Coronavirus (COVID-19) and SPR 2020 Meeting

SPR 2020 Annual Meeting Update:  Announcing Virtual Conference to be held July 21-23, 2020

Updated 5/5/2020, 4:00 pm

Dear SPR members and colleagues,

We hope that this email finds you and your loved ones well.

Please Mark Your Calendars

Society for Prevention Research 28th Annual Meeting

Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science

When: Tuesday, July 21 – Thursday, July 23, 2020

Where: The 2020 SPR Annual meeting will transfer from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience.

Why: As the premiere prevention research conference, the SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance the vision of SPR by providing a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields; and by providing a forum for the communication between scientists, public policy leaders and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health.

Though a virtual forum will not provide the same in-person experience, we hope that you are able to join us for part or all of our virtual meeting. The Board feels strongly that SPR must continue to fulfill its mission in the face of COVID-19, while also understanding that there are many competing priorities during these times that not everyone will be able to participate in all or even some of the sessions. We also believe that prevention research needs to be shared, the work of our early career scientists needs to be fostered, and prevention researchers, policy makers and practitioners need a place to share their work and come together as best as we can in these challenging times.

We are developing a leaner schedule which will highlight our plenary sessions, invited symposia, a presidential address, and special events, e.g., Diversity Network Committee, ECPN, and International Committee symposia, and the always popular SPR Cup. Additionally, all presenting authors of organized paper symposia, individual papers and individual posters will have an opportunity, if they wish, to post their pre-recorded presentations which will be available virtually ON DEMAND. All sessions will be archived for future viewing.

We also want to acknowledge and thank the work of presenters and the many volunteers who have contributed their time in the planning of the 2020 annual meeting and see to fruition the work that has been contributed.

Please stay tuned for detailed procedures on how the virtual conference will be implemented and instructions for all presenting authors. We hope you will join us in presenting your work/and or attending all or part of our virtual meeting!

Wishing you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe,

Guillermo “Willy” Prado


CONTACT for questions: Jennifer Lewis, SPR Executive Director,

SPR 2020 Annual Meeting Update:  In-person meeting is cancelled.  Please read for contingency plans.

Updated 3/31/2020, 5:15 pm

Dear SPR members and colleagues,

We hope that this e-mail finds you and your loved ones well.

The SPR Board has been closely monitoring the latest guidelines and announcements related to COVID-19 from the White House and the Mayor’s Office of the District of Columbia. After much consideration and with the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved with the SPR Annual Meeting as our priority, I am writing, on behalf of the SPR Board, to let you know that the Society for Prevention Research’s 2020 Annual Meeting will not be held in its current in-person format on May 26-29, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, Washington, DC.

In recognition of the important prevention research that is presented at the SPR Annual Meeting, we are exploring options to transition the SPR meeting to a virtual event or a series of virtual events.  We will provide updates via our website and email list.

Please note that anyone who has registered for the meeting will receive a full refund.  We have been working closely with the Hyatt Regency Washington and for those of you who have guest room reservations at the Hyatt, you will receive an email cancellation notice.

We also want to acknowledge and thank the work of presenters and the many volunteers who have contributed their time in the planning of the 2020 annual meeting.

The wellness of our speakers, participants, and staff continues to be our highest priority.  We appreciate your patience as we work through this next stage of planning for the SPR 2020 Annual Meeting.

Wishing you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe,

Guillermo “Willy” Prado


CONTACT for questions or requests:  Jennifer Lewis, SPR Executive Director,

Download PDF

COVID-19 and Prevention Science and what you can do.

Updated 3/24/2020, 7:27 pm

COVID-19 has changed the world and how we offer prevention services within a matter of weeks. There are many current and future challenges facing prevention science. Many of the vulnerable children, youth, adults, and families that our membership aims to reach now face new challenges related to social distancing, food insecurity, school closures and economic uncertainty.

SPR members have an important role to play to support prevention efforts at this critical time, the best we can:

  • serve as an important resource to the policy community to interpret the science and inform the conversation;
  • encourage the use of evidence-based strategies and support the use of research in adapting programs to virtual service provision; and
  • use research on best practices to support service providers using remote methods.

We are encouraging the membership to raise up their voice as contributors to the conversation about effective prevention strategies, promoting protective factors around areas such as stress and anxiety, trauma, parental stress, interpersonal violence, conflict resolution, substance use, mental health promotion, school success, and more.

We are encouraging members to connect with us online @SPROrg to share their knowledge, initiatives, and resources through their social media accounts using the hashtag #WeAreSPR.

Coronavirus and the SPR 28th Annual Meeting Registration and Hotel Reservations

Updated 3/13/2020, 3:15 pm

The SPR Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place as planned, May 26 – 29, 2020, in Washington, DC and we look forward to your participation in the meeting. SPR’s leadership is monitoring the latest guidelines and advice from the Mayor’s Office of the District of Columbia the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health.

Our priority in all decision-making is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved with the SPR Annual Meeting.

In view of the present situation:

  • Registration – we have extended the early bird registration rate through on-site registration.
  • Hotel reservations – The cut-off for the hotel reservation discount is May 1, 2020. Hotel reservations booked through the Hyatt Reservation Department and using the SPR discounted rate come with no penalties for cancellation up to 72 hours prior to check in time which is 3:00 pm.

We understand the situation is complex and changing on a daily basis and we are also working on contingency plans should they become necessary. We will be posting updates on the website and will be sending periodic emails.

Important information about the Coronavirus and the SPR 28th Annual Meeting

Updated 3/4/2020, 7:15 pm

As we continue to prepare for the SPR 28th Annual Meeting we are monitoring ongoing developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and appropriate precautions within the United States and worldwide. Based on guidance from the Mayor’s Office of the District of Columbia, there is no requirement at this time to cancel events, meetings or conferences. The DC Health Department is monitoring the situation closely. This is a dynamic situation that changes daily which we will continue to monitor.  Please know that the health and well-being of SPR meeting attendees and meeting venue staff is our first priority. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, we refer you to the CDC website: SPR will continue to update meeting registrants as we assess the situation and learn more in the days ahead.