SPP at the 2015 APA convention

Div. 54 has an outstanding program planned for Toronto in August.

By Chad D. Jensen, PhD
The 123rd Annual APA Convention will be held Aug. 6-9 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Div. 54 has assembled an excellent program of symposia, panel discussions, paper sessions and poster presentations for the convention.
This year’s SPP convention highlights include:
  • Making a Difference: Moving Child Research Off the Shelf and Into Practice, a symposium chaired by Christine Chambers, PhD
  • Leadership Development: Developing Skills and Sharing Lessons Learned, a conversation hour hosted by Wendy Ward, PhD
  • Translating Basic Behavioral Science into New Interventions to Reduce Pediatric Heath Disparities, a symposium chaired by Sylvie Naar-King, PhD
  • An Ecobiodevelopmental Approach to Men’s Perinatal Health and Family Wellness, a symposium chaired by Daniel Singley, PhD
  • Addressing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Diverse Roles for Psychologists, a symposium chaired by Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, PhD and Jennifer Lovell, PhD
In addition, cross-divisional collaborative programming is scheduled for all four days of the convention. Collaborative programs with SPP involvement include:
  • Mental Health and Wellness in LGBTQ Youths and Young Adults
  • The Role of Technology in Disseminating Psychology
  • Best Practices in Modeling Longitudinal Data: Making Complex Theory Accessible
  • Integrated Primary Care for At-risk Children: NICU Follow-up and Foster Care
  • A Qualitative Evaluation of New Fatherhood: Implications for Policy and Practice
  • Hurting from the Inside Out: Identity-based Bullying in Adolescents
Div. 54 is also offering programming specifically tailored to students, trainees and early career psychologists. On Aug. 8, SPP will host a speed-mentoring event with leaders in our field. Students will also present their own work in a paper session entitled, Outstanding Student Research in Pediatric Psychology. The APA convention would not be complete without the annual Internships and Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Programs on Parade event, hosted by Divs. 53 and 54 on Saturday evening.
While attending the convention, please stop by the hospitality suite. Divs. 54, 53 and 37 will host a student social hour on Friday evening. Several special interest groups will also host meetings in the suite, which will be an opportunity for continued networking and collaboration. This convention will provide opportunities to participate in stimulating symposia and panel discussions, network with colleagues from around the world, visit unique landmarks in Toronto and experience top-notch shopping and dining. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto.
The program committee would like to thank the following SPP members who reviewed Div. 54 program proposals for the 2015 APA convention: Ethan Benore, Sam Bora, Line Caes, Ed Christopherson, Lisa Clifford, Lauren Daniel, Hobey Davies, Tracey Dobson, Michelle Eakin, Nidhi Goel, Carolyn Landis, Chris Fitzgerald, Marissa Hilliard, Grayson Holmbeck, Chris Houck, Rebecca Kameny, Steve Lassen, Margaret Mannix, Donna Marschall, Mary Beth McCullough, Susan Meagher, Maureen Monaghan, Maia Noeder, Leah Orchinik, Elizabeth Pulgaron, Katie Salamon, Rose Schroedl, Erica Sood, Kevin Tsang and Yelena Wu.