Plenary sessions will highlight prominent speakers and current issues and topics in psychology. The Board of Convention Affairs and its Central Programming Group have organized sessions that encompass a broad range of interests.

  • Richard E. Boyatzis, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
    Inspiring Positive Change Through Resonant Relationships, Hope, Compassion, and Neuroscience
  • Brené Brown, PhD, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston
    Daring Greatly: Exploring The Power of Vulnerability
  • Kevin Cokley, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
    The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism
  • John F. Dovidio, PhD, Yale University
    Bias Without Awareness: Racism Among the Well-Intentioned
  • Angela Lee Duckworth, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
    Matter Over Mind: Situational Strategies for Self-Control
  • Jennifer Eberhardt, PhD, Stanford University
    Race and Policing in America: Mapping a Way Forward in the 21st Century
  • Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
    School-based Bully Prevention:  Translating Rigorous Research into Practice
  • Jane S. Halonen, PhD, University of West Florida
    Transcending the Guild: Some Hopeful Reflections about Psychology’s Pipeline
  • Pamela A. Hays, PhD, Independent Practice, Soldotna, Alaska
    Compassion, Gratitude, and Growth Opportunity: Well-Being Strategies for Life
  • Debra Lynne Herbenick, PhD, School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington
    Sex, Love, Intimacy, and Orgasm in America: What National Surveys Tell Us that You Need to Know
  • David R. Matsumoto, PhD, San Francisco State University
    Reading People: How the Science of Nonverbal Communication Informs Everyday Interactions
  • Vicki M. Mays, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
    Racial/Ethnic Minority Lives Matter: Bridging Science and Practice in Policy Solutions
  • James L. McGaugh, PhD, University of California-Irvine
    Making Lasting Memories
  • Nancy R. McWilliams, PhD, Independent Practice, Flemington, N.J.
    Is There Room for Wisdom in Organized Psychology?
  • Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
    Evolution or Revolution? The Future of Psychology in Integrated Healthcare
  • David G. Myers, PhD, Hope College
    A Quiet World: The Psychology of Hearing and Hearing Loss
  • Kevin Nadal, PhD, City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    Beyond the Supreme Court Decisions: Microaggressions and the LGBTQ Community
  • David B. Peterson, PhD, Google, Inc., Mountain View, Calif.
    Coaching Leaders in Turbulent Times: Dealing with Complexity, Chaos, and Constant Change
  • Paul K. Piff, PhD, University of California-Irvine
    What is Social About Social Class? Implications for Your Self, Morals, and Goals
  • Glenn E. Smith, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
    Can We Prevent Dementia? Progress and Challenges
  • Danny Wedding, PhD, American University of Antigua
    Movies and Mental Illness:  The Portrayal of Psychopathology in Films
  • Nolan Zane, PhD, University of California-Davis
    Building an Evidence-Based Pathway to Culturally-Informed Mental Health Treatments: Where Are We?
  • Discussion: Gender-Nonconforming Children: Differing Therapeutic Perspectives
    Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, Independent Practice, Oakland, Calif., and Kenneth J. Zucker, PhD, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto, and Francisco Sanchez, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, chair