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Highlights for APA's 116th Annual Convention in Boston, Aug. 14-17

TO: Reporters/Editors/Producers

RE: American Psychological Association 116th Annual Convention in Boston, Aug. 14-17, 2008

Press Room Room 162A, Meeting Level 1, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Facilities will include wireless connections for lap tops and two high-speed printers. We will also provide working space, telephones, fax machines, phone lines for data transmission and APA staff resources. This room will also be the site of any news briefings held during the convention.


Thursday, Aug. 14, through Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:00 am 5:00 pm Sunday, Aug. 17, 8:00 am 12 noon


To book a hotel room, go to For an advance registration form, e-mail To get a badge and convention book mailed before the convention, you must register before JULY 21, 2008. Media may also register onsite. Media registration is limited to credentialed journalists, those who have assignment letters on the letterhead of a media organization and public information officers from universities, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Program and Papers

The program will be available online in early July. Programs will also be available onsite. News releases and selected papers will be available electronically. We will supply you with disk key cards/CDs or e-mail the papers to you as attachments.

News Releases

Releases summarizing a select number convention sessions, presentations and papers will be sent to all pre-registered media by e-mail in August (a week to 10 days before the convention starts) and will be available at


All sessions are embargoed for the time of presentation unless otherwise indicated on the news release or at a briefing.

APA Annual Convention Highlights

Thursday, Aug. 14

  • Opening Session Keynote speaker best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker will discuss his new book on cultures of success and what kind of environments breed achievement

  • Symposium What is the Nature of Addiction? Meyer D. Glantz, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Md.

  • Invited Symposium Understanding Hate and Violence in 21st Century, William G. Masten, PhD, Texas A&M University at Commerce

  • Symposium Psychologys Role in Aviation Safety, David J. Schroeder, PhD, FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, Oklahoma

  • Symposium Latest Treatments for ADHD, Gregory A Fabiano, PhD, SUNY at Buffalo

  • Symposium Individual, Societal and Cultural Influences on Childrens Development, Jodi A. Quas, PhD, University of California at Irvine

  • Symposium Solving the Ethnic Disparities in Behavioral Health Care, Mona M. Amer, PhD, American University in Cairo, New York

  • Symposium What do Ear Infections, Taste Perceptions, and Obesity Have in Common? Linda M. Bartoshuk, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville

  • Invited Address How Stress Kills: New Perspectives from Psychoneuroimmunology, Janis Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, Ohio State University Symposium To the Moon and Mars: Psychology of Long-Duration Space Exploration, Douglas A. Vakoch, PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies

  • Invited Address What is Behind Hate Crimes and Racist Incidents? Derald Wing Sue, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Symposium Developing Giftedness and Talent Across the Lifespan, Frances D. Horowitz, PhD, SUNY Graduate Center, New York City

Friday, Aug. 15

  • Presidential Symposium How Psychological Research Can Address the Global Challenges of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Paul Stern, PhD, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; Ellen Matthies, PhD, Ruhr-University, Germany; and David Uzzell, PhD, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

  • Lecture Aversion and Pleasure: How do Social Stress Experiences Promote Neural Mechanisms for Drug Taking? Klaus A. Miczek, PhD, Tufts University

  • Lecture Adolescent Depression: Risk Factors and Consequences, Connie Hammen, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Symposium Emotional Intellegence: Is There Anything to It? Peter Salovey, PhD, and Chris Argyris, Yale University

  • Plenary Session Do We Have the Courage to Change the Nations Diet? Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, Yale University

  • Symposium Can People Become Happier and Sustain it? Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, University of California at Riverside

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • Invited Address Inside the Mind and Brain of the Voter: The Presidential Campaign of 2008, Drew Westen, PhD, Emory University

  • Plenary Session Predicting, Preventing and Confronting the Aftermath of School and Campus Violence, Elizabeth M. Vera, PhD, Loyola University

  • Symposium Role of Neuroanatomy, Genetic and Health Factors in Cognitive Aging, Naftali Raz, PhD

  • Symposium What are the Mental Health Issues of Immigrant Children and their Families, Especially Those Facing Customs Enforcement Raids? Lydia P. Buki, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Invited Address New Treatments for Gambling, Nancy M. Petry, PhD, University of Connecticut Health Center

  • Invited Address Treating Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD in Veterans with Multiple Traumas, Jeffrey A. Knight, PhD, Boston VA Medical Center

  • Invited Address How Does the Brain Work When Recollecting Events and Experiences? Howard Eichenbaum, PhD, Boston University

  • Presidential Address Social-Cultural Challenges Facing Chinese-American Youth in New York City, Uwe P. Gielen, PhD, St. Francis College

  • Invited Address Using Wisdom, Creativity and Intelligence to Build Model Of Higher Education, Robert J. Sternberg, Tufts University

  • Plenary Address Science of Lead Toxicity, Herbert Needleman, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • Symposium What Makes A High School Safe From Bullying and Violence? Dewey g. Cornell, PhD

  • Invited Address How Your Personality Can Help You Age Well, Karen Hooker, PhD, Oregon State University

  • Invited Address Developing Responsible Environmental Behavior, Louise Chawla, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Symposium Managing ADHD in Adults, Michael Gordon, PhD, SUNY, Upstate Medical University

  • Invited Address Future of Hypnosis, Irving Kirsch, PhD, University of Hull, United Kingdom

  • Invited Address Accountability and Transfer of Learning in Executive Coaching, David B. Peterson, PhD, Personnel Decisions International, Minneapolis

  • Invited Address Sexualization of Girls: Implications for Violence Against Women, Eileen Zurbriggen, PhD, University of California at Santa Cruz

Other Program Highlights

  • Shopping Behavior on the Internet

  • Consequences of Heavy Drinking Among College Students

  • Do Animals Have Memories?

  • Mental Side to Elite Performances

  • Role Heroes and Villains Play in Childrens Behavior

  • Psychological Responses to Mass Disasters

  • Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

  • Global Warming and Violence

  • Can Children Learn from Video Games?

  • Chronic Financial Stress and Health Outcomes

  • Using the Senses to Develop a Successful Baseball Swing

  • Yoga as a Health Booster for Older Adults

  • Does Estrogen Aid in Healthy Cognitive Aging?

  • Why Do Long-Term Relationships Last?


Contact: Pam Willenz
American Psychological Association

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