June 9, 2010

American Psychological Association 118th Annual Convention in San Diego, California, Aug. 12-15, 2010

Featuring research on happiness, stress, memory, social relationships and same-sex marriage.

To: Reporters/Editors/Producers

Press Room – Meeting Room 14A, Mezzanine Level, the San Diego Convention Center. Facilities will include wireless connections for your laptops and two high-speed printers. We will also have work space, telephones, fax machines, phone lines for data transmission and APA staff resources for you. This room may also be the site of news briefings held during the convention.

Thursday, Aug. 12, Friday, Aug. 13, Saturday Aug. 14, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, Aug. 15, 8:00 am – 12 noon

Register for hotels online. Media can register for the convention on site. Registration is limited to credentialed journalists, others who have assignment letters on the letterhead of a media organization and public information officers from universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Program and Papers
The program will be available online in early July. Printed programs will also be available on site. News releases and selected papers will be available electronically upon request. We will supply you with CDs or e-mail the papers to you as attachments.

News Releases
Releases summarizing convention sessions, presentations and papers will be sent to all pre-registered media by email in August (a week to 10 days before the convention starts) and will be available online.

All sessions are embargoed for the time of presentation unless otherwise noted.

APA Annual Convention Highlights

Thursday, Aug. 12

  • Opening Session – Stumbling on Happiness: Insights on How and Why We Make Judgments, Decisions and Choices, Daniel Gilbert, PhD, Harvard University
  • Opening Session – Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Atlanta
  • Symposium – Updates and Issues For DSM-V, Michelle G. Craske, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles, and Paul Frick, PhD, University of New Orleans
  • Symposium – Social Relationships and Well-Being, Melanie H. Mallers, PhD, California State University-Fullerton, Karen Fingerman, PhD, Purdue University, and Toni C. Antonucci, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Paper Session – Understanding and Treating National Guard Soldiers, James Griffith, PhD, U.S. Army National Guard, Baltimore, Joseph D. Looney, PhD, U. S. Air Force Academy, and Anna Khaylis, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Ca.
  • Symposium – How Sugar, Stress and Hormones Affect Memory, Ewan McNay, PhD, University of Albany-State University of New York, Christa McIntyre, PhD, University of Texas-Dallas, Benno Roozendaal, PhD, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands, Donna Korol, PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana at Champaign, and Catherine Woolley, PhD, Northwestern University, Chicago

Friday, Aug. 13

  • Plenary Session – Individual Differences in Resilience: From Personality to Life Events, Sir Michael Rutter, MD, King’s College, London
  • Invited Address – Drug Addiction as a Disease of the Human Brain, Nora D. Volkow, MD, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Md.
  • Invited Address – Mindfulness-Based Prevention in Treatment of Addictive Behaviors, G. Alan Marlatt, PhD, University of Washington
  • Invited Address – Neurobiology of Social Interaction, Stephen W. Porges, PhD, and C. Sue Carter, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Invited Address – Social Influences on Memory, Suparana Rajaram, PhD, Stony Brook University-State University of New York
  • Presidential Address – New Classifications for Mental Disorders – DSM-V, Michael C. Roberts, PhD, Robert F. Krueger, PhD, Bruce Cuthbert, PhD, and Geoffrey M. Reid, PhD
  • Paper Session – Online Behaviors and Mental Health, Guadalupe Espinoza, MA, University of California- Los Angeles, and Donna Rockwell, PsyD, Michigan School of Professional Psychology
  • Invited Address – Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Catherine E. Lord, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Symposium – Role of Sleep in Memory and Thinking, Sara Mednick, PhD, University of California-San Diego, Matthew Walker, PhD, University of California-Berkeley, and Rebecca Gomez, PhD, University of Arizona
  • Symposium - Using Nutrition and Pharmacotherapy to Treat Children, George M. Kapalka, PhD, Monmouth University, Susana A. Galle, PhD, The Mind-Body Center, Washington, D.C., and Elizabeth Frazier, MS, Ohio State University

Saturday, Aug. 14

  • Invited Address – How Certain Childhood Experiences Lead to Adult Chronic Diseases, Karen A Matthews, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Invited Address – Who Takes Care of the Caregivers, Suniya S. Luthar, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Invited Address – How Stress Kills: Assessing the Damage and Various Remedies, Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus
  • Invited Address – Early Childhood Adversity: What Determines Adaptive and Maladaptive Behaviors, Seth Pollack, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Symposium – Human and Hamster Bullies – Origins of Adolescent Aggression, Nicki R. Crick, PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Yvon Delville, PhD, University of Texas, Austin
  • Invited Address – Why Adolescents and Young Adults Hurt Themselves: Understanding Suicidal and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury, Matthew K. Nock, PhD, Harvard University
  • Symposium – Effect of Long-Term Solitary Confinement on Well-Being, Jamie Fellner, JD, Human Rights Watch, New York, Joel A. Dvoskin, PhD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Maureen L. O’Keefe, MA, Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Springs, and Kelli J. Klebe, PhD, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Symposium – Latest Risky Behaviors Among Adolescents, Wendy Hadley, PhD, Brown University, and Jessica M. Joseph, MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Symposium – Extramarital Involvement and Divorce, Becky Butler McNight, PsyD, and Donna Rosko, PsyD, Alliant International University-San Diego

Sunday, Aug. 15

  • Discussion – End-of-Life Decisions and Assisted Suicide, Florence L. Denmark, PhD, and Richard S. Velayo, PhD, Pace University, Artemis Pipinelli, PhD, City University of New York Herbert H. Lehman College, and Rivka Bertisch Meir, PhD, MPH, Fordham University
  • Paper Session – Retention, Turnover and Bullying in the Workplace, Kristen A. Honda, BS, University of California-San Diego, and Joon Hyung Park, MS, University of Houston
  • Paper Session – Effects of Parenting on Social and Psychological Well-Being, Siobhan K. O’Toole, PhD, Alliant International University-Fresno, Lydia F. Killos, PhD, University of Virginia, and Robert Epstein, PhD, University of California-San Diego
  • Symposium – Peer Influences on Men’s Dating and Sexual Behavior, Jerel P. Calzo, MA, Jennifer L. Walsh, MA, and Marina Epstein, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Andrew P. Smiler, PhD, Wake Forest University

Other Program Highlights

  • Effects of Physical Activity and Coping Style on Overall Health
  • Awareness of Environmental Problems and Likelihood of Green Behavior
  • Effect of Birth Order on Personality, Intelligence and Achievement
  • Do School-Based Interventions Help Children with ADHD
  • Are Exotic Dancers at Risk for Psychological Problems
  • How Movies Can Create and Relieve Trauma
  • Parents’ Influence on Children Telling Lies
  • Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving
  • Do Left-Handed Athletes Have a Competitive Advantage
  • Using Humor to Reduce Test Anxiety and Improve Performance
  • Predicting Autism Disorders: Early Signs and Gender Differences
  • Safety of Using Hands-Free Headsets While Driving
  • Is Marriage Good for Physical and Mental Health
  • Perceptions of Creativity and the “Mad Genius” Stereotype
  • Sex Differences in Retirement Satisfaction
  • Prevalence of Cyberbullying and Why Children and Young Adults Bully Others
  • Are Romance and Friendship Satisfying in Virtual Environments
  • Prevalence of Online Sex Addiction Among Clergy
  • U.S. Men’s Experience of Psychotherapy
  • Psychology of Speed Dating
  • Does Playing Computer Games Enhance Reading/Memory
  • Male/Female Differences in Playing Practical Jokes

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 152,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.