This month kicks off psychology's seven annual regional psychological association meetings, held throughout the year in several cities. Each meeting features sessions on the latest in research and practice, talks by prominent researchers, and professional development and continuing-education workshops. Here are highlights, dates and locations for each meeting:
Eastern Psychological Association (EPA)
Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, will present the APA G. Stanley Hall lecture on myths about coping with stressful life events, and primate researcher Stephen Suomi, PhD, will present on "How gene-environment interactions can shape biobehavioral development in rhesus monkeys." APA's Science Directorate will host an academic career workshop. For more information, visit the conference's Web site at www.easternpsychological.org.
Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)
The theme of SEPA's annual meeting is "Psychological science and its applications." Fourteen continuing-education workshops will be offered on topics ranging from treatment compliance to data analysis with SPSS to forensic interviewing. Invited speakers include Christina Maslach, PhD, of the University of California, Berkeley, who will discuss her research on and interventions for job burnout, leading racial identity researcher Robert Sellers, PhD, and Gary Wells, PhD, who will talk about his research and advocacy work on eyewitness identification. Carol Dwyer, PhD, will give the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture on "Construct validity: theory into practice." For more information, visit SEPA's Web site at www.sepaonline.com.
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA)
RMPA's annual meeting will feature special programming on teaching, including teaching students with disabilities, developing a teaching portfolio, textbook selection, and balancing roles between teaching and other faculty obligations. Other highlights include an informal discussion and idea exchange for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) issues on campus, and a research topics session on GLBT issues. Key speakers include C.R. Snyder, PhD, Richard Miller, PhD, and Wilbert McKeachie, PhD. Randy Smith, PhD, will present the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture. For more information, visit RMPA's Web site at www.rockymountainpsych.org.
Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA)
Speakers at SWPA's annual meeting will include SWPA President Mary Brazier, PhD, whose talk is titled "A rat runner's rhapsody," APA's former Chief Executive Officer Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, who will reflect on his psychology career, and Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, who will discuss "Preventive interventions following a child's death." Bruce McEwen, PhD, will give the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture on "The end of stress as we know it." For more information, visit the association's Web site at www.swpsych.org.
Western Psychological Association (WPA)
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
WPA's annual meeting will feature invited addresses by more than 30 speakers, including APA Past-president Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, Glenna Nogami, PhD, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, JoAnna Wood, PhD, of NASA's Johnson Space Center, Salvatore Maddi, PhD, Dean Keith Simonton, PhD, and Peter Suedfeld, PhD. Joshua Aronson, PhD, will present the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture. APA's Science Directorate will sponsor an academic career workshop, and statistics experts will present four two-hour statistics workshops on regression, multilevel modeling, preparing data for analysis and visual-conceptual methods for teaching statistics. For more information, visit the WPA's Web site at www.westernpsych.org.
Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
Meeting highlights for MPA's 75th anniversary meeting include invited addresses by Lyn Abramson, PhD, Lauren Alloy, PhD, Bella DePaulo, PhD, Thomas Gilovich, PhD, and Janet Hyde, PhD. David Meyer, PhD, will present the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture on "New prospects for computational united theories of cognition and action," and Ludy Benjamin, PhD, will give an invited address on MPA's history. Symposia will cover topics such as social learning and imitation, clinical judgment errors, and cognitive shifts triggered by bilingualism and biculturalism.For more information, visit http://condor.depaul.edu/~psych/mpa/meeting.htm.
New England Psychological Association(NEPA)
While NEPA is still in the planning stages for its annual meeting, Joan Rollins, PhD, is set to present her presidential address, and Martha McClintock, PhD, will give the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture. Visit the meeting's Web site at www1.rider.edu/~brosvic/frame.html later this year for more information.
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