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Rocky Mountain Regional Convention
2018 RMPA Convention
April 12–14, 2018 | Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver, CO

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

Uniting Psychology for the Future

This presentation focuses on current trends in psychology related to education, science, practice, and the public interest. The implications of these trends for the future are examined. Attention is then paid to the value and importance of uniting the education, science, practice, and public interest components of the discipline psychology and ways to accomplish such unification. For psychology to be effective and thrive in the future, we . . . [More]

Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD
Emory University
 Learn about Dr. Kaslow.


Preconference Psi Chi Service Project
8:45–11:30 a.m., meet in main lobby
Elizabeth List, Northwest Nazarene University
Join Dr. List in the Denver Marriott Tech Center Lobby for a service activity benefiting CHARG. Non-Psi Chi members are welcome! Dress for yard work and maintenance; food and a T-shirt will be provided. Please complete the RSVP by Monday, March 26, and be prepared to answer questions about number of volunteers and T-shirt sizes.

Psi Chi Workshop
Ten Tips for Student Success at Conventions

1:00–1:50 p.m., Pikes Peak
Presenters: Bethany Fleck Dillen (Metropolitan State University of Denver) and Aaron Richmond (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
Convention attendance is a valuable student experience that contributes toward reaching future academic and career goals. This student-oriented session will provide students with 10 tips for success at RMPA. We will work on setting goals, self-confidence, handshakes, building relationships, and convention etiquette.

Psi Chi Symposium
Applying to Graduate School in Psychology—
An Insider's Guide in the Rocky Mountain Region

3:00–3:50 p.m., Pikes Peak
Speaker: R. Eric Landrum (Psi Chi President, Boise State University)
The graduate school application process is commonly studied because it is a highly desired career path for some psychology majors. The advice typically provided is fairly standard, that is, generic. For this presentation, psychology graduate programs in the Rocky Mountain region were surveyed and asked about current application trends, focusing on the most common student application pitfalls ("kisses of death"). These specific details about how to apply and the pitfalls to avoid are shared during this presentation.

Psi Chi Graduate School Panel
You Got in!: Strategies for Maximizing
the Graduate School Experience

4:00–4:50 p.m., Pikes Peak
Moderator: Douglas E. Colman (Idaho State University)
Panelists: Douglas E. Colman, Douglas F. Cruthirds, and Julie A. Spencer (Idaho State University); Heidi Higgins (Brigham Young University–Idaho); and C. Jared White (A New Hope, LLC)
Once accepted to graduate school, it is time to start strategizing how to maximize the experience. Students often have a culture shock as they go from being at the top of their undergraduate program, to being among others with similar levels of knowledge, skills, and promise for success. Pair this with the rising expectations for learning, research, and/or practica, graduate school is a whole new world that one must learn to navigate. This panel of current and former graduate students from various disciplines—personality/social psychology, positive psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and social work—provide advice for maximizing the graduate school experience. Topics of discussion include managing coursework, mentorship considerations, research productivity, work-life balance, and Q&A with audience members.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Uniting Psychology for the Future

9:10 a.m., Evergreen Ballroom
Speaker: Nadine Kaslow (Emory University)

Psi Chi Conversation Hour
10:20 a.m., Evergreen Ballroom
Nadine Kaslow (Emory University)

Advisor Luncheon
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Pint Brothers Alehouse
Invitation only event

Psi Chi Workshop
Self-Care for Students: Helping Us Find Balance

1:00–2:00 p.m., Pikes Peak
Presenters: Krista D. Bridgmon (Colorado State University-Pueblo), Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University), and Ryan Knabe (Colorado State University-Pueblo)
This interactive workshop will explore a wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person's level of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of improving everyday functioning as an undergraduate and graduate student. A range of tools to reset your alarm system will be provided to assist in helping your mind and body adapt (resilience). The dangers of stress, educational consequences of stress, and practical strategies for managing stress drawing from coping and mindfulness literature will be considered.

Psi Chi Session
What If I’m Not Going to Grad School?: Post-Undergrad Options

2:10–3:10 p.m., Pikes Peak
Speakers: Douglas E. Colman, Julie A. Spencer, Stephanie McManimen, and Xiaomeng “Mona” Xu (Idaho State University)
The majority of undergraduates who earn a bachelor’s in psychology (87%) do not go on to obtain higher degrees in psychology. Most psychology majors join the workforce after graduation, with data showing careers in 89 different occupational categories. These span many sectors including government, private (both for-profit and non-profit), educational, and self-employment. Common jobs include those in business, human resources, management, sales and marketing, healthcare, teaching, social service, research, science, and engineering. This Student Breakout Session is aimed at students who want to learn about their options outside of graduate school, and faculty who want to better understand how to advise and mentor these students. The session will include a short presentation followed by breakout discussion groups based on workplace areas of interest. Handouts and moderators will facilitate table discussions, then we will return to the whole group for final thoughts.

Psi Chi Awards Presentation
3:20–5:00 p.m., Pikes Peak
Hosts: Leslie D. Cramblet Alvarez (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President, Adams State University), Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University), and Xiaomeng “Mona” Xu (Idaho State University)

Psi Chi Raffle and Reception
5:30–6:30 p.m., Pikes Peak
Hosts: Leslie D. Cramblet Alvarez (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President, Adams State University), Elizabeth List (Northwest Nazarene University), and Xiaomeng “Mona” Xu (Idaho State University)


I Am Psyched! at RMPA: History, Recognition, and Representation
of Women of Color in Psychology

10:20–11:20 a.m., Humboldt Peak
Moderators: Leslie D. Cramblet Alvarez (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President, Adams State University) and Nikki Jones (RMPA Diversity Chair, Colorado Mesa University)
The APA’s Women’s Program Office’s I am Psyched! pop-up museum chronicles the history, impact, and contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology (see ). Through a collaboration between the RMPA Diversity Chair and Psi Chi, RMPA is a stop on the I amPsyched! national tour. A goal of this museum is the engagement of young women of color and demonstrating how psychology benefits daily life (APA Women’s Program Office, 2018).

To complement this exhibit, a special symposium will also examine historical and contemporary barriers for women of color, and share results of a survey and textbook content analysis. This research examined the extent to which women pioneers, and in particular, women of color, are recognized by psychology majors and their representation in commonly used history of psychology texts.

Delving Into the Historical and Contemporary Barriers of Women and Minorities in Psychology: A Review
Presenters: Mikayla A. Weiser and Jerome L. Rodriguez (Adams State University)
Many momentous contributions to psychology have come from women and minorities, yet they receive little recognition for their work. Despite growing numbers in this field, both historical and contemporary women of color face similar barriers in regard to education, professional associations, and academia.
Recognizing Diversity: College Students’ Ability to Recognize Prominent Women and People of Color in Psychology
Presenters: Chelsea Walljasper-Schuyler and Marissa Trujillo (Adams State University)
This research aimed to assess senior and junior psychology majors’ recognition of psychology pioneers, specifically female pioneers and prominent people of color. This survey also assessed whether having taken a history of psychology course impacted students’ awareness of prominent psychologists.
Say My Name: Representation of Women and People of Color in History of Psychology Textbooks
Presenters: Jonah L. Leach and Rachael L. Ringler (Adams State University)
We examined five commonly used history of psychology textbooks to assess the extent to which women and people of color are portrayed. For each book, we investigated the table of contents and the body of the text to determine the quality of the representation of women and people of color.

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Leslie D. Cramblet
Alvarez, PhD

Adams State University
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