Abstract Presentation Schedules Have Been Sent!

Abstract presentation schedules have been sent to all presenters via email Tuesday, October 21, 2014. If your abstract(s) was accepted and you did not receive your abstract presentation schedule, please contact DeeJay Garringo, Program Director, at or 703-352-7797, ext. 218.

Important notice to all speakers, presenters, organizers, and discussants: If your abstract is accepted for presentation at the SSWR 2015 Annual Conference, please be reminded that all presenters, speakers, organizers, and discussants are required to register for the conference and must be current 2015 SSWR members. This requirement is applicable to oral and poster presenters, symposium organizers, symposium paper presenters and symposium discussants, and workshop and roundtable speakers. Please note that co-authors are not expected to comply with this policy. Co-authors attending the conference, however, are required to register for the conference.


THE SOCIETY FOR SOCIAL WORK AND RESEARCH is pleased to announce that its

Nineteenth Annual Conference The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity

will convene at the

New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA, January 14-18, 2015

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 11:59pm PDT CLOSED

2015 Abstract Review Criteria (PDF)

The Conference Planning Committee of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) invites submissions for presentations within all content areas of social work, social welfare services, and social policy.

The theme for the 2015 conference is “The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity”. A lengthy and fruitful life has long been a desire of all societies. One of the greatest accomplishments of the last century is that almost everyone now has a realistic possibility for a long life that, ideally, is also fruitful. The greatly increased prevalence of longevity has major consequences for all facets of society. The 2015 annual conference provides the opportunity for social work researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers to strengthen our understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by increased longevity. Submissions for presentations may include individual paper and poster presentations, organized paper symposia, round-table discussions, and workshops.

As illustrated in the cluster areas, submissions are encouraged across all areas of social work. These may span various forms of research. Preliminary cluster areas are: Adolescents and Youth Development, Aging Services and Gerontology, Child Welfare, Crime and Criminal Justice, Gender, Health and Disability, International Social Work and Global Issues, Mental Health, Organizations and Management, Poverty and Social Policy, Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, Research Design and Measurement, Research on Social Work Education, School Social Work, Sexual Orientation, Social Work Practice, Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviors, and Work, Family, and Family Policy.


The conference will focus on original research that has implications for practice or policy. Research abstracts are encouraged in all substantive areas, using scientifically sound qualitative and/or quantitative methodology. The research may take place in any country and at the micro, macro, or policy level. You are invited to submit abstracts for presentations of one of three types of original research: (1) Oral paper presentation; (2) Symposium (organized by the applicant) of three or more papers on the same topic to be presented in the same session; (3) Poster presentation. Only paper and poster abstracts reporting completed findings will be reviewed. We urge that studies with “findings pending” be submitted for future review after the study is complete.

Abstracts should not be based on research previously published elsewhere. If applying for a paper or poster presentation, please submit an abstract of 500 words or less. References are not required, and if included count towards the 500 word limit. If applying for a symposium, please submit an abstract (500 words or less) for each symposium paper, along with an overall abstract (500 words or less) for the symposium session that describes the symposium theme and its importance. Preference will be given to symposia that demonstrate cohesiveness across presentations. Symposia will be accepted or rejected in total, i.e., abstracts will not be accepted independently.

Abstracts should be submitted in a structured format and include the following: Background and Purpose: description of the problem, study objectives, research question(s) and/or hypothesis (es). Methods: study design, including a description of participants and sampling methods, data collection procedures, measures, and appropriate analytic/ statistical approach. Results: specific results in summary form. Conclusions and Implications: description of the main outcome(s) of the study and implications for practice, policy, or further research. Note: Image(s) and table(s) are not permitted in any abstract.

The conference committee also invites abstract submissions for workshops and roundtable sessions. Workshop and roundtable session abstracts should include a topic that: (1) adds to the current knowledge base in social work practice, policy, theory, and research methodology, and (2) offers clear meaningful implications for social work research, policy and practice. The topic for workshop session abstracts should also offer training opportunities for methodology (study design, sampling, data collection, measurement, and analysis). If applying for a workshop or roundtable session, please submit an abstract of 500 words or less that describes the content and how it will be addressed. For workshops, describe the pedagogical techniques and for roundtables describe the topics that will be addressed elaborating on viewpoints and perspectives which may be discussed.

SSWR seeks to optimize as many people participating in the conference as possible. SSWR, therefore, limits the number of roles that participants can play in the 2015 conference. There is a limit of two (2) presenting-author abstract submissions per person. This limit applies to these presentation formats: oral papers, both individual papers and papers within an organized symposium, posters, and workshops. It does not apply to co-authorship. Participants may, however, perform additional roles such as chairing an organized symposium, leading a special interest group, serving as moderator for a session of grouped oral papers, and a panelist in a round table session. You DO NOT need to be a SSWR member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation the presenter/speaker MUST be a current 2015 member and register for the conference. This requirement is applicable to oral paper and poster presenters, symposium organizers, symposium paper presenters and symposium discussants, and workshop and roundtable speakers. Co-authors are not expected to comply with this policy. Co-authors attending the conference, however, are required to register for the conference.

Peer reviews will be used to select submissions based upon technical merit and importance of findings. Please note that all abstracts are to be submitted online using the SSWR online abstract management system, which will be accessible March 2014.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59pm PDT on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!