Division 54 Programming at the APA Convention

Division 54 has an exciting program for the 2014 APA Convention.

By Erica Sood, PhD
The 122nd APA Convention will be held from Thursday, August 7th through Sunday, August 10th in Washington, D.C. Enjoy the APA convention while also making time to sightsee and join friends and colleagues for a night out on the town! 
I am excited to report that Div. 54 is involved in four cross-divisional collaborative programs, accepted through a competitive review process by APA’s central programming group. “Innovative Strategies Assessing Patient Outcomes in Integrated Pediatric and Adult Primary Care” is a collaborative effort with Div. 38 and the APA Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), “Code Prevention: Psychology’s Contribution to Youth Suicide Prevention in the Emergency Department” with Div. 53, “Putting the School into Pediatric Psychology” with Div. 16 and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), and “Looking Different: Atypical Appearance and Bullying/Teasing” with Div. 16.
Additionally, Div. 54 has an exciting program of top-notch symposia, skill-building sessions and panel discussions selected through blinded review by members of the Division. Featured programming include, “Child Obesity Interventions: Innovative Strategies for Underserved Communities,” chaired by Annette La Greca, PhD, “Past, Present and Future of eHealth Interventions: A Panel Discussion of Critical Issues,” chaired by Lee Ritterband, PhD, “Your first job as a Child Clinical/Pediatric Psychologist: Transitions, Hurdles, and Opportunities,” chaired by Ethan Benore, PhD, and “Forging Psychologist and Pediatric Primary Care Collaborations Through Virtual Integration,” chaired by Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, PhD. Continuing Education (CE) credits will be offered for selected presentations – stay tuned for details. We will also be hosting a poster session to showcase faculty and student research. 
Div. 54 continues to have a strong reputation for student involvement and we will continue to host student programming, social events, and informal sessions in the Division 54 Hospitality suite. At this year’s convention, we will partner with Division 53 for a joint social hour and the annual “Internships/Postdoctoral Fellowships on Parade” event. These events allow opportunities for trainees and professionals to network, socialize, and gather information relevant to research and clinical practice. New this year, we will also host a paper session titled “Exemplary Student Research in Pediatric Psychology,” highlighting student research that was highly rated by our panel of reviewers.
We hope you plan to join us for a terrific convention in Washington, D.C. Look for the schedule of events in the next issue of Progress Notes.