2020 Annual Meeting: Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the rapidly changing circumstances associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the ASCP Board of Directors, 2020 Steering Committee, and 2020 Program Committee have made the decision to cancel the ASCP Annual Meeting in-person meeting scheduled to take place May 26 – 29, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Leadership is excited to offer a portion of our 2020 Annual Meeting as a live internet course!
In coming to this decision, ASCP leadership carefully weighed the risks to attendees and their families, colleagues, and patients. ASCP has concerns about the risk to healthcare systems given the medical profile of ASCP attendees and the consequences of potentially displacing healthcare workers during a critical time. Considering all the information available at the moment, ASCP leadership believes that cancelling the in-person conference is the responsible action to take. The health and safety of members, attendees, and the community is its top priority.
Please know this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make for ASCP leadership. ASCP is a not-for-profit organization that depends heavily on its meetings to sustain its financial well-being. Cancelling the in-person Annual Meeting has consequences not just for attendees and presenters but for the very existence of ASCP as a scientific society. Still, ASCP remains committed to its mission to advance the science and practice of clinical psychopharmacology.

Next Steps

The ASCP Executive Office is working closely with ASCP leadership to appropriately respond to questions regarding the virtual meeting, refunds and other administrative aspects that need to be considered. We recognize all the hard work that so many have put into preparing for the ASCP Annual Meeting and we are exploring our virtual options. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we work out the many details to plan the live, virtual conference.
ASCP Annual Meeting Registration
More information will be sent regarding registration refunds or transfers to the virtual meeting by the end of April. We appreciate your patience in this process.
ASCP Annual Meeting Housing
If you made your housing reservation through ASCP’s housing link, your hotel reservation will be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund for your hotel arrangements.
ASCP Annual Meeting Flight Reimbursement
If you made your flight reservation for the ASCP Annual Meeting, please contact the airline company to cancel your reservation.


Updated: April 1, 2020