25th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (Washington, DC, USA - May 23-26, 2013)

APS Award Address

Psychology's Public Image Problem: Why Many Laypersons and Politicians Don't View Our Field as Scientific

Friday, May 24, 2013, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom North & East

Scott O. Lilienfeld

Scott O. Lilienfeld
Emory University

In this talk, Lilienfeld will examine the importance, prevalence, and sources of public and political skepticism of psychology. He will offer individual and institutional recommendations for enhancing the perception of psychology as a scientific discipline in the public eye.

Scott O. Lilienfeld is a recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for his lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research and their impact on a critical problem in society.

Lilienfeld will sign copies of his books immediately following his APS Award Address.

To watch the video of this presentation at the 25th Annual Convention, please click here.

Continuing Education: 1 Credit

Learning Objectives

This Award Address is designed to help you:

1. Be able to summarize survey findings regarding public attitudes toward psychological science and how these attitudes have shifted over the past half century.

2. Be able to identify widespread public misunderstandings about psychology and effective scientific rebuttals to them.

3. Be able to describe the major sources of public skepticism toward psychological science, and explain why such skepticism can be problematic for the broader field of psychology.

4. Be able to outline several potential institutional-level and individual-level reforms that may enhance the public reputation of psychology.

Continuing education for psychologists is sponsored by the Psychology Department at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC). The Psychology Department at WHASC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WHASC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Point of contact for the CE Program is Howard Garb. He can be reached at howard.garb@us.af.mil, or 210.671.4084.

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