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2017 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker & Featured Presenter

Susan Clayton, PhD

Keynote Speaker 

Susan Clayton is Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Dr. Clayton is author or editor of a number of books, including Conservation Psychology: Understanding and Promoting Human Care for Nature (with Gene Myers; 2nd edition 2015). Her Ph.D., from Yale University, is in social psychology. Her research focuses on the human relationship with the natural world, how it is socially constructed, and how it can be utilized to promote environmental concern; she is also involved in identifying ways in which individuals and communities are affected by climate change and how they can become more resilient.

Dr. Clayton will expand our horizons in her keynote address, Psychology and Sustainability: Healthy People, Healthy Planet, where she will speak on the role of psychology in sustainability. Based on a wide range of research, Dr. Clayton will discuss the impacts of environmental threats on psychological well-being and how these impacts differentially affect diverse populations. She will also describe some factors that influence people’s responses to environmental issues. After reviewing the importance of feeling a personal connection to the environment, she will describe ways to promote such a connection.  Dr. Clayton’s workshop, Psychology and Sustainability: Making the Connection, is designed to help highlight how sustainability might affect psychologists’ professional work as well as their personal behavior. View a video interview of Dr. Clayton.

Please join GPA in welcoming Dr. Clayton to Georgia! 

  

Doug Walter, JD

Featured Presenter

Doug Walter, J.D. is the Associate Executive Director for Government Relations for the American Psychological Association Practice Organization.  He has served as Legislative and Regulatory Counsel since 1995 and has represented psychologists before Congress and regulatory agencies since 1991.  Mr. Walter participated in development of President Clinton’s Health Security Act in 1993.  He helped draft the Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act, sponsored by Congressmen John D. Dingell and Charlie Norwood, which passed the House of Representatives in 1999.  Mr. Walter was a principle negotiator in discussions between mental health and insurance advocates that led to passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Treatment Act of 2008.  He helped formulate the privacy protections in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule and in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, and he is a leading health privacy advocate in Washington, DC.  In 2008 Walter was chosen by the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee to represent the mental health and substance use communities in public “stakeholders” meetings to develop, and he drafted portions of the legislation that was enacted into law as the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Mr. Walter received a B.A. in Economics and in Music from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University (The Dickinson School of Law).