NIH and APA Design Prevention-Science Program for 1997 Convention

Look for a special program on prevention research at the 1997 APA Convention in Chicago, August 15-19. The Science Directorate and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) have invited first-rate speakers to participate and have developed a series of symposia on "Prevention: Contributions From Basic and Applied Research."

Norman Anderson, PhD, Director of OBSSR, is heading the NIH steering committee that planned the conference. Other members represent almost every NIH institute. They all worked with Science Directorate staff to design a comprehensive conference program.

Margaret Chesney, PhD, will present the keynote lecture on the science of prevention. Her speech will be followed by a reception hosted by the Science Directorate in honor of the conference. These events are tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 15, 1997, at 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., respectively.

Different areas of basic prevention research will be discussed over the course of the convention in individual lectures by Paula Tallal, PhD (language development); Adele Diamond, PhD (early stimulation and cognitive development); James Pennebaker, PhD (self-disclosure); and William Fordyce, PhD (disability in the workplace).

Symposia on basic research will cover "Cognitive risk factors and health," "Developmental studies of risk and protective processes," "Animal models of early stimulation, affiliation, and bonding," and "Compulsive behaviors: Underlying processes."

On the applied side, presentations will be made by Gail Wyatt, PhD, and Barbara Marin, PhD (sexually transmitted disease prevention); Philip Catalano, PhD, and Karol Kumfer, PhD (at-risk youth); Alan Marlatt, PhD (relapse prevention); John McKinlay, PhD (community interventions); and Loretta Jemmott, PhD (HIV prevention).

There are nine symposia on applied research. Some of the topics are "Prevention of environmental/occupational illness and injury," "Disease prevention through policy research," "Preventative intervention in early childhood," and "Methodological and design issues in prevention research."

Twenty-three APA divisions and the Board of Scientific Affairs have donated a total of 29 hours of their programming time to make this program possible.

Plan on attending the conference to learn about the latest in prevention research. Look for convention registration materials in the upcoming March, April, and May issues of the American Psychologist or at the APA World Wide Web site ( Separate registration for the prevention conference is not necessary.

The final schedule will be available on the APA Science Directorate Web page ( and on the OBSSR Web page (

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