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Eastern Regional Conventions

2015 EPA Convention
March 5–8, 2015 | Marriott Downtown | Philadelphia, PA

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

Structural Plasticity and the Adult Brain

It is now generally accepted that the adult mammalian brain is structurally plastic. The hippocampus shows an unusual degree of structural change in adulthood. Experience shapes the adult brain, and experience-dependent changes in brain structure are associated with changes in brain function. Recent work implicates glial cells as important mediators of brain plasticity in adulthood. These findings, as well as efforts to get the word out about brain plasticity and psychological science in general, will be discussed.

Elizabeth Gould, PhD
Princeton University (NJ)

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Structural Plasticity and the Adult Brain

5:00–6:20 p.m., Salon C, D, E
Elizabeth Gould, PhD (Princeton University)

Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern VP; Trinity Washington University)

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015


Undergraduate Posters I
8:00–8:50 a.m., Franklin Hall A

Psi Chi Workshop
EPA 101: How to Get the Most Out of Your Attendance at EPA
9:00–10:20 a.m., Conference Room 414

Chair: Vincent Prohaska (Psi Chi Past President, 2008–09; Lehman College, CUNY)
This informal, half-hour session is designed to help first-time convention attendees get the most out of this convention, featuring tips for choosing sessions and networking at EPA. All are welcome to attend.

Psi Chi Diversity Panel

Post Ferguson: What Can Psychology Contribute to Improving Race Relations?
10:30–11:50 a.m., Conference Room 414

Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern VP; Trinity Washington University) Panelists: Matthew Johnson (John Jay College); Yasser A. Payne (University of Delaware); and Robert Smith (Morgan State University)
Recent events in Ferguson and New York have reignited the issues surrounding how law enforcement interacts with racial minorities. The panel will discuss how psychological science can be used to understand the problems and guide the ways to solutions.

Psi Chi Symposium
Surviving Your 'Freshman' Year in the Workplace With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
12:00–1:20 p.m., Conference Room 414
Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern VP; Trinity Washington University) Presenters: Paul Hettich (DePaul University); David Earnest (Towson University); and Ron Shapiro (independent consultant)
Graduates enter a competitive job market with high expectations and debt but lack professional preparedness. We examine the contrasting cultures of college and workplace, skills employers seek, behaviors that lead to termination and promotion, and strategies that promote workplace success.

Psi Chi Conversation Hour With Drs. Earnest, Hettich, and Shapiro
1:30–2:50 p.m., Conference Room 414
Chair: Rob Shapiro (Independent Consultant) Speakers: Paul Hettich (DePaul University); David Earnest (Towson University); and Ron Shapiro (independent consultant)
Following their invited symposium, Drs. Earnest, Hettich, and Shapiro invite students to stay for one-to-one or small group discussions of students' specific questions about their first position with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Psi Chi Workshop
Management of an Effective Psi Chi Chapter
3:00
–4:20 p.m., Conference Room 414
Chair: Mercedes A. McCormick (Pace University) Panelists: Jennifer Melissa Trujillo-Armijo, Rachel Wandishin, Laura Rodriguez, and Jessamin Cipollina (Pace University)
This presentation will consist of Pace University Psi Chi chapter officers' discussion on best practices and outcomes of running an effective Psi Chi chapter. Topics will include events, meetings, and community outreach.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015

Undergraduate Posters II
8:00–8:50 a.m., Franklin Hall A

Psi Chi Workshop
Preparing for Graduate School in Psychology: Mini-Workshop I
9:00–10:20 a.m., Conference Room 414

Chair: John C. Norcross (University of Scranton) Panelists: John C. Norcross (University of Scranton); Susan Krauss-Whitbourne (University of Massachusetts); Carlos A. Escoto (Eastern Connecticut State University)
This mini-workshop draws on accumulated wisdom, literature reviews, and recent studies to prepare students for applying to graduate school in psychology. Designed for both prospective graduate students and faculty advisors, the panelists will present strategies on preparing for admission requirements, acquiring research and practical experiences, and selecting compatible graduate programs. Handouts adapted from Graduate Study in Psychology, the Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and the Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission will supplement the presentations.

EPA Presidential Address
Beyond the Academy: 11 Easy Ways to Share Psychological Science
Susan A. Nolan (Seton Hall University)
10:30–11:50 a.m., Salon C, D, E

Psi Chi Workshop
Applying to Graduate School in Psychology: Mini-Workshop II
12:00–1:20 p.m., Conference Room 414

Chair: John C. Norcross (University of Scranton) Panelists: John C. Norcross (University of Scranton); Thomas P. Hogan (University of Scranton); and Susan Krauss-Whitbourne (University of Massachusetts)
These mini-workshops draw on research studies and faculty experience to provide evidence-based advice on applying to graduate school in psychology. The panelists will present anxiety-reducing strategies for completing graduate applications, securing letters of recommendation, writing personal statements, mastering the admission interview, and making final decisions. Handouts adapted from the Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and the Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission supplement the presentations.

Psi Chi Poster Session
1:30–2:50 p.m., Franklin Hall A

Psi Chi Awards Ceremony and Reception
3:00–4:20 p.m., Salon D
Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern VP; Trinity Washington University)
Psi Chi will distribute the Eastern Regional Research Awards and Travel Grants to student winners. These include certificates and monetary awards. Following the presentation of awards is a light reception for Psi Chi student members and their advisors. 



2015
NEPA Conference
| Fitchburg, MA

October 10, 2015
Fitchburg State University, MA
The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2015, and NEPA will continue to receive and review posters through September 18, 2015. NEPA is open to students, faculty, practitioners, and professionals involved in all areas of the psychological sciences.


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Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
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EASTERN REGION
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Republic of Ireland,  Egypt, Russia

CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT
Fordham University
at Lincoln Center (NY
)


STEERING COMMITTEE
Joyce Jagielo, PhD
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Marsland, PhD
Southern Connecticut State University

Maria Parmley, PhD
Assumption College

Ludo Scheffer, PhD
Drexel University (PA)

Joseph Giardino
Fordham University

Christopher D. Hill, MS

Howard University (DC)

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