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PPA2019 Convention

PPA2019 Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner

Psychopharmacology Breakfast - Prescribing Authority for Qualified Psychologists


Annual Convention 2019

Register Now for PPA2019 - June 19-22, 2019! 

PPA2019 Location

PPA2019 will be held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA: 300 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219; phone: (412) 261-2000. There will be a block of rooms for Convention attendees available at the hotel at the reduced rate of $169.00/night plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 325-3535 and requesting a room in the PPA block. Click here to make your reservation online!

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Many Thanks to our PPA2019 Sponsors!

Keynote Speaker

PPA is excited to welcome Dr. Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal as this year's Keynote Speaker! Dr. Nadal is a Professor of Psychology at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in New York City and is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions, or subtle forms of discrimination, on the mental and physical health of people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people; and other marginalized groups. He has published over 100 works on multicultural issues in the fields of psychology and education. He has delivered hundreds of lectures across the United States, including the White House and the U.S. Capitol. He has won numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association 2017 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, June 19 to hear Dr. Nadal speak!

Special Events
Make sure you register to attend these special events at the Convention:

Wednesday, June 19
Act 31 Workshop: Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting 2019
8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Join us on Wednesday morning, June 19, as we kick off the Convention with the Act 31 workshop. Attend this session to complete one of the requirements for license renewal in 2019!

Welcome & Overview of PPA2019 (non-CE)
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.        

This short welcome and opening session is for all attendees and is the perfect way to start your convention attendance at this new venue! Get an overview of what to expect this year, as well as learn about some new continuing education initiatives developed by PPA’s Professional Development Committee.

Keynote Address
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

PPA welcomes all attendees to this year’s Keynote Address! Join keynote speaker Kevin Nadal, PhD as we delve into Dr. Nicole Quinlan’s theme of We are a Wonder. Learn more about Dr. Nadal in the description at the top of this page.               

Gratitude Luncheon      
12:15 p.m.– 1:30 p.m.

This special luncheon is available for PPA members who have donated to either the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation (PPF) or the Pennsylvania Political Action Committee (PennPsyPAC). We want to take this opportunity to thank these members for their support of these important organizations!

Thursday, June 20
Lunch with the State Board of Psychology                                      11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

This 2-CE workshop includes lunch and features Board members and professional staff as they present on a number of topics, including the role and mission of the Board and recent changes in the licensing law.

(The All-Access Pass includes a ticket for Lunch with the State Board of Psychology.)

Update Your Professional Headshot!
PPA is offering attendees the option to update their professional headshot! Do so for a donation of at least $10 to either PennPsyPAC or the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation. Times available on Thursday and Friday, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Exhibitor Wine & Cheese Reception                                   
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Join your peers and our exhibitors in the exhibit hall for this event on Thursday evening. Sample food, wine, and other beverages served with our exhibitors at their booths. Afterward, stay for our next event.

Make your best selfie face and join us in a super-fun gif booth from DigiBooths! They are the go-to source when it comes to a photo booth in Pittsburgh!

PPA Annual Banquet & Awards Dinner                                          6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.  
PPA will again be hosting a dinner event at the convention! Join us as we celebrate the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Contributions and Distinguished Service to the Science and Profession of Psychology Awards and the Public Service Award. New this year, we will be honoring the winners of the Student Foundation Awards through the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation. We will also use this opportunity to “pass the gavel” from PPA’s outgoing president, Dr. Nicole Quinlan, to incoming president Dr. Marie McGrath.

(The All-Access Pass includes a ticket for the Annual Banquet & Awards Dinner.)

Friday, June 21

NEW Workshop Times
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

In response to requests for more CE credit on Friday, we’ve added an early morning session! These sessions will surely energize you and set the tone for another great day at the Convention!

Psychopharmacology Breakfast
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
A national movement to address the dire shortage of appropriately trained mental health  care providers with the ability to prescribe psychotropic medication is underway. This presentation will address: (1) current and future training models for Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology programs, (2) the legislative efforts to pass prescriptive authority bills on local, state and national levels and (3) identifying underserved populations in rural and urban areas. Dr. Judi Steinman is the President of APA’s American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (Division 55) for 2019-2020. She served as the Program Coordinator of the Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology at — of Hawaii — Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy for seven years and continues to serve as a consultant to the program. She is the current Director for the CSPP-Alliant International University MSCP Program. Dr. Steinman is a board member of the Big Island Substance Abuse Council and is chair of the Hawaii Psychological Association’s RxP Sub-Committee and a member of the Political Action Committee board. She is actively engaged in efforts to bring prescriptive authority for qualified psychologists to Hawaii. Dr. Steinman lives on the island of Hawaii where she is actively engaged in advocacy for mental health care access, improving education in local schools and supporting the connection between local cultural practices and science.

Register for the Psychopharmacology Breakfast on Friday morning, June 21 from 7:00 am - 9:00 am for breakfast and 2 CE credits! *This workshop is NOT included in the All-Access Pass*

Town Hall Plenary Session
9:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m. (1 CE)

This year’s Town Hall Session features PPA Committee awards and so much more! Get updates on PPA—where the organization is and the direction in which we will be moving. Interact with leadership and hear from incoming president, Dr. Marie McGrath.

Psychology in Pennsylvania Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

This year’s luncheon features Dr. Roger Brooke, Director of the Military Psychological Services at Duquesne University. Dr. Brooke will discuss “The Soldier’s Heart as a Moral and Spiritual Calling.”

(The All-Access Pass includes a ticket for the Psychology in Pennsylvania Luncheon.)

Fireworks at the Pittsburgh Pirates Game

7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

PPA is headed out to the ball game! Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis to head across the river (via ferry!) to enjoy the Pittsburgh Pirates as they take on the San Diego Padres. The cost of the ticket includes special seating in The Cove, unlimited popcorn, peanuts and soda for the entire game, as well as $10 for concessions of your choice. Select this option during registration to join us at the ball game!


There is a fee for parking at the Sheraton Station Square. If you're staying overnight at the hotel, parking is available with in-and-out privileges for $25/night. There are other parking options available for those not staying overnight.

Cancellation Policy

All workshop registration cancellation requests must be made in writing to Iva Brimmer, Director of Administration ( - no phone cancellations will be accepted. Cancellation requests made more than 72 hours before the workshop will result in a 50% refund of the registration fee. PPA cannot postpone registrations and/or transfer fees to future events.

Cancellations made less than 72 hours before the workshop and no shows for the Convention will result in forfeiture of the entire registration fee.

PPA recognizes that serious issues, out of the attendee’s control, may arise and could prevent an attendee from cancelling their registration by the

Program Categories

Introductory: Participants need no prior knowledge of your specific topic or content to participate fully and effectively in the program. The information you are presenting or the skills you are teaching will be unfamiliar to those enrolled although they will be practicing mental health providers or active teachers/researchers.

Intermediate: Participants should have some basic knowledge of the specific content you will cover, but need not have in-depth knowledge or skills. The program will provide information at a level beyond the basic knowledge of the topic.


Advanced: To participate fully, those enrolled must possess a substantial working knowledge or skill level in your specific content area. Generally, the knowledge or skill involved is currently used by the participant in his/her job. At this level, advanced techniques or knowledge would be offered to refine and expand current expertise.

Interested in supporting the Convention through an exhibit or sponsorship? Click here to download our Sponsorship Opportunities!

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