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Annual Convention 2020

After careful consideration and for the safety of our members, presenters, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors, PPA2020 has been postponed.


SAVE THE DATE for PPA2021: June 9-12, 2021 at the
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Lancaster, PA

More information about the 2021 Convention will be available soon. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you next year!




PPA2020 Theme
Psychologists possess many skills and attributes that position us well to serve as leaders. Our problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills; our understanding of motivation and behavior change; our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging; and our adherence to ethical principles enable us to make tremendous differences in our workplaces, our professional organizations, our communities, and our world.

When we demonstrate these skills and characteristics in our own work, mentor others in ways that help them fulfill their own leadership goals, or advocate for systems and practices that promote the well-being of those we serve, we lead by example.

The goal of this year’s theme is to provide our members with opportunities to further develop their leadership-related skills so that they can lead more effectively in their workplaces and communities; lead through advocacy for evidence-based and ethical practices; and lead PPA into the future.


PPA2020 Location
PPA2020 will be held at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square: 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603; phone: (717) 239-1600. PPA rooms are available at the discounted rate of $149/night, plus tax. Make your reservation online by clicking here. Discounted rates for PPA are available until Tuesday, May 26, so make your reservation before then to get the special discount. It is likely that we will sell out of rooms at this rate, so we recommend making your reservation early!

Keynote Speaker

PPA is excited to welcome Dr. Sandra Shullman, as this year's Keynote Speaker! Dr. Shullman is a Managing Partner at the Columbus Office of Executive Development Group, LLC and she is also currently president of APA.

Dr. Shullman is internationally known in leadership and executive assessment and development and manages large and long-term organizational clients for the firm.  Sandy has taught leadership at the HEC School of Business for their EMBA and MBA programs in Paris, Doha, Beijing, and Shanghai, and has also served as faculty for the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Global Learning Network.   Her distinguished record of organizational work experience has focused on leadership and executive development, executive coaching, strategic planning and multicultural and diversity initiatives, working with major global organizations and leaders.

Join us for Dr. Shullman's FREE Keynote Luncheon, Learn…Lead…Change:  Psychologists as Learning Leaders on Wednesday, June 17 at 11:30 am. This event is free and open to everyone! Please be sure to select this event as you are registering for the convention!

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

Wednesday, June 17
PennPsyPAC’s Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Dessert Fundraiser     
7:30 - 9:30 pm

For a donation of $50/person to the PennPsyPAC, join us for this wine and dessert event! Enjoy Lancaster County specialties (think... Whoopie Pies, Shoo Fly Pie, and Chocolate Peanut Butter cake) and featuring wines from PPA member and Hershey-based winery, Cullari Vineyards. This is a great opportunity to support PPA and the PennPsyPAC while also experiencing some local flavors.



Thursday, June 18
Psychology in Pennsylvania Luncheon
11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

This year’s luncheon features Dr. Peter Langman, PPA member, and winner of this year's Public Service Award! Dr. Langman is well-known for his research on school shooters, but he is also making a name for himself in the area of home-grown extremism: Terrorists are often said to be ordinary people with no significant psychological problems, whose actions are a result of their devotion to a cause. This presentation challenges this view, providing an overview of the psychology of perpetrators of ideological mass violence, including jihadists and white supremacists.

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

Exhibitor Wine & Cheese Reception and PA Psychological Foundation Silent Auction                                 
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. Support the PA Psychological Foundation by bidding on one of the many Silent Auction items! Prepare to be wowed by the amazing options available!


PPA Annual Awards Dinner                                         
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the recipients of this year’s Distinguished
Service and Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology Awards and the Public Service Award. Winners of the Student Foundation Awards through the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation will be honored as well. We will also use this opportunity to “pass the gavel” from PPA’s outgoing president, Dr. Marie McGrath, to incoming president Dr. Dea Silbertrust.
(The All-Access Pass includes a ticket for the Annual Banquet & Awards Dinner.)

Friday, June 19
Lunch with the PPA Presidents                                     
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

This luncheon is a great opportunity to interact with PPA's outgoing and incoming presidents and get an overview on how the past year went and what to look forward to from PPA in the coming year. This luncheon is included in your general registration!

Update from the State Board of Psychology             
12:25 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

This 1 CE workshop 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.

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Formerly the Student and ECP Networking Reception, this event still highlights our younger psychologists, but is open to all attendees! Enjoy this opportunity to network with colleagues and PPA leadership, as well as hear from our Data Blitz presenters.



Saturday, June 20
Lead by Example Service Project and lunch               
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Marie McGrath's theme this year focuses on how psychologists can be leaders - join us as we give back to the community by making blankets to donate to children and animals in need.

We will be donating blankets for children and adolescents through the Lititz/Lancaster chapter of Project Linus (, and for animals through the Humane League of Lancaster County ( If you would like to bring a blanket with you to Convention, the specifications for each organizations are listed below. If you'd prefer to spend some time at Convention making a blanket in the company of your PPA colleagues and enjoy a free lunch, materials and a simple, no-sew pattern will be provided on-site!

Please register for this event if you plan on attending and making blankets at Convention so we can provide enough materials and lunch for all those attending!

Project Linus Donation Requirements: Project Linus accepts donations of handmade blankets in child-friendly colors and patterns, ranging from 36" x 36" for babies to twin bedding-size for teens. They request that all blankets be made of materials that are new, unused, washable, and free of contaminants or strong odors (e.g., mold, smoke, unusually strong detergent). They do not accept non-handmade blankets. Knitted and crocheted blankets should be made of soft, acrylic, washable yarn in a sport or worsted weight; wool cannot be accepted due to potential allergies. Quilted blankets should be made of 100% cotton fabric with low-loft polyester batting. Fleece blankets should be single-layer and made of anti-pill fleece with the printed selvage end removed before fringing or finishing; please do not finish blankets with tied knots. All blankets should be free of buttons or other embellishments that could become loose and pose a choking hazard. Patterns and resources are available at

Humane League of Lancaster County Donation Requirements: The Humane League requests donations of 100% polyester machine washable fleece blankets. Their suggested size is 50" x 60"; a link to one option that meets their criteria can be found at

There is a fee for parking at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Parking for day event attendees and those staying overnight is available with in-and-out privileges for $10/day.

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
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.