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!



The 2022 SSO:USA Call for Papers includes session formats, submission guidelines, and scoring criteria. The abstract submission site will open on November 29, 2021. Abstracts must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM PST on Monday, February 14, 2022.  Late abstracts will not be accepted. Primary authors will receive notification via email regarding the status of their submission(s) by late March 2022. To submit an abstract, please click on the button below.

Abstract Submission Portal


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.



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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