Annual Convention - General Information

Ask your favorite personality assessor what the biggest personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment. Ask him/her what the best personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, held every March in a different city.

2015 Convention Theme:
Charting the Future of Personality Assessment

March 4-8, 2015
Marriott New York
at the Brooklyn Bridge

Travel Grants
Diversity Support Grants: As part of its overall commitment to diversity, SPA intends to promote and support ethnic diversity representation at the SPA Annual Conventions. Toward that end, the organization is now offering one diversity support grant of $1000.00 or two diversity support grants of $500 each to support ethnically diverse professionals or students involved in personality assessment who seek to attend the annual convention. On the Application Form must indicate they are an SPA member or student affiliate, or should apply to be a member or student affiliate when applying for the diversity grant. Priority will be given to students and professionals who may otherwise not be able to attend the annual convention.

Early Career Travel Grants: given annually to encourage and promote the training and education of early career psychologists in personality assessment, as well as participation in and consumption of personality assessment research and scholarly activity at the Annual Convention. Each year, 10 awards in the amount of $500 will be given to support travel to the Annual Convention. Applicants do not need to be a presenter at the Annual Convention or a member of SPA to receive this award. On the Application Form , applicants will need to identify how they hope the SPA Annual Convention will benefit their career development as an assessment psychologist. First time attendees of the SPA Annual Convention are especially encouraged to apply.

Student Travel Grants: The Board of Trustees has established the Student Travel Grants to help students attend the SPA Annual Conventions to present their work. The SPA Board considers this to be a very important activity in a student's development. A copy of the Student Travel Grant Guidelines and Student Travel Grant Application can be found here.

A promotional brochure with details about the 2015 workshops and the Annual Convention will be sent to the SPA membership the first week of December 2014. It will also be available on the web page the first week of December. Participant convention registration includes all convention materials; refreshment breaks; the President's Welcoming Reception on Thursday evening, a reception on Friday evening, as well as the Closing Reception on Saturday evening; entry to the scientific sessions, the master lectures, poster sessions, and the award presentations; and a collegial atmosphere to meet and interact with colleagues from around the world who are interested in personality assessment research and practice

Convention registration can be completed by accessing the online registration form after the first week of December 2014 (Annual Convention tab, Register for the Convention link). For those who wish to send a check for payment, please use the downloadable form. To ensure your participation, please register early and take advantage of the advance registration fee.

Special Accommodations: SPA welcomes our colleagues with special needs to the convention. If you require specific accommodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please e-mail them to the Registrar no later than February 8, 2015.

Hotel Reservations
The SPA Annual Convention, March 4-8. 2015, will be held at the Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge. Iconic among Brooklyn Bridge hotels, we provide guests a quintessential NYC experience. This hotel is minutes from shopping, dining, theaters and museums in the heart of Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Historic Brooklyn NY is home to everyone from everywhere - we are the world's neighborhood, the borough that puts the "new" in New York City. Brooklyn is big, it's diverse, and it's got something for everyone - this is the real New York! You name it, Brooklyn's got it: history, beaches, including Brighton Beach, parks, New York's only aquarium, Coney Island, ethnic enclaves, night clubs, hip art galleries & museums, world-class shopping.
Hop on the subway and you are in Manhattan! From Times Square and Central Park to the Empire State Building and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the island of Manhattan packs more famous icons into one compact area than any other place on earth; and don't forget Broadway - Blockbuster revivals, film adaptations and a couple of brand-new works are among the highlights this season on the Great White Way.

Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 781-246-7000
$220.00 Deluxe Room - Single
$220.00 King Suite
$240.00 Standard -2 Double Bed
Call hotel for suite information
Reservation deadline to receive the convention rate: February 9, 2015 11:59 pm Eastern Time
Toll-free Reservations: Web link and phone number coming soon!

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

John F Kennedy International Airport - JFK
Bus service, fee: $2.50 (one way)
Subway service, fee: $2.50 (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: $50.00 (one way)

LaGuardia Airport - LGA
Estimated taxi fare: $35.00 (one way)

Newark Liberty International Airport - EWR
Estimated taxi fare: $80.00 (one way)

On-site parking, fee: $14.00 hourly, $25.00 daily
Valet Parking
Valet parking, fee: $25.00 daily
In-house guests only - indoor parking $25.00 per day with in/out privileges

Applications and Forms

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