The EPA program committee is excited to offer a program of keynote addresses from outstanding researchers across the broad spectrum of psychological specialties. Be sure to join us February 29 through March 2 for another exciting EPA conference featuring these lectures plus papers, posters and symposia that explore the frontier of basic science and application.
Jennifer Martin, Ph.D.
School of Medicine
Presidential Invited Keynote/Clinical Keynote
Title: Treating insomnia: cognitive behavioral therapy and beyond
Description: This talk will discuss evidence-based psychological treatments for insomnia disorder, and highlight new treatment innovations focused on incorporation of components of acceptance and commitment therapy into treatment.
Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D.
UCLA Anxiety and Depression Research Center
Fred S. Keller Distinguished Lecture
Title: Targeting extinction learning and reward sensitivity in behavioral treatments for anxiety and depression
Description: Exposure therapy is an effective intervention for fears and anxiety disorders, but a substantial number of individuals fail to respond or show a return of fear. Translation from the basic science of extinction learning offers strategies for increasing response rates and reducing return of fear after exposure therapy.
Sara Jaffee, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania/Developmental Keynote
Psi Chi Keynote
Title: The Rewards and Challenges of Doing Interdisciplinary Research in Psychology
Description: Increasingly, research in psychology is interdisciplinary. Researchers who embrace a “cells to society” perspective must be able to connect social structural forces with biological processes in their description and understanding of human development. I will describe some of the rewards and challenges of conducting interdisciplinary research, using examples from my own work with both behavioral genetics and low-income housing policy evaluations.
Kenneth Carter, Ph.D.
Oxford College of Emory University
Title: Psychology in Context: Thrill-Seeking as a Case Study for Integrated Learning
Description: Organizing a course around a central theme can provide much-needed context to help students learn psychological concepts. A rich central theme can advance critical thinking, increase motivation, and foster active learning. In this presentation, I’ll demonstrate how the psychology of thrill-seeking can serve as such a theme.
Martha Farah, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Jutta Schickore, Ph.D.
Title: Historical perspectives on scientific method: Control, replication, and uncertainty
Description: Best practices in experimentation are often characterized as “rigorous”, whereby scientific rigor is defined as “the strict application of the scientific method to ensure unbiased and well-controlled experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results” (NIH). “Scientific rigor” is a recent term, but concerns with robust and unbiased inquiry date back to pre-modern times. This talk examines past understandings of best practices in research, focusing on control, replication, and the fallibility of scientific research.