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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.

This sonnet, engraved on the Statue of Liberty, expresses some of America’s finest aspirations — to be a refuge for immigrants, a place where everyone can get a fair shake. APA President Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, believes psychologists can help ensure that America lives up to these ideals by being a land of opportunity for everyone, regardless of income or ethnicity. That’s why she has devoted much of her presidential programming for APA’s 2011 Annual Convention to psychological research and discussions about immigration, discrimination and diversity, and educational disparities.

These special sessions include:

  • “Humanizing the Dehumanized: Psychological Implications of the Immigration Experience.” At this session, the panel will discuss the myths and realities of immigration, stereotyping and discrimination, acculturation, intervention and education, and public policy implications.

    Chair: Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD

    Participants: Carola Suarez-Orozco, PhD; Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, PhD; Hirokazu Yoshikawa, PhD; Dina Birman, PhD; Michael A. Zarate, PhD; J. Manuel Casas, PhD; and Nadine Nakamura, PhD.
  • “Educational Disparities: Old Problems, New Solutions.” Speakers will present the latest findings on how to cultivate academic talent in students of color who are gifted as well as those who are at risk for academic problems. They will also share new research on school reform regarding how to close the achievement gap and the influence of diversity on peer relations, academic motivation and achievement. Presenters will also discuss educational and health disparities for English language learners.

    Chair: Stephen M. Quintana, PhD.

    Participants: Frank C. Worrell, PhD; Wade Boykin, PhD; Sandra Graham, PhD; Andrew Fuligni, PhD; Samuel O. Ortiz, PhD; Stephen M. Quintana, PhD.
  • “Dual Pathways to a Better America: Approaches to Preventing Discrimination and Promoting Diversity.” Speakers will present research on discrimination and diversity, with a focus on socially marginalized groups. Panelists will also discuss how prejudice, discrimination and bias affect both targets and perpetrators. The term prejudice is broadly used in this context to include a variety of groups. Audience participation is encouraged.

    Chair: James M. Jones, PhD.

    Participants: Susan D. Cochran, PhD; Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, PhD; Michelle Fine, PhD; Sam Gaertner, PhD; Derald Wing Sue, PhD.
  • “Psychology of Women and Men and Masculinity.” Presenters will review research comparing women and men and their cognitive abilities and personality traits, and critique the use and misuse of research on gender and sex differences. They’ll also examine research on the socialization of masculine norms and how they affect the well-being of boys and men and cover the role that genes and hormones play in sex differences.

    Chair: Laura S. Brown, PhD.

    Participants: Janet S. Hyde, PhD; Beverly Greene, PhD; Ronald F. Levant, PhD; Francisco J. Sanchez, PhD.

    Discussant: Laura S. Brown, PhD.
  • “Psychotherapy Effectiveness: What Makes it Work?” Speakers will present findings on how psychotherapy can heal relationships and clients’ response to therapy. They will also highlight the strategies of effective therapists and how psychotherapy can be effective for youth, families and multicultural populations and paired with medication.

    Chair: Linda F. Campbell, PhD.

    Participants: Bruce E. Wampold, PhD; Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD; Guillermo Bernal, PhD; Steven D. Hollon, PhD; John C. Norcross, PhD.

    Discussant: Katherine C. Nordal, PhD.
  • “ICD-II/DSM-V” The session will feature the World Health Organization studies of clinicians’ conceptualizations of the structure of mental disorders and the challenges of global classification of mental disorders. Panelists will also present Arab scientists’ perspectives and research about ways to improve the clinical utility of mental disorders classifications, and APA’s involvement and advocacy.

    Co-chairs: Geoffrey M. Reed, PhD; Michael C. Roberts, PhD.

    Participants: Geoffrey M. Reed, PhD; Michael C. Roberts, PhD; Bridgette Khoury, PhD; Michael B. First, MD; Lynn F. Bufka, PhD.

    Discussants: Suzanne B. Johnson, PhD; Pierre Ritchie, PhD.
  • “Lunch with Aunt Ella: The Positive Role of Unconventional Women in the Development of Successful Men.” Three mid-career psychologists will discuss how a female mentor from their youth shaped their lives and careers.

    Chair: Beverly Greene, PhD.

    Participants: William Chaplin, PhD; Rafael Javier, PhD; Armand R. Cerbone, PhD.

    Discussants: Ellen Cole, PhD; Karen Wyche, PhD.