In this issue

PI-OSES news, events & announcements

Read about upcoming co-sponsored symposia's at this summer's annual APA Conference in Orlando, Fla. and welcome Iesaha Haynie, OSES program coordinator

PI-OSES News & Events

  • The Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities (SESRCD) program recently conducted two full-house Professional Development Training Resource (PDTR) workshops in Detroit, Mich., and Nashville, Tenn. The Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Cancer Consortium, the Michigan Public Health Institute, the Tennessee Cancer Coalition, and the American Cancer Society, Mid-South Division, were all collaborators that contributed to the success of both workshops. The workshops drew over 70 professionals from various community-based cancer organizations throughout the Detroit and Nashville areas. The PDTR workshops give participants a comprehensive, interactive understanding of evidence-based research and practice when providing services in cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Register for the next PDTR workshop on Wednesday, July 11th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT at the American Cancer Society in Birmingham, Ala.

  • Report on Congressional Briefing on Cancer
    On May 8, Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities (SESRCD) program’s Scientific Steering Committee member, Barbara Anderson, PhD, presented on her research pertaining to the psychosocial aspects of cancer at the Congressional Briefing on Cancer. According to her research, a 77 percent decrease in emotional distress was reported when psychosocial interventions for breast cancer began right after surgery and before chemotherapy. This meeting brought together a number of Congressional representatives, cancer organizations and cancer survivors to address the steps that need to be taken at the federal level to achieve the integration of psychosocial treatment in cancer care. The SESRCD program continues to stress the importance of addressing psychosocial needs of cancer patients during their Professional Development Training Resource workshops. 

  • APA’s national initiative to address health disparities in cancer
    The work of SESRCD’s Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) program was recently highlighted in the May edition of APA Access. Through the BSSV Program, the SESRCD program facilitates linkages between behavioral scientists and U.S.-based cancer-focused organizations to address the social, economic and environmental barriers underlying U.S. cancer disparities. The SESRCD BSSVs are available to provide capacity building assistance to community organizations that offer cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship programs for underserved populations.

2012 APA Convention programming & activities

Psychology’s contribution to addressing socioeconomic disparities in health, well-being and human development continues to gain recognition within and outside of APA. OSES and CSES are excited to be participating in several symposia, events and activities during the 120th Annual APA Convention, held in Orlando, Fla, Aug. 2-5, 2012.  Details regarding registration, hotel accommodations, programming, and activities are available on the APA Convention website
CSES co-sponsored symposia: The Hidden Curriculum: Non-Academic Determinants of Academic Success
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 — Time: 2:00 – 2: 50 p.m.

Co-Chairs:
Kimberly Patterson, Eds MS, Cypress Bay High School, Weston, Fla.
Faye Reimers, PhD, University of North Texas; Texas Woman’s University

Presenters:
Frank Worrell, PhD, University of California, Berkeley.  I did not know that I did not know.
Heather Bullock, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz. Classism in the Classroom: Identifying and Reducing Class-Based Exclusion.

Discussant: 
Laura Smith, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University

CSES co-sponsored symposia: Special Challenges Facing College Students: First Generation Status and Poverty
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 — Time: 3:00 - 3: 50 p.m.

Co-chairs:
Salvador Macias, PhD, University of South Carolina at Sumter
Avis Donna Alexander, PhD, Rappahannock Community College

Presenters:
Cynthia Hudley, PhD:  Is history destiny?  High school experiences and college adjustments for first generation college students.
Linda Petroff, PhD:  Poverty among first generation college students.

Discussant:
Melba J. Vasquez, PhD, Vasquez & Associates Mental Health Services, Austin, Texas

CSES co-sponsored symposia: Immigration, Race, and Disparities — Health Care, Education, Employment
Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 — Time: 12:00 - 1: 50 p.m.

Chair:
Pratyusha Tummala-Narra PhD, Boston College

Presenters:
Kevin L. Nadal, PhD: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Experiences of LGBT Immigrants of Color
Germine Awad, PhD: Perceived Discrimination Among Arab American Immigrants
Guillermo Prado, PhD

Discussant: 
Carola Suarez-Orozco, PhD, New York University 

CSES co-sponsored symposia: Women Under Siege — Disparities and Despair
Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 — Time: 2:00 - 2: 50 p.m.

Chair:
Cynthia de las Fuentes, PhD, Independent Practice, Austin, Texas

Presenters: 
Faye Reimers, PhD: Poverty As an Open Crusade Against Women
Bryana H. French, PhD: Sexual Coercion and the Sexualization of Black Girls: Consequences to Psychological Well-Being and Sexual Health
Amanda Houston-Hamilton, DMH: HIV/AIDS and Women of Color: Reaching the Hardest to Reach
M. Dolores Cimini, PhD: Violence Against Young Women With Disabilities: Identifying Risk Factors, Formulating Responses, and Supporting Resilience
Cynthia de las Fuentes, PhD: From Right-to-Life to Duty-to-Die: A Life Span Perspective on Violence Against Women

SESRCD co-sponsored continuing education workshop: Mental Health Care Disparities Among Ethnic Cancer Patients
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 — Time: TBD

Sponsored by APA Office on Continuing Education in Psychology & Continuing Education Committee and supported by the SESRCD Program

Leader:   Kathleen H. Canul, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
This workshop will address the importance of integrated psychological care into the treatment of ethnically diverse cancer patients. Participants will learn about the disparate treatment that ethnic patients experience, the challenges they face, and strategies for improving care.   

Welcome OSES Program Coordinator, Ieshia Haynie

I am pleased to join the Office on Socioeconomic Status (OSES). The interdisciplinary work of the SES office highlights its commitment to broadening the relevant body of knowledge that addresses the well-being of those suffering during times of economic disparity. I am delighted to embark on this journey with the SES office, under the direction of Keyona King-Tsikata, MPH. It will be a personal mission to assist in strengthening its outreach and educational capacity, to show the congruence between psychology and SES, and how these factors can impact access to services and make significant and positive influences on individuals’ lives. 

I am eager to use my background in legislative/regulatory policy and social justice initiatives to further the mission and work of the SES office.

I’ve spent several years working on consumer-centered issues — collaborating with organizations committed to the cause of bridging the gap in mental health disparities for individuals living with mental illness. Some of those projects included, Measuring Cultural Competence in State Mental Health Systems(NASMHPD),developing a curriculum and training to Reducing the use of Seclusion and Restraint in Mental Health Treatment Environments and the Fourth National Dialogue on Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (NASMHPD/NASADAD).

Born and raised in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., I completed my education at the Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., holding degrees in Political Science and Sociology. I worked several years as an intern and a legislative staffer, for former U.S. House of Representative Charlie Rose, with issues ranging from the Campaign to Free Tibet and Mental Health Parity and the American Indian Recognition Act. On a personal, I am an avid fan of the incomparable James Taylor.

I am hoping that my unique background will bolster and assist in sustaining the valuable work of the Office on Socioeconomic Status. I look forward to working with and meeting each of you in the future. If I may be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to email or call me at (202) 336-7608.