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APA President Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, headlines this year's education programming at convention with his initiatives to improve teacher quality, expand and enhance student assessment and step up educators' attention to the "other three Rs"--reasoning, resilience and responsibility.

The session "Optimizing student success with the other three Rs" will feature an introduction by APA's Executive Director for Education, Cynthia Belar, PhD, and talks by Sternberg, Barry Zimmerman, PhD, of the City University of New York, and former APA President Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 9-10:50 a.m.

Other education highlights include a session on accreditation of emerging substantive areas, special programming for high school and community college instructors and the recognition of two outstanding contributors to psychology education and training.

Reginald L. Jones, PhD, of Hampton University, recipient of the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award, will give his award address, "The development and dissemination of psychological knowledge on African Americans: a critique and a modest proposal for expanding the boundaries of psychology," on Friday, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. David W. Johnson, PhD, of the University of Minnesota, recipient of the Distinguished Contribution of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award, will deliver his address, "Cooperative learning: the successful integration of theory, research and practice," on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m.

No child left behind

A major education feature this year is the session "Psychologists leave no child behind: an interdivisional call to action" on Thursday, Aug. 7, 12-1:50 p.m. The session will address ways psychology can contribute to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)--designed to improve the nation's schools--through the combined efforts of APA's various divisions.

APA President Robert J. Sternberg will introduce the speakers, who include Steve Rollin, PhD, of APA's Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), Patricia Alexander, PhD, of the University of Maryland and APA's Div. 15 (Educational), Jane Close Conoley, PhD, of Div. 16 (School) and Texas A&M University, and Mary Brabeck, of Div. 17 and Boston College.

The speakers will:

  • Outline NCLB and its major emphases.

  • Delineate ways psychology can address important education problems raised by NCLB.

  • Generate ideas for interdisciplinary collaboration in solving those problems.

  • Identify themes and needed areas for research associated with NCLB.

Div. 17 will host a follow-up conversation hour Saturday, Aug. 9, 5-7 p.m.

Furthering your training

Two sessions at this year's convention will address special opportunities for new PhD psychologists to work with underserved populations and serve in government. One session, "The impact of psychologists in federal policy-making: APA congressional and policy fellows," will describe the APA fellowships program that places psychologists in congressional offices, the White House and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The symposium will provide an overview of the experience from fellows' perspectives and will highlight the program's efforts to improve links between public policy and psychology's science and practice.

Another session will describe the opportunities available to psychologists-in-training through APA's Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program, which funds graduate training programs that feature preparation for work with children, the elderly, victims of abuse, the chronically ill and people with disabilities. The session, "Increasing training opportunities for working with underserved populations: using GPE funding," will be moderated by the University of Florida's Ronald Rozensky, PhD, and will include presentations by:

  • Russell Bauer, PhD, University of Florida, "Education and training in rural behavioral health."

  • Linda Berg-Cross, PhD, Howard University, "Interdisciplinary transitional health care for minorities."

  • Gary Fireman, PhD, Texas Tech University, "Clinical training with underserved populations."

  • Sara Sparrow, PhD, and Robert L. Casey, PhD, Yale University, "Yale Child Study Center Psychology Training Program."


Further Reading

All dates, times and places for programs will be listed online at tha APA Convention Web site in June and in the Convention Program, available in mid-July.