Looking Ahead in SES

Information regarding 2009 APA Convention Program Planning, Convention 2009 Community Engagement Initiative, 2009 APA Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness, and SES Measurement.

2009 APA Convention Program Planning

CSES submitted collaborative proposals requesting 2009 convention hours for two 2-hour symposia. Both proposals were granted the requested hours. A summary of each symposium is below. Stay tuned to the OSES website for date, time, and location details.

  • Title: Innovative Strategies for Reducing Incarceration and Recidivism
          Co-sponsors: BAPPI, CYF, CEMA, CSES, CWP
          Participants: Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD (chair); James Bonta, PhD; Stephanie Covington, PhD; Patricia Ironshell Hill, PhD; and Jae M. Sevelius, PhD

  • Title: Healthcare Career Opportunities: Treating rural and other underserved populations
          Co-sponsors: Division 37, Division 38, CRH, CSES
          Participants: John O’Brien, PhD (chair); Parinda Khatri, PhD; Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD; Tina Hoffman, MA; Wendy Williams, PhD; and Matthew Diemer, PhD (discussant)

Convention 2009 Community Engagement Initiative

Division 9, The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues has partnered with Divisions 8, 17, 27, 32, 34, 35, 39, 44, 45, and 48 to plan a multi-day program for the 2009 APA Convention in Toronto. The goal of this program is to help psychologists understand the social issues faced by diverse, economically challenged communities and inform psychologists on how to work collaboratively with local communities on social issues to achieve social change. During the program, attendees will be transported to a community-based university satellite in an economically challenged, culturally-diverse Toronto neighborhood to learn how Toronto citizens, community centers, and universities work together to address a variety of pressing issues to build stronger and more resilient communities. This visit will be followed with at least four sessions at the APA convention that will include symposia, workshop/discussions, and a social hour. Sessions will focus on planning and conducting partnerships that foster successful collaborations with communities and touch on social issues such as youth engagement, violence, mental and physical health, youth identity, homelessness, homophobia, and racism. The visit to the community site is August 5th and requires pre-registration. More information on this initiative and directions on how to pre-register will be available soon on the OSES website.

2009 APA Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness

Homelessness has been identified as a 2009 presidential priority for APA President James H. Bray, PhD. He has appointed the following colleagues to serve on the Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness: chair – Norweeta Milburn; and members – Beryl Ann Cowan, Seymour Gross, Allison Ponce, Joseph Schumacher, and Paul Toro.  The Task Force will address psychological factors that contribute to adults and children becoming homeless and the psychological factors and interventions that help them overcome these problems and resume productive lives.
Goals and objectives of the Task Force include indentifying:

  1. Psychological factors that influence adults and children becoming homeless. 

  2. Interventions that prevent adults and children from becoming homeless. 

  3. Interventions that help homeless adults and children become productive citizens and healthy individuals. 

  4. Resources needed to effectively address these factors and interventions. 

  5. Key partnerships to implement these interventions.

OSES will provide staffing support for the Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contributions to End Homelessness.

SES Measurement

In response to repeated requests to OSES and CSES regarding the need to address issues related to measuring socioeconomic status, a communications project to highlight diverse approaches in assessing SES has been initiated. The project, entitled Spotlight on Socioeconomic Status: Scientists Speak out on Assessment, will outline how SES is measured and used by a diverse group of psychologists & other behavioral and social scientists. The end product is intended to provide a snapshot of how SES is measured with different populations, in different settings, and with varying degrees of complexity to provide options for measuring SES in a more accessible way, and to identify the benefits, barriers, and challenges of using a particular method of assessing SES. This project is a short-term first step in addressing measurement of SES. We hope that this compilation will increase interest, discussion, and movement towards a more comprehensive treatment of the issue.