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 (http://nepa.cloverpad.org) 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
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
- 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 www.hunterpsych.com.
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.
not too early to start thinking about the APA convention to be held in
Washington, DC August 7–10, 2014 (see www.apa.org 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.
Eastern Regional Vice-President,
Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Republic of Ireland, Egypt, Russia
at Lincoln Center (NY)