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2017 WPA Convention
April 27–30, 2017 | Sheraton Grand, Downtown | Sacramento, CA

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

Humans Interacting With Nature
and Technological Systems: Toward a
Design Methodology for Urban Sustainability

I bring forward four complementary lines of research. One focuses on the importance of children interacting with nature to develop well, physically and psychologically. The second focuses on whether technologies which in various ways mediate, simulate, or augment nature can substitute psychologically for interactions with actual nature. The third focuses on how each generation of children construct their conception of what is environmentally normal based on the natural world they encounter in childhood. Fourth, I bring forward a new design methodology for urban sustainability and human flourishing.

Peter H. Kahn, Jr., PhD
University of Washington
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Psi Chi Poster Session

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture
Humans Interacting with Nature and Technological Systems: Toward a Design Methodology for Urban Sustainability
Chair: Ethan A. McMahan (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Western Oregon University)
Speaker: Peter H. Kahn, Jr. (University of Washington)

Psi Chi Session
Pride of Ownership: Translating the Knowledge and Skills Gained Through the Psychology Major Into a Rewarding Career
Chair: Ethan A. McMahan (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Western Oregon University)
Presenter: Stacie Spencer (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)
In this presentation, I describe a multistep approach to career exploration and professional development. Students in the audience will leave with a set of activities they can engage in to (a) find careers that best align with their individual interests, (b) determine where they are in the process of professional development, (c) set appropriate short- and long-term development goals, and (d) recognize the value of their major in the real-world. Faculty in the audience will leave with ideas for incorporating student-centered career exploration and professional development throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Psi Chi Session
Creating a Skills Path to Your “Freshman Year” in the Workplace with a Bachelor’s Degree
Chair: Elizabeth L. Campbell (Whitworth University, WA)
Presenter: Paul Hettich (DePaul University, IL)
In this session, I briefly address organizational culture differences between college and corporate settings, and identify behaviors that lead to the discipline, termination, and promotion of new college graduates. Although teachers emphasize course content (concepts, theory, research) over skills, hiring managers generally emphasize skills over content. Because most students are unaware of their skills, I will connect the four skill-based goals of the 2013, APA Undergraduate Guidelines for the Psychology Major to three diverse surveys of college learning outcomes and skills that employers seek. Additionally, employer recommendations for strengthening workplace preparedness are highlighted, as well as eight skillsets/ jobs opportunities for liberal arts graduates that require additional coursework, a minor, and/or an internship. The session concludes with a description of the Skills/Scan card sort technique used by career counselors to assist students in identifying the skills, skill levels, and skill sets they possess.

Psi Chi Diversity Session
Cultural Competency: The Stories Behind the Story
Chair: Ethan A. McMahan (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Western Oregon University)
Presenter: Stanley Sue (Palo Alto University, CA)
In this interactive presentation, I examine these questions: (1) What is nature of cultural competency research? (2) Do racial disparities exist in mental health services? (3) Assuming disparities exists, is cultural competency effective? (4) What kinds of dilemmas do we face in trying to draw conclusions about cultural competency? I shall introduce concepts of (a) educated ignorance and (b) law of small effects. (5) If all these problems are encountered, why do research on cultural competency? I shall argue that research is exciting and meaningful and serves to satisfy needs for promoting socially responsible research.

Psi Chi Session
Tips for Getting Into and Surviving Graduate School
Chair: Ethan A. McMahan (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Western Oregon University)
Presenters: Jon E. Grahe (Psi Chi Past-President; Pacific Lutheran University, WA), Elizabeth L. Campbell (Whitworth University, WA), Laura Naumann (Nevada State College), Jill Yamashita (California State University, Monterey Bay) and Erica Baranski (University of California, Riverside)
The panel of speakers with distinct graduate experiences will provide insight about getting into and succeeding in graduate school. Talks will cover a range of topics including suggestions for finding the right program, making the best application, faculty tips for success in graduate school, and life as a graduate student. Ample time will be provided for questions from the audience.

Psi Chi Session
Get the FAQ—Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Questions Answered

Chair: Ethan A. McMahan (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Western Oregon University)
Presenters: Elizabeth L. Campbell and Megan E. Fox (Whitworth University, WA)
Are you a Psi Chi faculty advisor or interested in becoming one? This session is designed to answer faculty advisor questions about Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Information presented will include advising guidelines, tips for maintaining a successful chapter, recent changes in Psi Chi, and suggestions for utilizing newly updated website resources. Advisors will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences and best practices.

Psi Chi Chapter Exchange and Awards
Chair: Ethan A. McMahan (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Western Oregon University)
Psi Chi annually hosts a chapter exchange for chapters in the Western Region to share their activities and experiences with other chapters. Each chapter at the exchange will be encouraged to speak for about 5 minutes about their goals and activities for the year. Also, various recognition awards will be given during the chapter exchange.


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Ethan A. McMahan, PhD
Western Oregon University
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