Division Spotlight

Div. 2 to host ‘Best Practices in Teaching' conference

Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) will host its 12th annual Best Practices in Teaching Psychology conference, "Research-Based Approaches for Teaching Psychology," Oct. 11–12 in Atlanta. Keynote speakers are Mark McDaniel, PhD, of Washington University, Annie Murphy Paul, author of "How to Be Brilliant," and Div. 2 President Victor Benassi, PhD, of the University of New Hampshire. The conference will also feature a workshop on how to conduct and publish research on teaching and learning. For more information, visit TeachPsych.

Eminent psychologists to speak at Div. 15 events in Honolulu

Highlights from Div. 15's (Educational) programming at APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4, will include an invited address on education and federal policy by Robert Slavin, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University, a presidential address on math achievement by Marty Carr, PhD, of the University of Georgia and a two-hour research roundtable session featuring early career members and hosted by Div. 15 past president Paul Schutz, PhD. For more information on Div. 15 convention events, contact Wade George.

Convention program will discuss ways to advance Div. 17

Participants who attended Div. 17's (Society of Counseling Psychology) second annual Leadership Academy in January will present their ideas on how to improve and advance the division's work during APA's Annual Convention in Honolulu. Div. 17 hosted the academy during its midyear meeting in Houston as a way to develop leadership skills among early career counseling psychologists and graduate students in counseling psychology. Div. 17 plans to offer the Leadership Academy on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit the SCP website.

Psychological Services focuses on returning vets

The Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) journal Psychological Services has published a special issue on mental health care for returning veterans, including treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment to injury and chronic pain, support for sexual trauma survivors, and tailored services for homeless veterans, women veterans and sexual minority veterans. Read the issue.

Join Div. 31 in Honolulu

The Div. 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) convention program is available online. Highlights include a session on how psychology associations can work with state medical associations to screen for mental health problems and a mock licensing board hearing.

The division will also celebrate the 2012 Karl F. Heiser Award Winners for Advocacy during the convention.

Test technology with Div. 46

Div. 46 (Society for Media Psychology and Technology) will demonstrate several types of health-care technology in its hospitality suite on Thursday, Aug. 1 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. during APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu. Examples include augmented reality environments for therapy and HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing technology. For more information, contact Jerri Lynn Hogg. 

Divisions team up to tackle the big questions

During APA's Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4, a coalition of five APA divisions will present its first of an annual symposium series called "Big Questions and Essential Conversations." This year's questions are:

  • "Subject Matters in Psychology: What Should Count as Psychological Data?" on Aug. 1 at 9 a.m.

  • "The DSM-5 and the Future of Mental Health Diagnosis: Critical Responses" on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m.

The coalition, made up of Divs. 1 (Society for General Psychology), 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology), 26 (Society for the History of Psychology), 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) and 39 (Psychoanalysis), hopes to spark debate among the APA membership on some of the field's most pressing questions.

For more information, contact Blaine Fowers, PhD.

Learn how design affects well-being

Looking to create spaces where you can thrive? At APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, Div. 34 (Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology) will feature two speakers on how design impacts people's lives. Nicholas Watkins, PhD, of BBH Design in Raleigh, N.C., will discuss people's "hidden connections" with their environments and new ways to improve the design of therapeutic and other built environments. Div. 34 President Sally Augustin, PhD, of Design with Science in La Grange, Ill., will discuss how aspects of the environment such as surface colors, visual patterns, light, furniture layout, scents, sounds and texture affect how people experience spaces and how design of test environments can influence psychology research findings. For more information, contact Sally Augustin, PhD.