Call for Submissions

The International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) is pleased to announce a Call for Submissions for the 12th annual academic ISSS conference!


ISSS is an organization of researchers, clinicians, and students who are interested in better understanding, assessing, and treating non-suicidal self-injury.  Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is defined as the deliberate, self-inflicted destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially sanctioned.


The ISSS academic conference will be held on Friday June 23, and Saturday June 24, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA (USA), at the Temple University Center City Campus.


To submit an abstract for a presentation or poster, CLICK HERE.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday March 3rd, 11:59 pm EST.

Poster abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made within 7-10 days of receiving your poster abstract.

Presentations will be reviewed by the conference abstract review committee and notification of abstract status will be provided by March 31st, 2016.

If you have any difficulties completing the form, please contact Michael McCloskey, ISSS Program Co-Chair, at or Brooke Ammerman ISSS Program Co-Chair, at



More about Philadelphia

Philadelphia (or “Philly” as it is called by the locals) is a large (5th largest populous in the US), diverse and vibrant city with numerous museums and exhibits, wonderful eateries, a great nightlife (including the Fieldhouse, where we will be holding the Friday evening poster session ). For those interested in American history, Philadelphia played a central role in the birth of our country and boasts historical landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were drafted and signed), and Betsy Ross House. For fans of the more macabre, we have the Edgar Allen Poe Historical Site, Eastern State Penitentiary (home to Al Capone), and the Mutter Museum. As we get a bit closer to the conference we will send out an article on things to do in Philly including events, exhibits that coincide with ISSS, as well as suggestions for group outings.


Travel to Philadelphia:

By plane. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located 7 miles southwest of Center City.  PHL is serviced by all the major airlines and is a hub for American Airlines, so getting a reasonable flight with minimal layovers should not be a problem. Once at PHL you can either take a taxi (~$30), Uber/Lyft (~$20) or a regional rail (train) ($8, cash only) to get to Center City.

By train or Megabus/Boltbus. The Philadelphia Amtrak station is located at 30th Street Station (also the drop-off location for Megabus/Boltbus) and is just a few miles from center city. To get to center city from the 30th street you can either take a taxi or Uber/Lyft located right outside of the 30th street station ($8.00 - $15.00, depending on traffic) or transfer to a SEPTA regional rail (also located in 30th Street Station) and take it two stops to Jefferson Station (about a 5-10 minute trip and a free ride if you have your Amtrak ticket stub or $8 if you took the bus in). Another option is taking the SEPTA Market-Frankford Subway line east, one stop to city hall (however, requires buying a token or paying a $2.25 cash fair).

By Bus. For those traveling to the ISSS meeting by Greyhound, Peter Pan or Chinatown Bus lines, your bus ride ends at 10th and Filbert. From there it is only a half-mile to Temple Center City Campus at 15th and Market. You can walk or Uber/Lyft, but there are also cabs in front of the bus terminal if you prefer.


We are still working on registration costs and hotel accommodations; please stay tuned!


If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of us.




Michael McCloskey, Conference Chair

Brooke Ammerman, Conference Co-Chair

Jennifer Muehlenkamp, ISSS President

Jason Washburn, ISSS Treasurer

Denise Styer, ISSS Secretary

Marc Wilson, ISSS International Representative

Heather Schatten Crawford, Membership and Benefits Co-Chair

Stephen Lewis, ISSS Representative at Large

Nicholas Westers, Representative at Large

Sarah Victor, Student Representative


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