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Ian Gotlib, PhD

Ian Gotlib, PhD"Understanding Risk for Depression: A Psychobiological Approach to the Prevention of Disorder"

This year's Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award winner, Gotlib will share new findings from his ongoing study of young children at high risk for depression due to their family history of the disorder. Gotlib, who directs the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory at Stanford University, has found that children of mothers with chronic depression struggle with emotion regulation and stress reactivity just as depressed adults do. His preliminary data indicate that these children can be taught to reduce their reactivity to stressors through attention bias training and neurofeedback.

Terence M. Keane, PhD

"Developing Sustainable Models of Service Delivery for America's Returning Veterans"

Drawing on his more than 30 years of research on psychological trauma, Keane will highlight models that could dramatically improve care for the nation's veterans. Keane is professor of psychiatry and assistant dean for research at Boston University. He is also the associate chief of staff for research and development at VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder's Behavioral Science Division.

Ben Foss, JD, MBA

Ben Foss, JD, MBA"A Ramp into the Brain: Cutting-edge Tech and Learning"

As an expert in assistive technology, Foss will demonstrate how iPhone apps and other learning technology can enhance the lives of people with dyslexia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disabilities. Foss is CEO and founder of Headstrong Nation, a nonprofit group for people with dyslexia. Prior to Headstrong, he worked at Intel Corp., where he invented the Intel Reader, a handheld text-to-speech converter.


Janet K. Swim, PhD

Janet K. Swim, PhD"Teaching the Choir to Sing: Encouraging Discourse about Climate Change"

The Pennsylvania State University psychologist will discuss why the public has abandoned debate on climate change and explain what psychologists can do to help zoos and aquariums expand the public's understanding of climate change.


Paul Zak, PhD

Paul Zak, PhD"The Science of Trust, Morality and Prosperity: A User's Guide to Oxytocin Research"

Zak directs the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University and was a pioneer in discovering the role that oxytocin plays in promoting trust and empathy. His presentation will focus on the promise and perils of oxytocin research.


Robert M. Kaplan, PhD

"Preparing for the Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Research"

As associate director for behavioral and social sciences and director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health, Kaplan serves as the principal advisor on the importance of behavioral, social and lifestyle determinants of illness and public health problems. Kaplan's presentation will discuss the role psychologists can play in the future of biomedical and behavioral research.

Margarita Alegria, PhD, and David T. Takeuchi, PhD

Margarita Alegria, PhD, and David T. Takeuchi, PhD"The Enduring Paradox of Immigrants and Access to Mental Health Care"

Alegria, of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research in Somerville, Mass., and Takeuchi, of the University of Washington, will discuss why some cultural groups still can't access quality mental health services. They will review the research on mental health disparities and address how federal funding priorities don't always align with community mental health needs.


Wayne Cascio, PhD

"Institutional Work and Positive Psychology: Drivers of Radical Change"

Cascio, the Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership and a professor of management at the University of Colorado Denver, will use the theory of institutional work and positive psychological capital to explain how the behavior of political prisoners — including Nelson Mandela — changed the behavior of the guards at their Robben Island, South Africa, prison.

Linda Chang, MD

Linda Chang, MD"Prenatal Drug Exposure!: How Does That Affect Brain Development?"

A professor of neurology and director of the University of Hawai'i's neuroscience and MRI research program, Chang will discuss the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development. Chang is a clinical neuroscientist with extensive experience using advanced neuroimaging techniques to study brain changes associated with HIV, substance abuse, brain development and aging.


Stanley Coren, PhD

"Smarter Than You Think: Understanding the Mind of a Dog"

Coren, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, will highlight the latest research on the canine brain. He is the author of hundreds of scientific papers on sensory processes, neuropsychology and cognition.

Mary Crawford, PhD

Mary Crawford, PhD"Stopping Global Sex Trafficking: What Psychology Can Do"

Crawford, a University of Connecticut professor emerita of psychology, will talk about ways psychologists can help end sex trafficking. Crawford has traveled to Nepal and other parts of South Asia as a Fulbright Scholar to conduct research on sex trafficking and on anti-trafficking interventions.


John Horgan, PhD

John Horgan, PhD"Should I Stay or Should I Go? Disengaging from Terrorism"

Horgan, an expert on radicalization and the psychology of terrorism, directs the Pennsylvania State University International Center for the Study of Terrorism and serves on the research advisory board of the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. His talk will draw on psychological research and his own firsthand interviews with former terrorists to address how, when and why people walk away from terrorism.


Sandra Scarr, PhD

"Up Close and Personal"

Scarr will reflect on her career in behavioral genetics, intelligence and child development. Scarr, a retired psychology professor from the University of Virginia who now lives on a Kona coffee farm in Holualoa, Hawai'i, is best known for her groundbreaking studies separating the effects of heredity and environment on intellectual development of minority children.

Alex Martin, PhD

Alex Martin, PhD"The Social Brain in the Ordered and Disordered Mind"

Martin, the chief of cognitive neuropsychology at the National Institute of Mental Health's Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, will discuss recent brain-imaging studies on the neural circuitry underpinning social interactions in healthy individuals and in people with an autism spectrum disorder.


Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD

Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD"Endgame for Tobacco Control: Biology to Policy"

Hatsukami will present evidence for cutting the level of nicotine in cigarettes to make them less addictive and reduce the public health toll associated with smoking, and will discuss how such regulation would work under the U.S. Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. She is a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and director of the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center there.


Craig Haney, PhD

Craig Haney, PhD"Bending Toward Justice: Psychological Science and Criminal Justice Reform"

Haney, a professor of psychology at the University of California–Santa Cruz, will discuss the ways that psychological science has contributed to criminal justice reform, how this came about and why more contributions are needed. Haney's research explores the psychological effects of incarceration and the role of pretrial publicity in creating juror prejudice, among other topics.


Camilla P. Benbow, PhD, and David Lubinski, PhD

Camilla P. Benbow, PhD, and David Lubinski, PhD"40 Years Later: What Happens to Mathematically Precocious Youth Identified at Age 12?"

The Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth has tracked nearly 2,000 intellectually gifted adolescents identified at age 12 for more than four decades. In their talk, Benbow and Lubinski, both of Vanderbilt University, will discuss what researchers have learned from the study about the factors that determine these adolescents' life trajectories and how best to facilitate their development toward excellence.

Helen L. Coons, PhD

Helen L. Coons, PhD"New Opportunities for Practicing Psychologists Through Implementation of the Health Care Reform Law"

Coons, a clinical health psychologist who specializes in the interprofessional care of women across the life span, will discuss professional and contractual issues related to moving a psychology practice to primary-care settings such as family practice, pediatrics and OB/GYN. She is the president of Women's Mental Health Associates, and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Rhonda McEwen, PhD

Rhonda McEwen, PhD"Opening Windows of Communication Through Mobile Applications for Children With Autism"

McEwen will provide insights into how new technologies can improve communication for children with autism. As assistant professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga, McEwen researches media communication technologies, exploring such questions as how we use, seek, share and create information using media.


Read Montague, PhD

Read Montague, PhD"Can We Phenotype Thought? Using Advanced Imaging Techniques to Understand Social Interactions"

Montague directs the human neuroimaging laboratory at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and is a professor at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College, London. His convention presentation will focus on the use of human social interactions, staged as games, to gain new insights into the neural responses that attend normal social exchange and the way these responses are being used as new probes for psychopathology.


David Sheff

David Sheff (credit: Bart Nagel)"Overcoming the Family Tragedy of Addiction: Perspectives of a Father and Journalist"

Journalist Sheff is the author of "Clean, Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy," the follow-up to his New York Times and best-seller, "Beautiful Boy, A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction."  His new book "Clean" focuses on why 12-step programs don't work for most people and explores the science behind approaches that do work

Building the Future of Practice in America

What will guarantee the future of practice in America? This convention session, hosted by APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, will take a hard look at several keys to psychologists' success including:

  • Ensuring the value of psychologists' services.
  • Marketing psychologists' services.
  • Addressing market conditions and influences, such as governmental relations and legal and regulatory struggles.

Add your voice in the Town Hall meeting after the presentation. Program participants are Tom DeMaio, PhD, Peter Sheras, PhD, June Ching, PhD, Monica Kurylo, PhD, and Jo Linder-Crow, PhD.