Highlights of APA annual convention

TO: Reporters/Editors/Producers

RE: American Psychological Association 114th Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA, August 10-13, 2006

Pressroom New Orleans Marriott, Bonaparte Room
Facilities will include wireless connections for your lab tops and two high-speed printers. We will also have working space, telephones, fax machines, phone lines for data transmission and APA staff resources for you. The press area will also be the site of any news briefings held during the convention.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 10, 11, 12 7:30 am 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 13, 7:30 am 12 noon

Register for Hotels at http://www.apa.org/convention06/advance.html. Email [email protected] for a PDF of the advance registration form. THE DEADLINE FOR ADVANCE MEDIA REGISTRATION IS JUNE 28, 2006. On-site media registration will also be available. Media registration is limited to credentialed journalists, others who have assignment letters on the letterhead of a media organization and public information officers from universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Program and Papers
The program will be available after July 20 and onsite. Press releases and selected papers will be available electronically. We will supply you with disk key cards/CDs or email the papers to you as attachments.

Press Releases
Releases summarizing convention sessions, presentations and papers will be available the second week of August (a week to 10 days before the convention starts) at www.apa.org/releases.

All sessions are embargoed for the time of presentation. Press releases or press briefings on a session could change the embargo time.

APA Annual Convention Highlights

Thursday, August 10

  • Keynote address Diversity and building strong families from interviews with city residents affected by Hurricane Katrina, actress Anna Deavere Smith and APA award for outstanding lifetime contribution to psychology, presented to E. Mavis Hetherington, PhD
  • Invited Address Update on the FDA warning signs about antidepressants and suicide in children and adults, Kelly Posner, PhD
  • Symposium Stress and parent-child interactions, K. Mark Sossin, PhD
  • Symposium Suicide concerns on college and university campuses, William Gorman, PhD
  • Symposium Hurricane Katrina effects on drug abuse, risk behaviors and coping, Stephanie Tortu, PhD and Yonette Thomas, PhD
  • Symposium Innovations in treating ADHD in schools, Thomas J. Power, PhD

Friday, August 11

  • Invited Presidential Address Making psychology accessible behind the scenes of the "Dr. Phil Show", Dr. Phil McGraw, PhD
  • Presidential symposium Growing up with diversity: The role of psychology in strengthening families, Lonnie Ray Sherrod, PhD and Nancy E. Hill, PhD
  • Presidential symposium Stages of post disaster interventions: A seamless model across stages of recover, Melissa J. Brymer, PsyD
  • Plenary session Being first responders in New Orleans, Joy Osofsky, PhD and Howard Osofsky, MD, PhD
  • Symposium Intersecting dimensions of multicultural issues in disaster response: aging, disability, ethnicity and SES, Azara L. Santiago-Rivera, PhD
  • Master Lecture The New Gay Teenager: not sick, not gay, not invisible, Rich C. Savin-Williams, PhD
  • Invited Address The neurobiology of stress: implications for behavioral medicine, Bruce McEwen, PhD
  • Invited Address Neural systems involved in fear and anxiety, Michael Davis, PhD
  • Plenary session The anatomy of human destructiveness, Sheldon Solomon, PhD

Saturday, August 12

  • Invited Speaker - Evening with Bill Cosby Help New Orleans recover - APA will donate all proceeds to New Orleans public schools, Bill Cosby, EdD
  • Plenary session Leading a community through trauma to become triumphant and courageous, Marvalene Hughes, PhD
  • Lecture Positive emotions in the stress process: should we care? Susan Folkman, PhD
  • Invited Address Consciousness, information integration and the brain, Giulio Tononi, PhD
  • Invited Address Countering terrorism the role of participatory governance for a peaceful existence, George Michael Mukula
  • Invited Address Depression and emotion regulation among children, Maria Kovacs, PhD
  • Invited Address Role of biostress markers in optimal aging, Elissa Epel, PhD
  • Invited Symposium Research on the nature of addiction, Alan J. Budney, PhD
  • Invited Address Adolescents and adults with autism, Marsha M. Seltzer, PhD
  • Symposium Suicide terrorism in the 21st century, Bruce Bongar, PhD, and David C. Clark, PhD

Sunday, August 13

  • Symposium Issues of technology with older adults, Wendy A. Rogers, PhD
  • Symposium Stress coping for top level leader manager teams, Stewart E. Cooper, PhD
  • Paper session Responses to disaster, Constance T. Fischer, PhD
  • Invited Address Neuropsychology of PTSD, Jennifer J. Vasterling, PhD
  • Symposium Mental Retardation and the death penalty, George Olley, PhD
  • Symposium Sibling effects across the lifespan, Toni Falbo, PhD

Other Highlights

  • Psychopathy and patterns of criminal thinking
  • Men in love
  • Predicting who will develop Alzheimer's disease
  • Using games, ehealth, virtual reality and podcasting to improve health
  • Needs of returning soldiers from global war on terror
  • Approaches to cognitive health in aging
  • Influence of uniform color on sports motivation and performance
  • Life long happiness is it possible?
  • How do people change?
  • Biology of sexual orientation


The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 53 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

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