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2016 NEPA Convention
October 15, 2016 | Assumption College | Worcester, MA
The deadline for submissions is June 11, 2016, and NEPA will continue to receive and review posters through September 21, 2016. NEPA is open to students, faculty, practitioners, and professionals involved in all areas of the psychological sciences. Learn more about Psi Chi's NEPA programming in the recent special message, "Healing Our Divided Nation: Timely Presentations at NEPA 2016."


Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture
Unconscious Processes in Presidential Politics:
Affect and Associations

Joel Weinberger (Adelphi University)
For the current Presidential race, Drs. Joel Weinberger and Drew Westen tested voters’ unconscious associations to Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump, and some of the other contenders. Likable did not come up high on the list for either candidate. Instead, the strong associations for Clinton were scary and presidential. For Trump, the strongest associations included bigot and leader. The authors assert that the unconscious associations they found will influence behavior at the polls, particularly among voters whose loyalties are wavering.

Joel Weinberger, PhD, is a practicing clinical, personality, and motivation psychologist, professor psychology at the Derner Institute at Adelphi University in New York. He was a recipient of the Ulf Kragh Award from the University of Lundh Sweden for his work on unconscious processes. He is a founding partner of Implicit Strategies, and the author or coauthor of over 100 published articles and chapters. His work has been funded by the NIMH.

Psi Chi Diversity Session
Islamophobia's Impact on Our Work and Lives:
One Psychologist's Story

Muninder Kaur Ahluwalia (Montclair State University)
Dr. Ahluwalia will speak about her family and communities’ experience of being Sikh in the United States at a time when hate speech is normative and religious intolerance is accepted, if not promoted. The presentation will take the audience on a journey through her life—not because of its “specialness,” but rather to use her experiences and the lessons she has learned from individuals from other communities. She will speak about Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim Americans, as well others who are “mistaken” to be Muslim including Sikhs. Dr. Ahluwalia will also speak about the oppression of other communities, and movements (e.g., Black Lives Matter), which are important for an understanding of systems, the positionality of systems disruptors, the intertwined nature of oppression, and the need to act for social change.

Psi Chi Chapter Leadership Exchange
Welcome to Assumption College!

Chair: Maria Parmley (Assumption College)
Presenters: Anna doCurral, Noella Teylan-Cashman, Caila Martin, and Lauren Price (Assumption College)
Discussant: Deborah Harris O'Brien (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President, Trinity Washington University)
This interactive session will focus on strategies to foster student leadership and strengthen Psi Chi chapter vitality. All Psi Chi officers, advisors and members are encouraged to attend this session to exchange ideas for activities, service projects, and fundraisers. Chapter officers and advisors will share strategies they have used in recruiting members, improving communication, and best practices in organizational strategies.

Psi Chi Awards Ceremony and Reception
Psi Chi undergraduate members presenting at the 2016 NEPA Annual Meeting will receive a certificate from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. All Psi Chi members and their faculty advisors are invited.

2017 EPA Convention
March 16–19, 2016 | Boston Park Plaza and Towers | Boston, MA

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

Psychological Aspects of Long Duration Space Missions

Major topic areas will include (a) On-Orbit Psychological and Interpersonal Stressors, (b) Psychiatric Issues in Space, (c) Psychological and Interpersonal Issues in Space, (d) Positive Effects of Being in Space, (e) What About a Mars Expedition? 

Nick Kanas, PhD
Univ CA, San Francisco
Learn more about Dr. Kanas.

More information coming soon!



Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
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