2014 APA Convention

Aging will be well represented in APA programming.
Preconvention Workshop: What Psychologists Should Know about Working with Older Adults 

Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 8:00 a.m.-3:50 p.m. 

Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel

The content of the workshop will focus on assessment and treatment of late-life depression and anxiety, cognitive disorders and differential diagnosis of dementias, psychological and behavioral interventions for elders along the continuum of function, and unique aspects of managing a professional practice with older patients. Learn more about the workshop on the APA Annual Convention website.

Presenters: Kelly Carney, PhD, Margaret Norris, PhD, Forrest Scogin, PhD, and Glenn Smith, PhD. 

Register online. 7 CE credits.

Speed Mentoring Workshop: Building Research Careers in Geropsychology and Neuropsychology 

Friday, Aug. 8, from 9:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. 

Convention Center, East Salon C

This interactive mentoring event for graduate students, fellows, early career psychologists and junior investigators will offer brief presentations and informal small-group and one-on-one discussions regarding the development and implementation of early career research programs with National Institutes of Health program officers and prominent senior investigators in geropsychology and neuropsychology. 

Co-chairs: Kimberly Hiroto, PhD, and Shawn McClintock, PhD.

Sponsors: APA Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and Div. 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology) Scientific Advisory Committee (both graciously provided one program hour), the Committee on Aging (CONA) and the Committee of Early Career Psychologists.

The Coming of Age of APA's Committee on Aging: Influencing Aging Research, Practice and Policy symposium  

Saturday, Aug. 9, from 12:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. 

Convention Center, Room 144C

This symposium will highlight key milestones and contributions since CONA’s establishment in 1998. CONA’s first Chair, Steven Zarit, PhD, will speak about the importance of the “Ageism Resolution” as the framework for addressing aging within APA. CONA 2006 Chair Toni Antonucci, PhD, will discuss the importance of translating aging research into a Life Plan for the Life Span. CONA 2013 Chair Manfred Diehl, PhD, will highlight contributions addressing cognitive aging. CONA 2011 Chair Sara Qualls, PhD, will address the need for psychologists within the geriatric mental health and substance use workforce. CONA 2014 Chair Jennifer Moye, PhD, will discuss the role of psychologists in integrated healthcare models. The symposium will conclude with CONA 2005 Chair Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD highlighting future directions for translating aging theory and research to practice and policy.

Chair: Karen Roberto, PhD.

Sponsors: APA Div. 20 (provided two additional program hours) and CONA.

CONA Internship Networking Event

Saturday, Aug. 9, from 4:00 p.m.-4:50 p.m.

Supreme Court Room, Marriott Marquis Washington Hotel

Prior to our conversation hour, CONA and the Council of Professional Geropsychology Programs will host a “meet and greet” for students applying to and faculty who supervise geropsychology internships. If you are seeking an internship with a geropsychology track, or if you are internship faculty — please come to support our students.

2014 CONA Conversation Hour:  Engaging Aging Through Art 

Saturday, Aug. 9, from 5:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.

Supreme Court Room, Marriott Marquis Washington Hotel

Building on 2014 APA President Nadine Kaslow, PhD’s presidential initiative, attendees will discuss how engagement in art and creative activities might be used to enhance cognition, promote adaptation and provide an outlet for lifespan developmental processes. The hour will begin by featuring the work of aging psychologist artists, and then build on these examples to discuss how to use art and creative activity in scientific, clinical and teaching work. The 2014 CONA Award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging will be presented at the outset of the Conversation Hour at 5:00 p.m. 

Risk and Resilience: Overcoming the Odds of Community Violence

Saturday, Aug. 9, from 4:00 p.m.-4:50 pm 

Convention Center, Room 140B

This symposium will examine risk and resilience factors related to community violence. The presentations focus on the risk factors associated with violence and the multiple pathways of resilience and recovery through an ecological perspective. 

Karen Roberto, PhD, will present “Development of a Community Capacity Framework to Address Late Life Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Areas.”

Sponsor: Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.