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The Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology

CLPsych, a workshop series founded in 2014


CLPsych 2024 will be held in conjunction with EACL 2024

Thursday March 21, 2024

The Ninth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: Celebrating CLPsych 10th anniversary and reflecting on the history and the future of CLPsych

A hybrid workshop to be held in conjunction with EACL 2024.

Call for Papers for CLPsych 2024

Submission site: https://softconf.com/eacl2024/CLPsych-2024/

Conference site: https://2024.eacl.org/ 

Since 2014, CLPsych has brought together researchers in computational linguistics and NLP, who use computational methods to better understand human language, infer meaning and intention, and predict individuals’ characteristics and potential behavior, with mental health practitioners and researchers, who are focused on psychopathology and neurological health and engage directly with the needs of providers and their patients. This workshop’s distinctly interdisciplinary nature has improved the exchange of knowledge, fostered collaboration, and increased the visibility of mental health as a problem domain in NLP.

Together, we hope to be able to advance the common goal of using human language as a tool to better understand emotional and mental state, and to reduce emotional suffering and the potential for self-harm. Now in its tenth year, the theme of this anniversary edition will be reflection: on the history of CLPsych, the progress in the field, and where new developments, both technological and in society, may lead us in the future.

Paper submission instructions

All paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed, and unpublished work. In addition to papers describing algorithms, models, or experimentation, we are happy to receive carefully argued and supported position papers, insightful reviews or synthesis of relevant literature, or informative descriptions of real-world experiences deploying language technology (including prototypes) in relevant clinical settings. Topics include, but are not limited to

  • Understanding people who are difficult to reach
  • Serving people who are traditionally less likely to seek and receive help
  • Addressing social or digital exclusion
  • Creating stronger links between patients and providers
  • Addressing the needs of underrepresented communities
  • Machine learning methods
  • Large language models
  • Linguistic methods and questions
  • Data collection and annotation
  • Specific conditions (e.g. autism spectrum, depression, etc.)
  • Practical deployment of technology
  • Clinical assessment
  • Clinical research
  • Therapy
  • Explainability and interpretability
  • Position papers
  • Ethics and limitations

A key goal of this workshop is to foster the conversation with clinicians and clinical researchers, both at the workshop and when these papers are read in the future. We therefore include practicing clinicians and clinical researchers on our program committee, and the ability to communicate ideas, approaches, and results clearly to people who are not computational linguists will be as important as the technical quality of the work.

CLPsych workshop papers can be submitted using Softconf. CLPsych will accept submissions of both long papers (up to eight pages of core content) and short papers (up to four pages of core content); plus unlimited references. Up to an extra page can be added in the final camera-ready version to allow space for addressing the reviewers’ comments. We require all authors to include relevant discussions of ethical considerations, impact, and limitations in the body of the paper. The limitations section does not count toward the page limit and should appear immediately before the references section. Following EACL’s policy, papers without a limitations section will be desk-rejected.

Authors may optionally include appendices, but these constitute additional information and might not be looked at by reviewers. If anything in the appendix is an important part of the contribution, or important for the reviewers to assess the work, they should be a part of the main paper, and not appear in the appendix. 

All submissions must be fully anonymized to preserve the double-blind reviewing policy. Insufficiently anonymized submissions and submissions that do not respect the anonymity period will be desk-rejected. https://www.aclweb.org/adminwiki/index.php?title=ACL_Policies_for_Submission,_Review_and_Citation

Authors should adhere to EACL 2024 submission policy and requirements that are posted at https://2024.eacl.org/calls/papers/ with respect to author guidelines, double submission, anonymity period, double blind review, data management, human subjects discussion, and referencing prior work. Submissions should use the templates posted at https://github.com/acl-org/acl-style-files.

In order for the paper to appear in the proceedings, at least one author must register for the workshop by the early registration deadline. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to provide a pre-recorded video presenting their work and to participate in discussant-led sessions, in which their paper will be discussed.

Important dates

  • December 18 Sunday December 24, 2023, 11.59 PM AoE: Workshop paper submissions are due
  • December 19, 2023: Shared task registration deadline
  • January 20, 2024: Notification of acceptance 
  • January 30, 2024: Camera-ready papers due 
  • March 21, 2024: hybrid workshop at EACL conference, Carlson Suite, Radisson Blu, St. Julian’s

Shared task 

This year’s shared task is on utilising LLMs for finding supporting evidence about an individual’s suicide risk level. All information about the shared task, including important dates, can be found on the 2024 shared task page.

Organizing Committee

Andrew Yates, University of Amsterdam (co-chair)

Bart Desmet, National Institutes of Health (co-chair)

Emily Prud’hommeaux, Boston College (co-chair)

Ayah Zirikly, Johns Hopkins University (organizer)

Steven Bedrick, Oregon Health & Science University (organizer)

Sean MacAvaney, University of Glasgow (organizer)

Kfir Bar, Reichman University (organizer)

Molly Ireland, Receptiviti (organizer)

Yaakov Ophir, Ariel University and University of Cambridge (organizer)

Contact: clpsych2024-organizers@googlegroups.com

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