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Friday | August 8, 2014 -- morning

8:00 AM


Author(s): Ronald Levant
Title: “Men’s Health: New Research Directions”
Date: Friday (8/8/14)
Time: 8:00 to 8:50 AM
Location: Convention Center Room 156
ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical, Couples and Family
Division Affiliation: 12, 17, 51
Description: This program will present recent quantitative and qualitative research on men’s health. First, it will synthesize the results of two recent studies on the relationship between masculinity constructs and men’s health, which found that some masculinity constructs act as risk factors while others serve as protective buffers, and which evaluated a multiple mediator model. Second, it will report results of a qualitative interview study with obese men participating in a newly developed ‘male-friendly’ program in the UK. Third, it will present new findings on curvilinear relationships between the drive for muscularity and health behaviors.


Author(s): Tom Miller Ph.D.  Chair and Drs. Rod Baker, Walter Penk, Joseph Stone, Delilah Noronha & Ed Nightingale

Title: Veterans Health Care--- History, Challenges, and the Future

Date: Fri 8/8/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Location: Convention Center Room 158  

ABPP Specialty Area:

Division Affiliation: 18

Description: Veterans Healthcare is examined for physical and mental health, treatment and rehabilitation with special attention to women, minority and First Nations members of the veteran community.  The symposium offers insights into primary care mental health integration programs and future directions and the path to excellence for veterans healthcare.


Author(s): Edmund J. Nightingale, Ph.D., LP, ABPP
Title: Veterans Health Care System: VA’s Path to Excellence
Date: August 8, 2014
Time: 8:00AM
Location: Convention Center Rm 158
ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical Psychology
Division Affiliation: (F) 12, 18, 29, 30, 31, 56; (M)55
Description: Over 20 + yrs., the VA healthcare system transformed itself from being the perennial target of congressman and other critics, to becoming the poster child for efficiency and quality of services among large, integrated system.  Three major factors synergistically emerged enabling this change.  Each was conceived, planned, and implemented from within the Veterans Health Administration: 1) A re-conceptualization of how data is to be generated, organized, and utilized; 2) The development of systems of innovative patient-centered cost accounting and resource allocation within a closed system; and 3) The visionary leadership of Dr. Kenneth Kizer who gave impetus to the quality-based performance expectations for the system. Psychologists were very much involved in the first of these developments, and it will be the main focus of this presentation.


11:00 AM


Author(s): Ortega, C.J., & Berger, S.E.

Title: A Qualitative Analysis of Current Child Custody Evaluation Practices

Date: Fri 8/8/2014

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Location: Convention Center Room 148

ABPP Specialty Area: Division Affiliation:

Description: The role of the custody evaluator is perhaps one of the most controversial and risky endeavors in clinical practice. Complaints filed with licensing boards regarding a child-custody evaluation constitute the second most common reason for such an event. Although the evaluator is expected to answer for the family-law court what is in the “best interest of the child,” there is a lack of clarity on how to establish this in any empirically validated manner. Hence, practitioners must contend with a nebulous framework in formulating their methodological procedures that inherently places them at risk in an already litigious context. This study sought to qualitatively investigate patterns of practice among psychologists providing custody evaluations in Southern California. Ten psychologists were interviewed who devoted between 25 and 100% of their Orange County private practice to custody work. All held Ph.D. degrees with a range of eight to 36 years of experience in custody work. Semi-structured interviews were used to investigate assessment practices, ensure adherence to guidelines, risk management, and qualities of evaluators. Forty-three Specific Themes were identified using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Seven Higher Order Themes clustered on salient factors such as use of Ethics, Law, Guidelines; Parent Variables; Child Variables; Psychologist Variables; Testing; Literature; and Trends. Evaluators were aware of the ever-present reality of a licensure complaint and thus presented idiosyncratic descriptions of risk management considerations. Ambiguity about quantifying and validly tapping parenting abilities was also reviewed. Findings from this study suggested a high reliance on unstructured and observational methods in child custody practices.


Author(s): Florence Kaslow, PhD, ABPP

Panelists include ABCFP’s John Sexton, Mary Joan Gerson and David Schnarch

Title: An International Phenomenon    

Date: Fri., Aug. 8

Time: 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.

Location: Convention Center – Room 143 B

ABPP Specialty Area: Couple and Family Psychology


Author(s): John Dsurney, Ph.D. ABPP

Date: 08/08/2014

Time: 11:00-11:50am

Location: Building: Convention Center, Halls D & E, Level Two
ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical Neuropsychology
Division Affiliation: 40.22
Description:Poster Session


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