ABPP Presentations at APA
Wednesday, August 5th ♦♦ Thursday, August 6th (am) ♦♦ Thursday, August 6th (pm) Friday, August 7th (am) ♦♦ Friday, August 7th (pm) ♦♦ Saturday, August 8th ♦♦ Sunday, August 9th



Thursday | August 6, 2015 -- afternoon

12:00 PM


Author(s): Lindsay A. Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP

Title: Service Learning Research Projects: Student Satisfaction and Tips for Educators

Date: Thu 08/06

Time: 12:00PM - 12:50PM

Location: Convention Centre/Exhibit Halls D and E South Building-Level 800

ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical Psychology

Division Affiliation: 2 – Teaching of Psychology

Description:This presentation addresses service learning pedagogy in the teaching of applied research design and statistics.  Specifically, in this teaching example and resultant satisfaction survey, adult psychology students partnered with a social service agency in their community to assist this agency with data collection for their pursuit of service improvements for their consumers. In return, students received applied experience in designing, implementing, and analyzing a real-world research project.


Author(s): Martha Schmitz, PhD, ABPP and Lisa Najavits, PhD, ABPP
Title: I will be presenting “Seeking Safety Therapy for SMI Populations with Trauma and Addiction” as part of a symposium entitled: “Abuse and Trauma: Youth, Women, the Forensic System, and Serious Mental Illness”
Date: 8/6/15
Time: 12:00-13:50
Location: Convention Center Room 714A
ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical Psychology
Division Affiliation:
Description: Seeking Safety (SS) is an evidence-based model for trauma and/or addiction.  A new guide on the model for people with serious mental illness was authored by Dr. Lisa Najavits, the model developer, addressing 3 themes: (1) improving functioning and independence; (2) major serious mental illness symptoms: hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and mania; and (3) medication adherence.  We also cover SS studies for people with serious mental illness.


1:00 PM


Author(s): Jarrod M. Leffler, Emily A McTate, and Jennifer Geske
Title: Outcomes of a hospital based family-focused group intervention for pediatric mood disorders
Date: 8/6/15
Time: 1pm
Location: Poster Session Exhibit Halls D and E
ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical Child and Adolescent
Division Affiliation: 49 Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy
Description: Preliminary outcome and feasibility of a group intervention for youth with mood disorders and their caregivers


Author(s): Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D. , A.B.P.P.

Title: Recent Methodological Advances in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity

Date: Thursday 8/6/15

Time:1:00 – 1:50

Location: Convention Center 206F

ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical

Division Affiliation: 51

Description: This program presents recent research in Psychology of Men and Masculinity using advanced methods:

experimental research, investigation of mediators and moderators, and modeling of general factors of short forms of three popular masculinity scales.


2:00 PM


Author(s): Chair: Terence Patterson, EdD, ABPP, Participants: Thomas Sexton, PhD, Michele Harway, PhD, John Thoburn, PhD, Mark Stanton, PhD, Howard Liddle, EdD

Title: Family Psychology Systemic Principles as a Foundation for Cultural Competence in Community Research
Date: Thursday, August 6

Time: 2-3:30 PM

Location: Convention Centre Room 206A; Sym15655: Session 619
ABPP Specialty Area: Couple & Family Psychology
Division Affiliation: Society of Couple & Family Psychology (43); Co-Listing Divisions: 18, 37, APAGS

Description: General Systems Theory (Von Bertalanffy, 1968) has long been considered the foundation for the field of Family Psychology, yet the term “family” reflects only one aspect of the broad contextual perspective that Family Psychology addresses, in addition to social networks, communities, organizations, and global connections (Boyd-Franklin, 2014, Stanton, 2010). It is this interconnectedness that makes it particularly suitable to understand and intervene in cultural diversity issues in all forms (Patterson & Sexton, 2013). With the current emphasis in psychology on behavioral health (APA has declared psychology as a health profession--Belar, 2012), with cultural competence required in community health settings (Harway, Kadin, Gottlieb, Nutt,. & Celano, 2012). Family Psychology is superbly positioned to capitalize on its systemic foundations and form a conceptual and clinical framework for the future. In addition, research on empirically based Family Psychology models such as FFT (Sexton & Turner, 2010) and MDFT (Liddle, 2001) have demonstrated the effectiveness of systemic principles with diverse, multiproblem families. Globally, family psychologists have received acclaim for effectively applying systems interventions in international disaster relief (Thoburn, Carlie, & Clark, 2014). In this panel, senior family psychologists will illustrate the dimensions of the broad systemic framework of family psychology, and describe the theoretical and practical aspects of its application to multicultural competence in behavioral health and engaged community research and intervention.


Author: Phillip M. Kleespies, Ph.D., ABPP

Title: “The Mentally Ill: Victims of Suicide” (as part of APA Collaborative Programming symposium entitled “The Seriously Mentally Ill: Perpetrators of Violence or Victims of Suicide and Violence?”)

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Location: Convention Centre Room 714A

ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical

Division Affiliation: Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology)

Description: In recent years, there have been a number of mass shootings in the U.S., and a significant number (but not all) of them have been perpetrated by individuals who have had a mental disorder. Such acts of violence are actually low base rate events, but, as with the acts of terrorists, they can be horrifying and generate fear and anger despite the relative infrequency with which they occur. Often such fear and anger becomes generalized to an entire group, particularly a group such as the mentally ill who have few advocates. The proportion of violence in the United States that has been attributed to the mentally ill has been estimated as about 4% (Swanson, et al., 1990). Most individuals with mental illness are not violent toward others. There are certain subgroups of individuals with serious mental illness who are, at certain times, at increased risk of violence. These times are often when they are in an acute state of psychosis or paranoia or mania. In actuality, the mentally ill are at far greater risk of being victims of suicide (i.e., victims of their own self-directed violence) than they are of being the perpetrators of violence toward others. The number of suicides in the U.S. is more than twice the number of homicides. Numerous psychological autopsy studies of those who have committed suicide have found that over 90% of the individuals who died by suicide had a mental illness. In this presentation, I will discuss the existing data that indicates that mental illness is far more strongly associated with suicide than with violence toward others. I will also emphasize the need for greater understanding, research, clinical services, and preventive efforts for the mentally ill who are at increased risk of having foreshortened lives as victims of either suicide or violence.


Author(s): George M. Kapalka
Title: Disruptive Disorders--- Integrating Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy
Date: August 6, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:50 PM
Location: Convention Centre – Room 205 D
ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical
Division Affiliation: 53, 55
Description: will evaluate the differential effectiveness of combined evidenced based treatments for a variety of disruptive disorders; ith particular focus on those disorders in which disruptive behaviors are most prevalent and debilitating. Specifically, mood disorders (major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder), personality disorders (borderline personality and antisocial personality disorders), oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and intermittent explosive disorder will be discussed, because of their higher prevalence rates of impulsivity and disruptive behaviors. Brief descriptions, prevalence and DSM criteria of these disorders will be provided. Consideration will be given to the co-occurrence of disorders and the effects of co-morbidity on severity of disruptive behaviors. Demographics and cultural factors that affect symptom severity and prevalence, as well as response to treatment will be reviewed. With regard to evaluation of treatments, the efficacy of monotherapies (psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy) versus the combination of those interventions will be compared. Considerations such as cost, accessibility to treatment and duration of treatment outcomes will be weighed. The benefits versus limitations of using solitary treatments versus combined treatments will be evaluated and guidelines for choosing one intervention over another will be reviewed. Inclusion of the new DSM 5 disruptive mood dysregulation disorder and its implications for treatment is included.


3:00 PM


Author(s): David H. Barlow  
Title: “Should We Be Treating Neuroticism Instead of Anxiety and Depression?”
Date: Thursday, August 6th
Time: 3:00pm-3:50pm
Location: Convention Center, Room 104C
ABPP Specialty Area: Society of Clinical Psychology           
Division Affiliation: Division 12
Description: Neurotic disorders dominated the landscape of psychopathology for almost a century before dying a sudden and traumatic death in 1980 with the publication of the DSM III. The cause was unbearably heavy theoretical baggage and acute empirical insufficiencies. But the study of the temperament of neuroticism lived on, mostly in the laboratories of developmental and personality psychologists.  Now researchers have delineated empirically supported common dimensions shared by all anxiety, mood, and related emotional disorders, including higher order temperaments such as neutoticism, mood distortions and dysregulations, and extent and types of emotional avoidance. In this presentation I discuss the origins of neuroticism, suggest a new integrated diagnostic scheme for the emotional disorders, and briefly mention transdiagnostic psychological treatment principles addressing shared higher-order temperamental factors such as neuroticism directly.


Author(s): Terrence Koller    
Title: Meaningful Retirement
Date: 8/6/15
Time: 3 – 3:50 PM
Location: Convention Centre/Room 205A North Building-Level 200
ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical
Division Affiliation: 18
Description: This presentation will outline the process of changing my identity as an Executive Director to another identity that was equally rewarding, more enjoyable and certainly less stressful



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