American Psychological Foundation
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) will sponsor a variety of activities at APA's 2001 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 24-28, including eight invited addresses and two symposia. The events are noted below in order of occurrence.
The sixth annual Spielberger EMPathy Symposium features a trio of psychologists selected by APA Divs. 3 (Experimental), 8 (Society of Personality and Social Psychology) and 12 (Clinical) who will exchange information and ideas about their recent clinical and research findings on emotion, motivation and personality. The psychologists are:
Edward L. Deci, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the human motivation program at the University of Rochester.
Eric Eich, PhD, professor of cognitive science at the University of British Columbia.
David Watson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Iowa and current president of the Association for Research in Personality.
Deci's presentation at the symposium is titled "Self-determination in emotion, motivation and personality." Deci's career spans 30 years of both a career in private psychotherapy practice and research in human motivation.
Eich's address is titled "Cognitive and clinical perspectives on mood-dependent memory." His research chiefly concerns the interplay between cognitive and emotional processes in both healthy and mood-disordered individuals.
Watson's presentation is titled "Personality, emotion and psychopathology." His research has focused on basic traits of personality; anxiety and the mood disorders; and various factors influencing mood.
The symposium is scheduled for 9 to 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.
The eighth annual Rosalee G. Weiss Lecture, "Psychotherapy for each stage of change," will be delivered by James Prochaska, PhD, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Prochaska is director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center and professor of clinical and health psychology at the University of Rhode Island. He is the principal investigator on more than $60 million in research grants for the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases, and he is internationally recognized as a developer of the stage model of behavior change.
The F. J. McGuigan Lecture on Understanding the Human Mind will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. Ellen Langer, PhD, will deliver an address titled "Mindfulness without meditation: implications for health, happiness and education." Langer, a professor of psychology at Harvard University, is known for her books "Mindfulness" and "The Power of Mindful Learning," which discuss the psychological and physical advantages of mindful information processing.
The William Bevan Lecture on Psychology and Public Policy will be delivered by Rep. Brian Baird, PhD, (D-Wash.) on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. Baird is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves the people of the Washington State 3rd Congressional District.
The APF Center for Gifted Education Policy will offer an Esther Katz Rosen Symposium, "Making the cut: the psychology of selective admissions," which will elucidate the variables that come into play in gaining access to elite career paths, such as those in the recruitment of students for conservatories or for professional and competitive college sports programs. The panel will be composed of experts ranging from the deans of admissions for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and for Stanford University, to a sports psychologist from the U.S. Olympics Training Center. This symposium will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 3 to 4:50 p.m.
The third annual Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture Series will feature an address, "Cross-community contact, sectarian attitudes and forgiveness in Northern Ireland," by Miles R. Hewstone, PhD, on Sunday, Aug. 26, at noon. Hewstone is professor of psychology at the University of Cardiff. His research focuses on reduction of intergroup conflict, stereotype change and crossed categorization.
The 2001 Arthur Benton Lecture on Neuropsychology will feature Donald T. Stuss, PhD, vice president of research and director of the Rotman Research Institute of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, professor of psychology and medicine at the University of Toronto, and past president of the International Neuropsychological Society. Stuss's lecture, "A look at neuropsychological assessment: structure, content, context and dynamics," will take place on Sunday Aug. 26, from 2 to 2:50 p.m.
The 2001 APF Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award Address will be delivered by Frank J. Vattano, PhD, on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. The address is titled "Teaching introductory psychology: We never had it so good."
The 2001 Esther Katz Rosen Lecture on Gifted and Talented Children and Adolescents will feature Adele Eskeles Gottfried, PhD, professor of educational psychology and counseling at California State University, Northridge. A nationally recognized expert in the area of gifted learning, she is the recipient of the Mensa Award for Excellence in Research for her longitudinal work on the academic intrinsic motivation of gifted children. Gottfried's lecture, "Gifted motivation," will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m.
The Arthur W. Staats Lecture for Unifying Psychology will be delivered by Gregory A. Kimble, PhD, on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. Kimble, professor emeritus at Duke University and past president of APA Divs. 1 (General) and 3 (Experimental), received the 2000 Presidential Citation for Exceptional Contributions to the Scientific and Educational Goals of the APA. Kimble's address, "A general theory of psychology: basic categories and fundamental principles," will be the third in this series honoring Staats that focuses on the work of an individual who has been judged to have great significance and potential for unifying psychology as a whole.
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