SPPAC 2021 Plenary Speakers

vSPPAC will feature exciting educational and networking opportunities. We are delighted to announce three world-class plenary addresses from leaders who will inform and challenge our attendees. 


Dr. Rosie Davis

Dr. Rosie Phillips Davis served as the 2019 American Psychological Association (APA) President and is currently a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis. The fifth of 12 children, Dr. Davis was born to sharecroppers in Mississippi who, in search of a better life, moved to Memphis when she was a young child. She was the first person in her family to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology and education from Elmhurst College and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and a PhD in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Davis’ scholarship has focused on the power of inclusion, multicultural vocational psychology, ethics and living well in a diverse society. During her time in the academy, Dr. Davis has earned numerous professional, mentoring, research and teaching awards. Beyond her professional achievements, she is active within her community where she is a founding member of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, a grassroots organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty. Her widely viewed TEDx Talk "A Little More Hope, A Little Less Blame" chronicles Dr. Davis’ upbringing and why her APA presidential initiative on Deep Poverty was so significant to her. Within that initiative, she challenged all psychologists to move beyond knowing that poverty leads to poor outcomes and to use our science and skills to eliminate deep poverty.


Dr. Elaine Fox

Dr. Elaine Fox is a world-renowned expert on the role of cognitive mechanisms in mental health across the lifespan. Currently, she is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. She has conducted seminal work revealing that biases in our attention, interpretation and memory can shape both psychological functioning generally as well as how we respond to stressful life events such as illness and challenging work environments. She has used this mechanistic understanding to develop cognitive training interventions that aim to improve the way people cope with stress and mental health issues across their lives. In addition to her highly cited scholarship, Prof. Fox has eloquently translated her work into widely read popular press books that are accessible by patients and their families. Her talk, "Cognitive Aspects of Emotional Vulnerability and Resilience," will showcase Prof. Fox's expertise on how cognitive biases contribute to the development and maintenance of mental and physical health problems (including pain) across adolescence. This talk fits in perfectly with this year's SPPAC's main theme, "Understanding Health Disparities and Individual Differences in Pediatric Psychology," and will appeal to a wide audience.


Dr. Rebecca Puhl

Dr. Rebecca Puhl is Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She is also the Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, where she leads research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight-based stigma and discrimination. Dr. Puhl received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She has authored more than 150 peer reviewed research articles (cited 25,000+ times) on topics including weight-based bullying in youth, the impact of weight stigma on emotional and physical health, weight stigma in health care and the media, and policy strategies to reduce weight-based bullying and discrimination. As a national research expert on weight stigma, Dr. Puhl has testified in legislative hearings on weight discrimination and routinely provides expertise on strategies to reduce weight stigma to national and international health organizations. She has also developed evidence-based trainings to reduce weight bias in health care that have been implemented in medical facilities across the U.S., and her work is routinely cited in the national media. Dr. Puhl has received multiple national awards for her research, from organizations such as the National Eating Disorders Coalition, the Obesity Action Coalition, and The Obesity Society who selected Dr. Puhl as the 2018 recipient of the national scientific achievement award for excellence in an established research career. In 2019, Dr. Puhl was the inaugural recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Research Award in Public Scholarship at the University of Connecticut. You can visit www.uconnruddcenter.org for more information about Dr. Puhl’s work.


The Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Society of Pediatric Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

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