From the Education Directorate

The APA Education Directorate, in conjunction with the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, will sponsor the G. Stanley Hall/Harry Kirke Wolfe Lectures at the 2003 APA Convention. Four renowned speakers will share their expertise in lectures.

The G. Stanley Hall/Harry Kirke Wolfe Lectures at the 2003 APA Convention

The APA Education Directorate, in conjunction with the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, will sponsor the G. Stanley Hall/Harry Kirke Wolfe Lectures at the 2003 APA Convention. Four renowned speakers will share their expertise in lectures on Thursday and Saturday (August 7 & 9, 2003) in Toronto. Details of the presentations are available online at <http://www.ithaca.edu/beins/gsh/gsh.htm>.

Thursday, August 7, 2003, 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Meeting Room 206D

Tiffany M. Field, PhD
Director, Touch Research Institutes
University of Miami School of Medicine
“Touch therapy research”

Dr. Field will discuss research about the positive effects of massage therapy on several pediatric conditions including: 1) enhancing growth and development in preterm infants (i.e. weight gain, length, head circumference and bone mineral density). These effects may be mediated by increased vagal activity and associated increases in food absorption hormones, oxytocin and growth hormone; 2) reducing prematurity by providing massage therapy during pregnancy which may be mediated by reduced cortisol levels; 3) reducing irritability and sleep problems and enhancing performance on cognitive tasks by infants born at term and increasing attentiveness in children with attentional deficits including ADHD and autism; 4) reducing pain in pain syndromes such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches and burns; 5) improving motor activity by reducing hypotonicity in Down Syndrome children and reducing hypertonicity in cerebral palsy children; 6) reducing chronic autoimmune illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and dermatitis, and 7) enhancing immune function in chronic immune conditions such as HIV and leukemia.

Thursday, August 7, 2003, 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Meeting Room 206D

C. R. Snyder, PhD
M. Erik Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology
University of Kansas, Lawrence
“Questioning Hope and Finding Positive Psychology Answers”

Seven core questions have steered Dr. Snyder’s 16-year program involving the research and clinical applications of hope. In this talk, Dr. Snyder will explore these questions and his attempts to answer them. His first question was whether he would be able to define hope succinctly so as to capture how people think about it in their daily lives? Second, where does this hope, so defined, come from? This etiology question led him into the fascinating labyrinth of developmental psychology. Following his long-held interests in individual differences, Dr. Snyder was guided by a third question of whether his definition of hope would lend itself to reliable measurement. Fourth, he became curious about the benefits and liabilities of hope, with special attention to the controversial question of “false hope”? The clinician in him nurtured the next two questions. Fifth, how and why do people lose hope and, sixth, how do people regain it? Seventh, to address the large-scale implications of this work, he asked what role that hope could play in the potential progress of humankind? Although this talk will focus on his unfolding program on hope theory, research, and applications, Dr. Snyder also will share his reactions about becoming part of the positive psychology movement.

Saturday, August 9, 2003, 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Meeting Room 205D

Timothy D. Wilson, PhD
Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology
University of Virginia
”Affective Forecasting and the Pleasures of Uncertainty”

Many important decisions, such as what job to accept, whom to marry, and where
to go on vacation, are based on affective forecasts--people's predictions about
their emotional reactions to future events. One error people often make is the
impact bias, the tendency to overestimate the enduring impact that future
events will have on their emotional reactions. Dr. Wilson will review research
documenting the impact bias and several of its causes. He will focus on the
inexorable human tendency to make sense of novel events, in ways that rob them
of their emotional power. By failing to anticipate the extent to which they
will psychologically transform novel, exciting events into ordinary, mundane
ones, people overestimate the enduring emotional impact these events will have.
One implication of this argument is that if people can be prevented from making
sense of positive events, the pleasure that these events cause might be
prolonged. Dr. Wilson will present evidence for this "pleasure of uncertainty effect"
and discuss its implications.

Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecture
Saturday, August 9, 2003, 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Meeting Room 205D

Faye J. Crosby, PhD
Professor
University of California, Santa Cruz
"Teaching About and Researching Affirmative Action"

Affirmative action is a controversial policy. Psychologists have a lot to offer in the debates about affirmative action. Psychological studies show why the policy is needed and also give insights into why it is resisted. In this talk, Dr. Crosby will describe some of the research and also how she has taught courses on affirmative action and also on social justice. The main question is: how do we approach hot topics in a dispassionate way? Part I - in our research? Part II - in our classes? Final Part - can research and teaching inform each other?


Call for Public Members: APA Committee on Accreditation

The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) of the American Psychological Association (APA) seeks nominations for membership on the Committee on Accreditation (CoA), APA to represent consumers of professional psychological services. The BEA seeks nominations of individuals who:

· agree to represent the general public and apply the Guidelines and Principles objectively and fairly without regard to the issues of special interest groups;

· are outside the discipline of psychology;

· are not members of any trade association or membership association related to, affiliated with, or associated with the CoA, or spouses, parents, children or siblings of such individuals;

· are not employees, members of the governing board, owners, or shareholders of, or consultants to, a program that is either accredited or has applied for accreditation by the CoA, or spouses, parents, children or siblings of such individuals;

· have a distinguished history of involvement in community or professional organizations;

· can offer stature, credibility, and expertise to the deliberations of the Committee and in the perception of the public;

· have some experiences in a regulatory or quality assurance body (preferred) but do not at present serve on a regulatory body; and

· do not have overlapping interests in the accreditation process due to dual service and whose status does not represent a conflict of interest that would interfere with that person’s ability to discharge duties in good faith and with the care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in like position.

Public members of the CoA serve three-year terms, with eligibility for a maximum of two consecutive terms of service. The candidate would be eligible for an additional three-year term of service upon completion of the first term.

The CoA typically meets three times a year, with meetings held at the APA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The term of service for the public member will begin January 1, 2004

To nominate an individual for this position, please submit a resume and a cover letter by September 5, 2003 describing the qualifications of the nominee to the Board of Educational Affairs c/o Robert Walsh, Education Directorate at the APA address. Questions regarding the duties and qualifications of the public member may be directed to the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at (202) 336-5979 or at apaaccred@apa.org.


Work on Continuing Education Issues

APA’s Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPEC) is in search of five new members to begin three-year terms on January 1, 2004. Members are required to attend two annual committee meetings in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by APA. Members also work on committee projects between meetings.

CPEC develops policy and program recommendations for the association’s continuing education (CE) program, working collaboratively with APA’s CE Sponsor Approval System and Office of Continuing Education in Psychology. The committee’s tasks include developing and delivering CE programs and products; providing educational and technical assistance to APA directorates, divisions, state associations, and other sponsors; collaborating with organizations that want to become APA-approved sponsors of continuing education; providing review of all sponsors and organizations seeking APA sponsor approval; and identifying, promoting, implementing and evaluating research, development and innovations in CE.

CPEC aims to assemble and maintain a diverse and broad group of psychologists. It encourages nominations from individuals who are committed to the concept of lifelong learning, with knowledge of or background in forensic psychology, humanistic psychology, psychoanalysis, counseling psychology, and independent practice.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 5. Nominations consisting of the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a letter stating the individual’s interest in serving should be submitted to Karen Kanefield, CE Sponsor Approval System, at the APA address, (202) 336-5988, or by e-mail to kkanefield@apa.org.