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Highlights from the 2017 Annual Conference

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Highlights from the MPA Annual Conference
November 4, 2017   
SAVE THE DATE to your calendars: November 3, 2018  
at Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA  
for next year's Annual Conference.


The Keynote Address, "From Neurotoxicity to Vulnerability: A Developmental Perspective of the Effects of Stress on the Brain" was presented by Sonia Lupien, Ph.D., a full professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal. Dr. Lupien studies the effects of stress across the lifespan and has studied children, young adults and the elderly.
The Plenary Address was presented by Dr. C. Vaile Wright, Director of Research and Special Projects in the Practice Directorate at the American Psychological Association, and a member of APA's Stress in America Team. Dr. Wright discussed the results from the APA's Stress in Americaâ„¢ surveys conducted both before and after the presidential election, which found that more than half of Americans reported that the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a very or somewhat significant source of stress.


MPA Director at Large Martin Pierre, Ph.D., Ulric Johnson, Ph.D., Roxanne Mascoll, M.S., MSW, LCSW; Keith Mascoll, B.A., Mariano Humphrey, B.A., Byron Beaman, B.A., and Daniel Callahan, B.A., presented the film and a discussion of "Red Monster: The Impact of Sexual Abuse on the Lives of African-American Males", which depicts the racial and psychological dimensions of sexual trauma and trauma related stress in the life of a young African-American male.
APA President-Elect Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., ABPP, (right) received the Presidential Citation from MPA President Dawn Cisewski, Psy.D.
Brian Ott, Ph.D., MPA Secretary, presented the Kenneth D. Herman Career Contribution Award to Robin Deutsch, Ph.D., APBB.
Representative Ruth Balser, Ph.D., (right) received her award for Legislator of the Year from MPA President-Elect Maggie Lanca, Ph.D.

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III sent a video from Washington, DC, to congratulate Rep. Balser and to honor her for her work on behalf of mental health practitioners and consumers in Massachusetts.
Dr. Eugene D'Angelo (right),APA Council Representative for MPA, presented Dr. Michael Goldberg (left) with the Ezra Saul Psychological Service Award.

Congratulations to this year's MPA Awards Winners! From left to right: Dr. Brian Ott, Dr. Robin Deutsch, Dr. Michael Goldberg, Dr. Eugene D'Angelo, Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel, Dr. Cisewski, Rep. Balser, Dr. Lanca.
William James student Erica Deshpande receiving the first place research poster award from Dr. Kathleen Palm Reed. Her poster title was "Measuring Changes in Trauma-related Symptomatology of School-aged Children in a Therapeutic Afterschool Program."
William James College students Adetutu Ajibose, Darryl Sweeper, Jr., Nathalie Alexis, Samantha Cristol, Kaitlyn Cournoyer, and Frank Sacco received the second place award for their research poster, "International Service Learning Programs: Addressing Global Mental Health Needs While Building Multicultural Competencies."
MPA Presidents past, present and future, stand with APA's new President-Elect (from left to right): MPA President-Elect Margaret Lanca, Ph.D., Past President Mabel Lam, Ph.D., APA President-Elect Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., ABPP, Past President Abigail Seibert, Ph.D., and current MPA President Dawn Cisweski, Psy.D.
Thank you to MPA Conference Committee Co-chairs Margaret Lanca, Ph.D., and Valene Whittaker, Ph.D., and to Conference Committee members  Luana Bessa, Ph.D., Charmain Jackman, Ph.D., Nina Mitra, Ph.D., Emily Mohr, Ph.D., Clare O'Callaghan, R.N., C.S., Ed.D., Brian Ott, Ph.D., Tracey Rocha Phelon, Ph.D., Sukanya Ray, Ph.D., Kathleen Palm Reed, Ph.D., and Tanya Vishnevsky, Ph.D. for their hard work planning and organizing this year's conference!
Don't Miss Next Year's Conference!   
Save the Date:  MPA Annual Conference 
Saturday, November 3, 2018  
at Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA 

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