2018 Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (PORIG) Annual Conference

APS Psychology of Relationships Interest Group National Conference

14-15 November, 2018
Double Tree by Hilton
270 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia



Bringing Together Leaders in the Field of Relationship Science

This year’s keynote speakers include “giants” in the field of relationship therapy and research.

Both keynotes have developed two of the most widely used therapeutic approaches for working with couples

Professor Norman Epstein (University of Maryland, United States) – world renowned couple’s therapist and co- developer of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Couples

Professor Andrew Christensen (University of California, Los Angeles) – world renowned therapist and co-developer of Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (keynote via livestream)


Dear colleagues,

Now in its 17th year, the APS Psychology of Relationships Interest Group National Conference returns to Melbourne in 2018 hosted by the Science of Adult Relationships (SoAR) Laboratory at Deakin University.

This year’s conference is headlined by two of the world’s most highly regarded authorities in couples therapy. The therapeutic approaches they have developed have shaped the field of couples therapy for over 30 years.

Collectively, their talks will tackle key issues relating to therapy and research. Please note that Professor Andrew Christensen will be delivering her keynote as a livestream.

In addition to our world renowned keynotes, this national conference brings together relationship scholars and practitioners across Australia to hear about the latest research in relationship science and engage in lively discussions about practice and policy. We invite researchers, practitioners and policy makers from all fields that have an interest in relationships to attend and present at this conference.

We are accepting a diverse set of presentation formats including individual oral presentations, symposia, forums and roundtable discussions as well as workshops. All topics related to the study of relationships are welcome, this includes but is not limited to: romantic relationships (spanning all sexual orientations), parent-child relationships (spanning all eras of the lifespan), peer relationships, client-therapist relationships, relationships in the workplace, and inter-group relationships.

For more information or to register, please see the attached flyer or go to:


To submit an abstract, please go to:


The abstract deadline has been extended to September 10th, 2018

For any further questions or inquires, please contact the conference chair –

Gery Karantzas