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by SIOP Administrative Office

Why you should attend the 2015 APS Convention

Cheryl Boglarsky
Human Synergistics, Inc., University of Detroit Mercy and Capella University

Christopher W. Wiese
University of Central Florida

Reeshad S. Dalal
George Mason University

Silvia Bonaccio
University of Ottawa

From “How to Memorize a Deck of Cards in 63 seconds” to “Changing Neurobiology with Behavior,” the 2014 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention introduced attendees to an intriguing array of topics related to psychological science and its subdisciplines. Experts in the field explored the mechanisms and consequences of stress, challenges of harnessing current technology to enhance learning, the responsible use of technology in education, and much more. Attendees even had the opportunity to mingle with Philip G. Zimbardo, although unfortunately he did not offer to incarcerate attendees in the famous Stanford Prison.

The 2014 Convention has come to a close, and it’s now time to begin planning to join us in 2015! With more than 25,000 members, APS is the premiere international organization solely dedicated to the advancement of psychological science and the use of science-based psychology in the development of public policy. The 2015 APS Annual Convention will be held May 21-24 in New York City. The APS Convention attracts internationally renowned researchers from every area of psychology and is well attended, with more than 4,300 convention attendees last year in San Francisco. Further, the 2015 program will boast some of the hottest names in psychology (Peter Bentler! Angela Duckworth! Michael Gazzaniga! Steven Pinker! Michael Posner!). Moreover, there is a lot of wonderful I-O content on the program. Mark your calendars—here are some events that you won’t want to miss:

I-O Content @ APS 2015

One of the cross-cutting themes for the 2015 APS Convention is immigration (a topical theme, to be sure). The invited speakers for this theme include an I-O-track speaker, Gilad Chen from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dr. Chen, who is also the Incoming editor at the Journal of Applied Psychology, will contrast the expatriate adjustment experience with the experience of immigrants and will discuss an agenda for I-O research on immigrants and work.

The 2015 program features two invited symposia focusing on I-O: (1) I-O at Teaching/Liberal Arts Colleges and (2) Ostracism/Exclusion in the Workplace. Chaired by Reeshad S. Dalal of George Mason University, the symposium on I-O at Teaching/Liberal Arts Colleges will highlight presentations from professors in the fields of industrial-organizational psychology and organizational behavior. Speakers include Alison O’Malley of Butler University, Lily Cushenbery of Stony Brook University, Jason Dahling of The College of New Jersey, and Scott Tonidandel of Davidson College. The symposium on Ostracism/Exclusion in the Workplace will be chaired by Silvia Bonaccio from the University of Ottawa. Kipling D. Williams of Purdue University will lead off the series of presentations. Dr. Williams is the author of Ostracism: The Power of Silence. Other featured speakers include Lance Ferris of Penn State, Sandra Robinson of the University of British Columbia, and Kristin Scott of Clemson University.

Another component of the APS Convention that will interest SIOP Members is the I-O invited talks. Several speakers have graciously accepted our invitation to participate at APS 2015. The first speaker is Adam Galinsky of Columbia University. His research interests include, but are not limited to, power and status in organizations, multicultural experience and creativity, and strategies for managing diversity. The second speaker is Adam Grant of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in the areas of work motivation, prosocial giving and helping behavior, job design and meaningful work, initiative and proactivity, leadership, and burnout. The third speaker is Mikki Hebl of Rice University. Her research looks at the subtle manner in which discrimination is displayed and how these displays can be rectified by individuals and organizations. The next speaker is Miriam Erez from Technion whose research focuses on work motivation, cross-cultural issues, and innovation. She utilizes a multilevel approach in studying these areas. Lastly, Louis Tay from Purdue University will speak at this year’s convention. A main focus of his research is identifying how we can improve the well-being of societies, organizations, and individuals. In addition to the invited symposia and talks, the I-O track of the convention program will feature several symposia and a large number of posters submitted by I-O researchers through the call for papers. Beginning in October, we encourage you to submit your work!


In addition to the I-O content at APS, the conference features several workshops that promise to be of considerable interest to I-O psychologists. Last year, workshops were priced at $60 for convention attendees and $35 for students—although this year’s prices have yet to be set, they will continue to be a great value. The 2015 APS Convention offers a wide range of workshop options across a variety of subjects:

  • Writing for a Popular Audience with Chris Chabris (Union College), coauthor of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us
  • Big Data with Rich Gonzalez (University of Michigan)
  • Bayesian Analysis in JASP with Richard Morey (University of Groningen, Netherlands), co-author of Statistical Models in Cognition and Perception
  • An Introduction to Quantile Regression with Jessica Logan (Ohio State University)
  • Introduction to SEM with Gregory Hancock (University of Maryland)
  • Uses and Challenges of Mechanical Turk with Michael Crump (Brooklyn College)
  • The New Statistics with Geoff Cummings (La Trobe University), author of Understanding The New Statistics: Effect Sizes, Confidence Intervals, and Meta-Analysis
  • Latent Class Analysis/Latent Variables (LCA/LV) with Katherine E. Masyn (Harvard Graduate School of Education; STATertainment: http://youtu.be/H-H_k2YQBzs)
  • Models for Personal Relations with Thomas Malloy (Rhode Island College)
  • Hacking PROCESS with Andrew Hayes (The Ohio State University)

Mark Your Calendars!

With a wealth of I-O and general psychology program options, the 2015 APS Annual Convention offers unique learning opportunities for everyone in the field of psychological science. If you’re dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology, you won’t want to miss the symposia, invited talks, workshops, poster sessions, and other events at the convention. The call for submissions will open in October with the symposium deadline on December 3, 2014, and the poster deadline on January 31, 2015. Poster acceptances are communicated on a rolling basis, and so the sooner you submit your work the sooner you’ll know if it is accepted for presentation!

Join us May 21-24, 2015, in New York City and be the first to learn about the latest research and developments in psychological science! Oh, and you’re invited to join us at the I-O happy hour at APS, which is a great place to make new I-O connections and to get a drink on us!

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