School of Education faculty and students among presenters at APA annual convention

APA convention 

Faculty and students with UMKC School of Education Counseling and Educational Psychology division are among the many symposium speakers and poster presenters at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association (APA) this week in Denver.


The APA annual convention is the largest gathering of psychologists and psychology students in the world, attracting 14,000 attendees from all areas of specialization in psychology and from research, practice, education and policy.


Presentations featuring UMKC faculty and students include:


August 4

Symposium: Women in the Academy—Diverse Faculty Members Share Their Unique Paths of Success

  • Cochairs: Debra Mollen, PhD, Texas Woman’s University; and Laurel B. Watson, PhD, University of Missouri–Kansas City
  • Participants:
  • Isis H. Settles, PhD, David Nguyen, MS, Paulette Granberry Russell, JD, and NiCole T. Buchanan, PhD, Michigan State University. Mentoring Challenges for Women of Color in the Academy
  • Jean Lau Chin, EdD, Adelphi University. Successfully Navigating Career Paths
  • Cirleen DeBlaere, PhD, Georgia State University. The Role of Identity in Career: My Journey As an Early Career Psychologist
  • Arpana G. Inman, PhD, Lehigh University. Culture, Positionality, and Academia
  • Tania Israel, PhD, University of California–Santa Barbara. A Midcareer Reflection on My Life in Academia
  • Debra M. Kawahara, PhD, Alliant International University–San Diego. The Long and Winding Road of Being and Becoming
  • Wendi S. Williams, PhD, LIU Brooklyn. Sister–Colleague: Relationship and Professionalism in the Academy

August 5

Symposium: Transgender Experiences in Psychology and the Criminal Justice System

  • Chair: David P. Rivera, PhD, City University of New York Queens College
  • Participants:
  • Chassitty N. Whitman, MA, City University of New York Graduate Center. Clinician Competencies: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Skills for Working With TGNC Clients
  • Christine R. Serpe, MA, City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice (currently at UMKC). Perceptions With Police and Comfort With Police Interaction: Experiences in the Trans Communities
  • Kevin L. Nadal, PhD, City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Microaggressions and the Criminal Justice System: Experiences of TGNC People

August 6

Symposium: Difficult Discussions— Religion: Recognizing and Managing Religious Biases and Prejudices

  • Cochairs: Carolyn R. Cowl-Witherspoon, BA, Walden University; and Eric D. Wesselmann, PhD, Illinois State University
  • Participants:
  • Marina T. Khan, MA, University of Missouri–Kansas City. The Inherent Connection and Conflict Between Religiosity and Social Justice
  • Trevor Olson, PsyD, Independent Practice, Deering, NH. Religious Conversations With the Religious and the Nonreligious
  • Joseph A. Ostenson, PhD, University of Tennessee at Martin. Delicate Conversation: Education From the Margins
  • Kevin A. Harris, PhD, University of Texas at the Permian Basin. Difficult Discussions: An ECP Perspective
  • Carolyn R. Cowl-Witherspoon, BA. The Worldwide Evolution of Anti-Semitism and Its Potential Significance for Other RSNR Groups

Symposium: Integrated Primary Care Psychology Training in Counseling Psychology Doctoral Programs

  • Cochairs: Johanna E. Nilsson, PhD, and LaVerne Y. Berkel, PhD, University of Missouri–Kansas City
  • Participants:
  • Eve Adams, PhD, Daubney Harper, PhD, and Justin Boland, PhD, New Mexico State University. Integrated Primary Care Psychology Training on the U.S.–Mexico Border
  • Cindy Juntunen, PhD, North Dakota University; and Rachel L. Navarro, PhD, University of North Dakota. Integrating Counseling Psychology and Primary Care to Serve Rural Communities
  • LaVerne Y. Berkel, PhD; and Johanna E. Nilsson, PhD. Integrated Training Program in Behavioral Health Care for Underserved Urban and Military Communities

Symposium: Scientist–Practitioner Perspectives on Multiple Minority Stress Among LGBTQ People of Color

  • Cochairs: Cirleen DeBlaere, PhD, Georgia State University; and Carlton E. Green, PhD, University of Maryland College Park
  • Participants:
  • Brandon L. Velez, PhD, and Robert Cox, MA, Columbia University in the City of New York; and Laurel B. Watson, PhD, University of Missouri–Kansas City. Testing the Greater Risk and Resilience Perspectives of Sexual Minority People of Color’s Well-Being
  • Mirella J. Flores, BS, Laurel B. Watson, PhD, Luke R. Allen, MA, Ping Ying Choo, MS, Mudiwa S. Ford, BA, and Christine R. Serpe, MA, University of Missouri–Kansas City. Transgender People of Color’s Experiences of Sexual Objectification: A Grounded Study.
  • Monique Walker, PhD, Independent Practice, Washington, DC. Black LGBQ Youths’ Experiences of Parental Rejection and Mental Health
  • Tangela Roberts, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston. Writing the Pain Away: Expressive Writing for LGBTQ People of Color
  • Discussant: David P. Rivera, PhD, City University of New York Queens College