2019 Annual Meeting: March 7-9, 2019

Psychopathology and Aging

2019 Program CoverThe meeting will address critical issues in psychopathology and aging from various perspectives – from the molecular to the societal level. There will be a focus on Alzheimer’s and other dementing illnesses as well as the outcomes of other types of mental disorders. Psychosocial and physical stressors common in later life (e.g., isolation, bereavement, failing health) increase risk of depression, demoralization, despair, and suicide. There will also be a focus on positive aspects of aging. The program includes prominent experts in various aging-related domains and the intended audience is researchers and clinicians interested in aging as well as students.

Michael J. Lyons, PhD

President 2019


Publicity Poster

Poster Session and Travel Awards

Registration and Accommodations


Thursday, March 7

Welcoming Remarks
Michael J. Lyons, PhD, APPA President,

Boston University

Session I: Mental Disorders in Later Life, Deborah L. Levy, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Chair & Discussant

Anxiety Disorders in Later Life
David H. Barlow, PhD, Boston University

Presentation of Hoch Award
Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University

Attention Deficit Disorders in Later Life
Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University

Posttraumatic Stress Disorders in Later Life
Terrence M. Keane, PhD, National Center for PTSD

An Opioid and Benzodiazepine Epidemic in an Elderly Rural Population
Suzanne Holroyd, MD, Marshall University

Psychopathology in Older People with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
James C. Harris, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Session IIa: Biology of Aging, Monica Uddin, PhD, University of South Florida, Chair & Discussant

Genetic Epidemiology of Aging Research
M. Daniele Fallin, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Presentation of Hamilton Award to Michael J. Lyons, PhD
Boston University

Interaction of Physical and Mental Health in Later Life
Michael J. Lyons, PhD, Boston University

Clinical Psychopharmacology in the Elderly Patient
Carl Salzman, MD, Harvard Medical School; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Session IIb: Positive Aging, Lawrence H. Yang, PhD, New York University, Chair & Discussant

Positive Aging
George E. Vaillant, MD, Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts General Hospital; Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Relationship of Lifestyle to Positive Aging
Arthur F. Kramer, PhD, Northeastern University

Poster Session

Friday, March 8

Session III: Alzheimer's and Other Dementing Illnesses, Chiadikaobi U. Onyike, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Chair & Discussant

Mild Cognitive Impairment
William S. Kremen, PhD, University of California, San Diego

Cognitive Reserve and Resilience
Yaakov Stern, PhD, Columbia University

Perspectives of the National Institute on Aging
Richard J. Hodes, MD, National Institute on Aging

Non-Alzheimer's Dementia: Etiology and Epidemiology
Sudha Seshadri, MD, Boston University

APPA Annual Business Meeting (Members Only)

Session IV: Alzheimer's and Other Dementing Illnesses (continued), Daniel N. Klein, PhD, Stony Brook University, Chair & Discussant

Presentation of Zubin Award to Evelyn J. Bromet, PhD
Stony Brook University

Prospects for Emerging Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease
Howard Feldman, MD, University of California, San Diego

Epidemiology of Dementia with an Emphasis on Mechanisms Responsible for Disparities
Jennifer J. Manly, PhD, Columbia University

Psychiatric Nosology in Later Life: The DSM is Not Adequate and  New Approach is Needed to Develop More Effective Therapies
Constantine George Lyketsos, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Saturday, March 9

Presentation of Robins-Guze Award

Session V: Depression, Grief, and Suicide, Thomas F. Oltmanns, PhD, Washington University, Chair & Discussant

Depression During Later Life
George S. Alexopoulos, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Suicide During Later Life
Yeates Conwell, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center

Normal Bereavement
Paula J. Clayton, MD, Washington University & University of Minnesota

Mental Health at the End of Life
Holly G. Prigerson, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College


APPA 2018-2019 Council


Michael J. Lyons, PhD (Boston University)

President Elect

Deborah S. Hasin, PhD (Columbia University)

Vice President

James Potash, MD (Johns Hopkins University)


William S. Stone, PhD (Harvard Medical School)


Joshua Breslau, ScD (RAND Corporation)

Local Arrangements Chair

Gary Heiman, PhD (Rutgers University)

Membership Chair

Monica Uddin, PhD (University of South Florida)


Jo-Ann L. Donatelli, PhD (Brown University)


E. Jane Costello, PhD (Duke University) (Past President, Councilor 2018-2019)

Raymond DePaulo, MD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) (2017-2020)

Stephen E. Gilman, ScD (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) (2016-2019)

Antonia S. New, MD (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine) (2019-2022)