ISSS Meeting
International Society for the Study of Self Injury

The ISSS Meeting will be held
June 23rd,2021 - June 25th,2021
Pre-Conference to be held


Extended Submission deadline: March 26 2021, 11:59 UTC

In 2021, we will again be holding our ISSS Conference online. Over 3 days we will host a range of live (Zoom) and pre-recorded material, including keynote addresses by our Inaugural Invited Fellows, and our 2021 Rising Star, a symposium from students and early career researchers in our Collaborative Research Program, a roundtable discussion with individuals with lived experience of NSSI, and networking opportunities to connect people across the globe.

Access to conference material is free for all ISSS members (please check that your membership is up to date to ensure you have access). Zoom sessions will be recorded and made available on the members area of the ISSS website.

Keynote Presentation
ISSS Invited Fellow Prof Jennifer Muehlenkamp
"What we can learn from NSSI"

Keynote presentation
ISSS Invited Fellow Dr Barent Walsh
“What My Clients Have Taught Me About Self-Injury”

Zoom session times (GMT+1):

23 June -- 13:00-16:00
24 June -- 08:00-11:30
25 June -- 13:00-16:00

Abstract submission

Click here to submit your abstract

Oral presentations: Oral presentations will be pre-recorded and take a 3 Minute Thesis format. Maximum 1 slide per presentation; maximum 5 minute presentation.

Symposia: Symposia will include a series of related presentations, each taking the 3 Minute Thesis format (i.e. 5 minutes, 1 slide per speaker). Each symposia should have no more than 5 separate presentations.

Extended abstracts: Extended abstracts will be included in the abstract book and take the place of poster presentations. Extended abstracts should not exceed 1 A4 page, and may include figures and tables, as long as they are legible in the one-page limit.

Please note, we encourage submissions from individuals with lived experience.

If you have an idea for a live session you would like to present (e.g., interactive workshop, clinical presentation), please send your idea to

  • Nominations for the 2021 Rising Star Award

The ISSS Rising Star Award recognizes an early-career researcher, clinician, or advocate (less than 5 years’ experience, relative to opportunity) whose work demonstrates potential and commitment to make a significant impact on the field.

Nominations for the award can be made by any member of ISSS, other than the nominee, and require two support letters (including from the nominee), of which (at least) one must be from someone other than the supervisor. Letters of nomination should not exceed two A4 pages and should be accompanied by the nominee’s CV. The Nominator should email their nomination materials for Rising Star to: Penelope.Hasking with a subject heading “ISSS Rising Star Nomination”

  • Participate in the ISSS Collaborative Research Program

The ISSS Collaborative Research Program pairs doctoral students and early career researchers (less than 5 years post PhD) with a leading NSSI researcher to work on a dedicated research project. Ideally, this will foster new collaborations, result in a new publication for both early and senior researchers, and early career researchers will present their findings at the 2022 ISSS conference. Successful applicants will be expected to start on their projects after the 2021 conference.

The projects we have available this year are:

  • Stephen Lewis: A qualitative examination of NSSI stigma/recovery from a lived experience perspective
  • Penelope Hasking & Mark Boyes: Emotion and NSSI
  • Marc Wilson: Sleep as a risk factor for NSSI in an adolescent sample
  • Janis Whitlock: Pre-and post-knowledge, attitude and perceived skill data from an NSSI course designed for youth-serving professionals.
  • Jennifer Muehlenkamp & Amy Brausch: Longitudinal relationship between NSSI and suicidal thoughts and behaviours

If you are a doctoral student, or an early career researcher, and interested in participating in this exciting endeavour, please indicate your interest here.