ABPP Presentations at APA
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Saturday | August 8, 2015

8:00 AM


Author(s):  Steven I. Pfeiffer

Title:  Best Practices in Gifted Assessment

Date:  Saturday, August 8

Time:  8:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Location:  Westin Harbour Castle,  APA CE Workshop Headquarters ABPP

Specialty Area:  School Division Affiliation:  16

Description:   4-hour CE Professional Development workshop led by gifted

authority Steven Pfeiffer. Workshop incorporates recent material published in 2015 book, Essentials of Gifted Assessment (Wiley).


Author(s): Bruce Bongar, PhD, Michelle Cornette, PhD and Philip Kleespies, PhD.
Title: Dangerousness, and the Restriction of Access to Lethal Means: Clinical and Legal Standards of Care
Date: August 8, 2015
Time: 8am to 8:50
Location: Convention Centre North Building level 200, room 203B
Division Affiliation: Div. 12
Description: At the conclusion of this symposium, psychologists will understand the latest research evidence on restriction of access to lethal means, imminence and dangerousness. Psychologists will have a greater wealth of information to utilize appropriate assessments and treatments for mentally ill individuals who have access to a firearm, and be will be presented with an evidence based model for lethal means counseling.


10:00 AM


Author (s): Thomas W. Miller Pd.D. ABPP, Professor Emeritus & Senior Research Scientist

Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky

Title: Clinical Considerations for Telepsychology Applications 

Date: Sat 8/8/2015 

Time: 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Location: Toronto Convention Centre Convention Centre Room 206F

ABPP Specialty Area: Sponsoring Division: 22

Description: Symposium Telepsychology Guidelines and Competencies---Focus on Rehabilitation.


11:00 AM


Author(s):   S. Duke Han, PhD, ABPP-CN, Patricia A. Boyle, PhD, Bryan D. James, PhD, Lei Yu, PhD, & David A. Bennett, MD

Title: Mild Cognitive Impairment is Associated with Poorer Decision Making in Community-Based Older Persons
Date: 8/8/15
Time: 11am
Location: CC-203A
ABPP Specialty Area: Clinical Neuropsychology
Division Affiliation: Division 40

Description: Financial and healthcare decision making are important for maintaining wellbeing and independence in old age. We tested the hypothesis that Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is associated with poorer decision making in financial and healthcare matters. Participants were 730 older nondemented persons from the Rush Memory and Aging Project. All participants underwent a detailed clinical evaluation and decision making assessment using a measure that closely approximates materials utilized in real world financial and healthcare settings. This allowed for measurement of total decision making, as well as financial and healthcare decision making. Regression models were used to examine whether the presence of MCI was associated with a lower level of decision making.  In subsequent analyses, we explored the relation of specific cognitive systems (i.e., episodic memory, semantic memory, working memory, perceptual speed, and visuospatial ability) with decision making in those with MCI. Results showed that MCI was associated with lower decision making total scores as well as financial and healthcare scores, respectively, after accounting for the effects of age, education, and sex. The effect of MCI on total decision making was equivalent to the effect of more than 10 additional years of age. Additional models showed that when considering multiple cognitive systems, perceptual speed accounted for the most variance in decision making among participants with MCI. Results suggest that persons with MCI may exhibit poorer financial and healthcare decision making in real world situations, and that perceptual speed may be an important contributor to poorer decision making among persons with MCI.  


Author(s):  Lageman, S.K. & Cash, T.V.
Title:  Initial results of bio-psychosocial trials in individuals with Parkinson's disease
Date:  Sat 8/8/2015
Time:  11:00 AM - 12:50 PM
Location:  Convention Centre Room 203A
ABPP Specialty Area:  Clinical Neuropsychology
Division Affiliation:  40 - Clinical Neuropsychology
Description:  Initial results of four psychosocial intervention trials in individuals with Parkinson's disease will be presented. The interventions consist of a randomized-controlled trial (RCT) of expressive writing, an uncontrolled mindfulness-based intervention, an ongoing neurocognitive rehabilitation RCT, and a computer-based cognitive training program RCT. Across each of the trials, improvements on select non-motor outcomes were observed, including mental health symptoms, QOL, and cognitive performance. In the mindfulness and computer-based trials, participant compliance was assessed and found to be related to outcomes. Psychosocial interventions show promise for addressing non-motor symptoms in PD, and further research and clinical dissemination is warranted.


12:00 PM


Author(s): Ann O'Roark, John Fennig, David Baker, John Hogan, Thomas J. DeMaio, Florence L. Denmark, Stewart E. Cooper, Paul J. Lloyd

Session Title: 3232 Celebrating the First 100 Years of Consulting Psychology in APA---APA Council's 1915 Whipple Act

Session Type: Symposium

Date: Sat 08/08 12:00PM - 1:50PM

Division/Sponsor: 13-Consulting; Co-List: 12, 14

Building/Room: Convention Centre/Room 810 South Building-Level 800

Description: The Society of Consulting Psychology (APA DIV.13) will celebrate the first 100 years of consulting psychology three times: Midwinter Conference 2015 collecting members' contributions for construction of a sculpture, a symposium honoring the contributions of consulting psychologists to APA at the 2015 Convention and an event looking at the next 100 years during the Midwinter 2016.


1:00 PM

Author(s): Oren Gozlan, Psy.D, ABPP
Title: Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning
Date: 08/08/15
Time: 1:00-1:50
Location: Room 203A
ABPP Specialty Area: Psychoanalysis
Division Affiliation: Div. 39
Description: Abstract: The art of Transitioning: Transsexuality as a universal feature of gender.

Dr. Oren Gozlan, C. Psych, ABPP

Transsexuality is now a hot topic, a part of a larger cultural revolution reorienting the nature of identity, sociality, and modes of self-fashioning. It is no longer a category that is situated in the margins but a phenomenon that raises important questions about gender, identity, and sexual difference. However, studies of transsexuality often reflect a latent wish for stability and certainty manifested in the pinning down of categories of normative sexual development or in the medicalization of transsexuality: both strategies, I argue, function as defenses against uncertainty. A controversy over the admission of transmen into an all-women college, featured in a recent article in The New York Times titled “When Women Become Men at Wellesley”, captures the emotional situation and constellation of anxieties and defenses around transsexuality in ways that create a narrative of how things should be. This short paper elaborates the ways in which transsexuality is linked, in the public imaginary, with the anxiety over the uncanny nature of our sexuality that is enigmatic, unpredictable, unknown and a constant reminder of our limits. In this way, this paper argues for a conceptualization of transsexuality as a universal feature of gender.


Author(s):  Oren Gozlan, PsyD,  Judith F. Logue, PhD,  Marilyn N. Metzl, PhD., ABPP                  

Title:  Anatomy Is No Longer Destiny--Challenges to the Heteronormative Body From LGBTQ People and Perspectives

Date:  Saturday, August, August 8, 2015  l:00-l:50 p.m.

Location:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building-Level 200, Room 203A, 225 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, Ontorio, Canada

ABPP Specialty Area:

Division Affiliation:  39, 18, 24

Description: This session will give us a look into Oren Gozlan's book Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning:  A Lacanian Approach, which offers a depth of knowledge that is both scholarly and emotionally informed of an area relatively new to psychoanalysis.  He explores the physical and emotional realities of transsexuality and transitioning from a perspective that integrates psychoanalytic process and aesthetics. 




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