Special Events

Don’t miss these must-see special events at the 31st APS Annual Convention

Inside the Psychologist’s Studio

Lee D. Ross

Stanford University

One of the world’s leading scientific authorities in the the field of human inference, judgment, and decision-making will look back on his distinguished career in an interview with his former student, Swarthmore College Professor Andrew Ward. Be part of the live studio audience for this special event.

APS-David Myers Distinguished Lecture on the Science and Craft of Teaching Psychological Science

Leading Students Toward Contribution to Society

Carol S. Dweck, Stanford University

How can we use the teaching of psychological science to encourage contributions to society? Dweck describes how her undergraduate course, while teaching content and methods, supports students a) to move away from competition and toward contribution, b) to do unusual and courageous things to become the person who will make their contribution, and c) to prepare for the inevitable struggles they will face on their path.

SSCP Distinguished Scientist Award Address

Prevention of Depression in Youth: Current Evidence and Future Directions

Judy Garber, Vanderbilt University

Depression can be prevented. Garber will present results of randomized controlled trials demonstrating the efficacy of interventions aimed at preventing depression in adolescents, and will discuss moderators, mediators, and cost effectiveness. Despite considerable progress, however, important questions remain regarding the durability, generalizability, and dissemination of programs for preventing depression in youth. 

Invited Address

Understanding and Capturing the Value of Diversity: A Special Look at Gender

Katherine Phillips, Columbia University

Twenty years of research examining the performance, feelings of confidence, and efficacy of diverse and homogeneous teams highlights the inherent tension that exists – diverse teams can perform better but they may have less confidence and efficacy than homogeneous teams. This talk will unpack how diversity actually works to influence groups.

Psychological Science in the Public Interest Symposium

Increasing Vaccination: Putting Psychological Science Into Action

Valerie F. Reyna, Cornell University (Chair)
Noel T. Brewer, University of North Carolina
Gretchen B. Chapman, Carnegie Mellon University
Melinda Wharton, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
William M. Klein, National Cancer Institute

This annual symposium features authors of recent reports in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, the influential APS journal that examines research on issues of broad public concern.

Office of Evaluation Sciences Symposium

How the U.S. Government Can Use Behavioral Insights to Improve Vaccination Rates

Mary Steffel, Northeastern University, Office of Evaluation Sciences (Chair)
Kris-Stella Trump, Social Science Research Council, Office of Evaluation Sciences
Pompa Debroy, Office of Evaluation Sciences
David Yokum, Brown University
Gretchen B. Chapman, Carnegie Mellon University

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.

Clinical Science Forum

Organized by The Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) and The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS).

Alan G. Kraut, Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (Co-Chair)
Robert W. Levenson, Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System and the University of California, Berkeley (Co-Chair)
David A. Sbarra, Academy of Psychological Clinical Science and the University of Arizona (Co-Chair)

The Rising Stars of Depression Research

Joelle LeMoult, University of British Columbia, Canada
Jessica Schleider, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York
Lisa Starr, University of Rochester
Anna Weinberg, McGill University, Canada
Timothy Strauman, Duke University

Cutting-Edge Training in Clinical Science

Robert Simons, University of Delaware
Teresa Treat, University of Iowa
Lisa Starr, University of Rochester
Gregory Miller, University of California, Los Angeles
Timothy Strauman, Duke University
Robert Levenson, University of California, Berkeley
June Gruber, University of Colorado Boulder

New Developments in the Clinical Science of Behavior Change

Lisbeth Nielsen, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
Alicia Meuret, Southern Methodist University
Kathleen Carroll, Yale University School of Medicine
Inbal Nahum-Shani, University of Michigan

Special Invited Symposia

How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures

Margaret E. Beier, Rice University
Robert Goldstone, Indiana University
Arthur C. Graesser, University of Memphis
Ruth Kanfer, The Georgia Institute of Technology
Zewelanji N. Serpell, Virginia Commonwealth University

Hackathon: Best Research Practices Made Easy

Kelci Harris, Washington University in St Louis
Emorie Beck, Washington University in St Louis
Lorne Campbell, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Jessica Flake, McGill University, Canada
Eiko Fried, Leiden University, Netherlands