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Call for Abstracts

The Face of the Person with Mental Illness

The Fifth Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium

“Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations: 
The Face of the Person with Mental Illness”

October 23-24, 2014

Duquesne University
The Power Center
Pittsburgh, PA


Abstract Submissions Guidelines

The Rita M. McGinley Symposium is a unique scholarly forum for nurses and other health care professionals to address issues of social justice in health care. Organized annually by the holder of the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley Symposium is an expression of the mission of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic missionary order, that founded Duquesne and assists needy and marginalized persons throughout the world.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

This call for proposals invites papers and posters which:

  • Explore the social justice tradition and its application to the health and wellbeing of the person with mental illness.
  • Present findings of research projects aimed at understanding the health care needs of the person with mental illness and/or improving health care delivery to the individual and family.
  • Discuss clinical and/or programmatic initiatives to foster health care equity for the person with mental illness.
  • Discuss philosophical and/or theoretical issues related to health care of the person with mental illness across the life cycle.

General Information

    • All abstracts must be accompanied by a completed Presentation Information Form and e-mailed to Kellie Collier (collier1@duq.edu) no later than 5 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014.
    • The lead author/presenter will be notified of the decision of the Review Committee by April 29, 2014, and must confirm participation in the Symposium by Friday, May 9, 2014.
    • All abstracts will be blinded for peer review. Each research abstract submission will be classified as either "completed research" or "ongoing research." Abstracts representing completed research will be reviewed for paper or poster presentation. Abstracts representing ongoing research will be reviewed for poster presentation only.
    • All presenters' names and the titles of their abstracts will be included in the Conference program booklet and website.
    • All presenters are required to be paid registrants of the conference. Register now.
    • Continuing Education credits will be available from the Pennsylvania Nurses Association and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The awarding of continuing education units by the Pennsylvania Medical Association is pending.
    • For questions and further information, contact Sr. Rosemary Donley, 412.396.6555 or donleyr@duq.edu.