Transnational family Research institute


Aptos, CA







           T h e   P s y c h o s o c i a l   W o r k s h o p

For the 2015 Psychosocial Workshop Preliminary Agenda. go to:

2015 Psychosocial Workshop Preliminary Agenda v.2.pdf

For the 2014 Psychosocial Workshop Agenda, go to:

2014 Psychosocial Workshop Agenda.pdf

For the 2013 Psychosocial Workshop Agenda, go to:

2013 PSW Agenda.pdf

For the 2012 Psychosocial Workshop Agenda, go to:

2012 PSW Agenda .pdf

For the 2011 Psychosocial Workshop agenda, go to:

2011 PSW Agenda.pdf

For the 2010 Psychosocial Workshop agenda, go to:

2010 PSW Agenda.pdf

       The Psychosocial Workshop is an annual two-day gathering of psychological and social scientists and related health professionals held in conjunction with the Population Association of America (PAA).  Although the topics discussed during the meeting vary from year to year according to currently prevailing interests, the predominant year-in, year-out focus of the Workshop has been on issues related to fertility, family planning and contraceptive use, abortion and women’s health, sexuality, and sexually transmitted diseases.  This set of concerns grew quite naturally out of the Workshop’s history.  Back in 1970, the two founders of the workshop met at the annual meeting of the PAA.  Henry David, a psychologist, was interested in the many psychological problems associated with induced abortion and its health consequences.  Warren Miller, a research psychiatrist, was interested in over-population and had begun to study fertility motivation.  As they listened to the demographers make presentations and met those attending the meeting, they realized how few behavioral and social scientists other than demographers were participating.  This conclusion sparked an idea: an annual meeting to be held when and where the PAA annual meetings took place but designed to attract a broader group of researchers and health providers, including psychologists, anthropologists, economists, sociologists, physicians, and those from related scientific disciplines. The first meeting of the Psychosocial Workshop took place in 1973 in New Orleans.

        Since that time the Workshop has met every year on the Tuesday and Wednesday preceding the annual meeting of the Population Association of America, which takes place sometime during March or April, beginning on a Thursday and lasting three days.  Rather than the highly structured programs with paper sessions and invited addresses common in professional meetings, the Workshop tradition has been one of small meetings –typically between 50 and 100 attendees during the two days- with an emphasis on informality and networking.  The signature format of the Workshop is the five minute presentation, during which each speaker is encouraged to talk about their current work, or even a subject they are just beginning to think about, in order to acquaint the audience with who they are and what they are doing -in just five minutes.  This format leaves plenty of time for breaks between sessions so that those attending can button-hole someone they have heard speak and talk to them about their own work, thereby beginning an exchange of ideas and information at a personal level.  Not all sessions are devoted to five-minute presentations; discussion panels and an invited address usually round out the agenda.

The organizational aspects of the Workshop are also informal.  There are no officers, bylaws, or dues.  There is an annual fee for those who attend that covers the costs of the meeting room and a dinner for all attendees on Tuesday night.  The next year’s program is determined by one or two organizers drawn from those in attendance at the current year’s meeting, with at least one of them usually living in or near the city where the next meeting will be held.  There is plenty of in-put to all decisions about the coming year’s program from people at the current meeting, as well as from people on the mailing list, which is passed from one year’s organizers to the next.  As the time of the next meeting approaches, each major iteration of the Psychosocial Workshop program, including the final one, will be made available on this website.  For help in contacting the Workshop organizers with any questions, including submission queries, email Susan Newcomer at