Call for abstracts

Dear Colleague,

ICMI 2022 invites submissions of abstracts from researchers on all aspects and applications of motivational interviewing (MI). We invite MI research of all kinds, with a special emphasis on research related to MI and global health threats, MI with diverse, marginalized, and underserved populations, research on MI process and mechanisms of action, and research on the use of MI for helping individuals change.

ICMI brings together researchers in areas including healthcare, mental health, addictions, criminal justice, neuroscience, education, social justice and social change, careers, leadership, facilitation of group processes, and organizational change. Basic science research, clinical and comparative trials research, research on mechanisms of action, quality and fidelity research, methodology and measurement development, intervention delivery methods, studies of MI training, implementation science, and translation between research and practice all have a home in ICMI. We welcome quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies.

We invite submission of proposals for conference presentations, posters, and lightning talks from established and early career researchers, on recently completed studies and research in progress.

Warm regards,

ICMI 2022 Organizing and Scientific Committees


Each conference day will begin with an invited keynote address from leading MI researchers. The topics of these addresses will be:

  1. MI and Global Health Threats
  2. MI and Diverse, Marginalized, and Underserved Populations
  3. MI Process and Mechanisms of Action
  4. Helping Individuals Change

Keynote sessions will be followed by concurrent sessions comprised of accepted individually submitted papers put together by topic or theme or an accepted symposium. The conference day will end with a plenary session comprised of lightning talks (5-minute presentations followed by 5 minutes of question and answer (Q & A) time) and other formats designed to promote audience engagement and intellectual integration. A virtual poster session will be accessible through all four days of the conference. Submissions are invited on all forms and foci of research on MI. Submissions related to the four keynote topics are especially welcome.


(Submissions accepted through March 31, 2022)

There will be four types of presentations at the conference. You will be asked to select the type of presentation you would like to provide.

Individual paper presentations

  • Presentations should present new and original work.
  • Presentations are typically 20 minutes with a 10 minute Q & A.
  • This is a lecture style presentation, which can be supported with visual materials (PowerPoint presentation; embedded video) and handouts.

Poster presentation

  • There will be a virtual space for posters with an opportunity to interact with participants about the work throughout the conference.

Brief Lightning Talks

  • These are 5-minute presentations followed by 5 minutes of Q & A. Accepted abstracts will be put together by topic for the plenary session at the end of each day.


  • Groups of researchers may submit proposals for symposia, focused sessions in which multiple speakers present data-based talks related to a unifying topic that is viewed to be a significant common theme, issue, or question.
  • Symposia include an introduction to the topic to provide context for the session topic, 2-3 individual presentations, and integrative comments by a discussant prepared in advance.

If you are submitting a symposium, please provide the title of the symposium in the “Title” box, and the symposium abstract (a brief description of the symposium theme and why it is important) in the “Abstract” box. You must also upload a document that includes the titles, authors, and abstracts of all of the papers that will comprise the symposium.  

The option to upload a document only applies to symposium proposals. Documents related to other types of proposals will not be reviewed by the Scientific Committee.


The ICMI Scientific Committee reserves the right to accept or decline submissions at their sole discretion. Submissions may be accepted as a different presentation type from the one chosen by the submitting author. Proposals for symposia may be accepted intact or papers proposed as part of a symposium may be accepted or declined individually. 


Language: All proposals must be submitted in English.

Title: The title should reflect important aspects of the paper as concisely as possible.

Presenter(s):  Identify the main presenter, who will be the main contact person, and all other presenters. All conference information will be sent to the main presenter. It is their responsibility to forward this information to any other presenters.

Provide the presenter’s name, highest educational degree, position/title, institution or organization, country, and email address.

Topic: Please indicate if your presentation is related to the topic of one of the keynote addresses. You may choose more than one or none.

Presentation type: Please indicate clearly which formats you would consider for your presentation. You may choose more than one. If you check more than one type, your presentation (if accepted) will be assigned to a type by the scientific committee.

Abstract: The abstract should comprise one paragraph of not more than 300 words. It should state the hypothesis, intent or purpose of the presentation, the theoretical or experimental plan used, key findings and major conclusions.  It should not include experimental details, data, figures, tables, or references.

Biographical Data: The biographical data statement of the lead presenter is limited to 200 words in length.

Symposium proposals: In addition to the required information for individual presentations, include the title of symposium, a brief description (not to exceed 100 words) of the symposium theme and why it is important, an abstract of each of the symposium papers, and the chairperson’s name, highest educational degree, position/title, institution or organization name and address, email address, and phone number. Other participants’ names should also be listed, with affirmation of their agreement to participate in the symposium.

Abstract review

Abstracts will be evaluated by ICMI’s Scientific Committee using the following criteria:

  • Quality of abstract (clarity, appropriateness of content)
  • Integration/Translational (connecting research to practice)
  • Innovation (in application, methodology or analysis)
  • Impact (likely to enhance participants’ theoretical understanding)
  • Objectives (specific knowledge/insights participants will gain)

The ICMI Scientific Committee reserves the right to accept or decline submissions at their sole discretion. Submissions may be accepted as a different presentation type from the one chosen by the submitting author. Proposals for symposia may be accepted intact or papers proposed as part of a symposium may be accepted or declined individually. You will receive notice from ICMI by April 1, 2022.

Research awards

There will be three awards given by the ICMI Scientific Committee.

  1. The Early Investigator Award
  2. The MINT Award for Excellence in Research
  3. The People’s Choice Award for best poster submission

Cash prizes will be awarded, and submissions will be evaluated on innovation and scientific merit.


You can send your abstract through the following form