2010 EPA international program

Eastern Psychological Association(EPA) Annual Conference:  UN Program

EPA will be held from March 4-7 at Brooklyn NY. For more details about the conference, please look at the website.

FRI, March 5th, 12 – 1:20 pm, Psychologists at the United Nations

Chair: Ani Kalayjian (www.meaningfulworld.com)

A brief history of psychology organizations at the United Nations.  Siroon P. Shahinian (Great Neck, NY).

Psychology organizations today.  Susan A. Nolan (Seton Hall University).

Teaching psychology to United Nations personnel.  Anthony J. DeLuca (Rector, Ignatius University) & Harold Takooshian (Fordham University).

Stress reduction among U.N. peace-keepers. Neal S. Rubin (Argosy University).

Student internships at the United Nations. Wismick Jean-Charles (International Association of Applied Psychology).

Discussants: Deanna Chitayat (Chair, APA team at the United Nations), Florence L. Denmark (Pace University), Sherry Dingman (Marist College), Janet A. Sigal (Fairleigh Dickinson University).

How have psychologists become increasingly involved in United Nations activities in recent years?  This symposium describes past activities, current roles, and future opportunities.


The final March 4-7 EPA program in Brooklyn NY is now complete, and you can easily download the full program and summary grid from www.easternpsychological.org  . You will see that Sherry Serdikoff’s Program Committee outdid themselves to plan a truly historic meeting and, for the sixth year, our APA internal division is a key part of this. It is THE place to be. A few notes here:

1. Schedule. Our APA international program starts with our keynote speaker Philip Zimbardo of Stanford on Thursday 6:45 pm-8:30 pm, then 11 sessions spanning from 9 am-5 pm on Friday and Saturday, all in the Boardroom of the Marriott. President Danny Wedding chairs our mid-winter board meeting at noon Sat March 6 till noon Sun March 7. We also have 7 posters on Friday at 3 pm in the Exhibits area.

2. Program. D52 had to submit its draft program way back in November, trying to include all of us international folks into cohesive sessions. Attached is the 2-page version finalized by EPA. On Friday, Feb 5, this will be posted for D52: our listserv, pre-EPA Bulletin, and website, www.internationalpsychology.net

3. Review. For those of you who appear in this program, there is nothing for you to do unless you want to edit your name or affiliation. If you do not plan to participate on March 5-6, you can delete your name or add a co-presenter’s name (with affiliation).  This revised program will be finalized on February 5 for circulation to D52 and others.

4. Speak up!  This week, we still seek a series of 12 three-minute “flash presentations” for our popular workshop for students and colleagues on Friday at 3 pm, on “Becoming more involved in international psychology—Why and how.”  Have you a message and handout to share?  We seek all sorts of practical topics like“working at the UN,” “Applying for Fulbrights,” “hosting a Fulbright,” “Study abroad,” “Finding international awards…” Be sure to send me your two-sentence proposal by February 5: takoosh@aol.com

5. Fees. The meeting is free to all EPA members, with program books mailed out in February.  If you are not already an EPA member, be sure join soon on-line: $45 in advance, rather than $75 on-site. www.easternpsychological.org   Students are $25.

6. Housing. The Brooklyn Marriott offers first-come housing for EPA at just $199. For those on a budget, our Treasurer Michael Stevens found less costly rooms at the nearby Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn Downtown, 279 Butler Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718-955-9600). To contain costs, D52 encourages officers to double up. Be sure to contact me or each other soon if you seek a roommate to split costs. Both NY airports are equidistant–JFK and LAG.

7. Fun. There are many fun activities in Brooklyn. Uwe Gielen will send you separate details on our Saturday night international supper and other surprises at his Saint Francis College, a 10-minute walk from the Marriott. Also,“the most romantic spot on earth” is a short walk from the Marriott–described at www.rivercafe.com. For those who arrive by Thursday morning, Florence Denmark welcomes your RSVP for “psychology morning” at the United Nations with Dr. Zimbardo:  fdenmark@pace.edu.

Be ready for an historic EPA in NYC this March, Harold

Harold Takooshian, PhD

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