Student Programming at the APA Convention

Student events at APA Convention include a mentoring webinar.

By Sara L. Stromeyer, MA

Things are heating up as we get closer to the 2013 APA Convention in Honolulu! The student board has some exciting events planned around the convention this year, and we hope to see you there!

Again this year we will be co-hosting a student social hour with Divs. 53 and 54, which has always been a fun event in previous years. This is a great networking opportunity to meet like-minded students both within our division and across child-oriented divisions. As a bonus, there is also free food and drinks! The joint student social hour will be held on Friday, August 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Division 53/54 Hospitality Suite in the Hilton Hawaiian Beach Village. Additionally, Div. 37's annual poster session will feature many exciting projects that focus on child and family policy and practice. The poster session this year will take place on Wednesday, July 31, from 11 to 11:50 a.m. And don't forget about Div. 37's symposia, a list of which can be found in the convention program. We hope you can make it to these great events!

Since we know that many of you cannot make it to the convention this year, we have planned to hold a mentoring webinar that will be available to all students. This webinar will be an exciting new event based on our mentoring breakfast that has been so successful in previous years. Last year, our expert panel consisted of Sandra Alexander, a subject matter expert in child maltreatment in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC); Marc Atkins, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago with interests in the development of effective mental health services for children and families living in low-income communities; Jennifer Kaminski, a health scientist on the Child Development Studies Team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ; and Amy Damashek, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Western Michigan University with interests in unintentional childhood injury and child maltreatment prevention. Through discussion and subsequent questions, the panel helped students to learn more about how policy and advocacy work applies in psychology. We are still currently working out the details of the upcoming mentoring webinar, but be on the lookout for more information on the student email list this summer.

For those of you who can make it, we hope to meet you at the convention in Hawai'i, and for those of you who can't, come check out the webinar. As always, for any questions, comments, concerns, and to get involved – please do not hesitate to contact me .