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Toronto Welcomes APA's 2009 Convention

Posters, papers, and discussions focus on timely research covering subjects such as mental health across cultures, community building after times of war, issues related to global poverty, international perceptions of aging populations, and global perspectives on child development.

With 1385 presentations by authors from over 50 countries, APA's 117th annual convention in Toronto promises a wide array of programming and a broad variety of presentations focused on international topics. Featured international programs during the 4-day convention cover a range of topics that include human rights and the United Nations, international collaborations, psychosocial support during disasters, and suicide in Sri Lanka. Posters, papers, and discussions focus on timely research covering subjects such as mental health across cultures, community building after times of war, issues related to global poverty, international perceptions of aging populations, and global perspectives on child development.

Programs Sponsored by the Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP)

CIRP's programming begins on Friday with a symposium, Global is Local—Culture-specific Features of Suicide and Self Harm. Participants include Floyd Rudmin, PhD; Silvia Canetto, PhD; Jeanne Marecek, PhD; Jessica Murakami, MS; Gordon Nagayama Hall, PhD; and Laura Simich, PhD (Friday, August 7, 2009; 11:00-11:50 am; Metro Toronto Convention Center, Meeting Room 712). A symposium held Saturday features APA's NGO representatives at the United Nations speaking on Human Rights and Social Justice at the UN—Reports from the Field and New York Headquarters (Saturday, August 8, 2009; 2:00-3:50 pm; Metro Toronto Convention Center, Meeting Room 205D). Attendees will have a close-up look of how the representatives perform their day to day duties and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the important link between the United Nations, psychology and its multi-disciplinary connections. On Sunday, APA's Main Representative at the UN, Florence Denmark, PhD, will give an invited address titled The United Nations Copes with Issues Confronting an Ageing World Population (Sunday, August 9, 2009; 10:00-10:50 am, Metro Toronto Convention Center, Meeting Room 714A).

The award address by the recipient of the American Psychological Association's 2009 Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology Award, Judith Torney-Purta, PhD, will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, meeting room 712 on Friday, August 7th at 10:00-10:50 am. The title is International Psychological Research That Matters: Its Science, Art, and Culture. Torney–Purta is a professor of human development at the University of Maryland, College Park, since 1981 and is being honored for her lifetime contributions to developing civic knowledge and democratic attitudes around the world, promoting international collaborative efforts in research and infusing her teaching with an international perspective.

Also on Friday, Michael Wessells, PhD, recipient of the 2009 APA International Humanitarian Award will speak on "Do No Harm"? Organizing Effective Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, meeting room 704 on Friday, August 7th at 1:00-1:40 pm. Wessells is Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University and a professor of psychology at Randolph-Macon College and will be honored for his lifetime commitment to protect children and families affected by disaster, forced migration, and ethno-political violence.

In addition to stimulating presentations, an international flavor will be evident at the Reception for International Visitors (Thursday, 4:00-4:50 pm; Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 18th Floor, Upper Canada Room) where APA members and international colleagues may meet and greet one another. The International Affairs booth (APA Member Resource Center located in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre) will also serve as a gathering place for international members, affiliates and internationally minded convention attendees. To learn about other programming visit the APA Convention site and the sites of APA's 54 Divisions, many of which have suite programs. Ψ