APA's 2006 Annual Convention will once again offer cross-cutting programs sponsored by three or more APA divisions. The groups voluntarily collaborated to propose these innovative, cross-cutting programs, which were evaluated and accepted by the APA Board of Convention Affairs' Central Programming Working Group based on criteria such as the programs' originality, relevance to division and APA members, and overall quality. The 2006 cross-cutting programs are:
"Assessing Capacity in Older Adults," Friday, Aug. 11, co-sponsored by Divs. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and 41 (American Psychology-Law Society). This symposium seeks to provide an understandable conceptual framework, clear practice resources and relevant clinical knowledge to clinical psychologists, gerontologists, lawyers and family members who address issues of capacity with older adults. Chair: Norman Abeles, PhD, Michigan State University. Participants: Jennifer Moye, PhD, VA Boston Healthcare System; Dan Marson, JD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Norman Abeles, PhD; Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, University of Colorado. Discussant: Michael Smyer, PhD, Boston College.
"Promoting Integrated Treatment: The Intersection of Addiction, Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation," Friday, Aug. 11, co-sponsored by Divs. 22 (Rehabilitation), 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse), 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and 50 (Addictions). This symposium aims to define the problems of and identify the best leads on how to treat persons of all ages with substance use disorders and cognitive impairments. It will include discussions of problem definition, neuropsychological assessment, innovative translational research, novel interventions and computer-facilitated rehabilitation. Chair: Marsha E. Bates, PhD, Rutgers. Participants: Douglass Johnson-Greene, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Kenneth M. Adams, PhD, University of Michigan Medical Center; Efrat Aharonovich, PhD, Columbia University; John D. Corrigan, PhD, Ohio State University; Kerry Grohman, PhD, University at Buffalo of the State University of New York. Discussant: Mark S. Goldman, PhD, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
"Infusing Diversity into Psychology: Challenge, Initiative and Commitment," Friday, Aug. 11, co-sponsored by Divs. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), 42 (Independent Practice) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). This symposium presents interdivisional efforts to promote and infuse cultural diversity into psychology, including the application of multicultural competence into psychological practice, culturally competent work with immigrant populations and ethical considerations in multicultural practice. Chair: Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD, Transcultural Mental Health Institute, Washington, D.C. Participants: Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, independent practice, Arnold, Md.; Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD; Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, independent practice, Austin, Texas; Cynthia de las Fuentes, PhD, Our Lady of the Lake University; A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, PhD, Howard University. Discussants: Eduardo Morales, PhD, Alliant International University-San Francisco Bay Area; Robert L. Nutt, PhD, Texas Women's University; Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD.
"Psychological Perspectives on Natural and Social Disasters," Saturday, Aug. 12, co-sponsored by Divs. 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology), 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues), 34 (Population and Environmental), 38 (Health), 53 (Society of Clinical and Adolescent Psychology) and 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmocotherapy). In this session, psychological scientists from across the discipline consider the impact and implications of Hurricane Katrina on diverse populations, including children and organizations, as well as the practice of post-traumatic debriefing and post-traumatic growth in the wake of natural disasters. Chair: Kevin Lanning, PhD, Florida Atlantic University. Participants: Annette M. La Greca, PhD, University of Miami; John R. Aiello, PhD, Rutgers-Piscataway; Richard M. Gist, PhD, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department; Richard G. Tedeschi, PhD, University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Discussant: Janet B. Ruscher, PhD, Tulane University.
--Compiled by APA's Convention Office