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Top 5 Reasons to Come to 
This Year’s APA Convention: 
August 4-7 in Denver

APA Program Committee


Registration for this year’s APA convention is now open! Here are just a few of the many reasons that you should attend:

1.  Phenomenal Invited Speakers & Outstanding Invited Symposia

2.  Thought-Provoking Plenary Sessions and Collaborative Programming From Inside and Outside I-O:

  • Joshua Correll: Police and Racial Bias: Lessons From the Lab for the Street
  • Dana S. Dunn, and Erin E. Andrews: Person or Identity First? Why Disability Words Matter
  • Lisa Y. Flores and Reuben Faloughi: #ConcernedStudent1950 and the Perfect Storm for Institutional Transformation
  • Rick Hanson: Mindful Cultivation: Turning Passing States Into Beneficial Traits
  • John P. A. Ioannidis: Reproducible Research: Current Status and Prospects
  • Kelley J. Slack: Deeper Space: Behavioral Risks on Mars and Asteroid Missions
  • Hirokazu Yoshikawa: The Integration of Immigrants Into American Society: A National Academy of Sciences Report
  • Joan Y. Reede, Bruce J. Avolio, and Terence M. Keane: Discussion: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders and Leadership in Psychology — What Works and for Whom?
  • APA UN Representative Symposium: Psychological Perspectives on the UN Response to the Global Migration Crisis: Promoting Resilience Amidst Trauma 
  • And more! See http://www.apa.org/convention/programming/index.aspx

3. Over 50 competitive posters and talks from SIOP members, on topics ranging from emotion to federal employment policy to work–life balance… plus hundreds of papers on measurement, group dynamics, personality, and more from other APA divisions!

4. A social event at The Corner Office, right across the street from the Convention Center, on Thursday August 4 at 5:30—mingle with old colleagues and meet new ones in a low-key setting. Division 14 has on average 100 attendees each year.

5. The city of Denver!

It’s also not too early to start thinking about next year’s convention in Washington D.C.!

How about putting together a collaborative program? A collaborative program pulls together multiple perspectives on a significant issue for psychologists and society at large, involves more than one core area of psychology (i.e., science, practice, education, public interest) and reflects interdisciplinary and relevant aspects of diversity.  The deadline for submitting collaborative programming is October 14. Collaborative proposals:

  • Should be 1 or 2-hour session proposals that highlight collaborative ideas and integrative approaches;
  •  Must have at least two participants and a chairperson (individual presentations (paper/poster) will not be considered);
  • Are encouraged that
    • incorporate innovative presentation formats;
    • include participants across all career stages, settings, and fields; and
    • integrate psychological science and practice

Collaborative proposals are evaluated on the following criteria: broad appeal, importance of work, current and timely topic, originality and innovativeness, interactive/creative format, scientifically/empirically based, and attention to diversity.

Divisions you might want to consider collaborating with include:

  • Div 1: Society for General Psychology
  • Div 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Div 5: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Div 8: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Div 9: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Div 13: Society of Consulting Psychology
  • Div 18: Psychologists in Public Service
  • Div 19: Society for Military Psychology
  • Div 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology
  • Div 35: Society for the Psychology of Women
  • Div 38: Society for Health Psychology
  • Div 41: American Psychology-Law Society
  • Div 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race
  • And many more! Check out the listing of divisions here: http://www.apa.org/about/division/index.aspx?_ga=1.260482957.1628625474.1464221820

If you are interested in putting together a collaborative proposal, we can help you find collaborators! Please contact Mindy Shoss (mindy.shoss@ucf.edu).

Submissions for all types of programs (collaborative proposals: due October 14; other program submissions: due December 1) will be received through the official APA Convention website (http://www.apa.org/Convention/proposals.aspx).

See you in Denver!