BAPPI Convention Highlights

2009 Award Winners at APA Convention

  • Laurence Steinberg, PhD
  • Charlotte Patterson, PhD
  • Beverly Greene, PhD
  • Keith Humphreys, PhD

2009 BAPPI Convention Highlights

During the 2009 APA Convention, the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) presented a four-hour program in two parts entitled Application of Psychological Science to Enhance Crime Prevention, Prison Treatment, and Post-Release Parole, which offered continuing education credit.

The presentations provided a compelling expanse of research findings including the prevention of violent crime, the treatment of offenders with mental illness, the creation of prisons, which are safe and humane, and probation and parole for those with mental disorders.

Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter, Ph.D. (2009 BAPPI Chair) chaired the sessions, which included presentations by Don Andrews, Ph.D. Joel Dvoskin, Ph.D., Jeremy Mills, Ph.D., Jennifer Skeem, Ph.D., and Paula Smith, Ph.D. All speakers underscored the importance of incorporating social science principles of behavior change to increase the effectiveness of correctional strategies and to reduce recidivism. Furthermore, there was ample evidence to support targeting those at moderate to high risk for re-offending for the most intensive interventions. Importantly, the research suggests that strategies which focus on both the mental health and criminogenic needs of inmates with mental illness are most effective in assisting them to function successfully in the community upon release.

2008 BAPPI Convention Highlights

  • Over 750 people from 36 countries attended the March 2008 7th international conference on occupational stress and health: Work, Stress,and Health 2008: Healthy and Safe Work Through Research, Practice, and Partnerships in Washington, DC. Plans are now underway for Work, Stress, and Health 2009: Global Concerns and Approaches, November 4-7, 2009 in Puerto Rico.

  • The Public Interest Government Relations Office works to shape federal legislation to promote psychology in the public interest. In 2008, PI-GRO:

    1. Submitted recommendations for the reauthorizations of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

    2. Represented APA at the National Association of People Living With AIDS AIDS Watch 2008 Steering Committee

    3. With the Disability Issues Office and Division 33, provided comments relating to implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000

    4. With the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and Child Welfare League of America, helped organize a standing room only congressional briefing on “Transition Youth with Serious Mental Illness”

    5. Arranged presentations by members and staff during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference

    6. With the Education Directorate, co-sponsored a congressional briefing entitled “Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families: Innovative Strategies for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.”

    7. Hosted advocacy training plus Capitol Hill visits for members of BAPPI and PI committees

    8. With the Office on Disability Issues in Psychology, worked for passage of the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act

    9. Contributed information to a U.S. Presidential transition document on criminal justice

  • The Office on Aging disseminated Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Psychologists to psychologists and geriatric mental health professionals nationwide.

  • The Office on AIDS HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program volunteer trainers conducted 69 training events in 2008, reaching more than 1,670 mental health professionals and students. The Office on AIDS also conducted a 3-day training session for 55 behavioral and social scientist volunteers, focusing on their role in providing technical assistance to CDC directly and indirectly funded HIV/AIDS prevention organizations and community planning groups, as part of the CDC-funded Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program.

  • The Children, Youth, and Families Office staffed the Presidential Task Force on PTSD and Trauma in Children and Adolescents and released a “tip sheet” in September, on what every mental health professional should know and understand about trauma in children.

  • The Disability Issues Office worked with Public Interest Government Relations and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and other major disability groups and key congressional staff on efforts resulting in passage of the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act. The Office also met with the Director and key staff of the Complex Care Program at Children’s National Medical Center to explore means of increasing the knowledge base and capacity of psychologists to better meet the needs of children with special health care needs.

  • The Office on Ethnic Minority Affairs initiated a quarterly Psychology in Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions e-newsletter for chairpersons of programs/departments of psychology at the nation’s minority-serving colleges, disseminated over 1,000 copies of the published Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology (CEMRRAT) 2 Task Force report, A Portrait of Success and Challenge – Progress Report: 1997-2005, and disseminated over 5,000 copies of the Office newsjournal, The Communique, which featured a special section on “Psychology and Racism”.

  • The International Network on Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Concerns & Transgender Issues in Psychology, staffed by the Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns, was successful in increasing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender programming at the 2008 International Congress of Psychology in Berlin in July: 58 presenters from 20 countries focused on many of the diverse issues affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people worldwide. 

  • The Minority Fellowship Program hosted its 6 th annual Psychology Summer Institute in July, providing 22 advanced predoctoral and early career participants with professional mentoring on their projects, career development training, and assistance with grant writing and publishing.

  • The Office on Socioeconomic Status received a CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion grant for $1,750,000 over 5 years to address SES related cancer disparities.

  • The Violence Prevention Office sponsored the ACT Program  4th Annual Leadership Seminar in March, with 39 U.S. ACT Community Coordinators and 2 Coordinators from Toronto participating.

  • The Women’s Programs Office, with the Committee on Women in Psychology, convened the inaugural CWP Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology in August, focusing on the leadership training needs of 30 mid-career member women psychologists. WPO also released the Report of the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion.