Massachusetts Psychological Association Conference 2016


Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 8:00am – 5:15pm
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods – Waltham, MA
(driving directions available here)


$175 for MPA Members – $125 for Life Members – $75 for Student Members
$250 for Non-Members – $99 Non-Member Students*
(*Online registration is not available for Non-Member Students. Please use this form for correct pricing)

EARLY  BIRD SPECIAL!  Register by 9/29/16 and receive $15 off



Keynote Address by Dean E. Robinson, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst


Dr. Robinson will be discussing health outcome disparities based on race and class, and how public policy decisions contribute to these disparities.  His research on the public policies of Canada and New Zealand (and other countries as well) demonstrate that thoughtful and deliberate public policies can reduce  or even eliminate health outcome disparities.  He will advocate for public action as a means to shape policy and therefore reduce the health outcomes disparities experienced by marginalized groups in America.


Plenary Address by Richard Pinderhughes, Psy.D.,
Director of Programs and Senior Consultant at VISIONS, Inc.


Dr. Pinderhughes will draw from his work as Director of Programs and Senior Consultant with Visions, Inc., to present an experiential workshop that invites attendees to identify the costs of implicit bias in personal and professional spheres.  He will then urge them to learn strategies to gently come in contact with their own potential blind spots in order to
maximize the personal, social, and professional benefits for increased inclusion of all people.


8:00AM                         Registration and Breakfast

8:30AM – 9:00AM           Annual Business Meeting

9:00AM – 10:30AM         Keynote Address

10:30AM – 10:45AM       Morning Break (Networking, Exhibitors and Refreshments)

10:45AM – 12:15PM       Morning Breakout Sessions (see options below)

12:15PM – 12:45PM       Student Poster Session

12:45PM – 1:45PM         Lunch & Awards

1:45PM – 3:15PM           Afternoon Breakout Sessions (see options below)

3:15PM – 3:30PM           Afternoon Break (Networking, Exhibitors and Refreshments)

3:30PM – 5:00PM           Plenary Session

5:00PM – 5:15PM           Closing Remarks

Morning Breakout Sessions
(please select one session when registering)

Culture Clash or Culture Convergence? Navigating Power, Privilege, and Social Justice Values in Healthcare Systems
Valene Whittaker, Ph.D. and Stephen Gresham, Ph.D.

Working with the Media: Addressing Issues of Bias and Ethics
Charmain Jackman, Ph.D.

Discrimination Against Chronic Pain Patients
Tu Ngo, Ph.D; Roseanne Shipani, MD; and Linda Niesner, Pharm.D.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
(please select one session when registering)

The Invisible End of the Spectrum: Elders with Autism
Eric Endlich, Ph.D. and Wilma Wake, LCSW

Evaluating Families Dealing with Immigration Problems: A Role and Sub-Specialty for Psychologists
James Leffert, Ed.D.; Paul Goldmuntz, Psy.D.; and Randy Feldman, Esq.

Treating Muslim Patients in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities
Ben Herzig, Psy.D.

Transphobia and Transgender Issues in Treatment
Alex Keuroghlian, MD


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