May 17, 2007

American Psychological Association 115th Annual Convention in San Francisco, August 17-20, 2007

Pressroom – San Francisco Hilton, 4th Floor/Building 3: Union Square Room 2
Facilities will include wireless connections for your lap tops and two high-speed printers. 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.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday August 17, 18, 19 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, August 20, 8:00 am – 12 noon

Register for Hotels at the APA Convention Web site . E-mail for a PDF of the advance registration form. Media can register at anytime. To get a badge and convention book mailed prior to the convention, THE DEADLINE FOR ADVANCE MEDIA REGISTRATION IS JULY 2, 2007. Media can register onsite too. 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 and Papers
The program will be available after July 20 and available online in early July. Programs will also be available onsite. Press releases and selected papers will be available electronically. We will supply you with disk key cards/CDs or email the papers to you as attachments.

Press Releases
Releases summarizing convention sessions, presentations and papers will be sent to all pre-registered media by email the second week of August (a week to 10 days before the convention starts) and will be available at APA Press Room.

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

Friday, August 17

  • Opening Session – Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, PhD receives APA award for outstanding lifetime contribution to psychology for work in psychology of judgment and decision-making

  • Presidential Address – Sexual Orientation and Military Service: Current Evidence and APA Policy, Albert J. Lott, PhD

  • Symposium – Family Problems Among Recently Returning Military Veterans, Steven L. Sayers, PhD

  • Symposium – Workplace Flexibility – Strategies for the 21st Century, Christine E. Dickson, PhD

  • Symposium – Insomnia and Depression – Birds of a Feather? Michael Perlis, PhD

  • Symposium – Women Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan: Themes, Challenges, and Treatment Implications, Jeanna Ermold, PhD

  • Symposium – Traumatic Stress, Cardiovascular Disease, Metabolic Syndrome, and Neurodegenerative Disease, Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett, PhD

  • Symposium – Women Over 50 – Psychological Perspectives, Varda Muhlbauer, PhD

  • Symposium – Health Literacy Barriers to Elders’ Self-Care – How Can Technology Help? Daniel G. Morrow, PhD, and Richard Pak, PhD

Saturday, August 18

  • Presidential Address – Looking Ahead: The Future of APA and Psychology, Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD

  • Invited Address – You Should Know What I Know: The Empirical Basis for Understanding Sex Today, Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, PhD

  • Invited Address – Criminal Profiling: Catching Criminals Through Psychology,  Gregg O. McCrary, MA

  • Invited Address – Adolescent Brain Development: A Period of Vulnerabilities and Opportunities, Ronald E. Dahl, MD

  • Invited Plenary Address – Culture, Race, Ethnicity, and Mental Health: A Dialogue, David Satcher, MD, PhD

  • Presidential Address – Integrative Health Care for an Aging Population: Report on a Presidential Task Force, Toni C. Antonucci, PhD

  • Presidential Address – Improving Math and Science Education: What is Psychology’s Role? Nora S. Newcombe, PhD

  • Lecture – Molecules and Monogamy: What’s Love Got to Do With It? C. Sue Carter, PhD

  • Lecture – Danger and Disorder: Should Treatment Ever Be Mandated? John Monahan, PhD

  • Lecture – Of Molecules and Mind: Integrating the Psychology and Biology of Stress and Adaptation, Bruce McEwen, PhD

  • Symposium – Ingroups and Outgroups: Lessons from Brains, Babies and Primates, Mahzarin Banaji, PhD

  • Symposium – Beneficial Versus Harmful Effect of Stress on Immune Function, Firdaus Dhabhar, PhD

  • Invited Address – Effects of Trauma on the Brain, Bruce Perry, PhD, MD

Sunday, August 19

  • Invited Plenary Address – Buddhist Positive Psychology: Clinical Applications, Lama Surya Das

  • Lecture – Broken Ties: Social Isolation and Breast Cancer, Martha K. McClintock, PhD

  • Symposium – Sexualization of Girls – How Culture and Corporations Are Harming Our Daughters, Eileen L. Zurbriggen, PhD

  • Symposium –  Addressing Critical Demands Placed on University Counseling Centers, Tyler Pedersen, PhD

  • Presidential Address – Challenge for Psychology in Our Time: Understanding the Causes of Terrorism, Sheldon Solomon, PhD, and Jeff Greenberg, PhD

  • Symposium – Vulnerable and Impressionable: Social Inequality and Children’s Exposure to Health Risks, Barbara H. Fiese, PhD

  • Symposium – Aging and Health Disparities: Cumulative Effects of Race, Gender and SES, Rosemary Blieszner, PhD

  • Lecture – Up-tight, Laid-back and Jumpy Monkeys, Stephen J. Suomi, PhD

  • Lecture – Understanding the Human Mind: Studies of the Frontal Lobes, Donald T. Suss, PhD

Monday, August 20

  • Symposium – Dissemination of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments in the Veterans Health Administration, Bradley E. Karlin, PhD

  • Symposium – Group Counseling Interventions in University Counseling Centers – Innovations and Challenges, David A. Peterson, PhD

  • Symposium – Mentally Disordered Offenders – Special Population Requiring Special Attention, Daryl G. Kroner, PhD

  • Symposium – Riding the High-Tech Wave – How Cyberculture Shifts Psychotherapy, Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

  • Symposium – Prevalence and Effects of Traumatic Life Events Among University Students, Patricia A. Frazier, PhD

  • Symposium – Qualitative and Quantitative Examinations of College Men and Therapy, A.J. Metz, PhD and Brigg B. Noyes, MS

  • Discussion – Ethics and Interrogation – Confronting the Challenge: What Ethical Dilemmas Do Psychologists Working in Detention Centers Face? Scott W. Allen, PhD

  • Symposium – Anger and Violence in Combat- Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Claude M. Chemtob, PhD and Raymond W. Novaco, PhD

  • Symposium – Current Directions in Psychological Resilience Research Among Military Personnel, Donald R. McCreary, PhD

  • Symposium – Battlemind Training System – Supporting Soldiers Throughout the Deployment Cycle, Carl A. Castro, PhD and Jeffrey l. Thomas, PhD

Other Program Highlights

  • Hooking up – modern day sexual behavior of teenagers

  • Prevalence of PTSD in National Guard

  • Anger and aggression in athletic and non-athletic high school and college students

  • Reactions to terror

  • Survey of school administrators on responses to crisis situations

  • Aging well in adverse situations

  • IQ and ADHD in adults: are they related?

  • Role of spirituality in health and relationships

  • Risk factors for drug abuse in women

  • Increasing fruit and vegetable eating during school

  • Interventions to improve sleep in older adults

  • Can hostility increase cholesterol?

  • Does exposure to violence lead to social/emotional dysfunction?

  • Evidence-based internet therapies

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 148,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 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 human welfare.