The American Psychological Foundation (APF) will sponsor eight invited addresses and a symposium at the 108th APA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 48.
The 2000 APF Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award Address will be delivered by Jane S. Halonen, PhD, Sunday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m., on "Teaching as alchemy." The event will be co-sponsored with Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology).
The fifth annual Spielberger EMPathy Symposium features a trio of psychologists selected by Divs. 3 (Experimental), 8 (Society of Personality and Social Psychology), and 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) who will present recent clinical and research findings on emotion, motivation and personality. The psychologists are:
Henry Ellis, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico.
Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, who holds the Elsie B. Smith Chair in Liberal Arts at Case Western Reserve University.
Edna Foa, PhD, a clinical psychology professor in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ellis's presentation at the symposium is titled "Emotion, motivation, false memory and false comprehension." A major objective of his research has been to develop a general model to account for the effects of emotion on memory and other cognitive processes. His resource allocation model proposes that the detrimental effects of emotion on memory occur as a result of intrusive, irrelevant thoughts instigated by emotions and moods, particularly depressive states.
Baumeister's address is titled "Nature, culture and sexuality: female erotic plasticity." He specializes in social psychology, and his research addresses such topics as self-esteem, performance under pressure, sexuality, decision-making and making a good impression.
Foa's presentation is "Treatment of PTSD." She is recognized as a leading world expert on psychopathology and the treatment of anxiety disorders--primarily obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social phobia.
The symposium is at 9 to 10:50 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5.
Rep. Ted Strickland, PhD (DOhio) will deliver the William Bevan Lecture on Psychology and Public Policy on Saturday, Aug. 5, at noon. Strickland, who has served as a minister, director of a children's home, assistant professor of psychology and consulting psychologist at a correctional facility, has served for two terms in the U.S. Congress (see Q&A with Strickland on page 44). He has served on the House Commerce Committee, where he helped to author the Patient's Bill of Rights, a bill to reform the managed-care industry.
The F.J. McGuigan Lecture on Understanding the Human Mind, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m., showcases psychophysiological approaches to research on the human mind. Richard S.J. Frackowiak, PhD, will deliver an address titled "From perception to cognition: studies with functional imaging in man." Frackowiak is dean of the Institute of Neurology at University College London and director of the Leopold Muller Functional Imaging Laboratory at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. The author of the book, "Human Brain Functioning" (Academic Press, 1997), he is a member of the editorial boards of Brain, the Annals of Neurology and the Revue Neurologique.
Past APA President Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD, will deliver the Arthur W. Staats Lecture for Unifying Psychology on Friday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. Seligman is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. His address, "Positive psychology 2000," will be the second in this series, which honors Arthur W. Staats and focuses on the work of an individual who has been judged to have potential for unifying psychology as a whole.
The second annual Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture Series will feature "Democracy: a critical ingredient in healthy child development," an address by Gary B. Melton, PhD, on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. Melton, director and research professor at the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University, is the recipient of appointments to the U.S. Attorney General's Expert Panel on School Violence (1998) and the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect (198993). Melton serves as the general editor of the University of Nebraska Press's ongoing series, Children and the Law.
Andrea Farkas Patenaude, PhD, will present the seventh annual Rosalee G. Weiss Lecture "DNA, Damocles and decision making," at1 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 6. Patenaude is a clinical psychologist who directs psycho-oncology research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, as well as an assistant psychology professor at Harvard Medical School.
The 2000 Arthur Benton Lecture on Neuropsychology will feature Muriel D. Lezak, PhD, professor of neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery at Oregon Health Sciences University. Lezak's lecture, "Responsive assessment and the freedom to think for ourselves," will take place on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m.
The 2000 Esther Katz Rosen Lecture on Gifted and Talented Children and Adolescents will feature an address by Rena Subotnik, PhD, professor at Hunter College and research and curriculum consultant to the Hunter College Campus Schools for gifted students. Her lecture, "Is giftedness about being or doing? Educational and counseling implications," will take place on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m.
Ted Baroody is the assistant director of the American Psychological Foundation.