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2014 EPA Convention
March 13–16, 2014 | Boston Park Plaza Hotel Towers | Boston, MA

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

How ‘Hidden Biases of Good People’ Produce Discrimination

Discrimination in the United States has changed greatly in the last 50 years. In the 1980s, the concept of ‘modern racism’ captured some of these changes. More recently, the concept of ‘implicit’ (or ‘hidden’) bias has been introduced to understand further changes, including changes in how gender biases operate. This presentation supports the conclusion that societally significant discrimination now occurs mostly without either malice or intent—as products of mental processes that operate automatically and unthinkingly.

Anthony Greenwald, PhD
University of Washington

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Hidden Biases of Good People' Produce Discrimination

5:00–6:20 p.m., Georgian
Anthony Greenwald (University of Washington)

Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President, Trinity Washington University)
Discrimination in the United States has changed greatly in the last 50 years. In the 1980s, the concept of ‘modern racism’ captured some of these changes. More recently, the concept of ‘implicit’ (or ‘hidden’) bias has been introduced to understand further changes, including changes in how gender biases operate. This presentation supports the conclusion that societally significant discrimination now occurs mostly without either malice or intent—as products of mental processes that operate automatically and unthinkingly.

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

Undergraduate Posters I
8:00–8:50 a.m., Imperial Ballroom

Psi Chi Event
Skype Session With Moscow Psi Chi Chapter

8:00–8:50 a.m., Statler
Chair: Samvel Jeshmaridian (TCI College Of Technology)

Psi Chi/Psi Beta Session
EPA 101: How to Get the Most Out of Attendance at EPA
9:00–9:50 a.m., Clarendon
Chair: Jason Young (Psi Chi Past President, 2012–13; Hunter College, CUNY)
This informal, half-hour session is designed to help first-time conference attendees get the most out of this conference, featuring tips for choosing sessions and networking at EPA. The session will be led by Jason Young, associate professor at Hunter College, CUNY. Dr. Young is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. All are welcome to attend.

Psi Chi Symposium
Scientific Utopia: Crowdsourcing Science

10:30–11:50 a.m., Statler
Chair/Presenter: Brian Nosek (University Of Virginia, The Center For Open Science)
Presenter: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President)
Psi Chi is encouraging its members to engage in collaborative research projects, including working with the Center for Open Science. Current and future collective undergraduate research opportunities will be presented as well as their pedagogical benefits, and potential for advancing science. Solutions to impediments to implementation will also be discussed.

Psi Chi/Psi Beta Session
Preparing For Your Career With a Psychology Degree

1:30–2:50 p.m., Terrace
Ronald G. Shapiro
(Independent Consultant In Human Factors, Learning And Human Resources)
Career options for baccalaureate level psychology graduates are not necessarily obvious. Deciding whether to pursue an academic career or one in industry is often difficult for graduate students because they have limited industrial experience. This workshop provides initial career guidance for undergraduate students; an introduction to working in industry for graduate and undergraduate students; and practical recommendations for securing a job in industry. The session is highly interactive and informative for student and faculty alike.

Psi Chi Leadership Session
Taking A Vision and Making It Happen:
Reflections on Effective Psi Chi Leadership Practices

3:00 p.m.–4:20 p.m., Terrace
Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President)
The University of Hartford Panel: Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley, Claire Capozzi, Janelle Coore, Katie Dydyn, Cassandra Ekelman, Reed Haight (Chapter Co-President), Melissa Kenney, Amanda Limauro, Jesse Seckel-Cerrotti (Chapter Co-President), and Natasha Segool (Chapter Faculty Advisor)

The University of Hartford's Psi Chi Chapter will share a campus wide activity they led at their institution, an anti-bullying program. Participants will learn how to plan and implement an anti-bullying program on their own campuses. Panelists will share how they tackled the fundraising and logistical challenges of sponsoring a large event and successfully brought major speakers and events to campus.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014

Undergraduate Posters II
8:00–8:50 a.m., Imperial Ballroom

Psi Chi Graduate School Session
Preparing for Graduate School In Psychology: Mini-Workshop I

9:00–10:20 a.m., Terrace
Chair/Presenter: John Norcross (University Of Scranton)
Presenters: Susan Kraus Whitbourne (University Of Massachusetts), and 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.

Psi Chi Graduate School Session
Applying To Graduate School In Psychology: Mini-Workshop II

12:00–1:20 p.m., Terrace
Chair/Presenter: John Norcross (University Of Scranton)
Presenter: Thomas P. Hogan (University Of Scranton), and Susan Kraus Whitbourne (University Of Massachusetts)
This mini-workshop draws 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/Psi Beta Posters
1:30–2:50 p.m., Imperial Ballroom
Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President)
Psi Chi Symposium:
Working With Linguistic Minorities:
Why an Interpreter Is Not Enough

1:30–2:50 p.m., Berkeley
Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President)
Panelists: Caroline Kobek-Pezzarossi (Psi Chi Diversity Board Director, Gallaudet University), Dominicus So (Howard University), and Zubayduh Madyun (Trinity Washington University)‌
Panelists from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds will discuss the limitations of working with linguistic minority clients using an interpreter. Having a qualified interpreter is not enough: mental health professionals must also have knowledge of cultural issues to competently provide services. This diversity presentation is particularly designed for students (undergraduate and master's level), who may be providing services as para-professionals without doctoral degrees.
Psi Chi Awards Ceremony and Reception
3:00–4:20 p.m., Berkeley
Chair: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President)

Psi Chi Event
The ABC's of Chapter Success—Connection and Collaboration With Psi Chi Chapters

4:30–6:30 p.m., Terrace
Chair: Mercedes Mccormick (Pace University)
Presentations:
The Best Practices of a Successful Psi Chi Chapter–Pace University NYC
‌Nancy Beatrice Martinez (Pace University)
Dealing With Psi Chi Chapter Issues‌
Brittany Bautista (Pace University)
Why Connect and Collaborate With Other Psi Chi Chapters‌
Rachel Wandishin (Pace University)
Discussant(s): Mercedes A. McCormick, PhD (Pace University)
Pace University Psi Chi officers will inform the audience about the best practices for connecting and collaborating within a Psi Chi chapter and beyond. The focus is the ABC's of developing and managing a successful Psi Chi chapter, and communicating to other chapters. All Psi Chi chapter advisors and members are invited to share their best practices in a riveting discussion at the conclusion of the presentations.

Undergraduate Posters IV
4:30–5:50 p.m., Imperial Ballroom



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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