APA Convention Program Update

123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

August 6-9, 2015

Toronto, Ontario

Teresa E. Fecteau, Ph.D.

Greetings from the Division 38 Program Committee! First, let me take a moment to extend a sincere thank you to the many Division 38 members and new recruits who volunteered their time reviewing abstract submissions! The process of planning the program for the meeting would not be possible without you.

Although August may seem far away, the 2015 APA Convention will be here before you know it! We’re excited about the program and the outstanding health psychology science, practice, and professional development opportunities that it will offer.

APA has continued the collaborative programming initiative to encourage cross-divisional programming, and there are many on the agenda that will appeal to our Division 38 membership! We have several sessions that are in collaboration with other divisions, including:

  •  Negotiation Skills for Psychology Leaders in Academic Health Centers and Systems with Divisions 12 (Clinical Psychology), 17 (Counseling), 22 (Rehabilitation), and 40 (Neuropsychology). This session will include a session on professional negotiation skills/strategies by Nadine Kaslow, as well as breakout sessions led by Drs. Kathleen Brown, Parinda Khatri, and Robin Henderson.
  • Internship Prep Workshop for Rehabilitation, Health, and Neuropsychology Students with Divisions 40 (Neuropsychology), 22 (Rehabilitation), and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). Brad Roper will chair this workshop, and internship training directors will provide perspectives and guidance to assist students in preparing to successfully navigate the internship application process.
  • Mindfulness in Clinical Psychology Training, Psychotherapy Practice, and Daily Life with Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology, Primary Division) and many other partners (Division 2, 12, 17, 24, 29). This session will be chaired by Donna Rockwell, and will include Drs. Norman Anderson, Zindel Segal, and Sharon Salzberg as discussants.
  • Stress as a Key Contributor to Health Disparities in the United States with Divisions 44 (Society for the Study of LGBT Issues) and 45 (Society for the Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). Aric Prather and Elizabeth Brondolo will co-chair this session.
  • Quality Measurement in Behavioral Health: How, What, When to Measure with Division 12 (Clinical Psychology). This panel discussion will be chaired by Patricia Arean and will include a discussion of various topics of interest (e.g., approaches to measure selection, implementation, monitoring, leveraging technology, integration into the electronic medical record, lessons learned).
  • Effective Consultation with Medical Staff: Considerations for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Models with Divisions 22 (Rehabilitation) and 40 (Neuropsychology), chaired by Kimberley Monden.
  • Combining the Biopsychosocial and CBT Models in Psychological Practice with Division 12 (Clinical), co-chaired by Jared Skillings and Kevin Arnold.

We are also looking forward to co-listed symposia such as:

  • Sessions sponsored by the Science Directorate such as Jeannette Ickovics’ Master Lecture in Health and Behavioral Medicine: Relevance, Rigor, Relationships: Scaling-up Evidence-based Health Psychology Interventions
  • Transactional Sex Among Vulnerable Populations with Division 35 (Psychology of Women), chaired by Leah Floyd.
  • A keynote address sponsored by Division 23 (Consumer) related to the application of behavioral economics and psychology to consumer well-being and policy with Dr. Dilip Soman and Kelly Peters, CEO and Co-Founder of BEworks.

The Division 38 Councils will also be active at the Convention this year with the Clinical Health Services Council presenting a symposium focused on integrated primary care psychology, co-chaired by Drs. William Gunn and Barbara Ward-Zimmerman. The Early Career Professionals Council will present a symposium focused on the integration of technology into mental and behavioral healthcare, chaired by Dr. Kristin Schneider. Our Health Research Council will present a symposium on assessment of behavioral and psychosocial issues in healthcare settings, which will be co-chaired by Drs. Stephanie Fitzpatrick and Ali Weinstein. Our Diversity Council will present a symposium, chaired by Dr. Amit Shahane, focused on identification and discussion of current models and methods for providing culturally competent care in integrated care settings. We will also again feature a conversation hour focused on ABPP Certification in Clinical Health Psychology with Drs. Jared Skillings and John Linton.

We also have excellent sessions planned that will highlight many critical issues important to a wide range of psychologists, to include: sessions that focus on leadership perspectives in academic health centers and demonstrating psychology’s value “at the table,” strategies for combining biopsychosocial and CBT models in practice, the role of health psychology training in developing health service provider competencies, and the role of spirituality in predicting outcomes in serious illness.

Finally, we are delighted to announce an exciting schedule of invited addresses by former Division 38 award winners. These sessions will address various cutting-edge and critical issues related to health psychology research and practice, and will include: Can Health Behavior Go Viral? Leveraging Social Media for Health Behavior Change by Dr. Sherry Pagoto; Current Issues in Depression and Cardiovascular Disease by Dr. Sherry Grace; and Weight Stigma: Psychological, Behavioral, and Health Consequences by Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama.

You can look forward to learning more about these and the other programming in future Division 38 and APA communications. We look forward to making the full schedule available in April at: www.health-psych.org. Convention registration will open in April 2015, and we encourage you to register early for the best rates! Registration and hotel reservation information will be available at: www.apa.org/convention. We hope you’ll be joining Division 38 and your colleagues in Toronto this year!