[#DIV28SUPER] 2016 APA Annual Convention

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks to Bill Stoops and Matt Weaver for a fantastic program for our Division 28's programming at the 2015 APA Annual Convention!

Hard to believe, but next week APA will release the call for proposals for our 2016 Annual Convention in Denver, CO. I want to introduce myself as the 2016 Division 28 Program Chair and let everyone know about our APA 2016 convention themes (below). These themes were chosen based on current scientific and societal issues and their widespread application to members of APA. These themes also provide direction for Collaborative Program submissions. Collaborative Programs are a relatively new initiative by APA, with the goal of presenting a topic from multiple divisional perspectives. Submissions are typically for a 1-2 hour session that is sponsored by 2-7 different Divisions. Collaborative proposals are great for our division as they have the potential to bring in new members!

Several of the overarching 2016 convention themes are especially in line with the science of our division, including:


"Cannabis: Concerns, Considerations, & Controversies"

"Targeting the Leading Preventable Causes of Death", and

"The Future of Psychology: Advancing the field in a Rapidly Changing World"


Please consider putting together a collaborative program proposal for the 2016 Annual Convention!

Collaborative Program submissions are due on October 15, 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the collaborative program process or how to connect with other divisions please email me at mollie_miller@brown.edu.

Also, keep in mind that the Division is also accepting the traditional symposia and poster submissions for the 2016 convention. Those proposals are due December 1.


Mollie Miller


APA 2016 Collaborative Program Themes

1) Cannabis: Concerns, Considerations, & Controversies

Proposals submitted for this theme should focus on the impact of marijuana legalization at the individual and societal level and the pros and cons of these new policies.  Some topics may include the role of cannabis in the treatment of mental disorders; the effect of marijuana use on neurodevelopment; animal studies on the effect of cannabis on behavior and offspring; empirical studies of the psychological, behavioral, and social consequences of legalization itself (as opposed to use per se); and ideas for preparing psychologists to address challenges arising from legalization.

2) Targeting the Leading Preventable Causes of Death

Proposal submitted for this theme may consider how individual, social, and cultural factors contribute to leading preventable causes of death (e.g., hypertension, smoking tobacco, and obesity).  Some topics include empirical work evaluating new approaches to altering health-related behaviors; the effect of stress on the body; critical evaluations of public programs aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles (e.g., Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign); and the role of social systems and environmental settings in the incidence of diseases.

3) The Future of Psychology: Advancing the Field in a Rapidly Changing World

Proposals submitted for this theme are encouraged to consider where the field is going in terms of science, practice, and its evolving role in social policy.  Some topics of interest include new methodologies in novel fields (e.g., biomedicine, nanotechnology, robotics, genetics, and big data), innovative treatment modalities or services, and ways APA can positively affect change in public policy and society at-large.

4) Social Justice in a Multicultural Society

Proposals for this theme may focus on domestic or international perspectives and the role of intersecting identities.  Some topics can include interventions to reduce educational disparities for low-income youth; meeting the needs of underserved, vulnerable, and victimized populations; sex trafficking; and the psychological factors involved in officer-related shootings. 

5) The Circle of Science: Integrating Science, Practice, and Policy

Proposals for this theme may focus on the tradition and value of translational research in psychology and its implications for the public interest.  Proposals can focus on human factors, organizational behavior, and environmental design; and topics can include recent basic research translated into successful applications and interventions; and factors that facilitate uptake of research findings by practitioners and policymakers.

6) Advancing the Ethics of Psychology: Issues and Solutions

Proposals for this theme may focus on ethical issues and dilemmas facing the profession, psychologists, and organizations.  Some topics can include real-life scenarios and case examples; theoretical models for resolving ethical dilemmas; proposals for improving the APA Ethics Code; and perspectives on and proposed solutions in the wake of the "Hoffman Report."

7) Educational & Professional Training Issues in Psychology

Proposals submitted for this theme may consider the evolving educational and training needs of psychologists.  Possible topics include emerging techniques related to the teaching and learning of psychology; the emerging roles of psychologists in the schools; supervision models and supervisor competence; and the effect of and addressing the "internship crisis."


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