SPP at the 2016 APA Convention: Outstanding Program Planned for Denver in August

The 124th Annual APA convention will be held August 4-7 in Denver, Colorado. Division 54 has assembled an excellent program of symposia, paper sessions, poster presentations, and our first invited speaker for the convention. Highlights This year’s SPP convention highlights include:

·      Addressing Medical Nonadherence in Adolescent Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

·      Demonstrating Psychology’s Value: Utilizing Patient, Provider and Health Systems Outcomes  

·      Development of Pediatric Primary Care Training Programs: Promises and Pitfalls

·      Growing Pains: Scaling Up an Evidenced-Based Program in Pediatric Primary Care

·      Integrated Treatment Approaches for the Young Child with Obesity

·      Parental Attachment, Distress, and Long-Term Outcomes: Empirical Examinations of the NICU Journey

·      Turning Baby’s Frown Upside- Down: Skills for Addressing Perinatal Mood/Anxiety

·      Integrated Primary Care Financial Sustainability: The Blueprint


In addition, cross-divisional collaborative programming is scheduled for all four days of the convention. Collaborative programs with SPP involvement include:

·      Ethical Challenges In Working with Children and Families In Multidisciplinary Settings

·      Increasing the Number of Accredited Internships: Action Steps

·      Fear Learning Across Adolescence: Insights from Neuroimaging and Implications for Treatment

·      Cognitive Rehabilitation for Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Integrating Interventions & Technology

·      Skill-building Workshop to Prepare for Specialty-Track Predoctoral Internships

Students, Trainees, Early-career Psychologists Programming

Division 54 is also offering programming specifically tailored to students, trainees, and early-career psychologists. On Saturday August 6, SPP will host a speed-mentoring event with leaders in our field. Students and training directors will have the opportunity to network at the annual “Internships and Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Programs on Parade” event, hosted by divisions 53 and 54 on Saturday evening. There will also be a student social co-hosted with other childfocused divisions.

Invited Speaker

We also want to highlight that for the first time we will have an invited address as part of our programming for Division 54. Rob Grunewald, an economist at the Community Development Department Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will be discussing the importance of investing in early childhood in his talk titled, “Early Childhood Development Through the Eyes of an Economist” on Saturday, August 6, at 12 p.m. This session will provide context for early childhood professionals regarding current issues facing families with young children, such as access to quality child care and school readiness, and discuss federal and state policy implications.

This convention will provide opportunities to participate in stimulating programming, earn continuing education credits, network with colleagues from around the world, and enjoy the gorgeous landscape of Denver. We look forward to seeing you in August!