Palo Alto University at the Western Psychological Association Convention

Wednesday, October 28, 2020


Over 25 Palo Alto University (PAU) faculty members, students and alumni have been invited to participate in this year's 100th annual Western Psychology Association (WPA) Virtual Convention taking place October 28-31, 2020. 

Download or see the the full schedule listed below.  Please note that all times are Pacific Time (PT).

Wednesday, October 28, 2020


Live Teaching Conference

Applying Psychological Knowledge as the Foundation for Creating a New Generation of Youth Heroes Phillip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., Heroic Imagination Project (Professor Emeritus)


On-Demand Symposium

Showcase of Internationally Focused Dissertations

  • Interaction Between Personality and Age on Health Status Among Older Adults in New Zealand - Charissa Hosseini (Graduate) & Lisa M. Brown, Ph.D. (Professor)

  • Sleep and Emotional Stressors in Mars Analog Simulation Crew - Afik Faerman (Ph.D Student & Adjunct Professor)



On-Demand Symposium

Trauma, Coping and Resilience with Displaced Populations:  The Impact of Community Interventions

Discussant: Sita Patel, Ph.D. (Asst. Professor)

Presentation Titles and Presenters:

  • Coping with Trauma Among Immigrant Survivors of Torture  - Vanessa Ma, Ph.D. (Graduate)

  • Running Women’s Problem Solving Groups Among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: A Positive Experience - Sariah Daouk, M.A. (Ph.D. Student)

  • Exploring School Performance and Health in a Fragile Geopolitical Context: Findings From the Lebanon AHEAD (Advancing Health and Education Amid Displacement) Study - Nicole Khauli, M.A. (Ph.D. Student)

Thursday, October 29, 2020


On-Demand Symposium

PTSD and Co-Occurring Conditions: Research and Clinical Intervention

Symposium Chair Name: Osnat Lupesko-Persky (Ph.D. Student)

  • Patterns of Intimate Partner Violence and Co-occurring PTSD and Substance Use Disorder - Matthew M. Yalch, Ph.D. (Asst. Professor) & Sloane R. M. Rickman (Ph.D. Student)

  • The Association Between PTSD and Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Their Relationship with Firearm Possession - Osnat Lupesko-Persky (Ph.D. Student)

  • Older Adults and Late Onset PTSD - Lisa M. Brown, Ph.D. (Professor)


On-Demand Symposium

Building Everyday Heroes from the Ground Up Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Heroic Imagination Project (Professor Emeritus)


On-Demand Paper Session


  • Social-Contextual Influences on Racial Disparities in HIV Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in Chicago  Elizabeth McConnell, Ph.D. (Asst. Professor)


Poster Session

Cognitive/Conceptual Development & Information Processing Poster Session

  • Internal Locus of Control and Attitude Predicting Cognition Across Lifespan - Ashton Scherrer (Ph.D. Student)


On-Demand Symposium

Self-Connection: Theory, Measure, and Application Kristine Klussman, Ph.D. (Graduate)


Live Distinguished Speaker

Ethnic and Racial Minority Issues: How Are We Faring? - Stanley Sue, Ph.D. (Distinguished Professor)


Poster Session

Poster Session #8

  • Assessing Suicide Risk in Spanish-Speaking Individuals: A Systematic Review - Paola Mendoza Rivera (Ph.D. Student)

  • Preliminary Validation of the CAT-PD Inconsistency Scale: A Monte Carlo Study - Amber Steward (Ph.D. Student)


On-Demand Paper Session

Stress & Anxiety

  • Insight Therapy Reduces Problematic Behaviors and Psychotropic Medication Use Among a Complex Older Veteran Cohort - Jonathan Sills, Ph.D., VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Graduate)


Live Symposium

STP Symposium: The Last Lecture

Each year, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology invites distinguished teachers to give their “last lecture” – a deliberately ambiguous assignment that involves a reflective look at teaching.


  • Racism, Ethnicity, and Other Hot Topics for Teaching - Stanley Sue, Ph.D. (Distinguished Professor))

Friday, October 30, 2020


On-Demand Paper Session

Clinical and Psychotherapy

  • Sexual Victimization History and Adjustment in Recent Trauma Survivors - Steffanie Tinsley, Ph.D., M.A.(Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellow)


Poster Session

Poster Session 10

  • BMI, Total Body Fat, and Inflammation Predicting Symptoms of Depression - Eliot Steer (Ph.D. Student)


On-Demand Symposium

The Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development: Examples from International Psychology

  • Collectivistic Cultures: Three Main Factors Which are Relevant to Psychopathology Among Taiwan, Korea and Japan - Satoko Kimpara, Ph.D. (Asst. Professor) & Larry E. Beutler Ph.D. (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)


Poster Session

Poster Session 13

  • Using Bayesian Variable Selection Techniques to Explore Potential Factors Moderating Response to Virtual Reality Guided Meditation - Kevin Liu (Ph.D. Student)


Poster Session

Poster Session 14

  • Negative Trauma-Related Beliefs and Sleep Disturbances in Recently Traumatized Treatment-Seeking Civilian Adults - Emily Garfinkle (Ph.D. Student)

  • Social Constraints and Trauma Disclosure in Recently Traumatized Treatment-Seeking Adults - Angelique Finestone (Ph.D. Student)


Poster Session

Poster Session 15

  • Culturally Informed Reminisce Supports Emotion Regulation Among a Complex Older Veteran Cohort - James Mazzone, Ph.D., Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (Adjunct Faculty)

  • Help-seeking and Mental Health Care Utilization of LGBTQ+ African American Churchgoers - Sheila Park (Ph.D. Student)

Saturday, October 31, 2020

10:00am-11:00 am

Poster Session

Poster Session 16

Culturally Adapted Interventions in India: A Systematic Review Using the Cultural Treatment Adaptation Framework - Aishwarya Thakur (Ph.D. Student)


Distinguished Speaker

Enlisting the Power of Youth for Climate Change: Albert Bandura Q&A with Philip Zimbardo - Phillip G Zimbardo, Ph.D., Heroic Imagination Project (Professor Emeritus)



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