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American Psychological Association 117th Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada, Aug. 6-9, 2009

American Psychological Association

Press Room - Meeting Room 101, North Building-Level 100, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Facilities will include wireless connections for your laptops and two high-speed printers. We will also have working space, telephones, fax machines, phone lines for data transmission and APA staff resources for you. This room will also be the site of any news briefings held during the convention.


Thursday, Aug. 6, Friday, Aug. 7, Saturday Aug.8, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, Aug. 9, 8:00 am - 12 noon


Register for hotels at Media can register on site. Registration is limited to credentialed journalists, others who have assignment letters on the letterhead of a media organization and public information officers from universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Program and Papers

The program will be available online in early July. Programs will also be available on site. Press releases and selected papers will be available electronically. We will supply you with disk key cards/CDs or e-mail the papers to you as attachments.

Press Releases

Releases summarizing convention sessions, presentations and papers will be sent to all pre-registered media by e-mail in July (a week to 10 days before the convention starts) and will be available at


All sessions are embargoed for the time of presentation. Press releases or briefings on a session could change the embargo time.

APA Annual Convention Highlights

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • Opening Session - New Developments in Genetics Research: Pros and Cons of Personalized Medicine, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md.
  • Paper Session - The Internet: Networks, Connections and Addictions, Kimberly Young, PsyD, St. Bonaventure University, Katherine Loufus, MA, University of Dallas, Dana Klisanin, PhD, N.Y., and Gilbert J. Garza, PhD, University of Dallas
  • Symposium - PTSD and the Return From War - Treatment, Recovery and Reintegration, Walter E. Penk, PhD, Cental Texas VA Health Care System, College Station, Texas
  • Invited Address - Loneliness - Human Nature and the Need for Social Connections, John T. Cacioppo, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Symposium - New Happenings in Trauma Research, Patricia A. Frazier, PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Paper Session - Less Materialism: Consumer Spending During Recession, Lilia Boujbel, PhD, Montreal, Canada, Seraphine Shen-Miller, MA, University of Oregon and Joel Saegert, PhD, University of Texas, San Antonio

Friday, Aug. 7

  • Symposium - Using Virtual Environments to Treat Mental Disorders, Richard W. Wexler, PhD, Personnel Systems Inc., Pomona, N.Y., and Stephane Bouchard, PhD, University of Quebec at Ooutaouais, Hull, Quebec City, Canada
  • Invited Address - Helping Employees Adapt to Downsizings, Acquisitions and Other Workplace Transitions, Mitchell Lee Marks, PhD, San Francisco State University and
  • Invited Address - Understanding How Different Races Interact, Jennifer A. Richeson, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Invited Address - Geographic and Psychological Profiling: Does it Work? Kim Rossmo, PhD, Texas State University
  • Invited Address - Resiliency and Mental Health Of Gay Minority Teenagers, Ritch C. Savin-Williams, PhD, Cornell University
  • Invited Address - Why Are We Angry? Raymond DiGiuseppe, PhD, St. John's University
  • Invited Address - Recovering From Economic Crisis: Preparing Employees for Opportunities and Challenges, Mitchell Lee Marks, PhD, San Francisco State University
  • Roundtable Discussion - Rise in Trafficking Women in Africa, Asia and the United States, Thema S. Bryant-Davis, PhD, Pepperdine University
  • Symposium - Issues and Challenges of Gay-Straight Relationships, Mark S. Kiselica, PhD, College of New Jersey
  • Invited Address - Myths and Realities of Workplace Aggression and Violence, Julian Barling, PhD, Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, Aug. 8

  • Invited Address - How Dogs Think, Stanley Coren, PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Invited Address - Happiness in Turbulent Times, Ed Diener, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Invited Address - Aging Well in the 21st Century, Laura L. Carstensen, PhD, Stanford University
  • Plenary Session - Genetic Risk for Mental Disorders: New Ways for Prevention, Ahmad Hariri, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Invited Address - Stress, Inflammation and Multiple Sclerosis, Mary W. Meagher, PhD, Texas A&M University
  • Paper Session - Current Research on Autism, Anna J. Esbensen, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Symposium - Managing Menopause With Hypnotherapy, Gary Evans, PhD, Baylor University
  • Symposium - Underlying Connections of Drug Addiction and Learning, Paul Schnur, PhD, and David Shurtleff, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Md.
  • Presidential Address - Promises of Obama: Lessons of Leadership in Times of Crisis and Change, Greg Pennington, PhD, Hay Group Inc., Atlanta
  • Invited Address - How Social Experiences (Re)Program the Brain, Michael Meaney, PhD, Douglas Institute, Montreal, Canada

Sunday, Aug. 9

  • Symposium - Challenges of Eliminating Racism - The U.S. Election and Moving Forward, Shara Sand, PsyD, LaGuardia Community College
  • Symposium - Human Factors in Sports, Robert Gray, PhD, Arizona State University
  • Symposium - Preventing College Drinking and Drug Use, William H. Zywiak, PhD, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Pawtucket, R.I.
  • Symposium - Military Substance Use, Mental Health and Deployment Issues, Robert M. Bray, PhD, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • Invited Address - Physical Inactivity - Biggest Public Health Problem of 21st Century, Steven N. Blair, PhD, University of South Carolina-Columbia
  • Paper Session - Personality Characteristics, Intelligence and Humor Styles of Stand-Up Comedians, Gil Greengross, MS, University of New Mexico
  • Invited Address -- Brain Studies of Chemical Sense Cues Reveal Alcoholism Risk, David Kareken, PhD, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Other Program Highlights

  • Trends in Retirement
  • Eating Disorders Around the World
  • Sex Differences in Recovery from Knee Surgery
  • Autism's Effect on Siblings
  • Do Nutritional and Herbal Supplements Work for Depression?
  • Creativity Over the Lifespan
  • How Emotional Intelligence Affects Pilots' and Athletes' Focus
  • Predictors of Adolescent Obesity
  • What Protects Soldiers Deployed to Iraq From Developing PTSD?
  • Culture and Suicide Rates
  • How Interaction with Animals Can Alleviate Test Anxiety in College Students
  • Traits of Oldest Old in Long-Term Care
  • Healing Powers of Animals
  • Sports Fans' Experience
  • Omega-3 Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • Age Differences in Pro-Environmental Behavior
  • Rates of Suicide and Homicides in the United States
  • Best and Worst Movie Portrayals of Mental Illness and its Treatment
  • Pros and Cons of Text Messaging Among College Students
  • Effect of Video Games on Academic Achievement


The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.

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