Your 2016 Convention Education Programming Cheat Sheet

It’s almost that glorious time of the year again: Convention

With all the amazing sessions at Convention, we wanted to provide you with a comprehensive list of what’s being offered specifically for students and educators! If you’re a graduate student looking for a full list of programming, please visit APAGS’ Session-at-a-Glance page for more information. We’ve highlighted some of the grad programming we’re most excited about below. In addition to our list of programming, here are few other things we think you should know:

  • Download the App! (Seriously). It’s got everything you need to get the most out of Convention. You can set your schedule, learn about presenters, see maps and more!
  • Be sure to play our Quest Game, a fun 3-day scavenger hunt around Convention with a grand prize of 2 tickets to anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States as well as an Apple TV, free CE sessions or an Apple Watch. Download the game in your app.
  • Tweet about your experience! Follow our Twitter account (@APAEducation) and the hashtag #APA2016 to join the conversation.
  •  Outside of great programming, there are lots of other activities happening at Convention. Try your hand at navigating a drone though an obstacle course or learn to draw 3-D chalk art.

2016 Education-Related Programming






Thursday, August 4th

studentsDoing the Hard Work—Finding Effective Mentoring of African American Graduate Students
8:00 – 8:50 a.m. – Room 104, Level 2

This interactive symposium creates an opportunity to discuss the hard work involved in mentoring African American graduate students and finding mentorship with African American faculty.

teachersUsing the Introductory Psychology Course for General Education Assessment
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Room 705, Level 2

This session addresses how to use a high-enrollment, introduction to Psychology course to examine student learning outcomes within the general education curriculum at a small, liberal arts college. Limits to this assessment approach will be presented.

studentsModels for Advising Students About the Graduate School Application Process – A Roundtable Discussion
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Room 709, Level 2

Roundtable participants will learn about the discussion for leaders’ innovative programs for advising students about the graduate school application process, share advising strategies used by their departments or themselves, and identify best practices.

Teaching and Learning Intersectionality: Pedagogies for Social Justice
10:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Mile High Ballroom 1D

This panel brings together scholar teachers from across the discipline to reflect on teaching and learning about the intersections of oppression and privilege in psychology.

studentsPost Docs, Licensure, Research, Oh MY! Preparing for a Career in Academia
10:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Mile High Ballrooms 2A & 3A


This 2-hour skill-building session will broadly cover the integration of an academic and practitioner identity, information relevant to diverse groups and intersectional identities, and tips on navigating the job application process

teachersAPA Guidelines 2.0 Goal 5—Supporting the Professional Development of Undergraduate Majors
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Room 707, Level 2

Professional development of undergraduate majors will be discussed. Recommendations from the National Advocacy for Psychology Undergraduates Task Force will be reviewed, and a comprehensive approach to developing Goal 5 competencies will be suggested.

teachersFrom Micro to Macro—Enhancing Multicultural Competence through the Application of Faculty Research
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Room 104, Level 2

Using an interactive format, presenters will draw from expertise on subpopulations to explore new techniques on how to extrapolate micro lessons to macro ideas in the teaching and learning of psychology to enhance multicultural competence.

teachersBecoming a Better Teacher
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. – Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel, Centennial Ballroom G, Third Floor


Current, future, and past presidents of Society for the Teaching of Psychology will share valuable information about how the society can help in your teaching endeavors, and will describe many available grants and resources to revitalize your teaching.

studentsAn Open Dialogue on the Propose EPPP Step 2 with ASPPB and CECP Representative
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. – Sheraton Denver Hotel, Terrace Level, Tower Building, Columbine Room


teachersPedagogical Practices in Multicultural Psychology – Managing Coming Teaching Challenges (CE)
2:00 – 3:50 p.m. – Room 102, Level 2

Several multicultural faculty experts will highlight best practices for teaching undergraduate and graduate multicultural courses and addressing challenges. This workshop will benefit seasoned, early career and aspiring psychology instructors.

teachersSocial Hour Division 2
2:00 – 3:50 p.m. – Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel, Mineral Hall B, Third Floor


Join old and new friends at a reception for the Society for Teaching for Psychology. Membership in Division 2 is not required.

teachersAdvice to New Scholars on Scholarship, Teaching, and Service
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. – Room 603, Level 2


Leading educational psychologists will share their experience and expertise on maintaining an academic career. Advice specific to scholarship, teaching, and service will be offered as well as time for audience questions.





Friday, August 5th

students and teachersEducation and Training in Trauma Psychology—From Undergraduate Through Post-Licensure
8:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Rooms 108 & 110, Level 2

Recent natural disasters, terrorist attacks and international conflicts have intensified the demand for therapists with competence in assessing and treating trauma survivors.  The symposium will discuss U.S. trauma psychology education and training.

teachersA Compendium of Scales for Use in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
8:00 – 8:50 a.m. – Room 708, Level 2


This presentation provides a detailed look at the new STP resource that compiles and organizes the most frequently used SoTL-related scales, including comments of the state of scale validation within SoTL research and next steps.

studentsInternship Workshop
8:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Room 607, Level 2
Track: Internship

The APAGS Internship Workshop will offer tips on securing a psychology internship and provides guidance on the APPIC Match process.

teachersAPA Undergraduate Learning Outcomes—Successes and Challenges
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Mile High Ballroom 1D, Level 3


The panel will provide an overview of how their department assesses the APA Guideline for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. Interactive discussion will focus on strengths, limits and challenges in implementing and assessing the guidelines.

teachersTips on Diversifying and Internationalizing Your Classroom – An Interactive Panel
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Mile High Ballroom 4A, Level 3


Division 2 leaders will discuss the importance of addressing diversity and global issues for broad ranges of populations and regions. They will offer specific, effective classroom techniques, and discuss challenges in implementing these techniques.

teachersPoster Session I, Division 2 Teaching of Psychology
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Convention Center, Exhibit Hall ABC, Level 1


The Society for the Teaching of Psychology presents posters that relate to the scholarship of teaching and learning in this first divisional poster session.

teachersGraduate Student Teaching Association, Address Given by Janie H. Wilson
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Room 503, Level 2


Ways to streamline statistics and research methods for undergraduates through active-learning exercises will be discussed.

students and teachers

What Really Matters in Statistics and Research Methods?
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Room 503, Level 2



Psi Beta Ruth Hubbard Cousins Distinguished Lecture – Using Assessment Data to Promote Student Engagement and Learning in Undergraduate Psychology
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Room 421, Level 2

teachersDeveloping Healthy Study Habits: Teachers as Fitness Trainers of the Learning World – Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecture
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. –  Room 501, Level 2


teachersSymposium on Civility and Professionalism in the Classroom and the Workplace
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. – Room 405, Level 2


Civility must be included in psychology’s definition of professionalism and operationalized, taught, assessed, and modeled. Strategies for teaching and assessment of civility will be shared.

Positive Frameworks for Ethics and Excellence in Teaching

1:00 – 1:50 p.m. – Room 506, Level 2


teachersAddress given by Mitchell M. Handlesman, APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. – Room 506, Level 2

Thinking explicitly about ethical choices and behaviors can add value to our teaching. “Positive ethics” refers to strategies that encourage us to aspire to our highest ethical potential. This session will explore a few models.

teachers2016 Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education Award, Address Given by Cindy Juntunen
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. – Room 506, Level 2

Cindy Juntunen, PhD will speak about professional competencies for educators and trainers. 

studentsPlan Today to Succeed Tomorrow: Individual Development Plans for Graduate and Postdoctoral Training
2:00 – 2:50 p.m., APAGS Suite

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are career planning tools that provide a framework for individuals to assess their existing skills, knowledge, interests, and competencies; explore career options and pathways based upon their self-assessments; and develop actionable steps to ensure their current training and professional development supports their career goals.

To assist young and early career psychologists, the APA Education Directorate has developed a free, online, inter-active IDP resource. This workshop will cover the concept and benefits of IDPs, engage audience members in an interactive component based on the APA’s online IDP resource, and detail the benefits and challenges in working on an IDP based on a graduate student and early career psychologist perspective.

teachersSymposium on Building a National Assessment Strategy: An Update from APA SNAP 
2:00 – 3:50 p.m. – Convention Centre Room 504, Level 2


APA SNAP participants will present the results of the Summit on Nation Assessment of Psychology (SNAP). Learning assessment strategies used at 2- and 4- year psychology programs will be shared.

teachersThe State of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology: Accomplishments, Challenges, and an Agenda for the Future
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. – Room 709, Level 2


teachersTeaching Neuroscientific Concepts to Counseling and School Psychology Students – A Portfolio Approach
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. – Room 106, Level 2

A portfolio approach to teaching cognitive neuroscience to graduate students with no prior exposure to physio- or neuropsychology will be discussed. Examples will be provided and findings discussed regarding the effectiveness of adding a mini-lab.

teachersTeachers Of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Reception
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Marlowe’s (501 16th Street, Denver)

Saturday, August 6th

teachersTeaching Psychological Assessment – Instructor Expectations and Grading Practices
8:00 – 8:50am – Room 711, Level 2


Research suggests a significant gap between doctoral training in psychological assessment versus expectations at internship. These talks will focus on instructor expectations and evaluating student assessment reports.

teachersUsing Exemplars of the Gold Standard in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) for Psychology to Inspire Your Own SoTL Work
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Room 505, Level 2

This session will present benchmarks and exemplars of the gold standard in SoTL for psychology, go into more depth on a few of the gold standards, and allow members to develop and discuss some of their aspirational goals for their own SoTL research.

students and teachers
Poster Session – Student Research
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Exhibit Hall ABC, Level 1

Psi Beta Honor Society students will present posters describing their faculty-mentored research.

teachersPromoting Student-Centered Teaching through the Graduate Student Teaching Association
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Mile High Ballroom 4E, Level 3

The GSTA will share a theoretical peer-collaboration model for training instructors, encompassing student participation, and addressing study habits and mindset, team-based course development, and group mentoring.

teachersProject Syllabus – Read the D@#n Syllabus
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Room 304, Level 2


This session considers challenges in getting student to read syllabi and proposes solutions to this problem. If available, bring a syllabus copy for a small group.

teachersThe Culture of Competence—An Early Start
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Room 702, Level 2


The conversation hour will focus on ABPP board certification from the perspective of Early Career Psychologists. The importance of certification due to the increasing emphasis on competency-based education and credentialing will be discussed.

teachersSocial Justice via Multicultural Teaching In-Context
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Mile High Ballroom 4A


This session visits social justice programming, including study abroad to understand ethnic conflict and Nazism, classroom-based strategies at predominantly white universities and sexualized violence and the conflict-mineral crisis in Congo.

teachersThe Ins and Outs of Publishing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Psychology
11:00 – 11:50am, Room 505, Level 2

This session discusses successful strategies for publishing research, particularly teaching and learning scholarship; pros and cons of collaborative writing; effective work with editors; and the roll of publishing SoTL in faculty hires and promotion.

students#psychologists4blacklives: Mobilizing Graduate Students for Grassroots Advocacy (APAGS Suite)
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. – APAGS Suite

This panel and discussion hour will begin with a brief speaker introduction followed by a discussion on the origins of #psychologists4blacklives and its connection with #BlackLivesMatter, the involvement of psychologists, and the opportunities for graduate student training in advocacy provided by #psychologists4blacklives. We will then recap the National Die-In which took place on April 4, 2016. The remaining time would be focused on a panel and roundtable discussion.

teachersThe Role of Gatekeepers in High Performance
11:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Room 105, Level 2


Whether checking the advancement of potentially incompetent professionals or promoting the talents of creative performers or scholars, gatekeepers play an important role in the development of high performance.

studentsAchieving Balance During Transitions: Advice for Early Psychologist from the Early Career Psychology Committee
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Room 507, Level 2

Division 2’s Early Career Psychologists Committee will discuss some of the transitions and balancing acts early career faculty experience and show that walking the early career tightrope isn’t so scary. Bring questions (and a sense of humor).

studentsBridging the Gap from Student to Early Career—Mentorship in Clinical Neuropsychology
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Room 705, Level 2

This Conversation Hour seeks to bring together early career neuropsychologists and students to discuss the mentorship needs and opportunities within the field of clinical neuropsychology.

teachersEncouraging Educational Psychology Students’ Motivation – Best Practices in Case Study Instruction
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Room 712, Level 2

Case study instruction influences online students’ motivation for learning in educational psychology, including their achievement goals, self-regulated learning and self-efficacy. Generalizability of benefits to all classrooms will be discussed.

Poster Session: Teaching of Psychology II
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Exhibit Hall ABC


teachersPsychology Without Borders: Roundtables on International Teaching, Research, and Service
12:00 – 1:50 p.m. – Mile High Ballrooms 2A and 3A

This session offers participate an opportunity to meet with psychologists who have experience in international research, service and/or teaching to discuss opportunities, challenges and resource to begin and maintain international engagement.

teachersInternational Disaster Psychology – Challenges to Training and Lessons Learning
12:00 – 1:50 p.m – Rooms 108 & 110


This symposium describes the challenges and lessons learned in training graduate students, professionals, and lay professionals to work globally in the field of disaster and trauma psychology.

Where are the ethics in the psychology curriculum?
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. – Convention Center Room 501 – Level 2


teachers2016 Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. – Room 503, Level 2

Dr. Greenberg will speak about the rebirth of psychosocial importance in a drug-filled world.

Internship Meet and Greet
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. – Mile High Ballrooms 2A and 3A, Level 3

This informal meet and greet gives students the opportunity to mingle with training directors from various sites and gather information about what makes an attractive candidate.

students and teachers
Environmental Psychology in the Dawn of the 21st Century —
 G. Stanley Hall Lecture
3:00 – 3:50 p.m.  – Room 404, Level 2

teachersPresidential Programming— Evaluating Interprofessionalism: Development and Use of an Interprofessional Measure
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. – Room 302, Level 2


teachersThe Lee Gurel Lecture: Public Misunderstandings of Psychological Science and Their Implications For Teaching
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. – Room 504 – Level 2


teachersCABE/Psi Beta Reception and Awards Ceremony
4:00 – 5:50 p.m. – Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel, Mineral Hall D, Third Floor


Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education/Psi Beta Awards Ceremony and Reception Celebration of 35th anniversary of Psi Beta




Sunday, August 7th

teachersHistory as Capstone: Teaching History of Psychology to Maximize its Value as a Capstone Class
8:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Room 708

This symposium addresses the alignment between history and systems curriculum and pedagogy and student learning outcomes for the capstone course. Three talks present history as a tool to help students gain a critical perspective on the discipline.

studentsThe Shadow of Debt: Student Debt in Psychological Training
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Room 505, Level 2


Student loans now make up the largest debt in the U.S. and psychological training costs continue to rise. This seminar will discuss the status of student debt, negative impacts on ECPs, long term effects of debt, and potential solutions in the field.

teachersInvited Address: Bridging Theory and Practice—Teaching Research Methods and Educational Psychology
9:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Room 404, Level 2

This invited address explore practical strategies that faculty use to bridge theory and practice in the teaching of research methods and educational psychology.

teachersInnovative Strategies for Supporting Academic Writing in Psychology Developed by Brandman’s Online Writing and Math Community
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Room 502, Level 2

Higher-education professionals interested in teaching academic writing in psychology in an online writing support platform for adults who will learn about innovation, evidence-based student success strategies.

students and teachersAcademic Achievement – What Students Perceive As Helping and Hindering Their Performance
11:00 -11:50 a.m. – Room 501, Level 2


This session will address students’ perception of factors they consider to help or hinder their academic success, and examine how entitlement is related to students’ beliefs about academic achievement. Implications for teaching will be discussed.

teachersFrom College to the Community—Best Methods for Teaching Diversity to Students and Lifelong Learners
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Room 303, Level 2

This symposium will offer strategies and tools for integrating best practices in multicultural education across the education spectrum, with a particular focus on integrating an emphasis on diversity in lifelong learning.

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda's passion for advancing the conversation around mental health coupled with her background in marketing,has made for an exciting career at the American Psychological Association. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Emerson College and her graduate degree in Public Health Communications from the George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health here in Washington, DC. In her free time Amanda loves hiking, pyrography, collecting mid-century modern furniture and spending time with her dog, Becky.