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NEPA 2021

We are currently exploring how to deliver the Fall 2022 conference (in-person, virtual, or hybrid) in October or early November. Once we have a plan and date we will communicate that, likely in early April.

Calls for programming will come out a little later this year, but we are excited to see you present at NEPA and/or NECTOP

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Science for Society

Dr. Ayanna K. Thomas
Tufts University

Prerecorded Presentation

Nearly every public policy issue has a scientific component. Consider, as one example, how many police jurisdictions across the United States have now adopted reforms recommended by psychological science for how they construct, conduct, and preserve eyewitness identification evidence. Such a significant change illustrates the monumental impact that psychological science can and should have on large systems in society.

Our work can have important consequences for public policy, education, health, and public discourse. However, for our work to be maximally effective, we need to understand both how our methods of inquiry are contextualized within our society and how we can use the knowledge gained to affect positive social change.

To begin with, I will argue that even the purest and most abstracted lines of inquiry emanate from a social fabric and time, with its characteristic attitudes, limitations, and blind spots. However, even considering these limitations, I will argue that scientists have a responsibility to examine their research within that greater goal of improving society. I will discuss how we can take the leap from the tower to the world outside and translate our research into useful information for advocates and policy makers. Importantly, science for society is relevant for all of science – basic and applied – and requires scientists to expertly communicate the complexity and nuance of research.

Toward this end, I will also discuss our responsibility to be honest and clear about scientific uncertainty as a necessary part of the process of building new knowledge.

There can be no division between science and society—Our role as scientists is to produce, share, and integrate our work to better our world.


Presidential Address

Leonard A. Doerfler, Ph.D.

Assumption College

The Nature and Treatment Implications of the Association of Psychosocial, Legal, and Work Difficulties for Latino Men Admitted to a Residential Substance Use Treatment Program


Individuals who use illicit drugs like heroin and other opiates or cocaine often experience a wide range of psychological and interpersonal problems. Use of these drugs can also lead to serious legal and work-related problems. However, substance use treatment (often referred to as addiction counseling) often addresses only individuals’ drug use, essentially ignoring other psychological disorders that are present.

This presentation will examine the nature and extent of psychosocial problems in a sample of 100 men who had been admitted to a bicultural, bilingual residential substance use treatment program for Latino men.

The treatment implications of these findings will be discussed.

Distinguished Contribution Award Address

David H. Barlow, Ph.D.

Boston University

Neuroticism and Disorders of Emotion: A New Synthesis


I will describe an approach to anxiety, depressive, trauma related, and other disorders, now conceptualized as “emotional disorders” because of shared underlying dimensions uncovered by the study of traits or temperaments.

Central to this approach is a functional model of emotional disorders describing common factors that account for the development and maintenance of these conditions based largely, but not exclusively, on the temperament of neuroticism.

The presentation will conclude with a description and supporting data on a unified transdiagnostic treatment approach for the full range of emotional disorders directly targeting the underlying temperament of neuroticism and associated temperamental characteristics.

David H. Barlow, Ph.D.
Featured Speaker

Paul Poteat, Ph.D.

Boston College

Fostering LGBTQ+ Youth Health and Empowerment in Schools


Many LGBTQ+ youth continue to face discrimination in schools, yet schools are also a key setting for LGBTQ+ youth to access resources to promote their health and empowerment.

This talk highlights school policies, practices, and resources that play an important role in these health-promoting efforts. A particular emphasis is given to Gender-Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), school-based clubs for LGBTQ+ youth and allies that provide opportunities for support and advocacy.

The talk shows how greater engagement in GSAs predicts reduced depression and anxiety among members over the school year through an empowerment process. Further, it shows how greater GSA advocacy over the year predicts reduced sexual orientation disparities in depression within the school at large. These findings suggest how GSAs and other school and community settings can promote thriving through empowerment and opportunities for collective action against social inequality.


paul poteat

Graduate School: Boosting Employability In A Dynamic Market

Dr. Tony D. Crespi, Dr. Natalie N. Politikos, & Catherine L. Moran
The University of Hartford 


Navigating the roadmap for a graduate degree can feel overwhelming. What is the employment landscape? Where are areas of oversupply versus areas of shortage?  Can an MA or MS lead to employment? What of a PhD or PsyD? Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology? School Psychology or School Counseling? Forensic Psychology or Forensic Counseling? Indeed, the questions can be critical and critically complex!

This presentation, with ample opportunity for questions and discussion, is intended to help participants develop a deeper understanding of the various options and opportunities available for prospective graduate students. From masters degree options to doctoral opportunities these presenters will help provide new knowledge.

Dr. Tony D. Crespi
Natalie Politikos

Keynotes and Symposiums

Posters and

Please enjoy all of the video content as well as every presentation from the NEPA 2020 conference.


Association Coordinator’s
Mailing address:

Michael Amico, Ph.D.
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd
256 Beacon Hall
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: 203-362-5163





The New England Psychological Association presents invited addresses, symposia, workshops, papers and posters at annual autumn meetings held in the six New England states, usually on a college campus.