Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology (An ACL 2014 Workshop)

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Friday, 27 June 2014
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 21 March 2014

First Call for Papers
Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology (An ACL 2014 Workshop)
Baltimore, Maryland, June 27

Submissions deadline: March 21, 2014

-- Description

This workshop will focus on on language technology applications in mental health. We aim to bring together natural language processing (NLP) researchers with practicing clinicians, with the following four goals:

- To increase language technologists’ understanding of what mental health clinicians do and what their real needs are
- To increase clinical practitioners’ understanding of what’s possible in language technology and what it might have to offer
- To identify challenges that need to be overcome
- To formulate targets and priorities for near-term improvement of the practical state of the art

Instead of the traditional presentation+questions format, each paper will also have a clinically-oriented discussant, who will read the paper thoroughly in advance and briefly present prepared commentary.

We are particularly interested in submissions that bear on issues like the following, relative to psychological conditions and neurological disorders:

- What features of language or speech could play a prominent role in diagnosis?
- What algorithms and forms of modeling are applicable?
- What kinds of data exists or could be obtained?
- What practical or ethical issues require attention?

We aim to emerge from the workshop discussions with a well defined strategy for progress informed by both the ACL and clinically oriented participants. This could include, e.g., identifying a specific topic for a shared task; formulating a plan for sharing IRB application templates for natural language processing work in psychology; identifying the top-level requirements for a natural language processing toolkit specifically devoted to practical issues in clinical psychology.

-- Submission instructions

A key goal of this workshop is to foster the conversation with clinical psychology practitioners, both at the workshop and when these papers are read in the future. We are therefore including practicing mental health clinicians on our program committee; the ability to communicate ideas, approaches, and results clearly to people who are not computational linguistics experts will be as important as the quality of the work itself.

We encourage you to include supplementary materials (up to 2 pages) with technical details kept out of the body of the paper. These and other supplementary materials, such as code or datasets, will be linked via URL in the final version of the accepted paper.

Submissions can contain up to 8 pages of content, plus references of any length, plus up to 2 pages of supplementary materials as described above. Supplementary materials should be self-contained (i.e. should start on a separate page). Papers must conform to the ACL 2014 submission format guidelines, as detailed in the ACL 2014 Call for Papers. Submissions should be anonymous. Papers must be submitted using the START system at

We will accept submissions for either oral or poster presentation.

-- Important dates

Submissions deadline: March 21, 2014
Notifications sent to authors: April 11, 2014
Final, camera-ready papers due: April 28, 2014
Workshop in Baltimore: June 27, 2014

-- Organizers

Philip Resnik, PhD, University of Maryland
Rebecca Resnik, PsyD, Mindwell Psychology Bethesda
Meg Mitchell, PhD, Microsoft Research
To contact the organizers, please mail

-- Web sites

General information:
Paper submissions:
ACL conference site:

-- Program committee

Steven Bedrick, Oregon Health and Science University
Jesus Caban, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Munmun De Choudhury, Microsoft Research
Michael Gamon, Microsoft Research
Kristy Hollingshead, Department of Defense
Arthur Horton, Psych Associates of Maryland
Loring Ingraham, George Washington University
Molly Ireland, Texas Tech
Michal Kosinski, Cambridge University
Antolin Llorente, University of Maryland Medical School
Elmar Nöth, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Serguei Pakhomov, University of Minnesota
Emily Prud’hommeaux, University of Rochester
Nan Bernstein Ratner, University of Maryland
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen
Brian Roark, Google Research
Andy Schwartz, University of Pennsylvania
Kathy Seifert, Eastern Shore Psychological Services
Thamar Solorio, Univ of Alabama at Birmingham
David Stillwell, Cambridge University
Paul Thompson, Dartmouth College
Lyle Ungar, University of Pennsylvania
Marilyn Walker, UC Santa Cruz
Karin Scheetz Walsh, Children’s National Medical Center