Abstract submission has closed.

Psychosocial oncology professionals in all disciplines as well as cancer advocates were encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation. The abstracts are being reviewed and selected for presentation based on importance and timeliness of the topic (including clinical case reports, clinical programs/services reports, and basic and applied research reports), scientific rigor, appropriate analytic approach, meaningful findings, applicability to the theme and learning objectives of the meeting, and clarity of writing.

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Scientific Program Committee, and authors notified of acceptance no later than 17 December 2012. Late-breaking abstracts were eligible for poster presentation only and will not be included in the abstract book published in Psycho-Oncology. Abstracts will be included with attendee conference materials on the conference website.



Printable Abstract Instruction Sheet (PDF)
Conference Learning Objectives

Presentation types

Abstracts were accepted for the following:

  • Poster presentation

Word Limit: Limit the text of your abstract to a maximum of 350 words total (not including the title or headers).

Upon submission of your abstract, you will be asked to identify your abstract as one of the following:

  1. Basic Research (studies related to fundamental principles of psychosocial oncology)
  2. Clinical Services and Programs (descriptions of clinical techniques or programs relevant to cancer care) [NOTE: It is helpful if practice-based submissions involve use of empirically-validated treatment approaches and/or include some type of information to evaluate the project, such as patient satisfaction or cost savings.]
  3. Applied Research (pilot studies, quasi-experiments, randomized trials examining the efficacy of a clinical program or technique)
  4. Case Reports (descriptions of clinical cases related to cancer care, with implications for evidence-based clinical practice)

You will also select a topic category that fits your abstract. The purpose of these selections is to aid in the review and placement process.

Author mentorship

If you would like feedback or guidance on content during the preparation of your abstract, please e-mail your questions and/or a draft abstract to info@apos-society.org.


Abstracts will be selected for awards in each of the four abstract categories among those chosen for presentation at the 2013 Annual Conference. Awards will be given for the best abstract selected for oral presentation and the best abstract selected for poster presentation. There will be separate awards in each abstract category for young scholars (less than 5 years from terminal degree) and for senior scholars (5 or more years from terminal degree).

Symposium abstract guidelines

The symposium chair/convener must submit the symposium title, summary, chair and discussant information using the online submission system. The chair then instructs the proposed speakers to submit individual abstracts online, linking the speaker abstracts to the symposium title. For more information, see the instruction sheet. It is preferred that symposium speakers do not represent the same institution. The abstracts for each individual symposium will be reviewed as a group, and each symposium will be accepted or not in its entirety. If the symposium is not accepted, its individual abstracts will be reviewed separately for presentation via podium or poster. The symposium chair is responsible for communicating conference information to individual speakers.