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Eastern Regional Fall Letter


Dear Eastern Psi Chi chapters,

Welcome back to a new academic year! I would like to introduce myself as your new regional Vice-President. I hope to get to know more advisors and students during my term of office. I am here to serve you, so please contact me with your suggestions about how to improve the organization to meet student needs.

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

  • The New England Psychological Association meeting ( will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 in Bridgeport, CT at Housatonic Community College. There will be workshops and panel discussions on leadership, graduate school, and the benefits of your Psi Chi membership. Our Psi Chi keynote speaker, Dr. Keith Cruise (Fordham University, NY) will discuss "Myths and Misperceptions about Mental Illness and Violence”.

  • Mark your calendars for the 2014 Eastern Psychological Association convention in Boston, March 13–15. Many sessions will be geared toward students, covering such diverse topics as psychology and law, violence in the media, graduate school, leadership, diversity, and career exploration. Anthony Greenwald, PhD, (University of Washington) will present the opening Psi Chi invited talk Thursday, March 13 " How ‘Hidden Biases of Good People’ Produce Discrimination”, and Brian Nosek, PhD, (University of Virginia) will chair the Psi Chi symposium on "Crowdsourcing Science”.

  • Travel grants are available for these two conventions for both undergraduates and graduate students through a regional award for EPA (deadline November 1, 2013) or an unrestricted travel grant for programs such as NEPA, APA, or APS.
  • Hunter College will host its 42nd Annual Hunter Psychology Convention Sunday, March 30, 2014. The Call for Papers will be sent to all Psi Chi chapters later this fall, but students from all schools working on any area of psychological research are encouraged to submit to present at this one-day convention held at the Hunter College campus on the upper-east side of Manhattan in New York City. Information will be available at

  • Start your membership drives now! Don’t wait until students are seniors; they can become members as early as the second semester of their sophomore year. See the requirements here. By recruiting members early in their academic career, your chapter will have year-to-year continuity among officers and members, and your chapter can plan more exciting activities.

  • Nominate your chapter or advisor for an award from Psi Chi. There are also grants for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to pursue research. Learn more about the awards and grants program.
  • It’s not too early to start thinking about the APA convention to be held in Washington, DC August 7–10, 2014 (see for deadlines). Because the convention is in our Eastern region, I hope many of you will plan to attend and present your research.

Have a wonderful semester, and I look forward to meeting many of you at our regional conventions.

Deborah Harris-O’Brien, PhD
Eastern Regional Vice-President, 2013–2015

Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
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