Manchester Metropolitan University

2017 Conference

Welcome to Manchester

To all ISPA members, potential members, those interested in the field of school and educational psychology and everyone concerned to support children and young people.

We are delighted to invite you to Manchester for the 39th annual conference of the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) that will take place from July 19-22, 2017.

Closing date for conference registration is July 1st 2017.

The conference will be jointly hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester and supported by the Association of Educational Psychologists, the Division of Educational and Child Psychology of the British Psychological Society, the National Association of Principal Educational Psychologists and Place2Be.

Conference Theme

"Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People in an Uncertain World"

The conference theme reflects the many challenges facing children and young people, parents, teachers and communities in the ever changing and complex world in which we all live.  These uncertain times are linked to a number of interconnected factors that affect all our lives in the 21st century including the growth in (and fear of) terrorism and other unprovoked attacks against civilians, an increase in the number of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing countries that are ravaged by war, huge economic global inequalities between countries leading to increased migration.  The level of global uncertainty makes us all feel vulnerable especially children and young people and can have a dramatic impact upon their education, metal health and well-being. There are also huge challenges for public services to respond effectively to the increasingly complex demands that they all face. 

Eminent keynote speakers will address the key theme of the conference drawing on their own research and practice.  In addition there will be paper presentations, workshops, symposia and round tables discussions that will enable participants to share their knowledge and expertise and learn from each other.    

Topics addressed during the conference will include: -

Keynote Speakers

The following speakers will give a keynote presentation.


Professor Neil Humphrey

Director Manchester University Institute of Education and Professor of Psychology of Education. Professor Humphrey’s ground breaking international research has advanced theory and practice on the role of schools in promoting children's mental health, an area in which he has published widely.


Professor Shane R. Jimerson

University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Jimerson is President of the International School Psychology Association and his scholarly activities and international collaborations have made a major contribution to developing research and practice in education and school psychology throughout the world.


Professor Cynthia Leung

Program director of the Master of Educational and Child Psychology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Vice President of the Hong Kong Psychological Society. Professor Leung is an international expert with extensive publications in the areas of parent training, program evaluation, cross-cultural psychology, migrant adjustment and child and adolescent well-being.

Submission of abstracts

We are no longer accepting abstracts for presentations at the conference.

Pre-conference workshops

Registered delegates are welcome to attend one of the high quality pre-conference workshops (3 hours or 6 hours) that will take place on the first day of the conference, July 19th. These NASP and APA approved workshops will be led by world leading experts in their particular field. Go to the ISPA 2017 pre-conference workshops page for further details about the content of these workshops and about registration.

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Pre-Conference Programme

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