Annual Convention Preview

Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial
Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial with lights on at dusk

Joanna Buscemi, PhD

August 3-6, 2017, Washington, DC

On behalf of the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP; Division 38 of the American Psychological Association), I would like to thank all of our members who volunteered their time to review our submissions this year! We have a wonderful program planned, and we’d like to give you a sneak peek.

This year’s SfHP program theme is Broadening the Impact and Visibility of Behavioral Sciences in Healthcare and Health Policy. Our current SfHP President, Dawn K. Wilson, PhD, has invited key players in the effort to further disseminate evidence-based behavioral interventions to share their experiences with our members. Robert T. Croyle, PhD of the National Cancer Institute will provide an update on cancer trends, discoveries, challenges, and the role of psychological science and services in addressing these challenges. Sue Curry, PhD of the University of Iowa will discuss evidence-based treatment guidelines and opportunities for maximizing the impact of prevention research. There will also be a presidential panel chaired by Dawn K. Wilson, PhD, featuring Alan Delamater, PhD (University of Miami School of Medicine), Ken Freedland, PhD (Washington University School of Medicine), Diana Naranjo, PhD (Stanford University), and Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, PhD (Merck, Inc.) who will discuss evidence-based behavioral health practices that are priorities within the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Health Policy implications of these priorities will also be discussed. Finally, SfHP President, Dawn K. Wilson, PhD, will deliver her presidential address on dissemination of evidence-based practices using models from dissemination and implementation science.

In addition to our invited speakers and panel, our division Councils will be active at our meeting this year. The Health Research Council will be presenting two symposia; one chaired by Amanda Almond, PhD will highlight the importance of self-care and health promotion for psychologists and the other chaired by Qian Lu, PhD will discuss how to obtain research funding across career stages. The Early Career Professionals Council will offer a symposium, chaired by Elizabeth Seng, PhD, on navigating effective career transitions. The Pain IG will present two symposia chaired by Ravi Prasad, PhD. One will describe pain psychology, how it is practiced, and policy implications for pain psychology, and the other will discuss pain evaluation. The Education and Training Council will present a symposium chaired by Ana Fins, PhD on traditional and nontraditional career tracks for health psychologists. Finally, you will learn about how to make board certification “as painless as possible” in a session chaired by Jared Skillings, PhD and John Linton, PhD.

We would also like to highlight symposia that will be offered in collaboration with other divisions. SfHP developed a symposium chaired by Helen Coons, PhD in collaboration with divisions 12, 22, 31, and 54 that will describe payment models for psychological services in integrated care. Other SfHP collaborative programs submitted by other divisions include:

  • Integrated Healthcare Across the Lifespan: Engagement Strategies That Work (with Divisions 20, 43, and 54)
  • It’s Never too Early to Learn about Healthy and Successful Aging (with Divisions 8, 12, 15, 20, 40, and 47)
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Keita on Advancing the Public Interest: Looking Back and Going Forward (with Divisions 9, 35, and 45)
  • Innovative Interventions with Persons Experiencing Serious Mental Illness and Medical Conditions (with Divisions 12 and 18)
  • Counseling Psychologists in Medical Centers: Exploring Mechanisms for Growth (with Divisions 17 and 51)
  • Promoting Integrated Primary Care through Interprofessional Education (with Divisions 12, 43, and 56)
  • Complex Comorbidities of Pain and Disability: Innovative Advances in Research and Treatment (with Divisions 1, 22, and 28)
  • Past, Present, and Future of HIV/AIDS Science and Practice in Psychology (with Divisions 27, 28, and 35)

You can look forward to learning more about these and the other programming in future SfHP and APA communications. We plan to make the full schedule available in April on the SfHP website. Convention registration and hotel reservation information will be available at We hope you’ll be joining us in Washington, DC this year!

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