USIU-Africa Psychology scholars attend a virtual panel discussion at the American Psychological Association virtual convention

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By Joyce Wangari

Led by the Panel Chair, Dr. Dana Basnight-Brown, a team of USIU-Africa’s faculty, alumni and students presented a host of topics under the theme ‘Theory and practice of Psychology in Kenya: Opportunities and challenges’ at the American Psychological Association 2020 Virtual Convention. For the first time ever, the APA 2020 Virtual Convention under Division 52 International Psychology hosted a hospitality suite with a panel of psychologists from Kenya.

The APA is arguably one of the largest conventions in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants and whose body is credited for, among other things, global publication standards such as the APA Style. Some of the presenters at the convention included:

  • Dr. Dana Basnight-Brown, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, Centre for Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, Panel Chair;

  • Dr. Oscar Githua, PsyD, Forensic Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology USIU-Africa, Chair, Kenya Psychological Association, Member, National Mental Health Taskforce, MA Counseling Alumnus, Panel Moderator;

  • Bernice Nderitu, Candidate, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD, Clinical Psychology: - On becoming a psychologist: A journey of 14,000 miles and counting;

  • Major Retired Wairimu Mukuria, MA Counseling Alumna, USIU-Africa Alumni Vice-Chair: - Legal Policy frameworks (Value and Impact) to policymakers, research practice and policy nexus;

  • Mary Kittakah, MA Clinical Psychology Alumna: - Psychological interventions provided during a critical incident: Opportunities and challenges;

  • Joyce Wangari Ngugi, Candidate, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD, Clinical Psychology, MA Counseling Psychology & BA Psychology (Honors) Psychology Alumna: - Traumatic effects of media shutdown on citizens in the Kenya post-election crisis.

    The Convention was held on Thursday, August 6 to Sunday, August 9, and all sessions were recorded and uploaded on the APA website under the on-demand videos, which will be available to watch by registered convention attendees for a whole year until August 2021, as found on the official APA 2020 Virtual Convention page, http://div52.net/division-52-at-the-apa-convention/apa-virtual-convention-division-52-events/theory-and-practice-of-psychology-in-kenya/. It can also be accessed via the APA website under the scholarly networking group 'APA 2020 Virtual Networthing' for registered convention attendees:-https://www.facebook.com/groups/apa2020virtual or on YouTube via https://youtu.be/CZ5MLZdK_nM.

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