June 13, 2011

Media Advisory: American Psychological Association's 119th Annual Convention August 4-7, 2011 in Washington, DC

The psychological legacy of 9/11, immigration, relationships and sexuality, social media, bullying, suicide and dogs’ cognition among more than 1,000 topics featured

Media Information and Convention Highlights

Press Room

Meeting Room 209C, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl., N.W., Washington, D.C. Facilities will include wireless connections for laptops, high-speed printer, work space, telephones and APA staff resources. This room may also be the site of news briefings held during the convention.


Thursday, Aug. 4, Friday, Aug. 5, Saturday, Aug. 6: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Media can register for the convention on site in the press room or in advance by contacting APA Public Affairs by email or by phone at (202) 336-5700. Registration is limited to credentialed journalists and others who have assignment letters on the letterhead of a media organization and public information officers from universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Media can make hotel reservations by visiting the convention's webpage.

Program and Papers

The convention 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 journalists with CDs or email the papers 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.

Program Highlights

Thursday, August 4 
  • Opening Session Keynote - Stereotype Threat - Claude M. Steele, PhD, provost, Columbia University 

  • Symposium - Wrong Turn on the Highway to Love: The Medicalization of Sex As a Public Health Problem - Leonore Tiefer, PhD, New York University School of Medicine 

  • Symposium - A Look at the Portrayal of Girls and Women Across Three Popular Media, Stacy Smith, PhD, University of Southern California  

  • Symposium -  Pole Dancing, Sexual Empowerment, and Miley Cyrus' Adolescent Sexual Subjectivity - Kelly Graling, MA, University of Massachusetts, Boston  

  • Paper session - Female and Male Millionaires: Surprising Similarities in Personality Traits, Childhood Experiences, Career Path Events, Work Styles, and Leadership - Jude Miller-Burke, PhD, JAMB Consulting, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 

  • Poster session - Are You There, God? Just What Do Children Think About Religion and Spirituality? - Diane Oliver, PhD, University of Michigan-Dearborn  

  • Paper session - Effects of Colors on Brand Personality in Advertising - Soojin Kim,  MA, University of Florida  

  • Symposium - A Warrior Mentality: The Unique Challenges of Suicide Prevention in the Military - David Rudd, PhD,  University of Utah  

  • Poster session - Parenting Predictors of Cyberbullying - Ashley Doane, MS, Old Dominion University 

  • Paper session - Indulging and Proud of It: The Emotional Consequences of Justified Indulgent Consumption - Francine Espinoza, PhD, European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, Germany

Friday, August 5 
  • APA Presidential Address - Psychology and Social Justice: Why We Do What We Do - Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, 2011 APA president 

  • Invited Address -  Mindsets:  Understanding People and Promoting Change – Carol S. Dweck, PhD, Stanford University 

  • Invited Plenary Address - Mindful Approaches to Weight Loss: Engaging the Brain’s Power for Self-Regulation - Jean L. Kristeller, PhD, Indiana State University 

  • Invited Plenary Address -  Killing in the Name of Identity: An Age-Old Problem - Vamik D. Volkan, MD, University of Virginia  

  • Invited Plenary Address - Empowering People to Break the Prejudice Habit - Patricia G. Devine, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

  • Invited Plenary Address - Chaser and Her Toys: What a Dog Teaches Us About Cognition - John W. Pilley, PhD 

  • Invited Plenary Address - Beyond Willpower: A Multilevel Framework for Understanding, Treating, and Preventing Obesity - Denise Wilfley, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis 

  • Invited Plenary Address – Cultural Adaptations of Psychotherapy: Why, How, and Do They Work - Guillermo Bernal, PhD, University of Puerto Rico 

  • Invited Plenary Address - Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease: Knowns and Unknowns - Margaret Gatz, PhD, University of Southern California 

  • Invited Plenary Address - What Gets Aging Families in Trouble? Structures and Processes - Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Saturday, August 6 
  • Invited Master Lecture – The Cognitive Neuroscience of True and False Memories - Marcia Johnson, PhD, Yale University 

  • Invited Plenary Address - Digital Adolescence: Myths and Truths About Growing Up with Technology - Michele Ybarra, PhD, Internet Solutions for Kinds, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif. 

  • Presidential Address - Slithering Towards Bethlehem: What Reptiles Can Teach Us About Behavioral Development - Gordon Burghardt, PhD, University of Tennessee 

  • Invited Plenary Address – Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids - Larry Rosen, PhD, California State University 

  • Symposium - Repercussions of Loss for Mothers and Children: Looking Through the Lens of the World Trade Center – K. Mark Sossin, PhD, private practice, New York 

  • Invited Plenary Address – Relationships in the Age of Web 3.0 - Gian C. Gonzaga, PhD, eHarmony Labs, Los Angeles 

  • Symposium - Psychology of Women and Men and Masculinity: An Update - Janet S. Hyde, PhD,  University of Wisconsin-Madison  

  • Symposium - Myths and Realities of Immigration - Carola Suarez-Orozco, PhD, New York University 

  • Symposium - Electronic Harassment and Cyber Stalking: Intervention, Prevention, and Public Policy - Elizabeth Carll, PhD, Huntington, NY 

  • Poster Session - Predictors of Psychological Trauma Among Evacuees of the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11/2001 - Martin F. Sherman, PhD, Loyola University Maryland 

  • Paper Session - A Systemic Model of Doping Behavior - Michael Johnson, PhD, University of Tennessee 

  • Symposium - How Subhuman Living Conditions Have Impacted the Mental Health of Survivors of the January 2010 Earthquake - Jonathan Torres, BA, Nova Southeastern University 

  • Paper Session - Are Consumers Aware of the Product Design Intent? An Exploratory Investigation - Catherine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England

Sunday, August 7 
  • Invited Master Lecture – The Cognitive Neuroscience of True and False Memories - Marcia Johnson, PhD, Yale University 

  • Symposium – Undercover Investigation of Practices in Applied Sport Psychology and a Survey of Experiences and Perceptions of Consumers - Anastasia Sokol, American Board of Sports Psychology Fellowship Program 

  • Symposium – Pseudoscience in Applied Sport Psychology: Gurus, Charlatans, Claims, and Myths - Terry Sandbek, American Board of Sports Psychology 

  • Symposium - Recent Media Accounts of Suicide Due to Bullying: A New Trend or Old News -  Bruce Bongar, PhD, Palo Alto University

Other Program Highlights
  • Bully Victimization and Academic Achievement

  • What It Means to Be an Adult: A Comparison of Three Age Groups 

  • Toward School-Wide Obesity Prevention: Evaluation of Body-Mass Index Screening Policies in U.S. Schools 

  • Video Gaming Attitudes and Behaviors Among Adults 18-80 

  • Community Violence, Affect, Behavior, and Substance Exposure: How Are Urban Boys Faring in Comparison With Girls? 

  • Near-Death Experiences: A Challenge to the Medical Model Paradigm: Are We There Yet?  

  • Anger on the Internet: The Perceived Value of Rant Sites  

  • At-Risk College Students Graduating at Higher Rates Than Their More Advantaged Peers - Implications for Psychology Public Policy  

  • Mobile Internet Use Among College Students: Epidemiology and Links to Motor-Vehicle Safety 

  • Psychology of Women and Men and Masculinity: An Update  

  • Modifying the Food Environment: From Mindless Eating to Mindlessly Eating Better 

  • Adolescent Social Messaging and Its Link to Inattention/Hyperactivity, Sensation Seeking, and Academic Performance 

  • From Psychophysics to Horticulture: Understanding and Increasing Palatability of Nutritious Foods 

  • Examining the Link Between Groundwater Selenium and Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety  

  • A Rose by Any Other Name: Scent Preferences, Gender, and Sexual Orientation 

  • The Modern Sex-Doll Owner: A Review of the Literature 

  • Stress and Individual Differences in Food Selection 

  • Want to Try It Now? Factors That Contribute to Willingness to Try Street Hypnosis 

  • Public Acceptability of Recycled Water: Getting the Cognitive Sewage Out After the Physical Sewage is Gone 

  • The Language and Communication Abilities of Dogs 

  • Delight, Desire and Dread: Limbic Brain Generators 

  • Boundless Youth: Encountering Stress in Cultural Context 

  • Snoop Dreams: The Expression of Personality in Everyday Context  

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