Registrant Type

Early Registration


Regular Registration


Main Conference:
Member $425 $500
Non-Member $575 $675
Student Member* $350
Retired Member $425
Guest - Social Rate** $220
Pre-Conference Institute $90


* Attention students: SSO:USA is offering a special limited-time promotion! Every student who registers for the 2019 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: STDNT19. If you are already a current student member of SSO:USA, please contact Jeanine Blanchard ([email protected]) to receive instructions on renewing your next membership year at no cost!




What do the Main Conference registration fees include?

Thursday October 3, 2019:

  • Welcome Reception (appetizers and cash bar)**

Friday October 4, 2019:

  • Conference attendance for all Friday sessions
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science
  • Poster Session and Morning Break
  • 2019 Zemke Lecturer Reception**
  • Annual Celebration Dinner, with Theme Speaker and Silent Auction**
  • Afterglow Sing-along**

Saturday October 5, 2019:

  • Conference attendance for all Saturday sessions
  • Breakfast during Annual Business Meeting
  • Morning Break
  • Wine and cheese closing remarks**

**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 1:00-5:00pm, unless you 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 [email protected].



We have an extraordinary program this year! View it here: SSO 2019 Conference Schedule.

The 2019 Conference Proceedings can be viewed here: SSO Seventh Annual Conference Proceedings.



DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Paradise Valley--Scottsdale
5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., 
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85250

SSO:USA has negotiated a discounted single/double room rate of $159/night at the DoubleTree. To book your room at this exclusive rate, you must use the following link: DoubleTree SSO:USA 2019.



One of the unique features of SSO:USA conferences is the attention devoted to networking, balance, and quality of participants’ experiences.  Researchers should leave an SSO:USA conference refreshed and stimulated.  Conference break blocks, with a range of occupational balance options reflecting local culture, encourage attendees to rejuvenate while exploring unique experiences in the area.  See here our exciting 2019 collection of Occupational Balance Options. Look for yourself to see all this area has to offer!



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! Kindly complete the auction item description form, with details of the item and donor. 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, 2019, 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 Scottsdale and enter them at the conference registration table. If you have any questions about the silent auction, you may contact the Silent Auction Coordinator, Linda Buxell, at [email protected].



Conference Theme: The Darker Side of Occupations: Illegal, Taboo, Risky 

2019 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science by Charlotte Royeen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FNAP: Meta-emotion of Occupation: Feeling About Feeling While Doing

Pre-Conference InstituteTransformative Mixed Methods Designs in Evaluation for Social, Environmental and Economic Justice, by Donna M. Mertens, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Gallaudet University

Theme Speaker: Niki Kiepek, PhD, MSc(OT), OT Reg(N.S.): Shades of Gray: Social Sanctioning of Occupation and Spheres of Social Transformation

Silent Auction, with proceeds benefiting the SSO:USA Student Research Grant

Abstracts of presentations will be published in the 2019 SSO:USA Proceedings.



Attention Speakers! Please see important information regarding your presentations (session formats, poster formatting, etc.) here: SSO Presenter Information.


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