect to volunteer at the conference. Scholarships are available at 100% registration discount for BIPOC (Rodney Waldron Scholarship) and 80% discount for people with low income (<200% of FPL). 2024 registration costs will be on a sliding scale from $90-300 in-person and $40-120 online. Volunteers committing at least 4 hours of work get in free. Scholarships are not guaranteed and must be requested early when registration opens.

  • Do I need to be an ISPS-US member to present or attend the conference?

    It is not necessary to be an ISPS-US member to join us as a presenter or attendee at our annual conference. However, we of course warmly invite you to join to be part of our community! Members receive 10% conference registration. Learn more at

  • When will I hear back about my proposal?

    We endeavor to get back to everyone by June 28th.

  • How are submissions chosen?

    Proposals are by the ISPS-US Conference Planning Committee using a rubric assessment. Proposals are then ranked based on reviewer ratings. Because there are usually more high-quality proposals than space available, additional screening is required to reduce the number of sessions and balance the overall program in terms of topics. It is unfortunate, but space limitations usually mean that some high-quality sessions are not accepted.

"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