June 3, 2005

American Psychological Association 113th Annual Convention in Washington, DC, August 18-21, 2005

Pressroom - Renaissance Hotel, Meeting Room Level, Room 2
Facilities will include desktop computers, a high-speed printer and internet access. We will also have working space, telephones, fax machines, phone lines for data transmission and APA staff resources for you. The press area will also be the site of any news briefings held during the convention.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 18, 19, 20 – 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Sunday, August 21, 7:30 am – 12 noon

Register for Hotels at the APA Convention Web site. E-mail for a PDF of the advance registration form. THE DEADLINE FOR ADVANCE MEDIA REGISTRATION IS JULY 6, 2005. On-site media registration will also be available. Media registration is limited to credentialed journalists, others who have assignment letters on the letterhead of a media organization and public information officers from universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Program, Abstracts and Papers
The program will be available after July 20 and onsite. Abstracts will be available soon. Press releases and selected papers will be available electronically. We will supply you with CDs or email the papers to you as attachments.

Press Releases
Releases covering the convention will be available the second week of August (a week to 10 days before the convention starts) at APA Press Releases.

All sessions are embargoed for the time of presentation. Press releases or press briefings on a session could change the embargo time.

APA Annual Convention Highlights 

Thursday, August 18

  • Symposium – Psychopathology and utilization of mental health services among federal offenders, John M. Vanyur, PhD

  • Symposium – Battered woman syndrome after 30 years, Lenore Walker, PhD

  • Symposium – Clinical and cultural issues in same-sex marriage and parenting, Douglas Haldeman, PhD

  • Invited Address – Depression, heart disease and exercise, James Blumenthal, PhD

  • Invited symposium – Treatment of adolescent depression – CBT, IPT or SSRIs? Stephen Shirk, PhD

Friday, August 19

  • Lecture – Our inner ape: What primate behavior tells us about human nature, Frans de Waal, PhD

  • Symposium – Ethics on the frontlines – psychology, behavioral science and national security, Robert T. Kinscherff, PhD, JD

  • Invited Address – Health advisory: Warning racism can be harmful to your health, Vickie Mays, PhD

Saturday, August 20

  • Symposium – Population perspectives on the epidemiology and use of services for behavioral health disorders, Ronald Kessler, PhD

  • Symposium – Unwanted gifts: Roadblocks to success in developing academic/artistic giftedness, Jason Gorgia, PhD

  • Symposium – Asking the right questions – assessment at customs and border protection, Susan Reilly, PhD

  • Symposium – Changing the nation?s diet: A need for innovation and courage, Kelly Brownell, PhD

  • Symposium – Strengthening families affected by depression – innovative treatment approaches, Anne Riley, PhD

  • Symposium – Understanding terrorism – psychological roots and interventions, Fathali Moghaddam, PhD and Anthony Marsella, PhD

Sunday, August 21

  • Symposium – Neurobiological aspects of drug addiction – implications for treatment, David Shurtleff, PhD and Lisa Onken, PhD

  • Symposium – Adolescents – finding their voices in a multicultural society, Corann Okorodudu, EdD

  • Symposium – Forensic psychopharmacology, David Nussbaum, PhD

Other Highlights

  • Psychopharmacological, psychosocial and combined interventions for childhood disorders

  • Depression, hostility and other bad things for your heart

  • What good are positive emotions?

  • Mental health and U.S. correctional institutions: Issues, challenges and solutions

  • Attitudes toward cheating and perfectionism in gifted children: Implications for treatment

The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 53 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.