Sat, Jun 6, 2020

Annual Meeting of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences

Online Event

Start date: 27 May 2020
End date: 27 May 2020

Update May 18, 2020

Dear colleagues,                                                    

Despite the current circumstances, we are extremely pleased to announce the programme of the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Belgian Association of Psychological Sciences (27th May 2020). 

The meeting is a shorter version of the usual conference, run online because of the current measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Despite these limitations, we have put together an exciting programme that can be viewed at the following website:

The conference is completely free to attend. There is no registration.

The meeting consists of four online ‘live events’ that can be accessed by clicking the links on the following website on the day of the conference:

I would like to draw your attention to two special symposia (simultaneously) that will present data of research conducted in Belgium and abroad regarding the contribution of psychological sciences to the current crisis. The symposia will be recorded and accessible for everyone afterwards.

1. Health psychological perspectives on COVID-19

May 27, 2020: 10:30-11:50 am (CET)

Convenors: Stephan Van den Broucke (1) and Ann DeSmet (2)

(1) UCLouvain; (2) ULB

COVID-19 is a health problem of an unprecedented scale in modern history, and the measures that are taken to contain the further spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus represent the largest behavioural change project in the history of mankind. As experts in health-related behaviour, health psychologists cannot stay sidelined in the debate on how to the pandemic must be addressed. In this symposium, we will discuss what health psychology can contribute to containing COVID-19 and dealing with its impact on people’s daily lives, both from a theoretical and an empirical perspective. In addition to a theoretical reflection on what health psychology can contribute, it will present preliminary results from cutting-edge ongoing research in Belgium focusing on a disease that has become everyone’s concern.

2. Perspectives from applied and clinical psychology on COVID-19

May 27, 2020: 10:30-11:50 am (CET)

Convenors: Céline Douilliez (1) and Maarten Vansteenkiste (2)

(1) UCLouvain; (2) UGent

In just a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the lives of citizens living in Belgium and around the world, affecting not only their physical health but also their mental health and well-being. Necessary containment measures have been put in place and have been followed to varying degrees by the population. Those measures have also profoundly changed the way mental health professionals deliver their care. Applied and clinical psychology have a crucial role to play in better understanding individual differences in adherence to containment measures, in identifying people at risk of developing mental health problems, and in developing and disseminating evidence-based online interventions in this pandemic context. In this symposium, the results of four ongoing studies in Belgium addressing this challenge will be presented and discussed.

I hope to see you virtually on May 27th.

Olivier Luminet, Member of EFPA Board Scientific Affairs, President of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences

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