June 18, 2012

Media Advisory: American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention Aug. 2-5, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

Papers on obesity, politics and race, post-traumatic stress, cyberbullying among more than 1,000 sessions

Media Information and Convention Highlights

Press Room:
Meeting Room W313, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando. Facilities will include wireless connections for laptops, high-speed printer, work space, telephones and APA staff resources. This room may also be the site of news briefings held during the convention.
Thursday, Aug. 2, Friday, Aug. 3, Saturday, Aug. 4: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 5: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Media can register for the convention on site in the press room or in advance by contacting APA Public Affairs or (202) 336-5700. Registration is limited to credentialed journalists and others who have assignment letters on the letterhead of a media organization and public information officers from universities, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Media can make hotel reservations at the APA Annual Convention website.
Program and Papers:
The convention program is online. Printed programs will also be available on site. News releases and selected papers will be available electronically upon request.
News Releases:
Releases about specific convention sessions, presentations and papers will be sent to all registered media by email in August (a week to 10 days before the convention starts) and will be available online.
All releases are embargoed for the time of presentation unless otherwise noted.

Program Highlights

Thursday, Aug. 2
  • Challenges and pitfalls of overcoming the national epidemic of obesity — Rena Wing, PhD, director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, Brown University, and Kelly Brownell, PhD, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University (opening session keynote)
  • Addressing Obesity and Health Disparities in the Nation’s Children — Monica Mitchell, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Love Promotes Violent Vigilance Toward Romantic Rivals — Jennifer Leo, MS, Florida State University
  • The Issue of Evil in Families — John Thoburn, PhD, Seattle Pacific University
  • We Accept You … but: Relationships and Self-Esteem Development Among LGBQ Young Adults — Jasmine Mina, PhD, University of Rhode Island
  • Disaster Relief: Developing an International Resource for Mental Health Responders — Leah Rouse Arndt, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Differentiating Electronic Bullying From Other Forms of Bullying — Sabina Low, PhD, Wichita State University
Friday, Aug. 3
  • Engaging Youth in the Digital Age: Tech, Text, Tweet and Thrive — Marguerita Lightfoot, PhD, University of  California-San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
  • Increasing Psychology’s Role in Health Research and Health Care — APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine
  • Growing Up Dolphin — Janet Mann, PhD, Georgetown University
  • High Satiety: Avoiding Obesity in a Super-Sized World — Barbara Rolls, PhD, Penn State University Park
  • Eating and Food Choice: Biological, Psychological and Cultural Perspectives — Paul Rozin, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Video Games, Attention and School Problems: Do Links Remain Once Other Factors Are Controlled? — Christopher Ferguson, PhD, Texas A&M International University
  • How Can Psychology Help Save Lives: The Summit Against Violent Extremism — Ian Gargan, MD, MBA, Imagine Health
  • Women’s Health By Military Status — Keren Lehavot, PhD, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
  • Role of Age in Post-traumatic Stress Responses to September 11 — Kellye Schiffner, MS, University of North Texas
  • Virtual Reality Goes to War: Innovations in Military Behavioral Health Care — Albert Rizzo, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Impact of Natural Disasters on Children’s Health — Annette, LaGreca, PhD, University of Miami
  • Exercise Education and the Brain — Wendy Suzuki, PhD, New York University
  • Ape to Angel: Primate Evolution and Moral Building Blocks — Frans de Waal, PhD, Emory University
  • Brief Treatment for Suicide Attempters in a Military Environment — David Rudd, PhD, University of Utah
  • Some of the Best and Worst Things in Life — Rachel Satter, MA, Arizona State University
  • Mathematically Talented Youth at Age 50: Early Results From a 40-Year Follow-Up of SMPY Participants — David Lubinsky, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Saturday, Aug. 4
  • Improving the Cognition of Older Adults: Video Games As a Tool to Reverse Age-Related Decline — Walter Boot, PhD, Florida State University
  • Divergent Responses to an Obesogenic Environment — Jamy Ard, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Risk Perception and Risky Decision Making: From Viruses to Vaccines — Valerie Reyna, PhD, Cornell University
  • Who Worries About Climate Change? Multilevel Modeling to Explain Variation in Threat Perceptions — Ezra Markowitz, MS, Yale University
  • The Impact of Voting: Feelings of Efficacy and Estrangement – Justin Hackett, PhD, University of Houston — Downtown
  • Impact of Facial Similarity Between Political Candidates and Their Endorsers on Voting Behavior — Feng Shen, PhD, MS, Saint Joseph’s University
  • What Role Will Race Play in the 2012 Presidential Election? — Anthony Greenwald, PhD, University of Washington
  • The Modern Manager: Money Maker or Mental Health Menace — Robert Hogan, PhD, Hogan Assessment Systems
  • Anger Around the Idea of God: A Relevant Topic for Some Atheists and Agnostics — Julie Exline, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
  • The Psychology of Dysfunctional Democracy: Where’s Franklin Roosevelt When You Need Him? — Drew Westen, PhD, Emory University
Sunday, Aug. 5
  • I Found You Online: Research Considerations Regarding Social Networking Sites — Therese Macan, PhD, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Language and the Immigrant Experience: The Myths and Realities of Linguistic Prejudice — Michael Shepherd, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Emails Gone Wild! The Effects of Cyber-Sexual Harassment on Affect in a Simulated Work Environment — Jessica Doll, PhD, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • New Constructs and Measures for Next Generation Higher Education Admissions — Patrick Kyllonen, PhD, Educational Testing Service

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