PHCoE at APA 2018

APA 2018 - August 9-12 2018 - San Francisco, CA
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By Leah Freeman, PHCoE Public Affairs
July 23, 2018

Every August, psychologists from around the globe convene at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) to present, learn, and network with top psychologists across the discipline. This year, the APA convention will take place Aug. 9-12 in San Francisco, where PHCoE psychologists will deliver many presentations and symposiums. Read on to learn more about what topics our experts will cover.


"Advances in Primary Care Behavioral Health: Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Implementation"

U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Anne Dobmeyer will co-lead a full-day workshop providing an overview of recent advances in the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model, in which behavioral health providers integrated into primary care provide focused assessment, intervention, and consultative services for a wide range of behaviorally-influenced health conditions.

"Interrelationships among Post-deployment PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Somatic Symptoms"

Dr. Marji Campbell and Dr. Fuad Issa will co-present a Division 19 Conversation Hour that will review the relevant, interconnected behavioral and medical scientific literature to springboard into a lively discussion of the pertinent issues.


Ethical Issues Relevant to Collaborative Suicide Prevention between Psychologists and Chaplains”

This skill-building session will present a model and ethical framework for referrals to and from spiritual experts and provide enhanced clinical skills in suicide screening and conducting a competent clinical interview. The Director of Psychological Health for the Marine Corps Dr. William P. Nash will discuss the importance of collaborations between clinicians and chaplains for suicide prevention.

  • Presentation #1: “Ethical Areas of Concern for the Integration of Chaplaincy in Suicide Prevention” – Don Workman, Ph.D.
  • Presentation #2: “Using Suicide Risk Screeners to Bridge the Gap between Chaplains and Clinicians” – Jennifer Tucker, Ph.D.

Implementing the Future of Psychological Health: Evidence-based Practices for Busy Clinicians”

Clinicians often find themselves overwhelmed by heavy caseloads, information overload, digital paywalls, and tight budgets, making it hard to keep up with the latest research and best practices. PHCoE advances psychological health by making best practices rapidly accessible, digestible, and free for busy clinicians and using big data to find and highlight gaps in research, practice, and program management.

  • Presentation #1: “Introduction to the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) and PHCoE on the Web” – Kate McGraw, Ph.D.
  • Presentation #2: “Bringing Research to Busy Clinicians” – Marji Campbell, Ph.D.
  • Presentation #3: “Turning Big Data into Relevant Insights, Research, and Clinical Support” – Daniel Evatt, Ph.D. (presenting), Melissa (Waitsman) Kincaid, Ph.D. (co-author)

“Opioid Misuse and Management in the Military Health System: Trends, Clinical Outcomes and Strategies”

Research is needed to expand our understanding on the nature and extent of opioid prescribing patterns in the Military Health System, the impact of high-risk opioid use on mental health outcomes, and the effectiveness of efforts to improve guideline-concordant care surrounding pain management. This series will present recent research examining these important questions using an array of diverse data.

  • Presentation #1: “PTSD and Depression Symptom Trajectories among Treatment-seeking Service Members Prescribed Opioids” – Bradley Belsher, Ph.D.
  • Presentation #2: “The Effects of Military Relevant Factors on Opioid Prescribing Practices in Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Service Members from 2002–2015” – Daniel Evatt, Ph.D.
  • Presentation #3: “Military Health System Strategies to Address the Current Opioid Epidemic” – Fuad Issa, Ph.D.

Poster Presentations:

“Addressing Military Mental Health Stigma: Results of a Policy Analysis”

In 2016, PHCoE completed a systematic analysis of military policies to identify and address language that might contribute to mental health stigma and discourage service members from seeking treatment. Dr. Alexandra Kelly’s poster presentation will describe the methodology and results of that review, as well as discuss implications for policy makers and mental health providers.

“Behavioral, Demographic and Proximal Risk Factors for Pathological Gambling in the Military Community”

Epidemiologist Dr. Abigail Wilson’s poster presentation will focus on the association of pathological gambling with proximity to slot machines on overseas bases, prior mental health and substance abuse history, as well as deployment history and demographic risk factors.

Find specific dates, times and locations for all PHCoE presentations with the online convention program and search by the presentation title.

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