Southeastern Psychological Association

SEPA Annual Meeting Information


64th SEPA Annual Meeting

***TUESDAY, MARCH 6th – FRIDAY, MARCH 9th, 2018***

Charleston, South Carolina - The Marriott Charleston
170 Lockwood Boulevard Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina!

| General Info | Hotel Info | Registration & Payment | About Charleston, SC |

General Info:

What is SEPA?  SEPA is the Southeastern Psychological Association founded in 1955.  It is the largest psychological organization in the Southeast.  SEPA’s mission is to stimulate the exchange of scientific and professional ideas across the diverse areas of psychological inquiry and application.  SEPA consists of both professional and student members.

What is CEPO?  SEPA was the first regional psychological association to establish a commission to enhance the role of women in the organization.  The mandate of that early commission has subsequently been expanded to include underrepresented groups (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability).  The commission is now called CEPO (Committee on Equality of Professional Opportunity) and its goals are to increase membership and participation among these groups, to sponsor programming to address their concerns, and to provide role models at the annual meeting.

SEPA’s Professional Program

Who can submit to SEPA’s Professional Program?

  • Members
  • Affiliates and Non-Members sponsored by a Member

What is the deadline for submission?

  • Submit abstracts to the Professional Program using the online system by October 17th at 6p.m. (eastern time) for review as a poster or presentation
  • Questions: Contact the SEPA main office at

What are the awards that those who submit to SEPA can apply for?

  • Outstanding Professional Paper Award
  • Early Career Award (i.e., for members within 7 years of receiving their doctoral degree)
  • Graduate Student Research Award
  • Student (i.e., graduate and undergraduate) Research Awards for Research on Minorities and/or Women Sponsored by CEPO

Undergraduate Student Research Program (Sponsored by CEPO & Psi Chi)

Who can submit to the Undergraduate Student Research Program?

  • Student members (i.e., undergraduate students)

What is the deadline for submission?

  • Submit abstracts to the Undergraduate Student Research Program sponsored by CEPO and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, using the online system
    by Midnight on Sunday, November 19th, for review as a poster. (Note: this is a new procedure this year)
  • Questions: Contact Rihana Mason (; 706-245-7226 ext. 2675) at Emmanuel College

What are the awards that posters in the Undergraduate Student Research Program can be awarded?

  • Undergraduate Student Research Award (Sponsored by CEPO)
  • Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award (for Psi Chi Members)

Should an undergraduate student apply to SEPA’s Professional Program or the Undergraduate Student Research Program?

  • One advantage for submitting to the Undergraduate Student Research Program is the deadline for the abstracts is a month later and often students can use the extra month to complete their projects 
  • Another advantage is that students are then eligible for the awards listed above
  • Also, the Undergraduate Student Research Program is for undergraduates only and the feedback given to students about their submissions is encouraging and supports students’ development as researchers
  • Finally, students are eligible to submit to the Journal of Psychological Inquiry after presenting their poster at the conference.

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Hotel Info:

The Courtyard Charleston Waterfront Hotel - Overflow Hotel

Book your group rate for SEPA Annual Meeting

The Courtyard Charleston Waterfront is excited to participate in the SEPA Annual Meeting as an overflow hotel! Please make sure to book early as we are limited in the number of doubles available. You can book a room at the special group rate up until February 21st.

**Important** If an accessible room is needed, please call the group sales office at 1-800-405-6660 directly to ensure availability as quantities are very limited.

Shuttles will be available at scheduled times between the Courtyard and the Marriott, and parking is complimentary. The Courtyard Charleston Waterfront is just a short drive or leisurely walk from the Marriott in downtown Charleston just 1 mile from the Historic District. For a small fee, our shuttle drops off at Waterfront Park in The Historic District.

Our location is the perfect setting to wind down after a long day. Enjoy a beverage or light meal from our Bistro our on our back terrace overlooking the Ashley River & Marina.

To call to make your reservation, instead of online, please contact our reservations department at 800-724-9647.


The Charleston Marriott

SOLD OUT -- Please call The Courtyard Charleston Waterfront Hotel for accommodations.
February 05, 2018

Experience true southern hospitality and modern accommodations at its finest at the Charleston Marriott. Its location overlooking the Ashley River, offers easy access to beautiful downtown historic Charleston, the old city market, local area beaches, The Citadel, and of course, great dining and entertainment. This downtown Charleston hotel offers luxurious hotel amenities including high-speed wireless internet, shuttle service to the historic district, state of the art business and fitness centers.

Savor delicious favorites at their signature on-site restaurant, Saffire. Unwind enjoying the Ashley River sunset with a cocktail at one of the only roof top bars in Charleston, Aqua Terrace or relax and enjoy your time by their spacious outdoor salt water pool and courtyard. This destination hotel in downtown Charleston is the one spot where you can work & play, mix & mingle, and relax!

Charleston Marriott
170 Lockwood Boulevard
Charleston, SC United States 29403
Phone: 843.723.3000

SOLD OUT -- Please call The Courtyard Charleston Waterfront Hotel for accommodations.
February 05, 2018


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Registration & Payment:

Advanced registration for the 64th Annual Meeting is now closed. 

Onsite registration will be available in the Emerald pre-function area. Everyone attending the meeting must register and must wear the SEPA identification badge at all times. Please register as soon as possible after you arrive.

The SEPA registration, information, workshop, and membership desks will be open as follows:

  • Tuesday - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Friday - 8:00 am - 9:30 am

On-Site Registration Fees and Categories:

  • $120 SEPA members or Affiliate members whose dues are current
  • $120 Advanced graduate student members whose dues are current (2 years or more in their degree program)
  • $100 Student members whose dues are current
  • $170 Professional nonmembers, Affiliate nonmembers, Graduate Student nonmembers
  • $150 Student non-members (Undergraduates or graduate students with fewer than two years in their degree program)
  • $75 Non-psychologist Spouse/Partner, Guest
  • $55 Guest – child between 10-16 years old
  • No cost Guest – child under 10

Cash, money order, cashier's check and all major credit cards are accepted.

If you have registered in advance, come by the SEPA advanced registration desk to pick up your badge and program.

When planning for your arrival to Charleston, please be sure to allow an hour to register and/or pick up your badge and program. 

Presenters cannot be registered as guests.  Names will be pulled and incorrectly registered guests will be required to pay the difference at registration before presenting.


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CE Workshop Registration

General Overview:

All the workshops this year offer three (3) hours of Continuing Education credits each.  The cost for the three-hour workshops is $50 for professionals and $25 for students. Online registration will be available December 20th, 2016 – January 31st, 2017.

All checks need to be received by February 1st. Names and email addresses must accompany all checks or they will be mailed back to the sender. 

Onsite Registration Hours:

We allow for onsite registration for workshops and lectures.  Please be sure to check in early because we do expect lines to be long. 

  • Wednesday, March 8th - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 9th - 8:00am to 3:00pm
  • Friday, March 10th - 8:00am to 3:00pm
  • Saturday, March 11th – 8:00am to 9:30am - Please note the shorter hours for registration on this day.

Detailed Information:

Please visit the Continuing Education Program page for further information.


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Savings in the City Card

The Savings in the City (SITC) Card allows our members the opportunity to offer annual specials to conferences/conventions with great options on entertainment, dining and much more. The Savings Card is an email template card customized with your conference name and date and is in the form of a link that can be applied to your website. Your attendees would visit the link on your website to review the participating companies of the program and print it for on-site use. It's that easy!


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