APA Convention

Div. 28 program description and highlights at the 2015 convention

Looking forward to Div. 28 programming at the convention.

By Matthew T. Weaver, PhD

The 2015 APA Annual Convention in Toronto is fast approaching. As always, this year's Div. 28 program includes several strong symposia, invited addresses, new fellows' addresses, paper sessions, poster sessions, collaborative programming and continuing education opportunities. We have arranged for a diverse program that encompasses novel uses of technology, adolescent development and more. We are also co-hosting many events with allied divisions, societies and institutions. A brief program brochure (PDF, 143KB) providing times and places is available, but please take a minute to look over some highlights:

Invited addresses include the annual Outstanding Dissertation Award (Allison Kurti), Young Psychopharmacologist Award (Kelly Dunn) and the MED Associates Brady-Schuster Award (Mark Sobell). Additionally, we'll be treated with new fellows' addresses from Cecile Marczinski, Cathy Stanger, Karen Ingersoll, Mark LeSage and Eric Donny.

We are happy to continue our involvement in the 2015 NIAAA/NIDA Early Career Investigator Poster Session and Social Hour. This event, co-sponsored with Div. 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology), is a great opportunity to meet up-and-coming researchers and clinicians or become reacquainted with established peers. It is open to all conference attendees and will include light hors d'oeuvre and a cash bar.

Div. 28 is excited to have three offerings in collaborative convention program, which was developed to highlight APA as a unifying force in psychology. The offerings all have broad appeal, timely topics, innovation, interactive/creative formats, scientific basis and attention to diversity. Through this program Div. 28 was able to include more program hours and collaborate with the following societies and divisions: Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), Div. 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), Div. 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology), Div. 16 (School Psychology), Div. 25 (Behavior Analysis), Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) and Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race. Our collaborative convention program offerings include:

  • Sex, Drugs, and Dopamine: A Recipe for Risk?
  • Mentoring Diverse Undergraduate Students
  • Using Technologies to Assess, Improve, and Monitor Behavior in Real-Time

Interested parties can earn credits toward continuing education in psychology at the following symposia:

  • Sex Differences in Marijuana's Effects in Human and Animal Studies — Equal Opportunity for Abuse?
  • Technology and Substance Use Disorders: Expanding Our Methods and Improving Our Science

Specialized symposia and paper sessions, all which are co-sponsored with the Div. 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology), include:

  • HIV and Substance Use — Using Technology to Understand and Intervene Upon Risk Behaviors
  • Brown University's Alcohol Research Center on HIV — Initial Findings
  • Marijuana on the Adolescent Brain? Exploring Neurodevelopment and Behavior
  • Using Technologies to Assess, Improve, and Monitor Behavior in Real-Time
  • Exercise as an Adjunct Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
  • Topics in Alcohol Use and Abuse
  • Topics Related to Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

We would like to thank the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (R13 AA022858) as well as our corporate affiliates — MED Associates, Indivior, Pinney Associates and Eli Lilly — for sponsorship of portions of our 2015 Div. 28 program. We must also stress that program content is solely the responsibility of the author(s) and does not necessarily represent the official views of our affiliates or granting institution(s).

We are looking forward to another strong program and hope to see many of our members in Toronto from Aug. 6-9 for the 2015 APA Annual Convention. Remember to bring you passport!