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Volume 55     Number 2    October 2017      Editor: Tara Behrend

Meredith Turner
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American Psychological Association Convention 2018: San Francisco, California

C. Allen Gorman, 2018 APA Program Chair

SIOP’s (Division 14) program at APA 2017 in Washington, DC, was a fantastic success! Thank you to program chair Mindy Shoss, who put together an amazing program, and to all who presented at and attended the convention! We heard insightful talks by Alex Alonso, Georgia Chao, Joanna Colosimo, Lori Foster, Barbara Fritzsche, Ann Huffman, Richard Landers, Elliot Lasson, Fred Mael, Fred Oswald, and others on such topics as work psychology and sustainable development, open science in I-O psychology, creating datasets from Facebook and Twitter, aging in the workforce, younger workers, transitioning military veterans to the workforce, reporting compensation data, the identity crisis in I-O psychology, and more! We had two poster sessions that featured posters on occupational health and leadership, and paper sessions on topics such as occupational health psychology, organizational interventions, and individual differences in the workplace. Beyond our divisional programming, Edwin Locke participated in a panel discussion co-chaired by Jeffrey Cucina and Ted Hayes on the replication crisis in psychology.

We also had a great reception at Bar Louie, cosponsored by the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington! Our reception was attended by SIOP past presidents, APA council representatives, I-O practitioners, academics, students, and even several new SIOP members. Kudos to those that braved the driving rain to make it to the reception!

It’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s convention in San Francisco, California! If you’ve never attended APA, please join us. You’ll find not only great presentations within I-O but also across other divisions of APA. An added bonus, APA discounts registration fees for first-time attendees who are APA members. 

There are two types of programming that you should consider (note the different deadlines!):  

Collaborative Programs (collaborative with other divisions):

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, that is, science, practice, education, public interest; and reflects interdisciplinary and relevant aspects of diversity.  The deadline for submitting collaborative programming is October 13. Collaborative proposals:

  1. should be 1- or 2-hour session proposals that highlight collaborative ideas and integrative approaches;
  2. must have at least two participants and a chairperson (individual presentations (paper/poster) will not be considered);
  3. must identify a minimum of two or up to seven divisions relevant to the proposal content
  4. are encouraged to
  • 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, scientific/empirical base, 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

Traditional Programming: Submissions

You can also submit your work the regular way, as a poster, presentation, or symposium, through the open call, due December 1.

How to submit: Submissions for all types of programs will be received through the official APA Convention website (http://www.apa.org/Convention). Remember collaborative proposals are due October 13. Other program submissions are due December 1.

More information about submission requirements can be found on the APA web site at apa.org/convention.


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