APS Annual Convention Federal, Government, & Affiliated Programs

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

A Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Applications to Intelligence Analysis

Sujeeta Bhatt, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Alexandra Beatty, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

This symposium highlights findings from a National Academies survey of social and behavioral science (SBS). Discussion will focus on directions for interdisciplinary research that applies SBS research, with its focus on human behavior and social processes, to the development and use of new methods and technologies for intelligence analysis.

How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures

Chair: Margaret E. Beier, Rice University

In October 2018, the National Academies of Science released How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures, which expands on the popular report, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (2000). The 2018 report considers lifespan learning from before kindergarten throughout the lifespan, and specifies directions for strategic investments in research and development to promote the knowledge, training, and technologies to support learning in today’s world. In this panel, five experts from the committee along with a representative from the National Academies of Science will discuss the report’s contribution and practical use from the viewpoint of their specific discipline.

Overview of the National Academies Report on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science and Engineering with a Focus on How the Conclusions and Recommendations Relate to Research and Reporting in Psychological Science

Chair: Wendy Wood, University of Southern California

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a consensus report that examines reproducibility and replicability issues in science and engineering research, and offers recommendations for improving research rigor and transparency. In this symposium, members of the authoring committee will discuss the report and implications for psychological science.

National Institute of Mental Health Research Domain Criteria (RDoC)

Ask Me Anything (AMA) Session on RDoC

Chair: Sarah Morris, National Institute of Mental Health

In this AMA, we encourage attendees to bring any questions they may have about the National Institute of Mental Health’s RDoC initiative. We will open with a brief introduction to RDoC, and provide updates on its current status. The rest of the session will be devoted to Q&As.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Building Bridges Award

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers APS poster submitters travel awards to build bridges between research in psychological science and researchers in oral health.

National Science Foundation

Funding at the National Science Foundation: Increasing Your Chances of Success

Betty Tuller, National Science Foundation
Lawrence Gottlob, National Science Foundation

NSF opportunities change all the time! Come hear the latest and get your questions answered. This presentation and Q&A session will provide information on applying for National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. Program officers will discuss current funding opportunities relevant to the APS community, NSF merit criteria, and the review process.

Office of Evaluation Sciences

How the US Government Can Use Behavioral Insights to Improve Vaccination Rates

Speakers from the Office of Evaluation Sciences will present findings from several projects in which the federal government made use of behavioral insights in efforts to increase vaccination rates. Interventions were designed for diverse populations, including veterans and seniors, with project sample sizes ranging from 43,400 to 228,000.

Judicial Applications of Psychological Science

Chair: Robert Timothy Reagan, Federal Judicial Center

Psychologists can study how judges think. Can judges embrace what psychologists learn? This panel of lawyers, one of whom is a judge and most of whom are psychologists, discusses possible successful impacts of psychological science on the law. Audience participation in the conversation is encouraged.

Science of Behavior Change Initiative

Mechanisms of Self-Regulation and Behavior Change

Lis Nielsen, National Institute on Aging
Jen Sumner, Columbia University Medical Center

Psychological scientists are increasingly adopting mechanism-focused approaches to behavior change science in order to address the substantial disease burden caused by maladaptive behaviors. This symposium features talks from leading scientists on mechanisms of self-regulation and how they can be engaged to induce sustainable behavior change, followed by a panel discussion.

How to Promote Lasting Change: A Round Table Discussion on the NIH Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Common Fund Program

Lis Nielsen, National Institute on Aging
Jennifer Sumner, Columbia University Medical Center

NIH encourages the use of a mechanism-focused experimental medicine approach to identify and engage mechanisms underlying behavior change. In this informal, interactive roundtable event, NIH representatives and researchers discuss this approach and highlight future directions. Those wishing to incorporate behavior change tools, methods, or principles into their research should attend.

Psychological Science in the Public Interest Symposium

Increasing Vaccination: Putting Psychological Science Into Action

Chair: Valerie F. Reyna, Cornell University

Psychological science offers three propositions for understanding and intervening to increase vaccine uptake. Changing what people think and feel yields mixed results, while the impact of altering the social context has not been sufficiently explored. In contrast, evidence strongly supports interventions leveraging automaticity to shape behavior without changing thoughts and feelings.

National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Sciences

Psychological Science and Education Research Funding Opportunities at NSF and IES

Chair: Gregg Solomon, National Science Foundation

Representatives from IES and NSF will discuss the opportunities and challenges one faces in connecting the psychological sciences and education. They will present overviews of relevant funding opportunities, the kinds of proposals appropriate for each, and tips for successfully designing research projects and navigating the proposal review process.

National Endowment for the Arts

Psychological Science and the National Endowment for the Arts

Melissa M. Menzer, National Endowment for the Arts, Office of Research & Analysis
Sunil Iyengar, National Endowment for the Arts, Office of Research & Analysis

Two projects on the arts, health, and social-emotional well-being will be presented: (1) a study examining psychological resilience of professionally-trained artists compared to non-artists; and (2) a multidisciplinary research center focused on arts education of youth. The National Endowment for the Arts will also share information on arts-related research funding.

The Lab @ DC

History, Housing, and Homelessness: Applied Science in Washington, DC

Chair: Sam Quinney, The Lab @ DC, DC Office of the City Administrator

Join The Lab @ DC for a discussion of three ongoing, applied research projects in DC government: a police officer training program with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a flexible rent subsidy that adjusts to the realities of income fluctuations, and transportation assistance for homeless students to reduce absenteeism.