A presidential focus
APA President Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, has developed
sessions that relate to her primary presidential initiatives
of Leadership and Promoting Health for Individuals,
Families and Organizations. They are:
• “Leadership Lessons through Challenging Times,” a
chat with Anne M. Mulcahy, chair of the board of trustees of
Save the Children and a former chairman and CEO of Xerox.
She will discuss lessons learned, leadership in a crisis, how to
develop followership, leadership attributes and more.
• “Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign against Racism,”
with Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, president of the American Public
Health Association, and a senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute
and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. This
session will provide tools to enable attendees to name racism, ask “How is
racism operating here?” and organize and strategize to act.
• “APA’s Unignorable Moment: How Can Big Trouble Lead to a Great
Future?” Malachi O’Connor, PhD, will give an anthropological description of
APA in light of the Independent Review released last summer.
• “Evaluating Interprofessionalism: Development and Use of an
Interprofessional Measure.” The Interprofessional Professionalism
Collaborative, a group representing 13 health professions, will describe how
it developed and validated a measure to rate students’ professionalism when
interacting with other health professionals. The event will be chaired by
Catherine Grus, PhD, of APA’s Education Directorate. Participants are Loretta M.
Nunez and Luke Mortensen, PhD.
• “Working With Economic Immigrant Populations in Integrated Primary
Care: Worsening Problems, Expanding Solutions.” Economic immigrants in
the United States face myriad difficulties and require new and different models
of care. This panel will discuss immigration policy and present two multilevel
models of innovation in working with this vulnerable population. Participants
include Hanna Siegel, Tillman Farley, MD, and Celia J. Falicov, PhD.
• “Providing Refugee Mental Health Care: Meeting Complex Needs,” will
address refugee mental health and psychosocial support services, presenting
global best practices and resilience-based multilevel systemic approaches with
individuals, families, and communities uprooted by humanitarian crises. The
session is chaired by Froma Walsh, PhD. Participants are Jack Saul, PhD, and
Claire M. Whitney.
• “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Why and How Psychology Should Be
Involved With Climate Change,” a panel discussion on the implications of
climate change for well-being. The panel, chaired by Susan D. Clayton, PhD,
will make suggestions to expand the involvement of psychologists. The other
participants are Andrew Stern, MD, and Julia B. Hill.
• “Moving Upward and Onward: Addressing Challenges and Advancing
Pediatric Integrated Care.” This symposium will highlight the current status
of integrated pediatric primary care and the collaborative steps that need to be
taken for further advancement within the field.
• “21st Century Policing.” Cedric Alexander, PhD, chief of police of DeKalb
County, Georgia, will discuss the six pillars of 21st century policing.
Kelley J. Slack, PhD
“Deeper Space: Behavioral Risks on Mars
and Asteroid Missions”
NASA is aiming to send humans to Mars
within the next 20 years. Because a round-trip journey to the
Red Planet could
take as long as three
years and put an
strain on the crew,
will be crucial to the
Slack, a senior
researcher in Johnson Space Center’s
Behavioral Health and Performance group,
will discuss how NASA is quantifying
human risks associated with long-duration
space missions and how the agency plans
to mitigate cognitive, behavioral, sleep and
other risks for astronauts. An industrial-organizational psychologist, Slack is helping
to select NASA’s astronaut class of 2017.
J. Scott Tonigan, PhD
“12-Step Spirituality: Is It Worthwhile to
Pray for Recovery?”
With more than 110,000 meetings
worldwide and an estimated 2 million
Anonymous (AA) is
remains a popular
some AA meetings
are diminishing the
roots. Tonigan, a
at the University
of New Mexico, will discuss his research
on the factors that increase spirituality
among AA members and how such gains
may explain increased abstinence from
alcohol. He has conducted 20 studies on
behavior change among AA participants
and how substance abusers benefit from
participating in 12-step programs.
Tonigan has served as co-director
of the university’s Center on Alcohol,
Substance Abuse, and Addictions and has