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CYPSY19 – Call For Papers

19th Annual

CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy and Social Networking Conference (CYPSY19)

Connecting the Virtual and the Real:

Transforming Health & Well-being

June 17-19, 2014       Washington, D.C.


Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014
Full Paper Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014

The 19th Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY19) will take place on June 17-19, 2014 in Washington, D.C..  Jointly organised by the Interactive Media Institute, in collaboration with the Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Uniformed Services University, and International Association of CyberPsychology, Training & Rehabilitation, the conference is an international networking and sharing platform for researchers, clinicians, policymakers, funding agents and industry leaders to share and discuss advancements in advanced technologies, such as Virtual Reality, and healthcare.  The conference will explore how these technologies are changing individual behavior, societal relationships, and interpersonal interactions.

We are honored to have U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano as our opening Keynote Speaker. Congresswoman Napolitano revitalized the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and has hosted congressional briefings on children’s mental health, veterans’ mental health, and suicide prevention.

To submit your abstract, please visit our website shortly at or submit directly here. For further information, please contact the conference coordinator, Chelsie Boyd, at

Because of the international nature of CYPSY19 and the expanded focus of its theme, we recognize the importance of extending our invitation to participants around the world interested and dedicated to enhancing public awareness of how technology can overcome obstacles and increase access to top quality healthcare for all citizens.



First Call for Abstracts 15 Sep. 2013
Abstract Deadline Submission 1 Jan. 2014
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection of Abstract 1 Mar. 2014
Full Paper/Presentation Requirements 15 Mar. 2014
Oral Presenter 2-page CV Deadline 15 Mar. 2014
Early Registration Deadline 15 Apr. 2014
Late Registration Deadline 1 Jun. 2014


CYPSY19 Tentative Schedule


17 June – Preconference Workshops

17 June – Full day Clinician Training on VR and Physiology to Treat PTSD

18 Conference – Conference Day 1


Poser Session

19 June – Conference Day 2

Gala Dinner


Abstract and Presentation Themes

CYPSY19 focus areas include:

1.  The Impact of Technologies as Tools

CYPSY19 will continue its examination of the exciting applications of advanced technologies being used in training, therapy, rehabilitation, and education for the improvement of the quality and availability of healthcare for people around the globe.

2. The Influence of New Technologies

CYPSY19 will further its investigation into how new technologies are influencing behavior and society through the use of positive technology, healthy ageing and well-being.

3. The Imprint of Social Networking

CYPSY19 will embrace, as it did in 2012, the exploration of how social networking tools are changing individual behavior, interpersonal relationships, and society.

4. The Introduction of New Technologies and New Terms

CYPSY19 will study the psychological aspects of new areas influenced by technology such as cyberfashion, cyberadvertising and cyberstalking.

Encouraged Topics

Encouraged topics include but are not limited to:

• Advanced Interaction Training

• Videogames

• Telehealth & Telepresence

• Video‐conferencing

• Robotics

• Brain Computer Interfaces

• Cognitive Rehabilitation & Therapy

• Wearable computing

• Non-invasive physiological monitoring devices

• Positive Technology

• Social Networking in Healthcare

• Information Technologies

• Social implications of Facebook, Twitter, etc.

• Neurorehabilitation

• Mobile healthcare

• Cyberbullying

• Health Applications

• Healthy Ageing

• Games for Health

• Serious Games

• Apps for Kids

Abstract and Presentation Types

You can submit an abstract to one of the following three types of communications:

·      Poster

·      Oral

·      Early Innovators Session

Oral presentations are 15 minutes whereas presentations in the Early Innovators Session, the panel dedicated to student presentations, are 10 minutes.

Submission of Abstracts and Papers

If you would like to present a poster, an oral presentation or a student oral presentation at CYPSY19, please submit an abstract for the Scientific Committee to review based off of the guidelines below. Workshops submissions are by invitation only.

Review Procedure: Each submission is peer-reviewed and will be selected based on scientific merit. Abstracts should clearly outline results from scientific studies. All presentations must contain original and scientifically valid information. Reports on completed research are clearly favored over descriptions of planned research. Commercial promotion and funding requests are not appropriate. The Scientific Committee will blindly review all abstracts and may invite author(s) to make a poster presentation at the conference even if they requested an oral presentation. The oral/poster/reject decision is at the discretion of the Scientific Committee.

Abstract Preparation:

·      Required structure: Title, Author/s, Affiliation/s, Short Abstracts (250 words), Keywords, Introduction/Problem, Method/Tools, Results, Conclusion. You must adhere to the document format requirements of IOS Press.

·      Novelty/Discussion: Please cover what makes this research different from prior work by you or by others. Please focus on the most unique aspect of your research, instead of broad implications.

·      References: Optional but appreciated. Please use ONLY the IOS Press standard bibliographic format (see instructions and below).

·      File formats: Acceptable formats are Word 97, Word 2000, or Word XP format (.doc). No .docx or LaTeX, please.

·      The conference is in English and all abstracts will need to be in English. Please check spelling and grammar as your abstract will be printed in the conference syllabus.

·      Please visit IOS Press to download the instructions. Abstracts that do not meet the required criteria will be sent back to the author to be re-formatted.

Abstract and Full Paper Publication

·      Presenters are required to submit a 2-page extended abstract which should include a short abstract (250 words).

·      For those who present their oral/student abstract in person, their full paper will be published in the Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, indexed in PsycINFO.

Presenter Requirements:

·      Oral presentations are to be 15 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions. Student presentations are 10 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions.

·      Presenters must register for the conference. There is a limit of one oral/symposium presentation per first author per registration. For a full paper to be published in IOS Press, the study must be presented in person at the conference. Any absences will result in forfeiture of registration costs as well as an automatic rejection in the inclusion of the full paper in the Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine. (ARCTT)

Student Symposium

Sponsored by the iACToR Student SIG, the Student Symposium will provide students an opportunity to have a dedicated session during the conference. Please see above for the abstract submission guidelines.

Online Submission

When you are ready to submit your abstract, please visit or here. More information will be asked during submission of your abstract, such as name of the author, affiliation, and if your study is completed or still in progress.

For more information regarding abstract submission or the call of papers, please email

CYBER18 Highlights

The 18th annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference was held in Brussels, Belgium. From June 30 – July 2, 2013. The official conference of the International Association of Cyberpsychology, Training & Rehabilitation (iACToR) hosted prominent academic representatives from 15 countries including The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Canada, Portugal and the United States. iACToR’s Secretary General and conference host Professor Brenda K. Wiederhold, was the Conference Chair. Workshop chair Stéphane Bouchard, Ph.D. began the preconference workshops on June 30th. Many attendees joined in on the interactive sessions, which included a wide array of topics including electronic health coaching, virtual reality for mental health, and the relationship between social networks and healthcare. The workshops were a great success and allowed for a lively exchange of ideas and research objectives.

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CYPSY18’s theme, Where Healthcare & Technology Connect, examined applications of advanced technologies being used in training, therapy, rehabilitation, and education for the improvement of the quality and availability of healthcare. Adding to this, attendees talked and shared valuable information about the influence of new technologies and how they impacted behavior and society through the use of positive technology, healthy ageing and well being. The conference shed light on a fairly new phenomenon in the healthcare industry – the imprint of social networking and how these platforms shape individual behavior, interpersonal relationships, and society. The last concept discussed at the conference was the introduction of new technologies and new terms. CYPSY18 studied the psychological aspects of new areas influenced by technology, such as cyberstalking.
For the second year in a row, Robert Madelin officially began the conference after Professor Brenda K. Wiederhold’s welcoming remarks. The Director-General for DG CONNECT discussed “Cyber Everything in Horizon 2020”, in which he described how the program will, in the near future, generate innovation, competitiveness and funding for top level research in the European Union.
The second keynote speaker was Richard M. Satava, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Professor Satava spoke on “Advanced Technologies That Will Change Behaviors – Humanoid Robots, 3-D Printers, and Other Extraordinary Discoveries”, a highly interesting talk on topics surrounding the future of progressive scientific and technological methods.
The first day concluded with a poster session involving Ph.D candidates and professional researchers alike. This was an opportunity for scientists to share their ideas with each other and with interested spectators. In a parallel session, the Cyberarium allowed developers and researchers to present their prototypes to prospective buyers, members of the media, and others in the scientific community. This year, the EU-funded INTERSTRESS project and the Oculus Rift, an up and coming consumer priced virtual reality headset, were among the most popular displays.

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Two Ph.D. students were presented with the Young Minds Research Award; Fillipo La Paglia and Claudia Carissoli, who presented posters entitled “Neuropsychological Assessment through NeuroVirtual Reality in OCD Patients” and “Mindfulness and New Technologies: Creating and Testing a Brief Protocol to Reduce Stress”, respectively. The New Investigator Award was given to Sungkun Cho for his work in “Body Swapping Training for Patients with CRPS Using a Virtual Body”.
Those of us at the CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation Magazine would like to give a special thanks to all of the professional individuals and student participants who made the conference possible. CYPSY18’s Scientific Committee, Professors Willem-Paul Brinkman, Jose Gutierrez Maldonado, and Giuseppe Riva were people key to the conferences intellectual nature and were instrumental in generating feedback within the community. We would also like to sincerely thank the many institutions and organizations that sponsored the event. Without the support and contributions of the European Commission, eHealth Week, Hanyang University Institute of Aging Society, International Association of CyberPsychology, Training, & Rehabilitation  (iACToR), Interactive Media Institute, INTERSTRESS, ISfTeH, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Mary Ann Libert, Inc. Publishers, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Universite du Quebec en Outaouais, Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC) and the Virtual Reality Medical Institute (VRMI) the event would not have been able to take place.


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