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APA's Annual Convention Closing Session--Sunday, Aug. 1, at noon--will send convention-goers off with traditional Hawaiian music and a sneak-preview of next year's convention in Washington, D.C.

APA President Diane F. Halpern, PhD, and President-elect Ronald F. Levant, EdD, will co-chair the session.

Session highlights

  • A preview of the city of Washington, D.C., and APA's 2005 Annual Convention by Barbara T. Roberts, PhD, president of the District of Columbia Psychological Association.

  • A performance by Makaha Sons, a traditional Hawaiian music group that's been entertaining for 28 years. The ensemble includes a six-string guitar, 12-string guitar and string bass.

  • A performance by Robi Kahakalau, one of Hawaii's most versatile female vocalists. Kahakalau's multicultural, multilingual background is reflected in her music, which ranges from soft Hawaiian rhythms to funky reggae beats. Her Web site is at

Known for their unique style of harmonies, the Makaha Sons have toured extensively in and outside of the Hawaiian Islands, including to Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, Texas, Washington, D.C., Tahiti and Japan. They have also played at Carnegie Hall in New York and appeared on NBC's "Today Show."

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Presidential honors

Halpern will also recognize five psychologists and an organization for their contributions to psychology. The presidential citation recipients are:

  • The Business of Practice Network, a network of more than 50 psychologists representing both state psychological associations and APA divisions that sponsors the state-based Psycholo-gically Healthy Workplace Awards.

  • Fanny Cheung, PhD, psychology professor and chair of the psychology department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and founder of the Gender Research Centre at the Chinese University.

  • Jana Martin, PhD, a private practitioner in Long Beach, Calif., who works on the APA Warning Signs and Resilience public-education campaigns and is past-president of the California Psychological Association.

  • Wilbert McKeachie, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology and former director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, as well as a former president of APA and the American Association of Higher Education.

  • Dolly Sadow, PhD, director of the Bedford, Mass., Veterans Affairs Hospital's Intensive Psychiatric Community Care Program--which provides intensive case-management services for veterans with serious mental illnesses --and former chair of the VA section of Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service).

  • Michael Wessels, PhD, a psychologist at Randolph-Macon College and senior child protection specialist for Christian Children's Fund who has extensive experience in post-conflict reconstruction of countries such as Sierra Leone, Uganda and Afghanistan.

The presidential awards, sneak-preview and entertainment offer convention-goers the perfect way to cap-off APA's Honolulu convention--with a smooth blend of Hawaiian culture and psychology.