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2019 Annual Convention

The 2019 AzPA Annual Convention, "Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts: Integrating Research and Practice," will create learning spaces where scientists and practitioners can learn from each other’s innovations while addressing each other's challenges. The convention will provide opportunities for researchers, academics, clinicians, consultants, administrators, and trainees to pull down professional silos and inform the psychology community of the valuable knowledge we each possess and can mobilize. Through this mutual learning, attendees will foster a better understanding of the diverse field of psychology while developing helpful skills they can apply to their own work.

The 2019 Annual Convention will take place October 31 - November 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Discounted hotel accommodations were available through October 9, 2019. Remaining rooms will be available directly through the hotel, based on availability.

Keynote Speakers: 

Deborah C. Baker
Deborah C. Baker, JD is the Director of Legal & Regulatory Policy in the Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs of the American Psychological Association's Practice Directorate. Since joining APA in 2004, she has worked with state psychological associations, APA leadership and members, regulatory bodies and outside stakeholders on a variety of issues involving scope of practice/licensure, telehealth, prescriptive authority, testing, HIPAA compliance and other legal and regulatory issues.

Dr. Megan Carlos
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Argosy University. Dr. Carlos served for eight years on the faculty of the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. She has a private practice in Berkeley, California, where she specializes in working with children and adolescents and clients with disabilities.  Dr. Carlos has previously served on the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology and on the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology’s Disability Task Force.

Dr. Steven C. Hayes
Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. He is the developer of Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods.

Dr. Derald Wing Sue
Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University. He was the co-founder of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, co-founder and first President of the Asian American Psychological Association, past presidents of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, and the Society of Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Monnica Williams
Dr. Williams is the Canada Research Chair for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Ottawa in the School of Psychology. Her work focuses on ethnic minority mental health and psychopathology research. She completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA and received her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania for four years, followed by five years at the University of Louisville, where she served as Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities. She co-founded the International OCD Foundation’s Diversity Advisory Board and serves on the board of directors for the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines. Dr. Williams has published over 100 scientific articles, primarily on OCD, trauma, and cultural issues. She has been awarded federal, local, and foundation grants to conduct psychological research.


Thursday, October 31, 2019
Pre-Conference Workshops: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Break: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Break: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Governing Council Meeting: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Annual Business Meeting: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Friday, November 1, 2019
Breakfast & Sunrise Yoga Session: 7:00 – 8:00 am
President's Welcome & Introduction: 8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Keynote: 8:30 – 10:00 am
Sponsor Break & Poster Session: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Breakout Sessions I: 11:00  am – 12:30 pm
Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Sponsor Break: 1:30 - 1:45 pm
Breakout Sessions II: 1:45 - 3:15 pm
Sponsor Break: 3:15 - 3:30 pm
Afternoon Keynote: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Sponsor Break: 5:00 - 5:15 pm
APA Address: 5:15 - 6:15 pm
Awards Ceremony: 6:15 - 6:45 pm
Awards Reception: 6:45 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Breakfast & Sunrise Yoga Session: 7:00 – 8:00 am
Morning Keynote: 8:00 – 9:30 am
Sponsor Break: 9:30 – 10:00 am
Breakout Sessions I: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Sponsor Break: 11:30 – 11:45 am
Breakout Sessions II: 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Lunch: 1:15 - 2:00 pm
Sponsor Break: 2:00 - 2:15 pm
Breakout Sessions III: 2:15 - 3:45 pm
Sponsor Break: 3:45 - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Keynote: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

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