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Conferences and Pre-conferences

Rationale
Members of CASPHR actively participate in national and international conferences. The overarching purpose of conference participation is to advance the interface between social/personality and health research. For conferences within the field of social/personality psychology, involvement often showcases how health domains provide an exciting and important area to which both classic and contemporary social/personality theory and research can be applied and developed. For conferences within health oriented fields, involvement often highlights the social and personality research contribution to understanding domains of health behavior.

Conference Events
The CASPHR group and its individual members have organized symposia, workshops, and talks for conferences of The Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Society for Experimental Social Psychology, The Society of Behavior Medicine (SBM), and the Association of Psychological Science (APS). Typically, these events include a mix of CASPHR members and other investigators conducting research on relevant topics.

For example, CASPHR members organized two symposia for the 2010 annual APS meeting following the meeting theme "Living on the edge: A guide to risky behavior". Speakers in the first symposium presented research on tobacco and the role of psychological science in the new era of FDA tobacco regulation. In a second symposium, speakers examined how cognitive skills could be engaged to improve risky behaviors and health decisions.

Pre-conferences & Summer Institute
CASPHR members collaborate with other researchers to host an annual pre-conference on Health Research in Social/Personality Psychology held prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Social and Personality Psychology. Going on its third year, this pre-conference highlights how health domains provide a useful forum to test social/personality theory, stimulate theoretical development, and provide avenues through which social/personality can have societal impact. The initial meetings have offered foundational knowledge with which young scholars can be encouraged to pursue research at the intersection between health and social psychology.

CASHR members also served as faculty for NCI’s Summer Institute on Social/Personality Psychology and Health in July 2009. This three-day workshop introduced promising social/personality psychologists to health research.

Multi-area Exposure
CASPHR also seeks to enhance the integration of social/personality and health by attending meetings traditionally viewed as outside the interests of social and personality psychologists, but that present opportunities to enhance the scope of social/personality research, particularly where social/personality perspectives might yield unique insights. One example is the Cancer and Cognition Conference which focused on cognitive and neurobiological impairment subsequent to cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Other conferences and meetings with which CASPHR will seek to connect are: American Society for Preventive Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, American Public Health Association, American Psychosomatic Society, Society for Behavioral Medicine, Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer, Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, and Centers of Population Health and Health Disparities.

CASPHR Meetings
Cancer and Cognitive Function: Integrating Social and Neuropsychological Perspectives
September 23, 2010
Bethesda, MD

The Cancer and Cognitive Function: Integrating Social and Neuropsychological Perspectives meeting brought together the CASPHR group and experts from the NCI and other research institutions across the United States and abroad to discuss cognitive changes associated with cancer and cancer treatments. This meeting fostered discussion on the state of the literature, gaps, and opportunities for research on cognitive effects of cancer.

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