Invited Congress Speakers

CPA/IAAP PAST PRESIDENTS SERIES


Kenneth Craig

Dr. Kenneth Craig, CPA President 1986-1987

Symposium: Applying our understanding of the psychosocial parameters of pain

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Affiliation: University of British Columbia


Keith Dobson

Dr. Keith Dobson, CPA President 1993-1994

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Affiliation: University of Calgary



Dr. Michael Frese

Dr. Michael Frese, IAAP President 2002-2006

Keynote: How to use science to develop training concepts for reducing poverty in developing countries

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Affiliation: National University of Singapore


Kevin Kelloway

Dr. Kevin Kelloway, CPA President 2015-2016

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Affiliation: Saint Mary's University


Dr. Michael Knowles

Dr. Michael Knowles, IAAP President 2006-2010

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Affiliation: Australian Psychological Society


Catherine Lee

Dr. Catherine Lee, CPA President 2008-2009

Symposium: Offering parenting supports to vulnerable families: Having an evidence-based program is just the first step.

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Abstract: Positive parent-child relationships are essential to healthy child development. Decades of research have established that parenting programs based on social learning principles are both efficacious and effective in enhancing the use of positive parenting practices, reducing the use of coercive parenting, improving child adjustment and reducing parent stress. Furthermore, benchmarking studies have established that these programs are transportable to other countries and contexts. Unfortunately, many programs do not reach the parents who most need them: those who are isolated, living in poverty, with few supports. In this symposium we will examine recent advances in our understanding of implementation science with respect to parenting support for vulnerable families. Marie-Hélène Gagné will present data on a partnership model that brought diverse community agencies together to implement an evidence-based parenting program to a large sample of parents, including vulnerable families in Québec, Canada. Cheri Shapiro will describe an example of a US Center of Excellence structured to support local organizations in providing evidence-based parenting and other interventions. Jacquie Brown will describe the work of the Families Foundation based in the Netherlands that works with local organizations in low and middle income countries to promote the implementation of evidence-based parenting support. Divna Haslam will illustrate an example of translational research in this area by describing a pilot study conducted in South Africa on the delivery of parenting support to parents of teens. Key themes in the development of partnerships that permit flexible delivery of supports while retaining the core of the evidence base will be discussed.

Bio: Catherine M. Lee earned a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1988. She is a full professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa where she has taught graduate courses in evidence-based services for children and families and an undergraduate course on Clinical Psychology, as well as supervising practicum students and interns at the Centre for Psychological Services and Research. Her research interests focus on family interaction, including maternal depression and child adjustment, balancing work and personal life, fathers’ involvement with their children, and the co-parental relationship. In recent years she has focused on the provision of evidence-based services to promote positive parenting, exploring ways that self-regulation is promoted. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the CPA Clinical Psychology Section. She is an ad hoc reviewer for granting agencies and scholarly journals and served on the editorial boards of Canadian Psychology, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. She is the former chair of the Clinical Psychology Section of the CPA and was President of the CPA in 2008–2009. In her private practice she works with families undergoing diverse stressors and conducts assessments on parents seeking refugee status in Canada. She is a site visitor for the Canadian Psychological Association Accreditation Panel. As an accredited trainer for Triple P International she has worked with indigenous practitioners in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Affiliation: University of Ottawa

Presenter: Jacquie Brown, the Families Foundation, the Netherlands

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Presenter: Marie-Hélène Gagné, Université Laval, Quebec City, Québec, Canada

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Presenter: Divna M. Haslam, The University of Queensland, Australia

Title: Examining the potential use of evidence-based parenting programs in extremely low resource settings.

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Background: Little research has examined if evidence-based parenting interventions work in low resource settings. This pilot study examines the potential utility and relevance of Teen Triple P in a South African context. We hypothesized the program would results in improvements in parent and teen functioning and would be well-accepted by parents.

Methods: A pre-post uncontrolled design was used to assess the impact of Teen Triple P with 44 highly disadvantaged parents living in South Africa. Parents completed a range of validated measures before and after the 8 session group-based parenting intervention. Qualitative feedback on parent experience was also collected.

Results: Significant improvements from pre to post were found on a range of family related measures including measures dysfunctional parenting t (1, 29) = 21.48, p= .000, total behaviour problems t (1,37) = 2.37, p = .023. Parents reported high levels of program satisfaction and viewed the program as culturally acceptable.

Conclusions: The results indicate that Teen Triple P, a Western program, may be promising for use with highly disadvantaged parents of teenagers in South Africa with relatively minimal cultural adaptions. High levels of program satisfaction indicate program portability is possible if delivery is tailored appropriately.

Action: This study provides preliminary support for the use of Triple P with parents of teenagers in a low income country. A more rigorous study with a comparison control group is needed. Practitioners implementing evidence based program should make minor cultural adaptations during program delivery without compromising fidelity.


Presenter: Cheri Shapiro, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA

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Wolfgang Linden

Dr. Wolfgang Linden, CPA President 2014-2015

Keynote: The role of Psychology in heart disease and cancer: Observations on similarities and differences made during a professional lifetime

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Subtopics for each disease that will be compared : Patient emotional response; professionals’ response to working with these patients, design problems in tx studies, Effects of psychol tx; effects of risk factor reduction on tertiary prevention; gender differences

Bio: Current Position: Professor in Clinical and Health Psychology, University of British Columbia

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1975: Diploma in Clinical Psychology, Muenster University, Germany

1981: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, McGill University, Montreal
Areas of Expertise: He sees himself as scientist-practitioner and has conducted experimental and clinical studies into mechanisms of disease, clinical trials, and systematic reviews in the following areas: Reduction of Health Risk Behaviors, Treatment of Hypertension, Psychosocial Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Psychological Factors in Cancer Care. He has written over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapter and 6 books, including an undergraduate textbook in Clinical Psychology that first appeared in 2011 and was also recently translated and published into Turkish and Chinese. His clinical affiliations included consultancies on the heart transplant team, the Provincial Heart Centre and the BC Cancer Agency. He previously served as board member and president of the BC Psychological Association, and also as President of the Canadian Psychological Association. For over three decades now, he volunteered as an advocate for improved mental health care in British Columbia.

Affiliation: University of British Columbia


Patrick O’Neill

Dr. Patrick O’Neill, CPA President 2003-2004

Keynote: Psychology and social responsibility: Some merits and demerits

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Many ethics codes in psychology make reference to the discipline's social responsibility. The CPA Code, for instance, has "Responsibility to Society" as one of its four core principles. Both the CPA and the APA Codes refer to international law as a guiding value.
Nevertheless psychology has been found on both sides of controversial issues. Race is a key example. At Ellis Island psychometrists used the skills they had honed with the Army Alpha and Beta tests to guide immigration policies leading to outrageous stereotyping of racial, national, and religious groups (Russian Jews, Irish Catholics).
On the other hand, psychologists were involved in de-segregating schools; the work of Kenneth and Mamie Clark informed the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown versus the Board of Education, which found that separate education is inherently unequal education.
Among other social issues, psychologists have worked for equal marriage (and adoption policies) in both the U.S. and Canada; APA and CPA have taken stands against the death penalty. As a consequence of psychologists' involvement in "enhanced interrogation" at Guantanamo Bay, psychological associations have adopted anti-torture stances in line with international law.
These and other aspects of the interface between psychology and society will be discussed in this talk.

Bio: Pat O'Neill received his Ph.D. from Yale University, studying Community-Clinical Psychology at the Psycho-educational Clinic. He is a professor emeritus at Acadia University, where he taught for thirty years. Pat joined the Committee on Ethics of the Canadian Psychological Association in the 1980s, and has been a member of the COE ever since. He specializes in ethical decision-making. He is the author of two books, Community Consultation with Edison J. Trickett, and Negotiating Consent in Psychotherapy. Through the 1990s he was a member of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, ending as Chair. In the 2000s he was invited to join the Panel on Research Ethics which was creating national ethical standards for research in Canada. He was one of the authors of the guidelines for qualitative research in the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS-2). Pat was President of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2003-2004, and is currently a member of the governing Council of the American Psychological Association. Pat was born in Vancouver, was a child care worker in Victoria before studying at the University of Victoria where he got his first degree. He and his partner, Janice Best, live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Affiliation: Professor Emeritus, Acadia University


Dr. James Ogloff

Dr. James Ogloff, CPA President 2000-2001

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Affiliation: Swinburne University of Technology


David Olson

Dr. David Olson, CPA President 1988-1989

Symposium: Cognition and Literacy: The case for a truce in the "reading wars"

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Abstract: Second only to learning to speak, learning to read and write has a decisive and dramatic impact on the development of thinking and rationality. It has these important effects through bringing aspects of language into consciousness, subject to analysis and reflection. Just how learning to read and write challenges and engages the cognitive and metacognitive processes is examined by distinguished scientists. from Germany, Great Britain, Israel and Canada.

Participants are:

    Renate Valtin, Germany
    Peter Brooks, Great Britain
    David Scher, Israel
    Becky Xi-Chen Bumgardner, Canada
    David Olson (Discussant)

Bio: David R. Olson, Past President of the CPA (1988-89), is University Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is author of some 300 articles and 20 books including “The world on paper” (CUP, 1994) and “The mind on paper” (CUP, 2016). His research on the cognitive development of children focuses primarily on how the awareness of language, sponsored by literacy, affects consciousness of mind and patterns of rationality. He has been awarded three honorary degrees and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Affiliation: University of Toronto


Dr. Jose Peiro

Dr. Jose Maria Peiró, IAAP President 2011-2014

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Affiliation: University of Valencia


Daniel Perlman

Dr. Daniel Perlman, CPA President 2005-2006

Keynote: Loneliness

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Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Peter Suedfeld

Dr. Peter Suedfeld, CPA President 1998-1999

Focus of Lecture: Format and Title TBC

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Affiliation: University of British Columbia