Invited Addresses

Kristin Buss (Pennsylvania State University) examines the complex systems involved in the development of emotion, emotion regulation, temperament, and adjustment from infancy to early adolescence. Her work spans multiple areas of research within social development, psychobiology, and neuroscience. Dr. Buss’s current research is focused on the development of risk for adjustment problems, such as anxiety symptoms in toddlers with fearful temperaments. This work has demonstrated significant effects for types of situations where children show fear as well as their physiological stress reactivity.

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Silvia S. Canetto (Colorado State University), APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture.  Dr. Canetto's research concerns cultural norms and narratives of femininity and masculinity with respect to interest, persistence, and success in STEM. A second line of research explores cultural scripts of gender and suicidality across age, sexual orientation, social class, and disability. A third line of research examines relations among stereotypes of gender, sexual orientation and aging.

Scott O. Lilienfeld (Emory University) is well known for books such as 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology and Brainwashed that debunk popular misconceptions about psychology.  His work highlights the lack of evidence, and in many cases the lack of coherence, for claims about neuroimaging, recovered memory therapy, Rorschach test results, and the alleged link between vaccination and autism. His empirical research has advanced our understanding of the nature and causes of personality disorders, especially psychopathic personality. Dr. Lilienfeld’s work has been featured in major newspapers, magazines, and news programs.


Amy J. C. Cuddy (Harvard Business School) investigates how people express competence and warmth, linking their body language to their feelings, physiology, and behavior. Her latest research illuminates how adopting body postures that convey competence and power can prepare a person to be present and cope well in stressful situations. Dr. Cuddy's research suggests that when people feel personally powerful, they become more present: better connected with their own thoughts and feelings, which helps them to better connect with the thoughts and feelings of others.