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Plan to attend the 2013 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology

Join your colleagues for continuing education, networking, learning and a mentoring lunch.

By Michael C. Roberts, PhD, and Ric G. Steele

April 11-13, 2013
New Orleans
Astor Crowne Plaza

The National Conference on Pediatric Psychology presents opportunities for learning and sharing information as well as networking in clinical and research situations. Plenary overview speakers and invited symposia will cover the topics of sleep issues in pediatric psychology, federal health care reform, quality improvement, diversity issues, and clinically informed and clinically relevant research methodologies. Poster sessions will present research and clinical projects.

A panel of experts on the Scientific Review Committee evaluated over 400 abstract submissions for posters sessions. The resulting program will be posted online, as well as information for registration and hotel reservations. Opportunities for continuing education for psychologists will be available during three concurrent three-hour preconference skills-building workshops on Thursday morning: one on translational research methodologies, one on ACT for Pediatric Pain, and one on ethical challenges in research studies.

In addition to the conference programming, Special Interest Group meetings on topics relevant to clinical practice will be held Thursday afternoon, some of which will offer up to two hours of Continuing Education for psychologists (Intermediate Level).

Plenary Speakers and topics include: David Janicke, “Health Care Reform: Policy and Training Implications for Pediatric Psychology;” Celia Lescano, “Diversity Issues in Research and Practice: Changing Times Call For Changing Measures;” Lisa J. Meltzer, “Who Needs Sleep? Children with Chronic Health Conditions, That’s Who;” Jennifer Verrill Schurman, “Bridging the Gap: Bringing Science and Practice Together Through Quality Improvement;” and Jennifer Shroff Pendley, “Why Dichotomize Research and Practice? Perspectives on a New Continuum.”

The SPP Student Advisory Board is planning special events for students such as a mentoring lunch on Saturday with advanced registration only for students to sit with prominent pediatric psychologists.

The conference registration fee includes many meals: evening receptions will have enough food to replace dinner; breakfast will be available on Friday and Saturday; lunch will be provided to registrants on Saturday; breaks will have snacks and refreshments.

Additional conference information

*A total of 13 hours of Continuing Education credit for psychologists (Intermediate Level) will be offered during conference programming. Additional CEs will be available in Preconference Workshops and in the SIG meetings.

*The Society of Pediatric Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Society of Pediatric Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


Stacy Walters
Telephone: (785) 864-5823 or (877) 404-5823