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Friday Opening Plenary - April 24, 2020 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am (1.5 CE Credits)

Psychology's (R)evolution 

Using a mixed media format, we will open the convention by exploring the role, influence and impact of applying psychological science to influence public policy and clinical practice. Hear strategies you can use personally and professionally to create effective cultural and systemic changes to improve outcomes for individuals and communities affected by stress and trauma.


Tonya Wood, PhD will serve as CPA President in 2020. She is a licensed psychologist who has nearly 20 years of experience working with children and families. She currently serves as the Director of Clinical Training in the PsyD program at Pepperdine University. She is also clinical supervisor and coordinator of mental health services at the South Los Angeles Trauma Recovery Center. She has a private practice in the Los Angeles area, with emphasis on relationships, women’s health and infertility.

Benjamin Mertz is a pianist, composer, and song leader who specializes in the Black Spiritual tradition. He is a third-generation profession musician; his mother is a jazz and opera singer, and his “grandaddy” was a jazz pianist who worked with legends like Sarah Vaughan and Charles Mingus. Benjamin leads community sings and workshops, exploring music ranging from the African diaspora to civil rights music and is the founder and director of the Joyful Noise! Gospel singers.

Saturday Plenary - April 25, 2020 9:00 am - 10:30 am (1.5 CE Credits)

Looking to the Future: Opportunities for Psychology and Psychologists

At the core of psychology and the American Psychological Association’s (APA) mission is to use our science and knowledge to benefit society and improve lives. For us to do this, we need a strong and viable profession and discipline. Dr. Evans will share how APA is working to have a positive impact on important social issues, help the public better understand psychology, speak as an authoritative voice for the field by connecting psychological science and clinical expertise, and to prepare the discipline and profession for the future.

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD is a scientist-practitioner, clinical and community psychologist and health care innovator and is the CEO of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Evans has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Yale University School of Medicine. He previously served as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services and as Deputy Commission of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 

Sunday Closing Plenary - April 26, 2019 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (2 CE credits)

Update on Assessing and Treating ADHD and Comorbidities in Children and Adults

Patients, family members and some clinicians are often puzzled by the fact that those with ADHD are able to exercise their executive functions (focus, organization, alertness, working memory, emotional modulation and self-management) quite well in a few specific activities or tasks that really interest them, though they consistently demonstrate much difficulty in exercising those same executive functions in almost everything else they do. Dr. Brown will describe how to assess and explain the situational variability of ADHD symptoms. He will also discuss the role of psychologists in providing effective treatment for children and adults with ADHD, including behavioral interventions and collaboration with prescribers for appropriate medication treatments for ADHD and common co-occurring disorders.

Tom Brown, PhD is Director of the Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders in Manhattan Beach, CA. He Specializes in Assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems. Dr. Brown served on the clinical faculty of Yale Medical School for 20 years and now is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. He is the author of six books on ADHS as well as the new Brown executive Function/Attention Rating Scales for Children, Adolescents and Adults published by Pearson.

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