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Special Interest Groups Meetings




8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Room: Europe 11


Addictive Behaviors

Saturday 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Room: Europe 5

Clayton Neighbors, SIG Leader

The business portion of the meeting will consist of announcements, discussion of expenditures and the budget, and collection of dues. There will be two award presentations: Outstanding Student Poster Submission Award, and the Early Career Contribution Award, and a presentation by invited presenter.

African Americans in Behavior Therapy

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Room: Europe 10

Jaslean La Taillade, SIG Leader

There will be a discussion of SIG activities at the Convention, planning of future presentations and events for the SIG, mentoring and networking among students and faculty, development of the mentoring program, and strategizing on increasing our presence and participation at all levels of ABCT.

Aging Behaviors and Cognitive Therapy

Friday 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Room: Europe 5

Kristen H. Sorocco and Sean A. Lauderdale, SIG Leaders

The Aging Behavior and Cognitive Therapy SIG will be meeting to welcome returning and new members and discuss aging events of interest at the 2008 Convention. A guest speaker will be presenting on aging issues related to CBT. We will also present the Student Research Award for outstanding aging-related research at the Convention.

Anxiety Disorders

Friday 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Room: Oceanic 4

Alicia Meuret, SIG Leader

We will present the Anxiety Disorders SIG Awards and discuss SIG business. David H. Barlow, Ph.D., of Boston University, will be this year's invited speaker. In addition, the Early Career Award winner (to be determined 06-2008) will give a presentation on his/her current research program.

Autism and Related Developmental Disorders

Friday 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Room: Europe 3

Sandra Harris and Suzannah J. Ferraioli, SIG Leaders

In this year's meeting, an extended business meeting will be led by the Autism SIG officers. There will be a discussion about the future of the Autism SIG at ABCT. All members are encouraged to attend.

Behavior Analysis

Friday 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Room: Europe 1

Thomas J. Waltz, SIG Leaders

The Behavior Analysis SIG will hold an open meeting to discuss the latest developments in clinical behavior analysis and will hold general elections. Members will also discuss how to increase the numbers of SIG-related sessions at the ABCT's Annual Convention.

Behavioral Medicine

Saturday 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Room: Europe 3

Flora Hoodin and Donna M. Posluszny, SIG Leaders

The Behavioral Medicine SIG is a forum for discussion of both health promotion and disease prevention via behavior change. The meeting will (a) plan future SIG Convention programming via break-out networking groups, (b) present the 5th Annual Behavioral Medicine Student Research Award, and (c) elect a new co-chair.

Bipolar Disorders

Friday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Room: Oceanic 2

Eric A. Youngstrom and Sheri L. Johnson, SIG Leaders

At this year's meeting, we will hold elections, discuss establishing student travel awards and possibly other awards, review progress on other SIG activities, and hold a networking event ("The Manic Mixer") to foster the exchange of research ideas, collaboration, and career development advice around work with bipolar disorder.

Child and Adolescent Anxiety

Saturday 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Room: Europe 4

Jill T. Ehrenreich, SIG Leader

This year's Child and Adolescent Anxiety SIG meeting will feature a keynote address by Dr. Muniya Khanna and Dr. Phil Kendall regarding novel avenues for the dissemination of empirically based child and adolescent anxiety treatments and a presentation by the 2008 SIG Student Travel Award winner.

Child Maltreatment and Interpersonal Violence

Saturday 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Room: Europe 4

Michael McCart and Daniel W. Smith, SIG Leaders

The SIG meeting will include presentation of the Student Poster Award, discussion of preconference, SIG-sponsored presentations and goals for next year's convention. We will also invite a speaker to formally address the SIG (topic to be determined).

Cognitive Therapy

Friday 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Room: Europe 4

Simon Rego, SIG Leader

The Cognitive Therapy SIG invites ABCT members to its inaugural meeting. The Cognitive Therapy SIG recognizes a wide diversity of approaches within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, some placing emphasis on behavioral models, others on experiential models and others on cognitive models. The Cognitive Therapy SIG will focus on all forms of cognitive therapy that stress the central role of cognitive processing in the development, maintenance, and treatment of psychopathology.

Couples Research and Treatment

Friday 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Oceanic 4

Rebecca J. Cobb and Ronald D. Rogge, SIG Leaders

The SIG provides a forum for academic and professional networking among individuals conducting research and/or interventions with couples. Areas of common interest include: interaction processes, individual differences, assessment, prevention, intervention and treatment, grant funding, translation of basic research about couples into effective intervention and treatment, methodology in couples research, special problems facing couples such as infidelity, sexual dysfunction, and psychological and physical aggression.

Criminal Justice

Friday 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Room: Europe 4

Developmental Disabilities

Friday 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Room: Europe 3

Jen Gillis and Sara White, SIG Leaders

The Developmental Disabilities SIG will vote on nominated officers, discuss pertinent events for the DD-SIG, and have a guest speaker.

Disaster and Trauma

Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Europe 5

Kathryn Bell, SIG Leader

The Disaster and Trauma SIG welcomes anyone who is interested in trauma (including PTSD) and the consequences of natural and human-made disasters. We will discuss trauma-related presentations at ABCT, hold elections for President, Treasurer and Student Representative, and announce the winner of the Student Researcher Award, who will give a presentation of his/her research.

Hispanic Issues in Behavior Therapy

Friday 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Room: Europe 4

Karla Anhalt and Joaquin Borrego, Jr., SIG Leaders

The HIBT SIG welcomes all ABCT participants who have an interest in clinical and/or research issues in behavior therapy with Hispanic/Latino populations. The focus of this meeting will be to network, to talk about SIG-sponsored activities, and to hold elections.

Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders

Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Europe 3

Coleen E. Carney, SIG Leader

This meeting is open to ABCT members with an interest in sleep. Our members vary from students who want to learn more about the field, sleep specialists and/or researchers, and those with very little sleep background. All are welcome. Greetings and introductions open the meeting. This is followed by a discussion of SIG business, including submission or collaborative ideas for the next meeting. To conclude the session, members provide a brief description of their activities over the past year.

Men's Mental and Physical Health

Friday 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Room: Europe 3

Dominic J. Parrott and Abigail K. Mansfield, SIG Leaders

The meeting will include election of new officers, planning symposia/roundtable submissions for next year's Convention, and a discussion of growth of the SIG.

Mindfulness and Acceptance

Saturday 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Room: Europe 3

Randye J. Semple, SIG Leader

The first half of the meeting will involve officer elections, discussion of membership dues, updates on the SIG website, and other business matters. The second half of the meeting will be structured around informal presentations and networking opportunities for researchers in the areas of mindfulness and acceptance.

Native American Issues in Behavior Therapy and Research

Saturday 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Room: Europe 5

Cory A. Jackson and Michael Trahan, SIG Leaders

The Native American Issues SIG will meet to discuss current intervention strategies for use with Native American/First Nations clientele. We will also hold officer elections. Our SIG will also present an award for the best Native American Issues poster presentation.

Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research

Saturday 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Room: Europe 4

Jan Mohlman, SIG Leader

The meeting will include an update on SIG "housekeeping" and announce poster award winners. There will be a discussion of the revision of our mission statement, brainstorming on ways to recruit new members, and a research talk by one of our members and meeting of the Curriculum Committee.

Obesity and Eating Disorders

Saturday 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Room: Europe 10

Marisol Perez, SIG Leader

The Obesity and Eating Disorders SIG will hold a business meeting followed by a presentation from the recipient of our Graduate Student Research Award. The meeting will conclude with a research presentation and discussion.

Parenting and Families

Friday 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Room: Europe 5

Tamara DelVecchio, SIG Leader

We will spend a portion of the meeting on SIG business (e.g., elections, discussion of the SIG objectives for the coming year, and presentation of the outstanding student poster). The rest of the meeting will focus on roundtable discussions of issues pertinent to parenting. Networking is encouraged.

Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology

Friday 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Room: Europe 1

Laura E. Dreer, SIG Leader

The goal of this year's meeting is to update members affiliated with the Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology SIG of the progress made over the past year, set agenda for next year, vote on outstanding poster, discuss current projects and issues facing the clinical and research practices of rehabilitation and neuropsychology as well as ideas for recruiting new members.

Schizophrenia and Other Serious Mental Disorders

Friday 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Room: Europe 3

James C. Seltzer, SIG Leader

The first part of the meeting will include an award presentation and seminar. Dr. Gordon Paul will discuss past and future issues in research on severe mental illness in honor of his receiving the "Trail Blazer Award" for his lifetime achievement in this area. The second part of the meeting will be a group discussion on (1) expanding coverage of topics concerning severe mental illness at ABCT, (2) encouraging student participation, (3) updates on work by SIG members, and (4) election of SIG officers.

Science and Pseudoscience Review

Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Europe 4

Bradley H. Smith, SIG Leader


Friday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Room: Europe 4

Danielle J. Maack, SIG Leader

At this year's Student SIG meeting, we will be electing new officers and continue discussion of student representation at ABCT. Topics for new Student SIG-sponsored panels will be presented along with voting on speakers to invite for the next year's Convention.

Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Friday 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Room: Europe 5

Conall M. O'Cleirigh, SIG Leader

At this year's SIG meeting we will present our Student Research Award, discuss relevant policy issues in the ABCT organization, and, based on the success of last year's meeting, we will providr attendees the opportunity to brainstorm symposia, panel discussion, and clinical roundtable submissions for next year's ABCT conference.

Tic and Impulse Control Disorders

Friday 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Room: Europe 5

Christine A. Conelea, SIG Leader

This will be the first formal meeting of the SIG. The meeting will include the development of the SIG organizational structure and refinement of the group's intent, purpose, and future goals. Leadership positions will be defined and officer elections will be held. We welcome all who are interested in being a part of this new group.

Women's Issues in Behavior Therapy

Friday 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Lindsay S. Ham, SIG Leader

The goals of the Women's SIG are to support women's leadership in psychology and related fields and to promote research and education on issues specific to women and behavior therapy. This years' meeting will include brief introductions, a review of the past year's activities, presentation of awards, and an opportunity to discuss topics of interest to Women's SIG members. SIG members and anyone else interested are welcome to attend.


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