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Eastern Regional Fall Letter

Dear Eastern Psi Chi chapters,

Welcome back! Congratulations to all the new members of Eastern Psi Chi chapters! Special thanks to the members of the Eastern Regional Steering Committee: Dr. Maria Parmley (Assumption College, MA), Dr. Natasha Segool (University of Hartford, CT), Dr. Natasha Otto (Morgan State University, MD, new member), Dr. Richard Harnish (Penn State, Kensington, new member), and two graduate student members, Danyelle Green (Howard University, DC) and Ebony Iyanna Abraham (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, new member).

Below are some events occurring this academic year in the Eastern region that I hope you will attend:

  • The New England Psychological Association meeting will be Saturday, October 10, 2015, in Fitchburg, MA, at Fitchburg State University. There will be workshops and panel discussions on chapter leadership and graduate school, and our Psi Chi keynote speaker, Dr. Marissa Harrison (Penn State University), will present on “The Means, Motives, and Makings of Female Serial Killers.” Her presentation is based on a comprehensive analysis of female serial killers who committed their crimes in the United States since 1821.
  • Mark your calendars for the 2016 Eastern Psychological Association convention in New York, NY, March 4–7, 2016. Many sessions will be geared toward students, covering such diverse topics as graduate school, leadership, diversity, and career options. Dr. Matthew Nock of Harvard University and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant, will present the opening Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture Thursday evening, March 4, on his research on self-injury and suicide.
  • To be eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award, students must (a) submit to both Psi Chi and EPA by the first EPA deadline of November 1, 2015, at 5:00 pm EST, (b) have their submissions accepted by EPA, and (c) present their posters at the convention. Submissions to EPA's Special Undergraduate Poster Session with a December 1, 2015, submission deadline are not eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award, but may apply for a Psi Chi Regional Travel Grant due February 1, 2016. Winners will be notified before the convention in March. Travel grants are available for both undergraduates and graduate students. Go to the EPA’s website HERE for additional instructions.

I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming spring events!

Deborah Harris-O’Brien, PhD
Eastern Regional Vice-President
Trinity Washington University

Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
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