Get Better with Age at APA Convention 2015

By Maggie Syme, Ph.D., MPHMaggie.Syme.Photo

Going to Toronto for convention? Like me, you may have been basking in the early summer glow and now are left wondering, “How is it already July?” Convention is right around the corner and it is approaching time to prepare for talks, posters, networking, and international travel. I get excited for convention every year, getting to see friends and colleagues and being inspired by all of the ideas and projects people present. And, there is my annual quest to find the coolest stress ball among all the fantastic free stuff handed out by vendors.

As you prepare for convention and scroll through the learning possibilities, the Older Adult SIG would like to share some of the dynamic aging programming available. Convention can be overwhelming with the amount of programs, so here is a small selection of programs separated out by a few interest areas. For a full listing of aging-related programming, please see the listing posted by APA’s Office on Aging:

We would also like to congratulate our 2015 Division 17 Older Adult Special Interest Group Student Award winner, Na-Yeun Choi! She is conducting some excellent social justice-oriented aging research with Korean elders and will be honored at our SIG meeting at convention (see schedule below for time/place info). Her bio information is provided below and we encourage you to come to our SIG’s annual meeting at convention and hear about her ongoing efforts.

Have a great convention (and figure out your international phone/data plan soon)!

Older Adult SIG meeting is open to all and will be held:
Thursday: 2:00-2:50
Blue Jays Room (Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel at One Blue Jays Way)

For the CEU-minded conference goer, here are a few options:
Preconvention CE Workshop: Expanding Your Practice to Include Work with Older Adults
Wednesday: 8-11:50 a.m.
Piers 7 and 8/Convention Level

Symposium: Technology-Mediated Interventions for Underserved Older Adults and Their Family Caregivers
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Convention Centre Room 713B

The Baby-Boomers Are Here! Are You Ready to Meet Their Assessment Needs?
Saturday: 8:00AM – 9:50AM
Convention Centre/Room 202B North Building-Level 200

Symposium: Psychologists As Leaders in Mental and Behavioral Health Care for Older
12:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Convention Centre Room 201D

For those interested in diversity-related programming:
Symposium: Aging and Diversity— Multiple Intersections and Opportunities
Friday: 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Convention Centre Room 714B

Symposium: Aging and Raging Well—Women, Art, and Activism
Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Convention Centre Room 714B

Symposium: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Multiple Privileged and Marginalized
Identities – Strategies for Coping With Depression in a Community Sample of Older African American Men
Friday: 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM
Convention Centre Room 713A

Symposium: Historical Trauma—The View Through Different Cultural Lenses
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
Convention Centre Room 206F

For students, trainees and early career psychologists, take these opportunities to network with potential mentors and aging-related internships:
Speed Mentoring Event: Getting Funded: From Dissertation to Independent Investigator, How to Succeed With Your First Grant
Friday: 9-10:50 a.m. | Convention Centre, Room 717B
This interactive mentoring program will include brief presentations followed by informal small-group and one-on-one discussions with senior research investigators in geropsychology and neuropsychology.

Committee on Aging & Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs Internship Networking Event
Saturday: 4-4:50 p.m. | Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Library
This is a “Meet and Greet” for students applying to and faculty who supervise geropsychology internships. Go network!

Last but not least, our Division 17 and Older Adult SIG members are presenting. Please support their efforts!
Poster Session: Mental Health and Well-Being
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Convention Centre Exhibit Halls D and E
Attachment Security Among Older Adults Predicts Well-Being Over 3 Months
Frederick G. Lopez, PhD, Katherine Ramos, M.S., M.Ed, University of Houston

Symposium: Geropsychology— Innovations in Practice and Training
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Convention Centre Room 201E
Co-Chairs: Adriana B. Dunn, PhD; Laura K. Palmer, PhD

Symposium: Career Transitions in Midlife
Thursday: 11:00AM – 11:50AM
Building/Room: Convention Centre/Room 201B North Building-Level 200
Chair: Nadya A. Fouad, PhD

Symposium: Interprofessional Training in Geriatric Care—Lessons We’ve Learned
Thursday: 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Convention Centre Room 205A
Chair: Daubney M. Harper, PhD

Poster Session: Industrial-Organizational Psychology—The Psychology of Work II
Sunday 10:00AM – 10:50AM
Convention Centre Exhibit Halls D and E
Ashley N. Oliver, MS
-Five-Factor Model and Work Absenteeism: A Meta-Analysis
-Organizational Politics As a Mediator for Perceived Organizational Support and Organizational Justice

Symposium – Social Identities and Intersectionality—Social Justice Perspective
Sunday: 11:00-11:50am
Convention Centre Room 202B
Co-Chair: Ashley N. Oliver, MS

Conversation Hour – Transgender culture in the media
Time/Location TBD
Co-Discussant: Ashley N. Oliver, MS

Na-Yeun Choi’s Bio

I am a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland and a pre-doctoral intern at the University of Maryland Counseling Center. My research includes the investigation of three key areas: (a) exploring the impact of cultural racial factors on individuals’ mental health and their decision to utilize mental health services; (b) examining understanding multicultural counseling and measuring multicultural supervision; and (c) developing and providing culturally adaptive and sensitive treatment to racial and ethnic minorities in underserved communities. Currently, I am interested in understanding the Korean Elders’ acculturation experiences and their attitudes about seeking medical and mental health services.

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