Thursday | August 4, 2016 -- afternoon
Author: Rebecca E. Ready, Ph.D.
Title: Adult maturation and emotion: Sadness, Loneliness, and Serenity
Location: Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1C
Specialty Board: Clinical Neuropsychology,Clinical Psychology,Geropsychology
Division Affiliation: Society of Clinical Neuropsychology
Description: Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Fellows Address. Adult development and maturity may promote the capacity to experience and understand emotions differently. Theoretical models of adult development suggest changes in emotion systems with age. For example, Differential Emotions Theory posits that more experience with an emotion may facilitate a deeper understanding of that emotion term and/or promote associations with a broader network of emotions that are experienced simultaneously. The current studies determined how younger and older adults differ in experience and judgment of emotion terms. The studies utilized multiple methods across several samples, including exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, emotion term classification, and judgment of valence and arousal of emotion terms. Results indicated similarities in the structure of affect in younger and older adults, as well as shared conceptualizations of most emotion terms. However, there was converging evidence that sadness, loneliness, and serenity exhibit age group differences in experience, structure, and/or conceptualization that are systematic and consistent with theoretical models of adult aging. For example, sadness and loneliness are more strongly correlated in younger than older adults. These terms also are more closely linked with self-worth in younger than older persons. Serenity is experienced more by older than younger persons and has a richer conceptualization in older than younger adults. These results have implications for research and practice with older adults. For example, a great deal of psychological research implicitly assumes a common understanding of emotion terms throughout adulthood. Results are discussed in light of their relevance for both healthy aging and neuropsychological disorders of aging.
Author: Florence Kaslow, William Pinsoff, John W. Thoburn, Karen Ripoli-Nunez, Terry Soo Hoo, and Nadine Kaslow.
Title: Family Psychology Around the World
Location: Convention Center (room not yet assigned)
Specialty Board: Couple and Family, Clinical, Forensic
Division Affiliation: 43, 12, 13, 29, 41, 42, 52
Description: Symposium on global issues, trends, challenges and competencies in International Family Psychology
Author: Flanagan, R., Schneider, W. J., Fiorello, C, Ortiz, S, & Reynolds C.R.,
Title: Sophisticated Simplicity: The Art of Writing Reader-Friendly Assessment Reports.
Time: 1-2:50 PM
Location: convention center, room 111
Specialty Board: School Psychology
Division Affiliation: 16
Description: (Offered for CE credits) The psychological assessment report, as a literary genre, has few fans. Although many professionals write consistently great reports, certain commonly observed habits of writing are a drag on our collective reputation. Do boilerplate reports have any defenders (who are proud of themselves)? Is anyone fretting about assessment reports not having enough psychometric detail these days? Can you imagine, without laughing, a parent or teacher thanking you for including generous helpings of professional jargon in your reports? We think not. So, if universally disliked, why are formulaic, overly technical, jargon-laden reports so prevalent? Even we who are careful gardeners of our prose find little bits of jargon popping up like dandelions in our reports. What secret force makes writing this way so irresistible? In this symposium, we explore this and other mysteries, providing practical advice on how to resist the strange allure of writing reports that bore, confuse, and alienate readers. The first presenter will argue that if psychologists want their reports to foster an accurate sense of empathy for their examinees, they must direct their talent for empathy toward their readers, writing with simple, inclusive, engaging language. The second presenter will demonstrate how a few well-placed, consumer-friendly visual displays can be a welcome replacement for many paragraphs-worth of unfriendly statistical distractions. The third presenter will show how professionals, when writing about individuals from linguistically and ethnically diverse populations, can move beyond vague caveats of caution and, instead, directly address how cultural differences influenced the interpretation of assessment data so that the reader has much more useful information to plan thoughtful interventions. The fourth presenter will address how to honor the individuality of the examinee by integrating diverse sources of social-emotional data into a clinically-rich narrative
Author: Bradley E. Karlin, Ph.D., ABPP
Title: Division 12 Presidential Address: Advancing the Field and Future Leadership of Clinical Psychology: Toward a New Dawn for Division 12
Time: 3:00-3:50 PM
Location: Convention Center Room 605
Specialty Board: Geropsychology
Description: The field of clinical psychology - and the Society of Clinical Psychology (SCP), specifically - are at a critical crossroads. Despite the development of effective psychological treatments over the past 4+ decades - treatments often recommended at the highest levels in clinical practice guidelines â€“ these treatments continue to fail to reach many individuals who can benefit from them due to barriers at multiple levels. In recent years, the emerging field of implementation science and actions of implementation specialists have yielded important knowledge and experience for bridging the great divide between psychological science and practice. In this presidential address, I will assert that there is significant opportunity at just the right time for SCP to serve as a leader and professional home for clinical psychologists interested in dissemination and implementation (including many younger psychologists), building on its rich history in identifying and promoting empirically supported psychological treatments. The current address will identify key unresolved issues and key strategies and models for broadly promoting the delivery and uptake of evidence-based treatments and bridging enduring treatment gaps. As we look to the future of SCP and the field of clinical psychology, it is also essential that we work to diversify and expand membership and leadership opportunities for a broader range of SCP members. The current address will examine specific methods and actions for engaging and promoting membership value and inclusiveness among younger, as well as senior, psychologists. We must create a new dawn for SCP and the field by advancing a new guard of strong leaders.