Abstract submission guidelines:

The Speaker and Poster Committee of the National Perinatal Association invites you to submit an abstract for consideration for speaker or poster presentation at the annual conference. 

Any abstract with an application in perinatal mental health is acceptable; however, we encourage those that address the multidisciplinary approach to perinatal mental health. 

Abstracts may describe contributions to theory, policy development, program development and evaluation, delivery of services, or research. 

We are particularly interested in abstracts focusing on recent developments in perinatal mental health care; range of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD); improving outcomes for mothers, fathers, and infants; and the theme of this conference. 

We encourage the submission of abstracts previously presented at State Perinatal Associations meetings. Abstracts previously presented at other scientific conferences are also invited. 

NPA's 38th Annual Conference

March 9-11, 2017  |  Atlanta, Georgia

Perinatal Mental Health: Advocating for the Health and Wellbeing of Families

  • There are three categories for submissions: 
  1. Innovative Models of Care
  2. Applied or Basic Research
  3. Policies affecting care for families affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders PMAD
Accepted abstracts will be posted on the NPA website.

  • Abstracts should be structured according to the following formats:


·       Background

·       Content/Action

·       Lessons Learned

·       Implications for Practice


·       Introduction

·       Methods

·       Results

·       Discussion


·       Introduction

·       Context

·       Practice Application

  • Spell out all abbreviated terms at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, which can be used subsequently. 
  • Produce unusual symbols in black ink. Use the “Times” font, size 10 or equivalent. 
  • Abstracts must be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments. Faxed abstracts will not be accepted. Abstract submissions cannot be returned to sender. 
  • Carefully proofread your abstract. Your copy will be reproduced exactly as submitted for reviewers. 
  • Please indicate if you wish your abstract to be used as a speaker presentation or a poster presentation or either. Submission of an abstract for either speaker or poster presentation does not guarantee acceptance. Submissions will be blind-reviewed in the category indicated. Notification of the decision regarding acceptance will be e-mailed to all principal authors by December 1, 2017.
  • Although presentation of materials in a previous national abstract or poster session does not preclude submission to NPA, please note on the abstract form whether or not this abstract has been previously presented, where and when.   

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