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The plenary sessions at APA's Annual Convention in Honolulu will feature prominent speakers and current issues and topics in psychology. The lineup, organized by APA President Diane F. Halpern, PhD, and the Central Programming Group of APA's Board of Convention Affairs, will encompass a broad range of interests--from the best psychotherapy based on the integration of research evidence, to Asian alternatives to American psychology, to ethnopolitical violence, to reading problems and psychology, to sex, love, and psychology.

The plenary sessions are scheduled in two-hour blocks on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31, beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

Friday, July 30

  • Invited address: Linda Bartoshuk, PhD, "Measurement of sensory variation: what supertasters have taught us."

  • Invited address: Aaron T. Beck, MD, "Ethnopolitical violence: a cognitive perspective."

  • Business-psychology partnerships: working together for working families:

Co-chairs: Donna Klein, Marriott International Inc., Bethesda, Md., and Ronald Riggio, PhD, Claremont McKenna College.

Participants: Kathleen D'Appolonia, PhD, PNC Financial Services Group Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Michael Shum, IBM Corp., Armonk, N.Y.; Tammy D. Allen, PhD, University of South Florida; Harvey L. Sterns, PhD, University of Akron; and E. Jeffrey Hill, PhD, Brigham Young University.

Discussant: Leslie B. Hammer, PhD, Portland State University.

  • Men are from Mars, women are from you know where: a debate about the nature of gender differences:

Chair: Rosalind Chait Barnett, PhD, Brandeis University.

Participants: Kay Bussey, PhD, Macquarie University, Australia; Steven Gaulin, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara; Janet Shibley Hyde, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Debra L. Lieberman, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

  • Aaron T. Beck, MD, in conversation with Frank Farley, PhD:

Chair: Frank Farley, PhD, Temple University.

Participant: Aaron T. Beck, MD, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Invited Address: Jeremy M. Wolfe, PhD, "What are we searching for? Seeking guidance in the study of visual attention."

Saturday, July 31

  • Asian alternatives to American psychology:

Co-chairs: Paul B. Pedersen, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Kwang Kuo Hwang, PhD, National Taiwan University, R.O.C.; and Anthony J. Marsella, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Participants: Kwang Kuo Hwang, PhD; Weining C. Chang, PhD, National University of Singapore; Junko Tanaka-Matsumi, PhD, Kwansei Gakuin University Japan; and Uichol Kim, PhD, Chung-Ang University, South Korea.

Discussant: Frederick T.L. Leong, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Best psychotherapy based on the integration of research evidence, clinical judgment and patient values:

Co-chairs: Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, Princeton, N.J.; and Ronald F. Levant, EdD, Nova Southeastern University.

Participants: Carol D. Goodheart, EdD; Ronald F. Levant, EdD; Drew Westen, PhD, Emory University; and Bruce E. Wampold, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • An American legacy: 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education:

Co-chairs: Harvette A. Grey, PhD, DePaul University; and Diane F. Halpern, PhD, Claremont McKenna College.

Presenters: M. Brewster Smith, PhD; Minnijean Brown Trickey; Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, PhD, Emory University; and John P. Jackson Jr., PhD, University of Colorado.

  • Peace-building: indigenous psychology in Pacific Rim nations:

Chair: Ethel Tobach, PhD, American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y.

Participants: Cristina Jayme Montiel, PhD, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; Eugene A. Wiggins, EdD, Seattle Pacific University; Leo Marai, University of Papua New Guinea; and Patricia Arredondo, EdD, Arizona State University.

Discussants: Daniel J. Christie, PhD, Ohio State University; Jamie Davis Hueston, PhD, U.S. Indian Health Service, Rockville, Md.; Milton Schwebel, PhD, Rutgers University; and Jesus R. Aros, PhD, Saint Mary's College.

  • Town hall meeting on sex, love and psychology:

Chair: Frank Farley, PhD, Temple University.

Participants: Aaron T. Beck, MD, University of Pennsylvania; and others.

  • Invited address: M. Jackson Marr, "Man of consequence: the legacy of B.F. Skinner."

  • Invited address: Maureen K. Powers, PhD, "Reading problems: insights from scientific psychology."

  • Invited address: Valerie F. Reyna, PhD, and Charles J. Brainerd, PhD, "What theories of memory tell us about the brain: implications for aging, development and impairment."

Complete details about session times and locations will be listed online at the APA Convention Web site in June and in the convention program, available in July.

Reaching out in retirement

APA's Task Force on Retiring Psychologists--one of the initiatives of APA president Diane F. Halpern, PhD--is sponsoring a symposium titled "Successful models of retirement for psychologists," on Friday, July 30, at noon. Robert Johnson, PhD, chairs the presidential initiative. Session contributors include:

Chair: Marylou Cheal, PhD.

Participants: Judith A. Sugar, PhD, and Harvey L. Sterns, PhD.

Featured speakers

The following speakers--highlighted in the February and April Monitor--will give presentations as part of the presidential programming track of APA President Diane F. Halpern, PhD:

  • Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, PhD, University of Cape Town, South Africa, "Making public spaces intimate, healing traumatic wounds: psychology, forgiveness and confronting the present past," Friday, July 30, 10 a.m. Chair: Eileen Boris, PhD.

  • Philip Zimbardo, PhD, Stanford University, "The politics of fear," Friday, July 30, 10 a.m. Chair: Bob Johnson, PhD.

  • Louis Herman, PhD, University of Hawaii, "Rational behavior by dolphins," Friday, July 30, 11 a.m. Chair: Duane Rumbaugh, PhD.

  • Albert Bandura, PhD, Stanford University, "Abating urgent global problems the sociocognitive way: from prospect to paydirt." Friday, July 30, 11 a.m. Chair: Diane F. Halpern, PhD.

  • Sheldon Cohen, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, "How social networks and social supports influence our health," also a 2004 APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award address, Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. Chair: Karen Matthews, PhD.

  • Norma Hotaling, The SAGE Project Inc., "Trauma recovery for abuse and prostitution survivors," Saturday, July 31, 11 a.m. Chair: Sandra Foster, PhD. Discussant: Janet Hyde, PhD.

  • Lois Wladis Hoffman, PhD, University of Michigan, Nora Newcombe, PhD, Temple University, Sandra Scarr, PhD, University of Virginia, "The day care scare," Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. Chair: Stewart D. Friedman, PhD.

Opening session to honor influential psychologists

APA president Diane F. Halpern, PhD, will present three presidential citations during the opening session of APA's Annual Convention--slated for Thursday, July 29, at noon. The citations will mark the work of:

  • Kenneth B. Clark, PhD, and Mamie Clark, PhD, in honor of their research that contributed to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which found that school segregation violated the U.S. Constitution.

  • The National Latina/o Psychological Association in celebration of the association's 25th anniversary.

  • Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) in recognition of his legislative efforts on behalf of psychology and mental health.

The opening session will be preceded by a half-hour concert by Hawaiian Music Heaven, a traditional Hawaiian string quartet.

Other session activities--highlighted in previous Monitor issues--include:

  • Paul Pearsall, PhD, "The psychology of 'aloha'" (February Monitor).

  • Albert Bandura, PhD, will receive the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology for his pioneering work with social modeling and human motivation, as well as with individuals' capacity for self-directedness.

  • A performance by the Kamehameha School Children's Chorus, a group of fourth- to sixth-graders that were the voices behind two songs in the Walt Disney movie "Lilo and Stitch."