Newswise — The American Psychological Association’s 127th annual convention will take place Aug. 8-11, 2019, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

The opening session will focus on the issue of deep poverty, where people subsist at half of the federal poverty level ($12,000 a year for a family of four), and will feature APA President Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, who will speak about her firsthand experience growing up in deep poverty. The session will also feature a keynote by Wes Moore, a New York Times bestselling author and CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation.

The meeting will also feature a series of main-stage events focusing on the impact psychology can have on two major issues facing society: Suicide and gun violence.

Among the other topics to be presented:


•    Can Meditation Improve Pain Adaptation in Individuals with Comorbid Pain and Opioid Addiction?
•    Technologies to Help Provide HIV and Opioid Use Treatment to Remote Rural Settings
•    Integrating Treatment of Pain and Substance Use Disorders in a VA Hospital
•    The Potential Use of Cannabinoids in Opioid Addiction and Treatment


•    Overprediction of Severe Weather Threat Increases Risk of Weather-Related PTSD
•    The Intersection of Climate Change and Human Trafficking
•    Leveraging Cognitive Consistency to Nudge Conservative Climate Change Beliefs


•    Unlikely Sources from Which Elite Athletes Draw Strength


•    The Impact of Healthcare Policy Changes on the Mental and Physical Health of LGBTQ Americans


•    Strategies to Evaluate and Integrate Smartphone Apps into Clinical Practice
•    Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots, and Mental Well-Being in Healthcare
•    Can Artificial Intelligence Bring Healthier Lifestyles and Solve World Problems?
•    Social Robots: Robots as Friends, Companions, Teammates, and Intimate Partners
•    Using Virtual Reality to Examine Racial Bias in Police Use of Force


•    What Psychological Science Can Tell Us About the Impact of Child Separation on Mental Health


•    Meeting the Need for Play and Joy Across the Lifespan at Work
•    Exposure to Workplace Bullying and Suicidal Ideation


•    Arts Activities and MRI Measures of Brain Health and Cognition in Older Adults
•    Music Therapy and Older Adults in Assisted Care


•    Fake News, True Facts - Coping with Mixed Messages and Disharmony in Crazy Times
•    Scientific Versus Religious Belief and Indicators of Emotional Well-Being
•    Assessing Father Involvement in the 21st Century

The full convention program is online. Printed programs will also be available on site. Selected papers will be available electronically upon request.

For more information on program topics, contact APA Public Affairs

Press Room:

Room W476, Fourth Floor – West Building, McCormick Place Convention Center, 2301 S. King Drive, Chicago. Facilities will include work space, wireless connections for laptops/tablets, high-speed printer, coffee and sodas, telephones and APA staff resources. This room will also be the site of news briefings if any are held during the convention. Signs to the press room will be posted on site.

Hours (Central Daylight Time):

Thursday, Aug. 8, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday – Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 11, 8 a.m. to noon


Media can register for the convention in the press room, in advance online, by emailing APA Public Affairs or by calling 202-336-5700. Registration is limited to credentialed journalists and journalists who have assignment letters on the letterhead of a media organization. All media personnel must be registered and wear their convention badges while attending any convention session or activity.

Media can make hotel reservations online

News Releases:

Embargoed releases about specific convention sessions, presentations and papers will be sent to news media by email in late July (a week to 10 days before the convention starts) and will be available online.


All releases will be embargoed until the time of presentation unless otherwise noted.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 118,400 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

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American Psychological Association’s 127th annual convention, Aug. 8-11, 2019