California Psychological Association
2014 CPA Convention


Master Lecturers

Friday, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Reducing Health Disparities through Action: From Evidence to Policy, Legislation and Practice ( 1.5 CE Credits )

Work is being done worldwide to reduce health disparities and improve access to healthcare for everyone. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola will discuss his work, both globally and in California, in translating research findings into public policies that lead to greater access to treatment and a higher quality of care for all populations. He will discuss, as a model, the California demographics and public health implications related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and discuss his role with the California Senate's Taskforce on Equity and Diversity for Regional Center Autism Services in addressing disparities in autism treatment. He will review the findings of the Taskforce and recent legislation that included Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards to be used with developmentally disabled individuals and their families. Finally, he will discuss how research on ASD and other psychological disorders can be translated and moved into improving practice and services.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the three main core deficits and clinical manifestations that are associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
  2. Identify at least three problems and challenges that are faced by individuals with autism spectrum disorders and that are related to cultural and linguistic competence.
  3. Name two separate bills that were introduced during the 2013 legislative session in order to provide regional center services in a more culturally and linguistically competent manner and to improve access for these services by underserved communities.
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD is Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC), and the co-Director of the UC Davis Latino Aging Research and Resource Center (LARRC). He was a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) at NIMH (2003-2007) and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America (MHA) (2008-2010). He has held several World Health Organization (WHO) advisory board and consulting positions and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health Surveys Consortium (WMHSC) and its Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is the author of over 120 scientific publications and is the recipient of multiple awards including the DHHS' Office of Minority Health's 2005 National Minority Health Community Leader Award (Hispanic Community).

Friday, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

EBTs for Children and Adolescents: What We Know, What We Don't Know and Why It Matters (1.5 CE Credits )

Over the past few years, there has been increased utilization of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) with youth across the state. While this expansion is welcomed by many, the implementation of EBTs has also been met with some resistance and skepticism. Of the many concerns raised, the effectiveness and application of EBTs beyond the Òivory towerÓ, for culturally diverse youth, and within community settings has been debated. Come join a lively discussion between a clinical researcher and community-based psychologist about the merits and utility of EBTs for children and adolescents within private practice and clinically-based settings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name and discuss two effective strategies for improving treatment outcomes for youth.
  2. Name and discuss two research findings from the literature regarding the need for cultural adaptations to enhance treatment outcomes for culturally diverse youth.
  3. Identify two evidence-based strategies for youth that can be implemented in private practice setting.
Stan Huey, PhD & LaTonya Wood, PhD Stan Huey, Jr, PhD received his PhD in Child Clinical Psychology from UCLA in 1998. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at USC. His research focuses on effective therapies for behaviorally –disordered youth, traumatized individuals and ethnic minorities. He also teaches extensively and provides supervision to graduate students.

LaTonya Wood, PhD received her PhD from the University of Virginia in 2000. She has an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and provides teaching and supervision of field placement students. Dr. Wood currently works with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as a Program Manager. She has a small private practice in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday, 8:30 am to Noon

If I Knew then What I Know Now...What You Should Know Before Making the Leap to Primary Care Psychology ( 3 CE Credits )

This master lecture will enhance understanding and prepare psychologists to transition into primary care settings by describing common models of integrated care as well as highlighting fundamental components of clinical implementation. The lecture will commence with a brief overview of the compelling reasons why integrated care is necessary for the success of the next generation of primary healthcare and the prominent role psychology can play in this transformation. Common professional pathways to integrated care as well as strategies to get your "foot in the door" will be discussed. Participants will also learn about and receive several resources and tools for clinical implementation, including behavioral health screening tools, strategies to identify and develop services that add demonstrable value to a specific primary care setting, as well as suggestions for measuring patient and programmatic outcomes. The requisit skills to effectively consult with and work collaboratively with primary care providers will be described. Pearls and common pitfalls of integration will be shared.

This Master Lecture is sponsored by CPA’s Division of Clinical and Professional Practice (Division I)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the primary rationale for psychologists to integrate with primary care practices and the fundamental components of effective primary care integration
  2. Be familiar with clinical implementation tools such as screening, defining a scope of service delivery, and developing meaningful and measurable outcomes to demonstrate the added value of integrated care
  3. Define the necessary skills and attitudes to effectively consult with and work alongside primary care providers
Christine (Tina) Runyan, PhD, ABPP Christine (Tina) Runyan, PhD, ABPP is an associate clinical professor, director of a post-doctoral fellowship, and the director of behavioral science for the family medicine residency in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Runyan received her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and then spent 6 years on active duty in the US Air Force as a psychologist before transitioning to academic medicine.

Saturday, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Ethics are not Rules: Psych in the Real World ( 1.5 CE Credits )

Every day psychologists engage in complex interactions with clients, peers and the public. There are always questions. Can I text with my suicidal teenage patient? Should I write a letter of recommendation on my letterhead for a friend who wants to adopt? Can I talk to my spouse about a difficult session? Can I go to my supervisee’s wedding? Is it unethical to engage in a practice that’s not diverse or evidence based? Can I say yes if a client offers to write a positive review on Yelp? Should I create a DSM diagnosis in order to justify a third-party payment? Navigating the waters of professional practice isn’t easy, and it gets more complex all the time, so join the conversation with Dr. Donner, Dr. Harmell, and Dr. Zur and share your ideas about we can look at the intersection of rules, ethics, and professional behavior. 

Michael Donner, PhD Michael Donner, PhD is the Chair of the CPA Division of Clinical and Professional Practice and President –Elect of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP). He is Immediate Past Chair of the CPA Ethics Committee and served as a member of the SFCP Ethics and Impairment Committee. He is a well-known speaker and lecturer on clinical and ethical issues.
Pamela Harmell, PhD Pamela Harmell, PhD is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. She is a Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice and is the Past President of the California Board of Psychology. Dr. Harmell is former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee and is the current Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association and is Past President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. She has completed one year of law school.
Ofer Zur, PhD Ofer Zur, PhD is a license psychologist, expert witness, consultant and the director of the Zur Institute, LLC, which offers over 150 online CE courses for psychologists. He is invested in bringing critical thinking into ethical decision making and reducing unfounded fears of licensing boards and attorneys.


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