Research on violence prevention, distracted driving, military suicides, materialism, addiction and more highlighted at 2014 APA Annual Convention
Are video games the new digital drug? What are the actual risk factors for violence? Where do feelings of loneliness come from? Why do old habits die so hard? How does an integrated approach to health care improve care and lower costs? What effect does ADHD have on college students? Answers to these questions were among the insights, new research and novel ideas presented at the 2014 APA Annual Convention earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
More than 12,000 convention-goers networked with their fellow psychology researchers, practitioners and students, as well as participating in numerous programs, sessions, social hours and other events over the four-day meeting. Other activities included a community art project, Ray’s Race 5k Run and Walk, an APA night at the National Zoo and Kennedy Center and the PsycCareers LIVE job fair.
APA’s Office of Public Affairs promoted research presented at the convention with news releases and advisories on:
- A public health approach to gun violence prevention.
- Insight into people’s desires for equity.
- How physical fitness can help prevent young adolescents' depression.
- How parents can be part of the problem of distracted teen driving.
- Why few juvenile suspects exercise their constitutional rights during interrogations.
- How learning to play a musical instrument can help disadvantaged children in the classroom.
- The link between high suicide rates among military personnel and veterans and earlier trauma.
- The negative effect of frequent marijuana use on the brains of teenagers and young adults.
- Why less materialism makes people happier.
- Why nearly 40 percent of women who earn engineering degrees quit or never enter the field.
Attendees received news and updates through APA’s convention blog, which featured reporting on convention sessions and invited speakers and the musings of four early career psychologists, as well as from APA’s Twitter Team whose members shared their convention experience via the #APA2014 hashtag.
APA President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, presented Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, the 2014 APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology for her work on the psychology of racism in higher education. A presidential citation went to Elyn Saks, JD, an expert in mental health law and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship winner. Jane Pauley, broadcast journalist and mental health advocate, spoke about how her diagnosis of bipolar disorder at age 50 prompted her to write the New York Times bestseller "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue."
See a selection of photos from the 2014 convention on APA’s Facebook page. APA’s next convention is scheduled for Aug. 6-9, 2015, in Toronto.