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APA's Public Interest Directorate and Board for the Advancement for Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) are sponsoring a breadth of programming at APA's Annual Convention, including the impact of poverty on mental health and the overmedicalization of professional psychology. Moreover, the Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP), a subcommittee of BAPPI, has planned a package of programs to celebrate its 30th year of supporting women in the field.

Among the public interest programming highlights:

  • CWP Network meeting, Friday, Aug. 8, 8-9:50 a.m. CWP's ongoing activities, strategic goals--in particular to enhance women's leadership within and outside of APA--and activities by women's committees to advance women in psychology will be addressed at this annual meeting of the CWP Network, which includes representatives from divisions and state associations across APA.

  • Journal Editors Working Group meeting, Friday, Aug. 8, 1-2:50 p.m. CWP is sponsoring a meeting of representatives from groups seeking to increase the proportion of women serving as journal editors. The goals are to better understand why there aren't more women serving as journal editors and to identify strategies for increasing the numbers of female journal editors. Results of a survey of journal editors that explored differences and similarities between men's and women's perceptions of this role and reasons for the discrepancies will be discussed.

  • CWP 30th anniversary dinner, Friday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. The dinner will honor all past CWP members and is one of several events in a yearlong celebration commemorating the 30th anniversary of the committee.

  • CWP 30th anniversary symposium, Saturday, Aug. 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. In the spirit of celebration and reflection, this session will examine the issues outlined in the historic 52 resolutions presented by the Association for Women in Psychology when they stormed the 1969 APA Annual Convention in Miami, which became the driving force behind the establishment of CWP in 1973. Former and current CWP members will present the past, present and future directions for women in psychology related to such issues as employment, education, practice, science and supporting facilities.

  • Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) social hour, Saturday, Aug. 9, 5:00 p.m. CWP Chair Ellen Cole, PhD, will present three CWP Leadership Awards. These awards demonstrate CWP's commitment to equity for women both within psychology and as consumers of psychological services, and to ensuring that women's issues are at the forefront of psychological research, education, training and practice.

  • "Rethinking workplace violence," Friday, Aug. 8, 8-9:50 a.m. Workplace violence has been viewed from a very narrow perspective, with workplace homicides capturing the bulk of both public and academic attention. In this BAPPI-sponsored session, three integrated presentations will describe the prevalence of various forms of occupational violence and present a model developed by APA's Task Force on Workplace Violence that offers a means for understanding this complex problem and examines workplace violence prevention strategies.

  • "The overmedicalization of professional psychology: issues and concerns," Friday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Invited speakers will discuss the issue and its impact on various public interest constituencies, such as aging populations, people with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, women, children and families.

  • "The impact of poverty on mental health," Saturday, Aug. 9, 1-2:50 p.m. The session will examine poverty and its impact on the mental health of various public interest constituencies, such as aging populations, persons living with HIV/AIDS, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, women, children and families.

  • "Women and depression: etiology and policy," Sunday, Aug. 10, 12-1:50 p.m. Women are twice as likely as men to become depressed. In this symposium, leaders in the study of gender and depression will review the most prominent explanations for this gender difference, as well as the evidence supporting these explanations, which was presented at the Summit on Women and Depression 2000, sponsored by the APA Women's Programs Office, with co-sponsorship from federal agencies, in October 2000.

Check the APA Convention Web site for the times and locations of the following Public Interest programming:

  • "Sexual harassment: some reflections on the distance traveled and the distance yet to go." Louise Fitzgerald, PhD, recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy award, will give an invited address.

  • "Contingencies of social identity: their implications for achievement and intergroup relations." Claude Steele, PhD, recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career) award will give an invited address.

  • Committee on Aging conversation hour. The Committee on Aging's second annual conversation hour will bring together representatives of APA governance, divisions and interested members to discuss and develop effective strategies to increase the visibility of aging issues both internal and external to APA and promote greater awareness of psychology's contribution, through research and practice, to the health and well-being of older adults.

--COMPILED BY APA'S PUBLIC INTEREST DIRECTORATE