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APRIL 12-15, 2018
Holiday Inn San Diego - Bayside

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Join in on the informative fun as the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor meets for their 28th Annual Conference. Come to learn, to share best practices, to network, to meet new friends and to walk away feeling uplifted.

Humor and laughter professionals from around the world are invited to learn the latest applications and benefits of therapeutic humor presented by field experts. CEU and CME credits will be available for the conference session as well as the one-day Humor Academy sessions.


2018 Conference Registration
2018 Conference Registration Fees
2018 Conference Schedule

2018 Annual Conference Call for Research Posters 

The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor is the recognized authority and the primary membership organization for people with a common interest in applied humor and laughter. Its mission is to serve as the community of professionals who study, practice and promote healthy humor and laughter.

We encourage all those who submit proposals to attend the April 12-15, 2018 conference in San Diego to exchange ideas, answer questions and create new connections; however, only submissions by researchers able to attend, in person, will be considered. Conference registration (Single day or Full Conference) is required and is the responsibility of the researcher. There will be 10-12 posters selected to be showcased at the conference and 3 presenters will be awarded an opportunity to present at the Research Poster Presentation on Friday of the conference.

If you have any questions, please e-mail AATH member and Research Poster Session Chair Tabatha R. Mauldin, RN, MSN, CPN. at on or before Friday November 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.

2018 Research Poster Sign-Up 

2018 Keynoters at the AATH Conference! 

Introducing another amazing speaker for our Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference on April 12 - 15, 2018 in San Diego - Amy Oestreicher! 


Additional 2018 Keynoters

Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside

Group rate is $137 plus breakfast. (breakfast is part of hotel stay, not the conference)
To reserve your room, click the link below or call toll free (USA only) 1-800-662-8899. Use the code "FUN" to get special AATH room rates.

Click to Reserve a Room

Click below to take a tour of the Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside

If you'd like to keep down the cost of the conference, consider sharing a room with a fellow AATH Conference Attendee. To get in contact with others looking to room share please send the following information to our Roommate Central person, Carolynn Bramlett -

She needs:

  • Your name
  • Your contact information - email, phone
  • Your arrival and departure dates
  • Anything else you'd like to share

*For International AATH Conference Attendees….. 


Visa Information 

You are encouraged to apply for visas as early as possible to attend the AATH – 2018 Annual Conference in San Diego, California. The Department of State recommends applying for a visa at least 3-4 months before the meeting. Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews so applicants should first contact the consulate to find out how long the wait is for an interview. 

For information regarding important timelines and travel to the United States, you may access the following Web sites: 

Letter of Invitation 

To receive a Letter of Invitation to attend, you must first register for the meeting, which will open in December 2017.  Following your receipt of payment, you may request a Letter of Invitation from the AATH Office, which will be sent electronically. Letters are only sent to those individuals who will be attending the meeting. Please send any questions to