ABPP Presentations at APA
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Saturday | August 6, 2016

10:00 AM


Author: Bradley E. Karlin, Ph.D., ABPP, Michele J. Karel, Ph.D., David M. Bass, Ph.D., Katherine S. Judge, Ph.D., & David Young, Ph.D.

Title: Evidence-Based Care for Individuals With Dementia and Family Caregivers

Date: 8/6/2016

Time: 10:00-11:50 AM

Location: Convention Center Room 207

Specialty Board: Geropsychology             

Division Affiliation: 12

Description: Over the past few decades, there has been a spate of psychosocial interventions developed for managing psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia and for reducing caregiver stress. Research in recent years has demonstrated increasing efficacy and effectiveness of many behavioral and psychological approaches and has yielded important themes that distinguish more effective from less effective treatment approaches. Nevertheless, there remains a wide gap between research and practice in this area. The current symposium will bring together clinical, administrative, and research leaders in dementia care -- across multiple divisions – to examine evidence-based approaches to caring for individuals with dementia and family caregivers, identify core treatment components, and describe and present key findings from large-scale implementation initiatives in public and private systems.  The symposium will also identify key themes and lessons learned for disseminating and implementing dementia care interventions in real-world settings.


Author: Maltby LE, Callahan KC, Friedlander S, Shetgiri R

Title: Infant Temperament and Later Behavioral Problems: A Longitudinal Analysis of Infants in Child Welfare (poster)

Date: 8/6/2016

Time: 10:00AM

Location: Convention Center Exhibit Hall ABC

Specialty Board: Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology

Division Affiliation: Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology

Description: Background and Objective The association between difficult temperament and behavioral problems in early childhood has been clearly demonstrated in the general population. The objective of this study is to examine this association among children involved in the child welfare system. We hypothesize that difficult temperament will be associated with the development of behavioral problems three years later for children whose allegations of abuse have been substantiated. Methods This study is an analysis of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) is a nationally-representative, longitudinal survey of children in the child welfare system. Subjects included infants 0-12 months old at baseline who were investigated for suspected child abuse/neglect. The outcome of behavior problems was examined using scores on the Child Behavior Checklist at 36 months post-investigation. The main predictor was difficult temperament at baseline. A longitudinal, multivariable logistic regression was used to examine the association between difficult temperament score in infancy and clinical-range CBCL score at 36 month follow-up. Results Among children with substantiated abuse, difficult temperament scores ranged from 30 to 88 and were associated with greater odds of having a clinical CBCL score (OR: 1.07; 95% CI: 1.03-1.12). Caregiver depression also was associated with greater odds of having a clinical CBCL score (OR: 6.6; 95% CI: 2.5-17.8), whereas living at home (vs out of home) and family income over 200% of poverty level (vs. below poverty level) were associated with roughly one-quarter the odds of having a clinical CBCL score. Conclusions Findings from this study suggest that among children with substantiated maltreatment, difficult temperament in infancy predicts behavioral problems in early childhood. This relationship persists even after adjusting for other risk factors, such as caregiver depression, type of abuse, and type of home placement.


Author: Julie Landry Poole, PsyD, ABPP; Katherine Dondanville, PsyD, ABPP; Christopher Brown, PsyD, ABPP

Title: The Culture of Competence---An Early Start

Date: 8/6/2016

Time: 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Location: Convention Center Room 702

Specialty Board: Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology,Clinical Psychology

Division Affiliation: 19

Description: The proposed conversation hour will focus on board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) from the perspective of three Early Career Psychologists. The session will focus on the increasing importance of board certification due to the mounting emphasis on competency-based education and credentialing. The panelists will discuss what they perceive to be major benefits in interdisciplinary and organizational environments, such as enhanced interfacing with physicians. The conversation hour will address career impact and benefits, as well as the panelists' use of the early entry option and approach to choosing a specialty area. The panelists will offer practical advice about the application process. The conversation hour will be beneficial for a wide range of participants, from those have never considered board certification to those who have started the process and are looking for mentorship and guidance.


11:00 AM

Author: Prager, Karen; Biemer, Julie; Poucher, Jesse; Pullum, Marissa

Title: Post-conflict coping and recovery from conflict among cohabiting couples

Date: Saturday, 8/06

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Convention Center/Exhibit Hall ABC Level 1-Exhibit Hall

Specialty Board: Counseling Psychology,Couple & Family Psychology

Division Affiliation: Couple and Family Psychology

Description: Recovery of the couple’s intimate connection after conflict is an important challenged faced by all couples who want to sustain intimacy over the long-term (Prager et al., 2015; Salvatore et al., 2011). The current study explored couples’ strategies for coping with the aftermath of conflict in their daily lives, and assessed the number of days it took couples to recover from their conflicts after using the strategies. We asked 115 cohabiting couples (43% married) who completed 21-day diaries, “If you and your partner have reconciled since your [last] conflict, please say how you made this happen as a couple.” Two sets of three independent coders grouped the responses based on similarity and identified 23 codes (two out of three agreement = .86-1.00), which were reliably reduced to 5 super-categories: Addressed the Problem, Apologized, Avoided the Problem, Sought Intimacy, and Attained Understanding/New Perspective. To examine outcomes associated with the post-conflict strategies, couples completed the following measures daily: conflict (0=no conflict, 1=some conflict), relationship satisfaction (6 items; α = .90), affect (Positive-Negative Affect Scale; Watson et al., 1988), and depressive symptoms (6 items based on the DSM-V; α = .90). Recovery from conflict was indicated by the person’s return to his/her mean levels on these measures following negative changes on days with conflict. Seeking Intimacy reduced conflict day drops in satisfaction, while Apologizing and Attaining Understanding/New Perspective predicted shorter (next day) post-conflict recoveries of satisfaction and depressive symptoms, compared with those who Avoided the Problem. Possibly, post-conflict coping strategies can facilitate recovery from conflict.


11:00 AM

Author: Prager, Karen; Poucher, Jesse; Shirvani, Forouz

Title: Recovering from conflict when a partner withdraws

Date: Saturday, 8/06

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Convention Center/Exhibit Hall ABC Level 1-Exhibit Hall

Specialty Board: Couple & Family Psychology

Division Affiliation: Couple and Family Psychology

Description: When an individual’s partner withdraws from him or her following a couple conflict, the individual’s emotional recovery from the negative aftermath of that conflict may be significantly delayed. A partner’s withdrawal should be especially trying for anxiously attached individuals because withdrawal prevents the anxious individual from obtaining needed reassurance of the partner’s continuing affection. One-hundred fifteen cohabiting couples (43% married) completed the Adult Attachment Questionnaire (Simpson et al., 1996), altered to assess individuals’ felt security with their partners, and a 21-day diary that assessed daily changes in affect (Positive and Negative Affect Schedule; Watson et al., 1988) and in the couples’ intimate experiences (Interaction Record Form – Intimacy; Prager & Buhrmester, 1998). Diaries also inquired about the presence of conflict (0=no conflict; 1=some conflict) and withdrawal (scored 0 – Partner did not withdraw to 4 Partner extremely withdrawn.) Results indicated that a partner’s post-conflict withdrawal resulted in individuals’ experiencing less post-conflict positive affect, and intimacy, and more negative affect than conflict in which partners did not withdraw. Both the individuals’ and the partners’ anxious attachment to the other predicted differences in people’s responses to their partners’ post-conflict withdrawals but not exactly as predicted. The predominant pattern showed less anxiously attached individuals or, similarly, those with less anxious partners, reporting little change in positive affect or intimacy after conflict, unless the partner withdrew, in which case, they reported significantly worse post-conflict recovery than those who themselves or their partners were more anxiously attached. Results suggest that a partner’s negative behavior following conflict can reduce advantages normally enjoyed by people who are securely attached to their partners.


12:00 PM

Author: Lavita Nadkarni, Ph.D., John Nicoletti, Ph.D., ABPP, Lt. Stephan Redfern, BA, & Neil Gowensmith, Ph.D.

Title: Responding to Mass Casualty Trauma: Best Practices from Multiple Perspectives

Date: 08/06/16

Time: 12:00

Location: Convention Center Room 706

Specialty Board: Police & Public Safety Psychology

Division Affiliation: 18

Description: Confronted on a regular basis with headlines about mass casualty events and second guessing regarding the speed and responsiveness of law enforcement and mental health professionals, has created a unique set of challenges for both groups. It is therefore important that best practices regarding these events be established. The importance of collaboration between the various intervention systems should not be underestimated as the effects of such errors could increase both the medical and psychological footprints of the events. This symposium will provide multiple perspectives for responding to mass casualty trauma and will discuss the lessons learned from the Aurora Theatre shooting. The first section of the symposium will focus on the challenges faced by the law enforcement responders who first arrived on scene and were faced with both as tactical and psychological nightmare as the number of victims were either part of the waling wounded, seriously injured, or deceased was well over 70. The second section of the symposium will focus on the challenges faced by the psychologists and mental health providers who were also responding to the ongoing event. Arriving on scene of a dynamic event requires that the mental health responders have both the credibility and knowledge of the issues and populations to be served. The final section of the symposium will focus on integrating the issues, with available response options, identifying gaps and providing lessons learned.


4:00 PM

Author: Matthew D. Skinta, PhD, ABPP

Title: Reception and Awards Ceremony for the APA ad hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS

Date: 8/6/2016

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Hyatt Regency Capital Ballroom 1

Specialty Board: Clinical Health Psychology

Description: This is the annual reception and awards ceremony where leaders in the field of HIV research, advocacy, and clinical work are recognized. Though unaffiliated with any single division, many committee members and awardees are active in Division 38.



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