Conference Program

Conference Program (2015)
This program also contains the bios and photos of speakers and moderators.
Psychology Day 2015 Program (final).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.4 MB

Program Overview

World health crises, such as the recent Ebola epidemic, underscore the necessity of access to resources by individuals, families, and communities for the well-being of affected populations.  This program examines global health inequities with special attention to understanding and addressing psychosocial well-being, which is often overlooked in health crises but related to resiliency. Presenters will address integrating psychological science into the health care response and promoting mental health and well-being into the UN’s Post-2015 vision, voice, and programs.

Opening remarks: H.E. Ambassador Ruben I. Zamora, El Salvador

Keynote: Brian Smedley, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Collaborative on Health Disparities



Barbara Wallace, Ph.D., Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University

Tehereh Ziaian, Ph.D., Professor, Div. of Health Sciences, U. of South Australia

George Ayala, Psy.D., Executive Director, Global Forum on HIV & MSM

Bonnie K. Nastasi, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Tulane University


Discussant: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Caleb Otto, Palau

           Psychology Day 2015 Planning Committee

Neal S. Rubin


Sub-Committee Chairs

Administration:       Walter Reichman

Finance:                 Nelida Quintero

Logistics:                 Janet Sigal and Martin Butler
Mission Outreach:   
Rashmi Jaipal
Roseanne Flores and Miriam Vega

Publicity:                Richard Velayo

Mary O'Neill Berry

Florence Denmark
Emily Dow

Ayorkor Gaba

Juneau Gary

Samantha Holdren

Judy Kuriansky

Corann Okorodudu

Mathian Osicki

Rachel Ravich

John C. Scott

Norma Simon

Lori Foster Thompson
Peter Walker



APA:  Dalal Alhomaizi, Noor Baker, Roxane Caires, Jin Hashimoto, Eri Imahori, and Leah Kaylor

ATOP:  Renoude Charles, Suyeon Yang
ICP: Alaa Alhomaizi, Pancho Diaz, Lucio Forti, Evie Mitchell

The APA Office of International Affairs, Merry Bullock, Ph.D. (Senior Director), Sally Leverty (International Assistant).
The United Nations Psychology Day logo developed and donated by Dr. Rachel Ravich (SPSSI) and Mr. Eli Rosenbloom, 2010.
Sarika Persaud (Psy.D. student at Pace University) for helping develop the event website.