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Welcome to the 2008 APA Convention

One of the 2008 highlights is that close to 100 Fulbright scholars will arrive at convention to celebrate their Fulbright experience and share information about their work and research in nations across the globe.

by Psychology International Staff

As the city of Boston gets ready to host one of the largest meetings of psychologists from across the globe, the Office of International Affairs welcomes attendees from over 80 countries who will be attending this year's convention.

The 2008 Convention program is large and it is exciting – convention attendees will find robust, interesting and provocative presentations on almost every topic under the psychology umbrella – from basic neuroscience to applications in transportation, education and sport. Convention goers will also find a plethora of international programming spread throughout the program – please see the online international program book and pick up a copy at the International Booth at convention. Some of the 2008 international highlights include a special focus on the Fulbright, awards addresses, and reports of UN activities. We outline these below.

One of the 2008 highlights is that close to 100 Fulbright scholars will arrive at convention to celebrate their Fulbright experience and share information about their work and research in nations across the globe. This gathering, to celebrate the Fulbright programs, which have been promoting exchange for over four decades, is an illustration of 2008 APA President Alan Kazdin's commitment to encourage international, interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives amongst psychology and psychologists. The Fulbrighters include US scholars who travelled abroad for study, teaching, research and scholarly exchange, and international colleagues who came to US universities as faculty and students. Joining them are representatives from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) who run the Fulbright programs, and from the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology (FAST), an international alumni association across the sciences.

The Fulbright events take place on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, August 15th from 1:00-2:50 in the APA poster area, where Fulbrighters and program officers will be by their posters to talk with conference goers about their experiences and to offer advice on international understanding and exchange.  A brochure prepared by OIA staff to accompany the poster session with abstracts of the posters and photos from the Fulbrighters’ international locations will be available. On Saturday, August 16th at 3:00 pm in Room 256 of the Boston Convention Center former Fulbrighters and Fulbright Program officers will participate in a symposium to highlight some of the opportunities and experiences of individual Fulbrighters and to offer information and tips on applying and getting a Fulbright fellowship.

In addition to the Fulbright presentations, the psychology representatives to the United Nations will by presenting a symposium titled Psychology in Action at the United Nations, which will cover a selection of topics and challenges revolving around mental health, human rights, and psychology and their important connections with the UN (Friday, August 15th at 4pm). Other highlighted international events during convention include invited addresses by the 2008 APA International Humanitarian Award Recipients, Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz, PhD (Friday, August 15th at 11:00 am) and Gundelina A. Velazco, PhD (Saturday, August 16th at 3:00 pm), an invited address by the 2008 Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology Award recipient, Puncky Paul Heppner, PhD (Saturday, August 16th at 2:00 pm), and a meet and greet social hour and reception for all international visitors on Saturday, August 16th, between 5pm and 6pm at the Sheraton Boston Hotel (second level, Back Bay Ballroom A).

International Affairs Office staff will welcome visitors at a booth in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the registration area. The booth provides information about APA’s international programs and services, and will be open during the same hours as the Registration desk. Visitors are encouraged to come by, talk to staff, and pick up brochures and material related to convention and psychology across the world.