Every year, the SSO:USA annual research conference brings together leading researchers, scholars, therapists and students to exchange ideas and share their work related to the study of participation in daily activities, or those activities that occupy our lives. We are excited to announce that the 2022 research conference will take place October 20 - 22, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in beautiful San Diego, California. 

The pandemic is ongoing and public health guidance is evolving rapidly. SSO:USA will be monitoring events closely and will adjust our meeting plans as needed to ensure the safety of all attendees. We hope to see you for our society’s long-awaited reunion in San Diego!


Abstract submission has now ended. Authors and presenters have been notified of acceptance status. Please check back with updated information included conference registration and scheduling.


Registrant Type

Early Registration


Regular Registration


Main Conference (On-Site)

Main registration includes the following:

  • Full access to all face-to-face events, as well as online items listed under Virtual Registration for up to three months post conference
  • Face-to-face program of paper presentations, poster sessions, forums, and panel sessions
  • Two Ruth Zemke Lectures in Occupational Science (2020: Dr. Staffan Josephsson & 2022: Dr. Gail Whiteford)
  • Welcome Reception & In-Person Poster Sessions
  • Ruth Zemke Reception Silent Auction and Celebration Dinner







Student Member*


Retired Member



Guest - Social Rate**


Pre-Conference Institute


Virtual Conference (Online)

irtual registration includes online access to the following presentations during the week of conference and up to three months post conference:

  • Live zoom session and recording of the two Ruth Zemke Lectures in Occupational Science: 2020: Dr. Staffan Josephsson & 2022: Dr. Gail Whiteford
  • Recordings of poster presentations and access to poster PDFs






*Attention students: SSO:USA is offering a special limited-time promotion! Every student who registers for the 2022 conference will receive one complementary year of membership. If you are not yet a student member of SSO:USA, you can join at no cost during the conference registration process by inputting the following discount code on the payment screen: STDNT22. If you are already a current student member of SSO:USA, please contact Adam DePrimo ([email protected]) to receive instructions on renewing your next membership year at no cost!

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Pre-Conference Institute

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 1:00pm-5:00pm
“A Workshop on Participatory Action Research Methods”
Dr. Joy Hammel and Dr. Amber Angell

What do the Main Conference registration fees include?

Thursday, October 20, 2022:

  • Welcome Reception (appetizers and cash bar)**
  • Poster Session

Friday, October 21, 2022:

  • Conference attendance for all Friday sessions
  • Continental Breakfast
  • 2020 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science: Dr. Staffan Josephsson
  • Morning Coffee Break
  • 2022 Zemke Lecturer Reception**
  • Annual Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction**
  • BYOT (Bring Your Own Talent)**

Saturday, October 22, 2022:

  • Conference attendance for all Saturday sessions
  • Breakfast during Annual Business Meeting
  • 2022 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science: Dr. Gail Whiteford
  • Morning Coffee Break
  • Wine and appetizers and community forum**

 **Items marked with a double asterisk above are the only events included in the Guest - Social Rate.

Note that the following are NOT included in the Main Conference registration or Guest - Social Rate:

  • Dinner on Thursday evening (appetizers only at the Welcome Reception)
  • Lunch on Friday
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Saturday evening
  • Any fees for occupational balance activities
  • Pre-conference Institute on Thursday afternoon 1:00-5:00 pm, you need to register for it separately

If you would like to add the Pre-Conference Institute or make other registration changes after your registration has processed, please contact


We have an extraordinary program this year! View it here: SSO:USA 2022 Research Conference Schedule (draft program subject to change).


The conference will be held at: 

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, California, 92109

There will be a limited number of rooms available at a discounted group rate. You must use the following link to reserve a room with this discounted rate: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SANIS/G-SSOU. The discounted rate will expire on September 28, 2022, so be sure to secure your room early.


The Society holds an annual silent auction at conference to facilitate student scholarship in occupational science. Donated items collected prior to the annual conference support this activity. Consistent with the mission of the Society, proceeds from the Silent Auction foster the development of researchers by funding student research projects and presentations on the study of occupation. The auction began with the efforts by Dr. Phyllis Meltzer to obtain donations of hand crafted and artful objects for fund-raising in support of the work of SSO:USA. The auction has expanded to include a wide range of items and opportunities, whose auction proceeds support student research in the study of occupation.

The society welcomes donations of artful handmade objects as well as other items such as gift certificates, books, jewelry, vouchers for trips or vacation stays, souvenirs of the conference location, etc. Please consider donating an item for the auction this year!Any stories about the item, what it is made of, its meaning, or its creator are appreciated. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donation. Please let us know about your donation by September 15, 2022, though we will continue to accept items until the opening of the Silent Auction. Please plan to bring your auction item(s) with you to San Diego and enter them at the conference registration table. If you have any questions about the silent auction, you may contact the Silent Auction Coordinator, Daisy Alvarado at [email protected]


Conference Theme: Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy: Tension and Fit: The relationship between occupational science and occupational therapy has evolved over their shared history. This conference builds on the Position Statement on the Relationships Between Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy created by SSO:USA members to foster shared interests and nurture productive relationships between occupational science and occupational therapy.

Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science: In recognition of Dr. Ruth Zemke's mentorship, questing intellect, and ongoing efforts to foster an occupational science community of researchers, this lectureship was named in her honor. The lectureship is designed as a forum to present visionary, theoretical, and critical analyses of occupational science.

  • 2020 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science: Dr. Staffan Josephsson
  • 2022 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science: Dr. Gail Whiteford

Occupational Balance:  One of the unique features of SSO:USA conferences is the attention devoted to balance and the quality of participants’ experiences.  Researchers should leave an SSO:USA conference refreshed, stimulated, and energized to return to their work.  Shared meals, conference break blocks, and a range of balance activities encourage attendees to rejuvenate, network, and explore unique aspects of local culture. San Diego has excellent occupational balance opportunities including cultural explorations of art and history in Historic Old Town or the 17 museums in Balboa Park, visiting the famous Gaslamp District, venturing out for some whale watching or water activities, or checking out more local area attractions

Abstracts of presentations will published in the 2022 Proceedings. 

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