XIII Biennial ISCHP Conference

The International Society of Critical Health Psychology will hold their 13th conference in Rancagua, Chile: O’Higgins State University Campus

26-28 July 2023

Conference email ischp@uoh.cl

Información importante para participantes chilenos/as y de América Latina: de forma exclusiva para investigadores del territorio, el envío de propuestas para el congreso estará abierta hasta el 20 de mayo. Se recibirán propuestas tanto en castellano como en inglés, ya que se contará con apoyo lingüístico para ambos idiomas.

Conference Information

From July 26-28, the next biennial ISCHP conference will take place in Rancagua, Chile at the O’Higgins State University campus. This will be the first time that a conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology is held in South America.

The Organising Committee looks forward to welcoming you to the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. This year’s conference will be an exceptional event as we reconvene in person as a Society after our last conference, which was entirely online. This year’s conference will take place in Rancagua, Chile, the birthplace of the Chilean emancipation from Colonial Spain and home to many historical and natural attractions.

While we aim to welcome as many in-person attendants as possible in Rancagua, we are delighted to offer hybrid options for delegates to participate online/virtually, should they be unable to attend in person. All panels, symposiums, and keynote presentations will be hybrid, meaning they will have in-person and online participants. Hence, online attendants will be able to present their submitted work and listen, participate, and comment on the presentations of other attendants. Online registration fees include participation in hybrid and online panels and symposiums, as well as in the streaming of keynote talks.

We look forward to meeting colleagues from all around the world at the 13th biennial ISCHP conference!

In this opportunity, the conference will tackle the subject of Global Health Inequalities. Global Health emerges as the idea of a broad collaborative and transnational approach to accomplish health for all humans around the globe. However, this strategy comes into tension with the dominant political systems that come from capitalism and the Nation-State, the colonization processes of European countries, neoliberal ideologies, and the strengthening of individualism. Together with the strengthening of economism and technocracy, above politics and the community as decision-making criteria.

Consequently, “the privilege of good health,” whether in the promotion, prevention, or cure of diseases, is distributed heterogeneously around the world. In the thirteenth edition of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, the invitation is to question the issues, methods, and theories that underlie the production of unequal health around the planet.

Registrations will open in the first week of March. Abstract submissions are open now and will close on April 30th. Please note that the conference’s official language will be English and Spanish, for the submissions, posters and presentations, providing languate assistance when needed.

Conference Committee

The event will be organised by Nicolás Schöngut (Institute of Health Sciences Universidad de O’Higgins) and his conference team. Contact us at ischp@uoh.cl

Local Organising Committee
  • Dania Saa (Institute of Health Sciences, Universidad de O’Higgins)
  • Camila Oda (Institute of Social Sciences, Universidad de O’Higgins)
  • Isidora Paiva (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez)
  • Alejandra Energici (Universidad Andrés Bello)
  • Victoria Valdebenito (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez)
International Members
  • Ally Gibson (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Bridgette Rickett (Leeds Beckett University)
  • Brett Scholz (Australian National University)
  • Kerry Chamberlain (Massey University, New Zealand)
  • Sarah Riley (Massey University, New Zealand)
  • Tracy Morison (Massey University, New Zealand)


In July 1999, the First International Conference on Critical and Qualitative Approaches to Health Psychology was held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. It was agreed that there was an urgent need to establish a network to begin to connect those health psychologists throughout the world who were interested in developing a more critical approach to the subject. In 2001, the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) was established.

Members share an interest in various critical ideas and participatory methods of research, and their relevance to understanding health and illness. Further, they share an awareness of the social, political and cultural dimensions of health and illness (e.g. poverty, racism, sexism, political oppression, etc.) and an active commitment to reducing human suffering and promoting improved quality of life, especially among those sections of society most in need

Since 1999 the society has hosted 12 successful conferences with critical health psychologists attending from all over the globe. Conferences have been held in a variety of locations; Slovakia, Australia, Switzerland, Canada to name a few. The 13th conference will be the first to be held in South America and will take place in a hybrid online/in-person format.