Your 2017 Convention Cheat Sheet

Convention is back in the District this year, and the annual celebration of psychology is a mere two weeks away!

Convention is packed with incredible sessions and presentations, so many it can often be overwhelming to choose what to do or where to go. We’ve created a blueprint for those interested in education-related activities and sessions. For those in graduate school looking for events in your area, check out the Sessions-at-a-Glance page for more information or check out American Psychological Association of Graduate Students’ (APAGS) convention programming division guide for students interested in specific topics or division programming.

Here are a few other things to consider at Convention:

  • Download the App! If you remember from last year or are a first timer at Convention, the APA Convention App (available for download free in the app store) offers an even greater list of all presentations, sessions, and ceremonies that fill the Convention weekend. Learn about presenters, find your way through downtown DC with the Convention Map, and even create a schedule for yourself! It automatically updates if locations have changed so it’s a great real-time resource.
  • Tweet about your Convention experience! Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #APA2017 or following the APA Education account (@APAEducation)
  • For Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) and graduate students, check out the NextGen Tent, Thursday through Saturday during exhibit hall hours. You can hop in the video booth to record why you chose psychology as a career, play fun psychology games and practice your elevator pitch. ECPs and graduate students can also explore sessions like,  “Alternative Career Paths with a Doctorate in Psychology,” “Demystifying the EPPP,” “Debt Management with the Experts”.
  • Learn how to publish with APA Books on Friday, August 4th from 2-2:50 pm in Convention Center Room 143A, learn how to review a journal manuscript on Friday, August 4 from 3-3:50 pm in Convention Center Room 143, and learn how to publish your journal manuscript on Saturday, August 5th from 2-2:50 pm in Convention Center Room 144C.
  • More career help is available when you visit APA’s PsycCareers LIVE (booth no. 276). Here you can attend career management sessions on topics such as writing effective CVs, networking, the use of social media in your job search and effective presentation skills. There will even be free 45-minute coaching sessions available, just sign up in advance.
  • Be sure to follow @APAEducation on Twitter. We will be live tweeting several sessions for those of you who can’t make it to DC. Also be on the look out for our Twitter polls leading up to Convention where you can help pick which sessions we live tweet.








Wednesday August 2:

Preconvention Workshop for Introductory Psychology Teachers. This workshop is supported by a grant from the American Psychological Foundation
8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. | Trinity Washington University, Payden Academic Center, Washington, D.C.

Thursday August 3:


Undergraduate Diversity Courses
9-9:50 a.m. | 204A Convention Center
Applying new pedagogical, curriculum, and experimental techniques


GSTA Invited Address
9-9:50 a.m. | 204C Convention Center
Intro 2.0: Psych 101 for the Next Generation


Educational and contextual Effects on Christian Clergy’s’ teaching About and Partnership with Muslims
9-10:50 a.m. | Convention Center Room 103B, Street Level
Part of Session “Cross-Cultural and Cross-Religious Advancements in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality”

Connecting with Students Through the Use of One Digital Platform in Psychology Class
10-10:50 a.m. | 102A Convention Center


Internationalizing the Teaching of Psychology
10-10:50 a.m. | 207B Convention Center


Preparing, Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Students in Psychology Graduate Education
10-10:50 a.m. | Convention Center, room 145A, Street Level
The speakers discuss existing programs and strategies helpful in recruiting, training, supporting and retaining underrepresented students in psychology graduate education. Logistical aspects of creating and funding programs will be covered.

Presidential Invited Address
11-11:50 a.m. | 209A Convention Center
The Margin of Error: Scientific Literacy in the Electorate


Fostering Habits of Mind in Higher Education
11-11:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Halls D and E level two
Presented by Sierra Matthews during the Session “Motivation, Engagement and Achievement”

Erchull, Liss, Licht, & Birkett
11 a.m.-12:50 p.m. | 103B Convention Center
Lessons from Textbook Authors and Teachers for Teachers, Fellow Authors, and Prospective Authors

Presidential Invited Address
12-12:50 p.m. | 209B Convention Center
How Can I support Career Exploration and Professional Development if I’m not a Career Expert?

Town Hall with Current and Future STP Presidents
1-1:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis Hotel, Salon 2
How We Got to Here: A View From Down the Road


Friday August 4:

Teaching the History of Psychology: Inclusion, Culture, and Assessment
8-8:50 a.m.| 145B Convention Center
The Speakers discuss gaps in how texts/courses present the history of the discipline in inclusive ways, the importance of sociocultural context for understanding history, and the history of psychological testing of immigrants to the United States.  

Relationships Between Qualitative and Quantitative Methods – Implications for Education
8-8:50 a.m. | Convention Center Room 149B, Street Level
Three papers consider issues related to the conceptualization of qualitative and quantitative methods and their instruction. The speakers will frame distinctions in methods for educators to consider and suggest strategies for methods education.

Can I get a Job with my Undergraduate Psychology Degree?
8-8:50 a.m. | 144B Convention Center
The Presenters address the following core components of a Drexel psychology education: life-long learning as a career, career exploration, cooperative education,
integrating work/life experiences with classroom experiences, and advising.

Using Video-Case Instruction to Enhance Students’ Online learning of Educational Psychology
9-9:50 a.m. | 209A Convention Center
This session presents the benefits of using video cases as an instrumental method in educational psychology online courses. A demonstration of an interactive video case tool, in which attendees can participate using their own devices, will follow.

Viva La Difference: Skills-Based Approach to Career Preparation at Three Very Different Institutions
9-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center East Salon F


Violence Against Teachers — Assessment, Intervention and Recommendations
9-10:50 a.m. | Convention Center Room 159, Street Level
This session will provide an overview of the current literature that examines issues surrounding teacher-directed classroom violence. The report presents the magnitude of violent incidents directed against K-12 teachers, highlights what is known about potential predictors of violence directed against K-12 teachers, proposes some potential strategies designed to promote safe classrooms and schools, and encourages a national research agenda for guiding future policy. As the amount of teacher centered literature in this area is currently lacking, the report also suggests topics for future research.

Trigger Warnings in the Psychology Classroom: Teacher and Student Perspectives
10-10:50 a.m. | 152A Convention Center
Trigger warnings in the college classroom are a controversial topic. Presenters provide empirical data from psychology students and faculty regarding their attitudes to trigger warnings and their experiences with them in psychology classrooms

Ethnic Identity and multicultural Education
10-11:50 a.m. | Convention Center East Salon F, Street Level
A part of session “walking the walk – staying engaged in cross-cultural dialogues”


Top 20 Principles of Psychology in Education Applied to Creative and Gifted Students
10-10:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 154B, Street Level
Are gifted students unique or not? This session addresses two versions of APA’s Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning to make the case that gifted students may be simultaneously unique from—and the same as— typical students. Gifted students are the same as other students in that their learning hinges on general psychological learning principles. However, to be effective, the application of those principles may be different for gifted students than for their classmates. The session will feature examples of the varied ways in which psychology can promote the application of principles based on the needs of special groups of learners.

The Neoliberal University – Understanding the Changing Nature of Graduate Education
10-10:50 a.m. | Convention Center Room 302, Level 3
The speakers critically evaluate the “neoliberalization” of higher education and its relevance to psychology graduate programs, drawing on multiple disciplines, career stages, and standpoints of social identities (e.g. racial background, age).

2017 Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award
10-10:50 a.m. | Location TBA
The Courage to Train Competent Psychologists

Poster Session Teaching of Psychology I
11-11:50 a.m. | Convention Center Halls D & E
Learn more about the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology in this poster session. Posters will focus on evidence-based pedagogical practices, assessment tools, and activities for teaching psychology.

Applying APA Guidelines for the UG Psychology Major 2.0 across Multiple levels of UG Education
11-11:50 a.m. | 204C Convention Center
Participants discuss and evaluate application of the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology major 2.0 to curriculum and program outcomes in community college and bachelor’s completion-oriented degree settings.

2017 Distinguished Contributions to Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | Location TBA
Psychotherapy Competence, Excellence and Expertise

Acculturation, Discrimination, Racism and Education Among Diverse Groups
1-1:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Halls D and E, Level Two
These posters share the themes of acculturation, discrimination, racism and education among diverse populations

Stanley Hall Lecture
1– 1:50 p.m. | Convention Center: 144A
Professor Jost will summarize two decades of research on system justification theory, which suggests that people are motivated (often nonconsciously) to defend, justify and legitimize the societal status quo—sometimes even at the expense of personal or collective self-esteem.

Randal M. Ernst Lecture: High School Psychology: A Discussion on the 2017 APA Summit
1-1:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 143B


In the Light of a Star: An Introduction to the Life and Works of William Stern (1871-1938)
2-2:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 144A


Stanley Hall Lecture
2– 2:50 p.m. | Convention Center: 143B
Does it make sense to talk about social justice toward animals, and if so, do we treat animals justly? This talk offers some preliminary answers based on a 10-year interview study of more than 30,000 people around the world.

The Lee Gurel Lecture: The Power of Persuasion
3-3:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 143B


Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecture
3– 3:50 p.m. | Convention Center: Room 143C
Psychologists have conducted hundreds of studies on dozens of factors related to learning, yet this research has had minimal impact on actual teaching practice. This address will examine the many challenges of translating research into pedagogy.

Teaching Diversity in a Diverse World
4-4:50 p.m. | 208 Convention Center
In this symposium, three educators share common challenges and discuss successful strategies for teaching diversity to graduate and undergraduate psychology students

Using High-Impact Practices and the APA Guidelines for Undergraduate Majors to Map your Curriculum
4-5:50 p.m. | 204C Convention Center
This session provides examples of how to meet both industrial-level and psychology-specific outcomes by mapping the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major 2.0 onto five high-impact educational practices.

CABE/Psi Beta Reception and Awards Ceremony
5-6:50 p.m.| Marriott Marquis Washington, DC Hotel, Mount Vernon Square Room


Please join us for a TOPSS Reception
5-6:30 p.m. RFD Washington (810 7th St. NW)



Saturday August 5:

Lessons Learned and impact of “Preparing Future Faculty Programs in Psychology” since 2000
8-8:50 a.m. | 143B Convention Center
The presenters discuss the impact over almost two decades of psychology-specific Preparing Future Faculty programs on preparing students for success in the professoriate, exposing them to diverse institutions, and increasing faculty diversity.

Aligning APA Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology to Online Programs
8-8:50 a.m. | 144A Convention Center
This conversation hour examines the experience of aligning the principles of quality undergraduate education in psychology to online programs.

Rehumanizing Addiction Through Education, Policy and Practice
2017 8-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center East Salon C
Experts from diverse subfields discuss recent advancements contributing to a more humanistic conceptualization of addiction and approach to treatment. Interactive activities will focus on law, policy, education and practice implications.  

Promoting Integrated Primary Care through Interprofessional Education
8-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 151A
Recognizing the growing importance of delivering psychological services in integrated primary care, this 2016 Presidential Work Group will present a competency based, best practice model for preparing learners in psychology and other disciplines as successful team members.  This curriculum includes 8 content modules, steps to build a successful interprofessional seminar, and solutions to the inevitable challenges. This session is geared toward an audience of graduate school faculty and students.

Poster Session Teaching of Psychology II
9-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center Halls D & E
Learn more about the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology in this poster session. Posters will focus on evidence-based pedagogical practices, assessment tools, and activities for teaching psychology.

New Understanding of Metacognitive Self-Assessment and Its Broader Impacts on Citizen Literacy
9-10:50 a.m. | 208 Convention Center
The Presenters question the numeracy behind portrayals of people’s self-assessed competence as being overly optimistic and consider the impact on the general public

Psychology Mythbusters: Separating Psychology Fact from Psychology Fiction
10-11:50 a.m. | 151B Convention Center
This interactive program focuses on common psychology myths. The speakers will present myths and surprising facts relevant to their field of psychology, and audience members will be asked to separate psychology fact from psychology fiction!

Guidelines 2.0: A Pathway to Promoting Workforce Readiness
10-10:50 a.m. | 204B Convention Center
This symposium discusses how APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major 2.0 can be used as a covert career counselor, informing the integration of professional development throughout the curriculum.

Beyond Intersectionality: Approaches to Transnational Psychology Pedagogy, Scholarship, and Research
11-11:50 a.m. | 143B Convention Center
Transnational perspectives have been embraced by other disciplines but are new to psychology. This symposium explains this paradigm in an accessible manner and suggests ways to integrate it into scholarship, research, and pedagogy.

Unique and Engaging Experiential Learning Strategies that Students Love
11-11:50 a.m. | Convention Center East Salon D
Presenters describe experiential learning programs they’ve developed, including field trips to History of Psychology Museum, collaborative activities at professional conferences, and two high-impact service learning programs.  

Mentoring Across Developmental Spectrum in the Context of Changing Demographics
12-12:50 p.m. | 203 Convention Center
This symposium highlights the importance of mentoring throughout a graduate education and career development, as changing gender and race/ethnicity demographics impact mentoring activities and relationships

Lost in Translation: A roadmap for developing multicultural competence in the real world
12-1:50 p.m. | 150B Convention Center
In this interactive symposium, psychologists with experience teaching across the continuum of training share their research-informed recommendations for selecting and adapting experiential activities in key human diversity areas s

Responding to Hate on Campus
1-1:50 p.m. | 143C Convention Center
This symposium highlights methods to address intolerance and hate on campus, including curricular information, Difficult Dialogues initiatives, and allyship in teaching and mentoring students who are targets of hate.

Harnessing the Power of Education to Promote the Value of Psychology: Unpacking the Undergraduate Skill Set Toolbox
2-2:50 p.m. | Convention Center: Room 158
The presenters examine ways to emphasize to both students and society the value of psychology by highlighting critical skill sets and their relevance to a broad range of careers, including those not traditionally associated with psychology.

How Community College Psychology Teachers Play an Invaluable Role in Promoting Our Field
2-2:50 p.m. | 148 Convention Center
Presented by Psi Beta, the psychological honors society of community college students

The Diane Halpern Lecture: Psychology is a STEM Discipline: Promoting Student Awareness, Understanding, and Engagement with Psychological Science
3-3:50 p.m. | Convention Center: Room 144 C
Psychology is a STEM Discipline: Promoting Student Awareness, Understanding, and Engagement with Psychological Science

Session 3:  Truth in Advertising II — Describing Training Programs to Students
3-3:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 159
This session is relevant to anyone interested in specialties and specialism in the discipline of psychology, and it will focus on “Education and Training Guidelines: A Taxonomy for Education and Training in Professional Psychology Health Service Specialties.” The panel will discuss: (a) the reason for the Taxonomy’s development; (b) why it is so important for education and training in psychology — for students, institutions, and the public; and, (c) how it can be implemented.

4-4:50 p.m. | Convention Center: Room 144 B


CABE/Psi Beta Reception and Awards Ceremony
5-6:50 p.m. | Marriott Marquis Washington, DC Hotel, Mount Vernon Square Room



Sunday August 6:

Session 2:  Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice — A Vital Role of Continuing Education in Psychology
8-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 144A
This session is relevant to practitioners who participate in Continuing Education (CE) for licensure or professional development, and anyone interested in quality continuing education. After completing graduate school, psychologists rely on CE to stay current with scientific developments in psychology. This symposium considers the degree to which CE successfully bridges the gap between science and practice.

The Impact of Continuing Education in Psychology: Does It Succeed at Bridging the Gap?
8-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center Room 144A, Street Level
Part of Session “Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice – A Vital Role of Continuing Education in Psychology

Avoiding a Bridge to Nowhere: Finding the Road to Quality Continuing Education Offerings
8-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center Room 144A, Street Level
Part of Session “Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice – A Vital Role of Continuing Education in Psychology

Seeking Good Continuing Education in Addiction Psychology: Building the Bridge From Here to There
8-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center Room 144A, Street Level
Part of Session “Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice – A Vital Role of Continuing Education in Psychology

Training on Human Sexuality: Missed Opportunities and Their Consequences for Clinical Practice
9-9:50 a.m. | 102B Convention Center
Psychologists should be the health care providers best prepared to address sexual development and functioning, but there are significant deficits in our training. This symposium explores these gaps, their impact on competencies, and rectifications.

High Five — Helping Families Assess Child Care Environments Using Psychological Science and Practice Symposium
9-10:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 146A, Street Level
The “High 5” is designed to help parents evaluate prospective childcare programs that promote later academic and social success, based on the latest psychological research and evidence-based approaches. It will also emphasize the role of teacher-parent interaction and how childcare centers are situated within cultural contexts. The five areas are child-focused activities and routines; relationship and relationship-building; guiding and redirecting (addressing) behavior; teacher-child communication; and family and community engagement.

Cognitive Science and Education Policy
10-11:50 a.m. | Convention Center Room 103B, Street Level
Presented by Robert Bjork, PhD and sponsored by APA Division 3


Meta-Cognition Interviews in University Classrooms
11-11:50 a.m. | Convention Center East Salon B
Textbook publishers and various experts recommend self-testing and other techniques to improve metacognition and ultimately grades. Do these techniques actually work in real-world settings? The presenters review the claims and evidence.


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