Division Spotlight

Send your conference ideas to Div. 2

TeacherDiv. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) welcomes member input on topics and possible speakers for two upcoming division-sponsored conferences. For the 2013 e-Conference on Teaching Psychology, send comments to conference director Steven A. Lloyd, PhD, of North Georgia College and State University. For the 2013 Best Practices in Teaching Psychology conference, contact conference director Natalie Kerr Lawrence, PhD, of James Madison University. The division will announce dates for each conference this summer. For more information, visit TeachPsych.

Div. 9 will host best-selling science writer in Orlando

Science journalist and author Chris Mooney will discuss the challenges psychologists face communicating their research to the public as part of the Div. 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) program at APA's Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. Mooney will speak at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. For more information, go to SPSSI.

Div. 12 to add suicide resources to toolkit

The Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) has appointed a group to develop suicide risk assessment and management resources for the division's online Clinician's Toolkit a free collection of forms every clinician needs, including health-care release forms, intake templates and more. The new suicide resource will summarize the research about risk and protective factors for suicide and suicidal behavior. It will also list training resources and best practices in treatment. The group members are Phil Kleespies, PhD, Marc Hillbrand, PhD, Lanny Berman, PhD, David Drummond, PhD, and Lisa Firestone, PhD.

Submit your proposal for Div. 13 midwinter conference

Div. 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) seeks proposals for its midwinter conference, "Defining Your Place. What's Next?" to be held Feb. 7–10 in Atlanta.

This conference will bring together leaders from academia, corporate, nonprofit and consulting practice at sessions on such topics as next-level leadership, coaching, service differentiation, management, business transformation and return on investment for consulting interventions.

For more information, visit Division 13. Members who would like to network before the conference or help plan the meeting should contact conference chair Karen Steadman, PhD.

Div. 14 to host sustainability conference

Div. 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) will host its Eighth Annual Leading Edge Consortium, "Environmental Sustainability at Work: Advancing Research, Enhancing Practice," Oct. 19–20 in New Orleans. The meeting will be devoted to advancing research and enhancing the practice of environmental sustainability in the workplace and will showcase organizations that are successfully using green workplaces. For more information, visit SIOP.

Div. 17 welcomes members to adoption group

Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) invites all APA members to join its special interest group on adoption research and practice. The group brings together psychologists, birth families and adoptive families. The group will meet at APA's Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2–5. For more information, contact co-chairs Mary O'Leary Wiley or Amanda Baden.

Divs. 17, 36 explore religious and spiritual interventions

The Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) special interest group on Religious and Spiritual Issues will host a joint symposium with Div. 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) at APA's 2012 Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2–5. The symposium will examine religious and spiritual interventions in counseling psychology. Both divisions will also host poster sessions in their hospitality suites. For more information, contact Christine Agaibi.

Share your clinical experiences with Div. 12 and 29

Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) and Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) seek clinicians to participate in their ongoing initiative to build a two-way bridge between research and practice, which will enable therapists to share their experience with empirically supported treatments. Specifically, the divisions are asking clinicians about their experience using cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. These online surveys take 10 to 15 minutes to complete: go to Psychdata and search for the OCD survey, 147366, and the PTSD survey, 147345.

The divisions will publish survey results they've gathered on the treatment of panic disorder, social anxiety and general anxiety disorder next year. For more information, contact Marvin Goldfried, PhD.

Div. 27 announces video contest winners

“Better Beginnings, Better Futures” won second place in the 2011 Div. 27 video contest.Div. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) has named the 2011 winners of its video contest, which promotes film production as a way to showcase community psychology. The winners:

  • "Human Rights in Middle East Baltimore," by Myra Margolin, working with Wide Angle Youth Media, won first place. The film explores the availability of healthy food options, police support and other community services in a gentrifying neighborhood in east Baltimore.

  • "Better Beginnings, Better Futures" by Geoff Nelson, Mark Pancer, Ray Peters, Karen Hayward and Colleen Loomis, won second place. The video provides an overview of a research and intervention project in Canada that aims to prevent low-income children from developing behavioral and emotional problems.

  • "The Competencies of Community Psychologist" by Alessio Vieno, won third place. The University of Padua student-made video explores the work of community psychologists in Italy.

View each video on YouTube. For information on the 2012 contest is available online.

Div. 31 honors state leaders

Div. 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) presented three awards at APA's 2012 State Leadership Conference, held in Washington, D.C., March 10–13. The winners are:

  • The Tennessee Psychological Association, which won the 2012 Diversity Award for its ongoing commitment to strengthening diversity through the recruitment and retention of minority members from all backgrounds. 

  • The Montana Psychological Association, which won the Outstanding SPTA Award for its financial creativity and responsibility as well as its efforts to provide outreach to the community and professional development for members.

  • Kathryn Saylor, PhD, of the New Hampshire Psychological Association, who won the Outstanding Achievement by a Psychological Association Staff Member. Saylor won for her work to engage undergraduate students in the association and add internship positions in the state.

For more information on the awards, visit Division 31 awards.

Div. 36 changes its name

Div. 36 has changed its name from the Division for the Psychology of Religion to the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. According to Div. 36 President Chris Boyatzis, PhD, the division voted for the change because "a large majority of our membership feels that this term recognizes an important dimension of life and our scholarly and professional work that can be distinct from ‘religion.'" The division hosts a midyear conference and sponsors the APA journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. For more information, visit the division's website.

Follow Div. 41 on Facebook

Div. 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) has launched a Facebook page to share news stories and provide updates about conferences, awards and developments in the field. Follow at Facebook.

Div. 47 journal debuts

The first issue of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, the journal of Div. 47 (Exercise and Sport), is now available to division members and affiliates. The journal publishes papers in all areas of sport, exercise and performance psychology. For more information and to read sample articles online, visit Sport, Exercise and Performance.

Join Div. 48 aid initiative

Div. 48 (Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence) invites psychologists to participate in the Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative, an interdisciplinary project that aims to aid poor communities around the globe that have been affected by natural disasters and other catastrophes. For more information on the project, visit Green Hawaii Conferences. To join, contact Steven Handwerker, PhD.