Older Adult Special Interest Group- 2016 APA Convention Highlights

Maggie Syme, Ph.D., MPH

Maggie Syme, Ph.D., MPH

by Maggie Syme, Ph.D., MPH, OA SIG Programming Chair

Going to Denver for convention? It is right around the corner and approaching time to prepare for talks, posters, networking, and fun. I get excited for convention every year, getting to see friends and colleagues and being inspired by all of the ideas and projects presented.

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. 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 attachment to your email announcement prepared by the APA’s Office on Aging.

We would also like to congratulate our 2016 Division 17 Older Adult Special Interest Group Student Award winner, Shannon Patterson! She is conducting some excellent social justice-oriented aging research and practice, and will be honored (We will raise a glass in her absence!) at our SIG get-together at convention (see schedule below for time/place info).

Have a great convention!

Older Adult SIG social gathering is open to all and will be held:
Thursday, Aug 4th from 3-4pm at Backstage Coffee (1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202) – very close to the Convention Center

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. | Sheraton Denver Hotel, Governor’s Square Room 10 at the Plaza Building (Concourse Level)
Preconvention CE Workshop: Behavioral Strategies for Dementia Prevention
Wednesday: 1-4:50 PM | Sheraton Denver Hotel, Governor’s Square Room 10 at the Plaza Building (Concourse Level)
Symposium: PTSD, Aging, and Neurocognition—Interactions and Clinical Management
Friday: 10:00AM – 10:50AM
Convention Center, Room 103
CE Workshop: Psychotechnology with Older Adults—Evidence-Based, Theoretically Informed Applications in Practice
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 3:50 PM
Sheraton Denver/Director’s Row J Plaza Building (Lobby Level)
Division 17 Member Laura Palmer is the leader!

For those interested in diversity-related programming:
Symposium: Conducting Research within a Social Justice Framework—From Research Question to Publication
Thursday: 8:00-9:50 AM
Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 4C
Conversation Hour: Integrating Diversity into our Work as Clinical Psychologists – Implications for Geropsychology
Saturday: 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Convention Centre Room 505
Symposium: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Individuals Across the Lifespan
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Convention Centre Room 401
2 CEUs

For students, trainees, and early career psychologists, take these opportunities to network with potential mentors and aging-related internships:
Skill-Building Session: Post Docs, Licensure, Research, Oh MY! Preparing for a Career in Academia
Thursday: 8:00AM – 9:50AM
Convention Center/Mile High Ballrooms 2A and 3A Level 3-Ballroom Level
Committee on Aging & Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs Internship Networking Event
Saturday: 4-4:50 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom G
This is a “Meet and Greet” for students applying to geropsychology internships. Go network!
Skill Building Session: Money for You and Your Research—An Interactive Mentoring Workshop
Sunday: 10-11:50 a.m.
Convention Centre Mile High Ballrooms 2A and 3A
Sponsored by Division 40

Support the efforts of your fellow Division 17 and Older Adult SIG members!
Silvia Sara Canetto, PhD (and Ronald Levant, PhD)
Symposium: Gender Perspectives on White Male Suicide in the United States – “U.S. Suicide: Why are White Older Men So Vulnerable”
Thursday: 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Convention Center, Room 303
Fred Lopez, PhD and Katherine Ramos, PhD
Symposium: Coming of Age Online— Attachment Dispositions and Social Media Use
Friday: 11:00AM – 11:50AM
Division/Sponsor: 17-Counseling; Co-List: 39, 46, APAGS
Convention Center/Mile High Ballroom 4B Level 3-Ballroom Level
Kate Hinrichs, PhD
Symposium: Improving Competence for Psychotherapists Working With Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adults
Friday: 11:00AM – 11:50AM
Convention Center/Mile High Ballroom 1D Level 3-Ballroom Level
Ashley Oliver, MS
Symposium: Student Voices—Examining the Complexities of Privilege and Power
Saturday: 11:00AM – 11:50AM
Division/Sponsor: 17-Counseling
Convention Center/Room 113 Level 2-Meeting Room Level
Michael Duffy, PhD
Texas A&M University
Invited Address: Professional Geropsychologists: The Legacy of Three Generations and Future Challenges
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Convention Center, Room 709

Division 20 Poster Session – Friday: 9:00 – 9:50 AM (Exhibit Hall)
Jennifer A. Aeling, MS
Colorado State University
Hospice Services As Experienced by LTC Nursing Staff and Their Perception of Resident Experiences
Maggie Syme, PhD, MPH and Tracy Cohn, PhD
Kansas State University
Describing and Predicting Sexual Risk Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Division 20 Poster Session – Saturday: 12 – 12:50 PM (Exhibit Hall)
Kristin M. Hultgren, BA
University of Denver
As We Age: Boomers’ Perspectives on Positive Aging
Grace Caskie, PhD
Lehigh University
Association of Positive Affect With Cognitive Decline in Older Adults of Mexican Origin