May 2003 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 34 No. 5
COVER: Highlights of this year's convention
- Education and the brain headline presidential programming
The presidential speakers at APA's Annual Convention in Toronto will discuss myriad topics related to psychology, the brain and education — from mental time travel to academic administration.
- Strong on science
Psychological researchers will present their latest findings at this year's convention.
- Division programs
Topics include twin studies, memory, age differences in cognitive control, learning technologies, preschool, methamphetamine and air traffic control.
- Get educated
Convention sessions examine psychology in education and offer education in psychology.
- Staying ahead in practice
Convention attendees will get up-to-date information and tools to equip their practices.
- Seeking member input on emerging substantive areas
Some doctoral programs have sought accreditation as an emerging substantive area rather than in the traditional substantive areas of clinical, counseling and school psychology.
- The physical, the metaphysical and the future
G. Stanley Hall lecture topics include touch therapy research, positive psychology, affective forecasting and affirmative action.
- Some gambling problems may be transient
- Funding available to study psychology's history
- Childhood exposure to televised violence may predict aggressive behavior in adults
- Materials released to help build resilience in wartime
- Alcohol undermines intentional remembering but leaves other kinds of memory intact
- Chronic second-guessing jeopardizes mental health
- HRT doesn't boost quality of life, study finds
- Depressed children may doubt their academic and social abilities, study finds
- Science advisory committee investigation is launched
- Psychologists discuss developing corporate ethics
- Psychology mourns the death of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
- Conference examined healthy workplace issues
A unique Sesame Workshop study finds that 6- to 11-year-olds worry more about daily problems than threats of war and terrorism.
Programming by APA's Public Interest Directorate spans workplace violence, women in psychology and sexual harassment.
Geropsychologists are striving to stop negative age stereotypes and meet the growing mental health needs of older adults.
At the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, psychologists spoke on sex differences and other topics in cognitive psychology.
APA filings seek to bring hard scientific information to judicial decision-makers.
Psychologists are developing programs to identify gifted children earlier--and to ensure their success.
Gifted teens get an up-close look at their chosen field of interest in the Pinnacle Project.
A pioneering organization helps people with disabilities assert their right to parent.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
The law can help bolster teacher quality and make education more accessible.
STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
The message of APA's 2003 State Leadership Conference was to continue the fight for health-care policy reform.
Honorees Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Ellen Gerrity--former adviser to Paul Wellstone--stirred the State Leadership crowd with messages of mental health advocacy.
Panelists urged state leaders to actively shape the legislative response to America's changing demographics.
State Leadership Conference workshop highlights key reimbursement issues for psychologists.
Psychologists in three states work to implement--or oppose implementation of--new laws.
Some psychologists at the State Leadership Conference urged the field to get more involved in serious mental illness.