2011 APA Annual Convention programming & activities

Foster care, sexual oppression of women, the census and more

Psychology’s contribution to addressing socioeconomic disparities in health, well-being, and human development continues to gain recognition within and outside of APA. OSES and CSES are excited to have participated in several symposia, events, and activities during the 2011 APA Annual Convention held on August 4 - 7, 2011 in Washington, DC, including:

CSES Co-sponsored Symposia:
Mental Health and Youth in Foster Care - Systems of Care in Need of Review

Co-sponsors: Divisions 27, 7, 35, 49, 53, 55 with support from CSES, CYF, and CEMA
Presenters: Yo Jackson, PhD (Chair); Heather Ringeisen, PhD; Sonya J. Leathers, PhD; John Lyons, PhD; and Larke N. Huang, PhD

The speakers presented the latest evidence regarding how psychology is working to identity the mental health needs of youth in foster care and how to improve access and benefit from psychological intervention for foster youth who are at increased risk for a host of social problems (i.e., chronic mental illness, incarceration, poverty, homelessness). The symposium provided a framework for integration of care across multiple social service agencies, highlighted collaborations between community and state agencies, and presented the evidence-base for how the mental health needs of children in foster care are addressed and the important next steps for psychological science.  

CSES Co-sponsored Symposia:
Sexual Oppression of Women - Social Science and Justice Perspectives

Co-sponsors: BAPPI, CWP, CDIP, CLGBTC, and CSES
Presenters: Nancy M. Sidun, PsyD (Chair); Kathy A. McCloskey, PhD, PsyD; Julie L. Williams, PsyD; Vic Muñoz, EdD; and Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD

Sexual oppression of women cuts across all aspects of identity, wherein women of any minority status are negatively affected. Psychologists are particularly well positioned to advocate for the recognition of such sexual oppression in health care in general and psychological services in particular. This symposium examined sexual oppression of women from a social science and social justice perspective; provided information on current oppressive experiences among women with other minority statuses including those with disabilities and among sexual minority women; and provided recommendations for intervention and prevention strategies. The symposia closed with a discussion and summary of the disadvantages such sexual oppression of women creates, and the implications for social policy and action.

CSES Co-sponsored Symposia:
The New American Portrait - Census 2010, the Life Course and Future of Psychology

Co-sponsors: BAPPI, CONA, CSES, and CWP
Presenters: Frank Vitrano (Chair); Richard M. Suzman, PhD; Bernice Lott, PhD; and Elizabeth R. Cole, PhD

As the United States grows, its people are aging and becoming more ethnically and racially diverse. Furthermore, the economic divide between Americans is widening. These population trends have important implications for the physical and mental health and well-being of all Americans and for psychologists interested in understanding the behavioral manifestation of the dramatic changes to our nation’s portrait. This symposium drew together psychology practitioners, scientists and emerging scholars working with diverse populations across the life-course. It showcased new 2010 information by Census Officials, leading multidisciplinary scientists, and policy-makers.

CSES Co-sponsored Symposia:
Health Disparities - Research Initiatives, Psychology’s Role, and Where Do We Go From Here?

Co-sponsors: Divisions 1, 22, 27, 35, 45, 51, 52, 56 with support from BAPPI and CSES
Presenters: Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD (Chair); Joyce A. Hunter, PhD; Garth Graham, MD, MPH; Larke N. Huang, PhD; Brian D. Smedley, PhD; and Norman B. Anderson, PhD

Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.  This panel of nationally recognized experts addressed the issue from the perspectives of ongoing federal research and additional needs, programs and policies, community structural factors, and the role for psychology. 

CSES Co-sponsored Symposia:
University-Community Collaborations to Promote the Socioemotional Well-Being and Educational Success of Children in Poverty

Co-sponsors: Division 53 with support from BAPPI and CSES
Presenters: Martha E. Wadsworth, PhD (Chair); Ann S. Masten, PhD; Antonio J. Polo, PhD; Beryl Cowan, JD, PhD; and William M. Liu, PhD

This symposium highlighted the collaboration between researchers and community agencies to deliver empirically supported interventions promoting poor children’s socioemotional well-being and academic success.  Presentations described programs focused on (1) promoting executive function and parenting skills in homeless families, (2) strengthening family dynamics to promote effective parenting and child competency in low income families, (3) strategies for supporting resilience among children experiencing homelessness, (4) school-based interventions for ethnic and linguistic minority children; making  explicit linkages between children’s mental health and school success.

CSES Co-sponsored Symposia:
Successful Models of Integrated Care - Psychological Programs That Address Health Care Disparities

Presenters: Particia A. Areán, PhD (Chair); Robin Mullican, PsyD; Martha R. Crowther, PhD; Darryl S. Salvador, PsyD; Rose L. Weahkee, PhD; and Joyce Dorado, PhD

This symposium provided an overview of integrated care and successful models of integrated care programs for under-served communities.  Attendees learned how psychological theory, concepts, and practice tools are applied in integrated care teams and leave this session armed with the information needed to advocate for our position in integrated care.  Finally, attendees learned how to develop integrated care models, build integrated care teams and secure funds for these programs.