Monitor on Psychology - October 2011 - (Page 5)
A transformational convention
BY DR. MELBA J.T. VASQUEZ • APA PRESIDENT
“This is not your grandpa’s APA convention,” one participant said about the 2011 APA Convention. More than 13,000 registered attendees experienced a variety of new and different exhibits and events in Washington, D.C., this year. This issue of the Monitor offers reports on just a fraction of the hundreds of convention events held this year. Here are some of the interesting facts that
struck me about this year’s convention: • The number of participants who took advantage of unlimited continuing-education credits for one price increased by 400 percent, and nearly 300 convention sessions were designated as CE sessions this year. • APA offered a number of half-day and full-day CE workshops before and during the convention, including some APA presidential workshop series and several distinguished workshop series. • A technology exhibit, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Pearson, allowed experts 15-minute demonstrations and handson opportunities with relevant topics for psychologists, such as how digital tools can increase your services and productivity. • APA also provided its own set of tech tools, including mobile tools that allowed convention-goers to track their schedules and a social networking tool that connected participants with likeminded attendees. • We unveiled a new Science Showcase and award, and presented findings through a combination of live demonstrations and video presentations. Dr. Michael Proulx won the $3,000 award for demonstration of a system that enables the blind to “see” with audio signals (see page 10). • The convention offered a family room with comfortable seating for parents and an entertainment and play area for children, open every day of the convention. A special family social hour featured a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres for parents in one area of the room and entertainment and snacks for the kids just a few steps away. APA also hosted several special events, such as the opening session, where Drs. Florence Denmark and James M. Jones each received distinguished life achievement awards (see page 83 and 84) and where keynote speaker Dr. Claude Steele presented his powerful research findings on stereotype threat, in keeping with the convention theme of social justice (see page 26). The session also acknowledged the upcoming retirement and numerous
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contributions of Dr. Pat DeLeon, former APA president and chief of staff to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D–Hawaii). We also celebrated several significant APA anniversaries, including the 20th anniversary of the Disaster Response Network, the 75th anniversary of Div. 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) and the 25th anniversary of Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). APA’s Evening at the Newseum was particularly successful, especially since the Newseum featured displays from a variety of traumatic events, such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The APA presidential programs, the plenary topics and speakers and the more than 1,000 sessions represented the broad spectrum of psychology, with something for every member. The convention also offered many “how to” sessions, including how to publish, how to review a manuscript and how to use APA’s new publishing platform to advance your career. The presidential theme of social justice was a key thread throughout the convention (see articles beginning on page 28). Our social psychological research and our APA mission, values and goals reflect the increase in the value of social justice in psychology. Although there is a painful history of injustices in APA and psychology, today’s APA is committed to investigating, understanding and offering solutions to societal challenges such as race relations, the impact of all forms of discrimination, the effects of national disasters, terrorism and the importance of a sustainable environment. APA’s Annual Convention has always been and will continue to be an exciting, inspiring and transformational event for many of us, and I hope to see you at APA’s next convention in Orlando, Aug. 2–5. n To see a slide show of highlights from this year’s convention, click here.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - October 2011
Monitor on Psychology - October 2011
Subtle and stunning slights
From the CEO
Live science on the showroom floor
Zimbardo re-examines his landmark study
Ready, set, mentor
Attention students and ECPs: Self-care is an ‘ethical imperative’
Suicide risk is high among war veterans in college, study finds
Psychotherapy is effective and here’s why
From toilet to tap: getting people to drink recycled water
What’s ahead for psychology practice?
A push for more accountability is changing the accreditation process
Peer, parental support prove key to fighting childhood obesity
Popular media’s message to girls
Bullying may contribute to lower test scores
A consequence of cuckoldry: More (and better) sex?
Manatees’ exquisite sense of touch may lead them into dangerous waters
Building a better tomato
How will China’s only children care for their aging parents?
‘Spice’ and ‘K2’: New drugs of abuse now on the market
Many suspects don’t understand their right to remain silent
Boosting minority achievement
Where’s the progress?
And social justice for all
Helping new Americans find their way
Segregation’s ongoing legacy
A new way to combat prejudice
Retraining the biased brain
Suppressing the ‘white bears’
How to eat better — mindlessly
Protect your aging brain
Must babies always breed marital discontent?
The danger of stimulants
Keys to making integrated care work
Is technology ruining our kids?
Facebook: Friend or foe?
The promise of Web 3.0
NIMH invests in IT enhanced interventions
PsycAdvocates work to safeguard key programs
The psychology of spending cuts
APA’s strategic plan goes live
Vote on bylaws amendments
Monitor on Psychology - October 2011