Psychology of Relationships

Conference 2017

 The 16th Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (APS-PORIG) National Conference

The APS-PORIG conference returned to Melbourne in 2017 and was hosted by the Science of Adult Relationships (SoAR) Laboratory at Deakin University. Now in its 16th year, we invited researchers, practitioners and policy makers from all fields that have an interest in relationships to attend and present at this conference. This year we had two internationally renowned keynote speakers and a scientific program relevant to both practitioners and academics.

We accepted a diverse set of presentation formats including individual oral presentations, symposia, forums and roundtable discussions as well as workshops. All topics related to the study of relationships are welcome, this includes but is not limited to: romantic relationships (spanning all sexual orientations), parent-child relationships (spanning all eras of the lifespan), peer relationships, client-therapist relationships, relationships in the workplace, and inter-group relationships.

Our keynote speakers for this conference are world renowned relationship scholars and practitioners. Collectively, their talks will tackle key issues relating to therapy  and research. 

Keynote Speakers 

Professor Susan Johnson

(University of Ottawa & International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy)

'EFT: A new era of couple therapy?'

Professor Marita McCabe

(Director of the Institute of Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University)

'Sexuality and relationships: Are they related?'


Conference Program

Peruse our highly interactive and intellectually engaging conference program here!

Submissions and Registration

Submissions and registrations are now closed.


standard fee

(from Sat 28th Oct)

  early bird

(till Fri 27th Oct)

 one day registration

Interest Group rate

$   360.00

 $   260.00

 $        252.00

APS member rate

$   400.00

 $   300.00

 $        280.00

Standard registrant (Non APS) rate

$   450.00

 $   350.00

 $        315.00

Interest Group student rate

$   200.00


$        140.00

APS student rate

$   220.00


$        154.00







Annual General Meeting

Our most recent AGM was held during the 16th APS-PORIG conference on Friday 18th November at 3.00pm AEST. You can find a summary of our AGM here.

For further information about the conference

Contact the Conference Chair:

Associate Professor Gery Karantzas

Ph: +61 (03) 9244 6959