Highlights of the APAHC Conference & Early Career Boortcamp , Nashville – 2013

Applying the Science of Psychology in
Academic Health Centers:

Implications for Practice, Teaching, Research and Policy

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Presentation Abstracts

Poster Abstracts

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Powerpoint slides from the presentations are available in the Members Only Section.

Opening Addresses
Anderson Advancing Psychology’s Role in Health: The Next Phase for APA

Discussed the challenges and opportunities brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

Norman Anderson, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
American Psychological Association
Wedding International Frontlines of Psychological Science and Practice

Discussed the global development of the science and practice of psychology.

Danny Wedding, PhD, MPH
Professor of Psychology & Associate Dean for Management & International Programs
California School of Professional Psychology


Keynote Address
Bennett Johnson Psychology as a Science and a Profession: Successfully Transitioning from Mental Heath to Health

Discussed the internal and external challenges facing psychologys being seen as a ‘health’ profession.

Suzanne Bennett Johnson, Ph.D.,
Florida State University College of Medicine
2012 President, American Psychological Association


Invited Address
McDaniel Bringing Primary Care Psychology to the Health System: Competencies, Coaching and Research

Examined the competencies needed to practice successfully as a psychologist in primary care.

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D. ABPP
University of Rochester Medical Center


Keynote Address
Russell What Psychologists Need to Know about the AAMC Report Behavioral & Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians

Discussed the role of social and behavioral factors in human health and provided guidance for those interested in the comprehensive education of future physicians.

Regina G. Russell, M.Ed., M.A.
Vanderbilt School of Medicine


Invited Address
Leventhal Psychology in the Interpreofessional Workforce

Presented on the current work of the APAHC Research Group on collaborating with the AAMC Center for Workforce Studies.

Jerry Leventhal, Ph.D.
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, NJMS


Invited Panel
Suzanne Bennett Johnson; Susan McDaniel; Regina Russell; Gerald Leventhal
Rozensky Interprofessionalism Panel

Discuss trends in the practice of psychology and training and collaboration issues raised by the Affordable Care Act.

Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D. (Moderator)
University of Florida
Invited Address
Crawford Psychology is an “M” Word.

Discussed the importance of mentoring in training the next generation of psychologists.

Kermit Anthony Crawford, PhD
Boston University Medical Campus


Invited Address
Rao & Murry Risk-taking Behavior in Youth: Neurobiology & Intervention Strategies

Presented on possible causes and treatment for heightened risk-taking behavior and poor decision-making in adolescents.

Uma Rao, MD
Velma McBride Murry, PhD
Vanderbilt University


Invited Address
Lookiing AHEAD in the Management of Obesity

Presented on results of the AHEAD study looking at a longitudinal comprehensive program of diet, physical activity and behavior therapy.

Thomas Wadden, Ph.D.
APAHC’s 2012 Awardee of the Bud Orgel Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Invited Address
Shaffer Psychologists’ Role in Interprofessional Treatment of Pediatric Obesity

Provided an overview of the critical components of pediatric obesity assessment and treatment.

Laura Shaffer, Ph.D.
University of Louiville School of Medicine
Wendy Ward, Ph.D.,
University of Arkansas, Medical Sciences
Elizabeth Getzoff Testa, Ph.D.
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital


Invited Address
Publishing in Academic Health Psychology
Presented on trends in academic health psychology publishing.
Janice Stern
Senior Editor Health and Behavior at Springer


Invited Address
Belar Transforming Healthcare: Implications for Education and Training

Discussed the results of a two year effort by the Health Service Psychology Education Collaborative to design a bluprint for the future.

Cynthia D. Belar, Ph.D., ABPP
Executive Director Education Directorate
American Psychological Association


Invited Address
Younggren Electronic Psychological Record Keeping: Meeting the Ethical and Legal Standard of Care

Explored the many issues psychologists face in moving to the electronic medical record.

Jeffrey N. Younggren, Ph.D., ABPP
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine


Invited Address
Wryobeck Motivational Interviewing in the Academic Health Center: Clinical Practice & Clinical Instruction

Discussed common misunderstandings and advances in understanding of how MI influences the process of personal change. Highlighted training issues when working with a variety of healthcare professionals.

John M. Wryobeck, Ph.D., ABPP
University of Toledo College of Medicine


Invited Address
Robiner Working with Difficult Patients

Reviewed characteristics of challenging patients and strategies for enhancing communication with them.

William N. Robiner, Ph.D., ABPP
University of Minnestoa Medical School

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