The plenary sessions at APA's 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., will feature numerous speakers from within and outside of psychology. The lineup, organized by the Central Programming Group of APA's Board of Convention Affairs, includes a former president of Ireland discussing human rights and a prominent psychologist relating her own experience with bipolar disorder.
The plenary sessions are scheduled in two-hour blocks on Friday, Aug. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 2 p.m. See www.apa.org/convention for specific dates and times.
The speakers are:
Trisha Meili, on recovery and resilience and her own personal healing process after being brutally beaten and raped in New York's Central Park.
Hugh B. Price, JD, the National Urban League's former president and CEO, on psychology's role in dealing with urban minority issues.
Mary Robinson, the first woman to become Ireland's president (1990-1997) and the current head of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, on bridging the language of human rights and development (see page 73).
Wade F. Horn, PhD, U.S. assistant secretary for children and families, on the role of academic research in policy formulation and evaluation.
Judith Rodin, PhD, recipient of this year's APA Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award, on the university's role in enacting individual and community change. A festschrift involving pioneers in health psychology will follow Rodin's presentation.
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, a Johns Hopkins University psychology professor, on her personal experience with bipolar disorder.
Todd Heatherton, PhD, a Dartmouth College psychology professor, on the relationship between social psychology and brain science.
Karen A. Matthews, PhD, recipient of the 2005 APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution for the Applications of Psychology Award, on depression, hostility and other threats to the heart.
Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, a University of Washington psychology professor, on a skills approach to teaching mindfulness.
Stuart A. Greenberg, PhD, a specialist in forensic and clinical psychology, on psychologists working in the courtroom.
Barry Schwartz, PhD, one of the G. Stanley Hall lecturers (see page 68), on the paradox of choice--why more is less.
June P. Tangney, PhD, a George Mason University psychology professor, on shame and guilt.
Timothy Schallert, PhD, an expert on brain-behavior interactions, on behavioral enrichment and loss of brain cells.
Sheena S. Lyengar, PhD, a psychologist and management professor at Columbia University Business School, on choice and its discontents.
Additional plenary sessions will focus on making the multicultural guidelines come to life; men, women, power and intimacy; transforming the politics of fear; unique psychology-related careers; a conversation with legendary psychologists; best practices in the application of positive psychology; and leveraging media and technology as partners in health care.
--COMPILED BY APA'S CONVENTION OFFICE