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SCCAP Program for the Virtual Annual APA Convention

Dear SCCAP members,

The SCCAP Program for the Annual APA Convention is here! A few months ago, we were hoping to see you in Washington DC for the annual convention. However, a lot has changed between then and now. We are living through a global pandemic and many of us likely live in states that have seeing increasing case counts. The APA Convention is going virtual this year. There is no need to travel any farther than your couch or your office to login and participate.

The virtual event will occur August 6-8, 2020 and access will continue for 12 months. To register for the convention, please go to: Registration for the conference is dramatically lower than prior years. The registration fees are: $50 for APA members, $15 for APA/APAGS student members, $75 for APA non-members, and $30 for nonmember students. Between August 6-8, APA will host a series of live “main stage” events with a strong focus on diversity in practice and society. Main stage topics include: practical diversity with Dr. Dawn Bennett-Alexander, responding to racial stress/trauma with Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis and Dr. Howard Stevenson, and advocating gender diversity with Dr. Mira Krishnan. Additional main stage events of interest to SCCAP members are focused on: raising happy children with Dr. Jonathan Haidt, technology and psychotherapy for anxiety disorders with Dr. Stephane Bouchard, cannabis and the developing brain with Dr. Yasmin Hurd, and maternal addiction treatment and recovery with Dr. Hendree E. Jones.

SCCAP is proud to announce that Dr. Joan Asarnow, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles is our distinguished career award winner. Dr. Asarnow has worked diligently to develop and disseminate treatments for depression, nonsuicidal self-injury, and suicide prevention for children and adolescents in novel contexts such as primary care and emergency departments. Dr. Asarnow’s work has improved the lives of countless children and adolescents. We are grateful that Dr. Asarnow has agreed to provide SCCAP with a webinar about her work and future directions at a later date.

SCCAP will be presenting a shorter program this year than typical. We have asked our presenters to shorten their presentations dramatically so that we can watch them and stay attentive for their entire talks. As a result, our symposia are likely to be about 30-45 minutes instead of the typical 120 minutes. SCCAP programming will be pre-recorded and viewable at any time. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer continuing education for our programming due to the virtual format.

Dr. Gregory Fabiano and Dr. Jacquelyn Buckley chair “Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of ADHD Treatment.” This looks to be a one stop shop for understanding what the scientific literature as a whole tells us about ADHD treatment.

Dr. Amy Roy and Emily Hirsch chair “Disruptive Behaviors and Disrupted Relationships: Externalizing Problems in Family and Peer Contexts.” This symposia presents evidence of the etiology and treatment of disruptive behavior in the family context.

Dr. Michelle Roley-Roberts chairs the “Role of Psychologists in Ameliorating the Adverse Effects of the Opioid Epidemic on Young Children.” This symposia will walk us through the effects of opioids on young children as well as treatment recommendations.

Dr. Eric Youngstrom chairs “Making it easier to do good work: Free online resources for assessment, teaching, and primary care.” This symposia provides a great primer on how to access free and recommended resources for practice and teaching.

SSCAP is co-sponsoring a symposia chaired by Dr. Karen Appleyard Carmody entitled “Promoting Resilience in Families Experiencing Homelessness Through Evidence-based Practice.” This symposia reviews how to most effectively help under-resourced families.

We are also proud to present two virtual poster sessions. Virtual posters will consist of the poster and most will also have an audio or video component presenting the work. The virtual poster sessions focus on: “Moods and Minds: Understanding and Treating Children and Adolescents” and “Building Resilience in the Context of Families, Communities, and Diversity.” These sessions will feature our poster award winners.

We are excited to present five post award winners:

Innovative Research – Alicia Chunta, “Immersive Virtual Reality and Optimistic Parenting to Enhance Behavioral Parent Training for ADHD”

Diversity in Research – Christopher Gomez, “Characterizing Mental Health Provider Training to Treat Latin(x) Youth: A Mixed Methods Approach”

Translational Research – Mollie Rishard Kimrey, “Effectiveness of Delivering a Child Post-Traumatic Nightmare Treatment via Teleconferencing”

Best Overall Undergraduate/Post-bac Poster – Carly Pappas, “Family Violence and Preschooler’s Behavior Problems”

Best Overall Graduate Student Poster – Qi Zhang, “Parental Behaviors and Child ADHD: Mediation via Child Inhibitory Control and Working Memory”

Check out these and other posters at our two virtual poster sessions!

As always, Caitlin and I are incredibly grateful to the team of reviewers who volunteered their time to help us build this program. Laura Dixon, Marie Gillespie, Sohyun Han, Nicole Mahrer, Ilana Moss, Joseph Raiker, and John Young volunteered their valuable time to help us review the programming this year.


Andrew J. Freeman, PhD & Caitlin Sayegh, PhD

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