Come to Orlando, Fla., for the 2012 APA Annual Convention

The 2012 convention from Aug. 2-5 features an exciting lineup of speakers as well as numerous events and activities.

Each year, APA’s convention attracts from 10,000 to 15,000 educators, researchers, practitioners and students, offering around 1,400 programs and more than 2,100 programming hours over three-and-a-half days.

Register to attend and book your hotel room online by June 30 to take advantage of early bird rates. Registrants are also automatically entered into a drawing to win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2013 convention in Honolulu. Note that this year, APA will not automatically send convention program books to registrants. If you want a hard copy of the program book, please request it when registering. However, APA encourages conventioneers to “go green” and access the convention program via the forthcoming mobile app, website or downloadable PDF.

This year’s convention will cover hot topics from across the discipline, including eating and exercise, the lively mind, interdisciplinary science, hurting and healing, fairness and justice, inter-professional practice and more. Dozens of sessions will focus on the latest “how-to” strategies, emerging subfields, using new technology and issues of special interest to early career psychologists and students.

APA continues to offer a wide range of continuing education opportunities for licensed psychologists and professionals. Attendees can earn continuing education credits by choosing from more than 80 half- and full-day continuing education workshops and more than 250 continuing education sessions that will closely examine timely topics such as ethics, autism, clinical disorders, health psychology, trauma treatment and more.

APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, will deliver her presidential address on increasing psychology’s role in health research and health care, as well as honor psychologists Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, and Rena Wing, PhD, with the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology. Brownell and Wing will give keynote addresses at the opening session discussing their work to address the nation’s obesity crisis. Convention attendees are also invited to a fun-filled evening at Disney’s Epcot on Friday, Aug. 3.

New this year is PsycCareers live, launching June 1. In conjunction with APA’s online career center, job seekers can view job postings, submit resumes and schedule interviews before and during the convention at conveniently located computer stations. Recruiters will be able to post jobs, view resumes, interview candidates and offer jobs on site. Additionally, attendees can get active at the APA Health Challenge Pavilion with interactive games run on popular video game platforms. Attendees can also get information in the APA Affinity Pavilion on personal and professional member benefits including insurance programs, financial services, and discounts on technology, school and office supplies, books, magazines, flowers, gifts, car rentals and hotels.

As always, the convention will feature a large exhibition of psychological products, publishers, testing and measurement materials, as well as practice management resources and tools. Attendees can also receive a free upper body massage, have coffee with authors and visit the Technology Exhibit (sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Pearson) featuring the latest technological tools and techniques for psychologists.

Individuals interested in having their convention presentations considered for news media promotion should contact APA’s Public Affairs Office well in advance of the event.


Visit the APA convention website for complete and up-to-date information.