Agenda 2018 & 2017

Thursday April 12

1:00 pm-6:00 pm:

Pre-Conference Workshops
(Individual Registration Required, Includes Certificates and 5 CEUs)

Helping Clients Reduce Their Need To Use Self-Harm

Presenter: Dr. Dawn McBride
Room: Dubai E Meeting Room

Using the Science of How People Think, to Develop the Art of Diversity and Inclusion.
How Psychology Helps Your Organization Thrive From a Diverse Workforce
Presenter: Dr. Rehman Y. Abdulrehman, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Room: Dubai F Meeting Room

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Networking Reception
Sheikh Maktoum Hall

Friday April 13

Sheikh Maktoum Hall

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 am – 9:30 am: President’s Welcome

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jessica Henderson
American Psychological Association 2018 President

The Importance of Ethics in Psychology

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am – 12:00 noon:

Scarcity in the land of Abundance: The state of child mental health services in the GCC

Presenter: Dr. Lamis Solaim
Audience: Professionals Only

The Drama Triangle: A Powerful Intervention For Couples, Families, & Individuals

Presenter: Dr. Dawn McBride
Audience: Professionals and Students

Using video technology to improve emotional well-being for children within the classroom and/or home setting

Presenter: Dr. Adrian Harrison
Audience: Professionals, Students, and General Community

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm:

HEART Approach to Couples Therapy: An Evidence Based Practice for Working with Couples in the Middle East

Presenter: Dr. Monica Mansilla
Audience: Professionals Only

Working Collaboratively within a Child Centered Practice

Presenter: Dr. Amy Bailey and Ms. Esra Uzsayilir
Audience: Professionals and Students

Autism, Best InterventionTechniques

Presenter: Dr. Larry Kubiak
Audience: Professionals, Students and General Community

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:

Prevention, management and treatment of cyberstalking

Presenter: Dr. Kirin Hilliar
Audience: Professionals Only

A Team Across Time Zones: Organizational Leadership Approach to Best Practices in Global and Virtual Team Management

Presenter: Ms. Jennifer Fullick, MA
Audience: Professionals, Students, and General Community

Keeping the Love in Relationships

Presenter: Ms. Resha Erheim
Audience: Professionals, Students and General Community

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:

An Investigation in Using Audio Psycho Phonology (APP) as a Foundational Tool in Treating Individuals with Learning Challenges

Presenter: Dr. Damian Riviez
Audience: Professionals Only

Internationalizing Psychology

Presenter: Dr. Patricia Perez
Audience: Professionals and Students

Understanding and Preventing Bullying in Schools

Presenter: Ms. Sara Hassan
Audience: Professionals, Students and General Community

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:

Exploration of FOMO, or the “Fear of Missing Out,” within the context of SelfDetermination Theory and the use of Mindfulness and Values-based Interventions for Alleviating Its Effects and Bolstering Well-being

Presenter: Dr. Thoriaya Kanafani and Ms. Chasity O’Connell
Audience: Professionals Only

Autogenic Relaxation Training

Presenter: Ms. Christine Harris
Audience: Professionals Only

Coping with Chronic Illness and Pain: An Integrated Mind, Body, and Spirit Approach to Healing

Presenter: Ms. Abeela Haq
Audience: Professionals, Students and General Community

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Posters Presentations

Saturday April 14

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Sheikha Majda Al Sabah Initiative

9:15 am – 10:15 am: Keynote Speaker
Dr. Windy Dryden
CBT Therapist, Trainer, Academic, and Writer from the UK

This is it! Very Brief Therapeutic Conversations (VBTCs)

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am:

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Psychological Flexibility

Presenter: Dr. Sarah Al Marzooqi
Audience: Professionals Only

A Mirror into Our World: Art therapy in Schools

Presenter: Ms. Sara Powell, and Ms. Natalia Gomez Carlier
Audience: Professionals, Students and General Community

Introduction to Self-Compassion utilizing Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Presenter: Ms. Lydia Miller
Audience: Professionals, Students and General Community

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:

Very Brief Therapeutic Conversations (VBTCs) in Action

Presenter: Dr. Windy Dryden
Audience: Professionals Only

Difficult Dialogues as a Mechanism for Overcoming Stereotypes

Presenter: Dr. Amanda Clinton and Dr. Abir Dhalimi
Audience: Professionals Only

Obesity in Psychology: Education and Interventions

Presenter: Carine Khazen, DESS, DEA Audience: Professionals and Students

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Multidisciplinary Panel:

A Movement Towards Global Mental and Physical Health Guided by

An International Psychology (Systems and Organizations) Lens

Audience: Professionals, Students and General Community

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Posters Presentations

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Closure

Thursday, April 27

18:00-21:00 Conference & Expo
Opening Platinum Sponsor Senior person to co-inaugurate the conference during opening ceremony Exhibitors Hall Opening Cocktail night at exhibition hall Attire: Cocktail/Business casual

Friday, April 28

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:30 Welcome from MEPA President

9:30-10:30 Keynote Speaker 1

Dr. Amanda Clinton, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Senior Director for the Office of International Affairs, American Psychological

“International Psychology as a Uniting Force”

10:30-11:00 Tea Break

Poster Presentation

Fostering transformative learning and change in coaching: Coaches’ experiences and perceptions of their role in evoking transformation

Yulia Saponko
Douglas Russell
Psychology Department, Middlesex University Dubai, U.A.E

11:00-12:00 Parallel Sessions 1

Professionals Track

A PPI Program in a Culturally-Diverse University: Boosting Happiness and Reducing Fear

Dr. Louise Lambert, PhD.
Canadian University Dubai

General Community Track

Developing Compassion and Self-Compassion in Men

Dr. Edward M. Adams, Psy.D.
Division 51, Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity of the American
Psychological Association (2017 President-Elect)

Founder, Men Mentoring Men

Students Track

Exploring International Psychology: Background, Rationale and Application

Dr. Patricia H. A. Perez, PhD, Assistant Professor, International Psychology, The
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Robert A. Cleve, PhD, Assistant Professor, International Psychology, The Chicago
School of Professional Psychology

12:00-12:30 Poster Presentation

Teacher stress and coping in Dubai based teachers: An interpretive phenomenological approach

Aaminah Kabli
Douglas Russell
Middlesex University Dubai

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Parallel Sessions 2

Professionals Track

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Phobia in a Confined Environment in an Arab Culture: A Case Study

Presenter: Dr. Fadwa Al Mughairbi
Assistant Dean for Research & Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Humanities and
Social Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

14:30-15:30 Parallel Sessions 3

Professionals Track

Introducing a coaching ethos within a large UAE-based organization; a case study of successes and lessons learned

Steve Page, Senior Director, Operations Planning
Ruwan Wanigasekera, Senior Manager, Talent Management
Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (du)

General Community Track

Understanding the Cognitive Roots of Emotional & Behavioral Challenges to Learning

Presenter: Javier Arguello

founder and Executive Director of COGx, Washington-DC

Students Track

Exploring the effects of receptive music therapy and the Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) method with women in treatment for gynecologic cancer: A feasibility study

Evangelia Papanikolaou, PhD student, Department of Communication and Psychology,
Music Therapy Education, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

15:30-17:00 Panel Session 1 (Open Questions)

Eating Disorders in the Middle East: Symptomatology, research findings, treatment options and treatment outcome

Dr. Carole Chidiac, MD
Family Medicine Specialist
Carine Hadati, D.E.S.S., D.E.A
Chief Operations Officer and head representative, Middle East Eating Disorders Association (MEEDA)

Dr. Michel Nawfal, MD, MA
Social Affairs Director, Middle East Eating Disorders Association (MEEDA)

Dr. Joanne Hands, PhD, LPC, LMFT
President of the Middle East Psychological Association

17:00-17:30 Poster Presentation

The influence of an authoritarian parenting style on psychological wellbeing in later life

Douglas Russell
Middlesex University Dubai

18:00-21:00 Social/Entertainment event: Desert Safari Tour

Saturday, April 29

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker 2

Dr. Yiannis Laouris, PhD.
Founder of the Cyprus Neuroscience, & Technology Institute, Future Worlds Center

“Why multi-modal profiling of the human brain is essential for 21st century education?”

10:00-10:30 Tea Break

Poster Presentation

Unhelpful thinking habits; we all do these, but how can we manage them?

Madeep Jassal

10:30-11:30 Parallel Sessions 4

Professionals Track

Mental Health Tutorials for Professionals Working with Syrian Refugees

Dr. Amanda Clinton
Senior Director for the Office of International Affairs, American Psychological Association

Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman
University of Manitoba

General Community Track

Managing a child diagnosed with ADHD

Dr. Larry Kubiak, PhD
Director of Psychological Services, Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center

Students Track

Help-seeking behavior: The role of culture, sex, and age

Dr. Anita Shrivastava,
School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

Seada Askew,
School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

Jakob Pietschnig,
School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

11:30-12:30 Parallel Sessions 5

Professionals Track

How Art Therapy can help children, adults and couples: The importance of creative interventions within cross-cultural contexts.

Dr. Andrew Wright Clinical Director
Institution Art Therapy International Centre, UAE

General Community Track

Talking about Taboo in Arabic society

Raghda Bow, MA
Founder of Purple Couch Clinic, Jeddah-Saudi Arabia

Students Track

Assertiveness: An attitude, a behavior and communication

Resha Erheim, M.Ed., CCC

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Poster Presentation

Do I Look Like Brad Pitt in My DP?: Narcissism as a Predictor of Self Promotion Behavior on Facebook and Moderating Role of Exposure to Television

Dr .Asghar Ali Shah
International Islamic University Islamabad

Mujeeb M. Bhatti
International Islamic University Islamabad

Ahmad A. Ansari
International Islamic University Islamabad

Basharat Hussain
International Islamic University Islamabad

14:00-15:00 Parallel Sessions 6

Professionals Track

Using the Prophet Mohammed’s Personal Model of Psychological Resiliency, to Develop a Spiritually Meaningful and Evidence-Based Treatment Protocol to Help Muslim Clients with Anxiety and Depression.

Farah Lodi, MA, CCC
CEO Moving Forward Counseling, Coaching and Consulting, Adjunct Instructor Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

General Community Track

Strengths-Based Resilience

Dr. Tayyab Rashid
Associate faculty in the graduate psychological clinical science program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Canada

Professional Track

PTSD after childbirth in Tunisian Arabic population

Nawel Hannachi
Elisabeth Spitz
University of Lorraine. France


Poster Presentation

Study on Child Abuse and Neglect in United Arab Emirates

Aisha Abdalla Almidfa

15:00-16:30 Panel Session 2 (Open Questions)

16:30-17:00 Conference & Expo Closing