Once again, GSEP faculty demonstrated their broad expertise at the American Psychological Association (APA) annual conference, held August 6 – 9 in Toronto, Canada. Both Dr. Miguel Gallardo, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, associate professor of psychology, gave presentations on current topics in psychology, including stereotypes and discrimination in the field and trauma across cultural lines.
“Presenting at the annual APA convention is an opportunity to educate and to be educated,” Gallardo stated. “For me, this is always a good opportunity to assess the quality and effectiveness of my own work as a professor and scholar.”
Gallardo represented GSEP as the chair of the plenary session, “To Be or Not to Be PhD/ PsyD – Stereotypes Revisited,” which covered the benefits and limitations of both degrees. He led two participants in the discussion, one with a PhD, and the other with a PsyD. Gallardo and the participants chronicled their careers and reflected on how they might have done things differently.
Gallardo also participated in two other presentations as a panel member: “Initial Interview: Essential Principles and Techniques with Diverse Clients” and “Opposing Discriminatory Legislation and Initiatives Aimed at LGB Persons.” He discussed issues regarding professional psychology associations such as the California Psychological Association takingstands on political and ethical issues such as those presented during the controversy surroundingballot initiative Proposition 8 in the November 2008 state election.
Bryant-Davis gave two presentations at the conference, one of which included Culture and Trauma Research Lab research assistant and doctor of psychology student Kimberly Smith. Bryant-Davis and Smith presented on the traumas associated with human trafficking and slavery, while Bryant-Davis did a solo presentation on sexual violence and international psychology.