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Eastern Regional Fall Letter

Dear Eastern Psi Chi chapters,

Welcome back! Congratulations to all the new members of eastern Psi Chi chapters and new eastern chapters at Wilmington University (DE), Newbury College (MA), Pennsylvania State University at Brandywine, and Hilbert College (NY).

Please visit the Eastern Regional Facebook page. We post conferences and opportunities in the Eastern region and would love to include pictures from your chapter’s induction ceremonies or other activities!

  • Start your membership drives now! 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.

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

  • The New England Psychological Association meeting will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016, in Worcester, MA at Assumption College. There will be workshops and panel discussions on chapter leadership and graduate school, and our Psi Chi keynote speaker, Dr. Joel Weinberger (Adelphi University, NY), will present “Your Brain on Politics: What Shapes Your Vote?” Dr. Weinberger and his research partner Dr. Drew Westen (Emory University, GA) have conducted extensive research on the psychology of voters’ choices. Dr. Weinberger’s lifelong focus has been unconscious processes, and this aspect of the Presidential election will be the emphasis of his presentation. Dr. Muninder Kaur Ahluwalia (Montclair State University) will be a featured diversity speaker with her presentation “Islamophobia's Impact on Our Work and Lives: One Psychologist's Story. For more about Psi Chi’s NEPA programming and what psychology can do to stem the tide of intolerance, be sure to read the recent special message, “Healing Our Divided Nation: Timely Presentations at NEPA 2016.”

  • Mark your calendars for the 2017 Eastern Psychological Association convention in Boston, MA, March 16–18, 2017. Many sessions will be geared toward students, covering topics about graduate school, leadership, and career options. Dr. Nick Kanas (Professor Emeritus, University of California) will present the opening Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture Thursday, March 16, on "Psychological Aspects of Long Duration Space Missions." Dr. Kanas will discuss his work with NASA on psychological and interpersonal stressors and psychiatric issues in space as well as his hypotheses about the psychological implications of a Mars expedition.

  • To be eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award, students must do the following:

    1. submit to both Psi Chi and EPA by the first EPA deadline November 15, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST,
    2. have their submissions accepted by EPA, and
    3. present their posters at the March meeting.

    Go to the EPA website and click onFor Studentson the left side for specific instructions about preparing a poster and applying for Psi Chi Regional Awards.

    Submissions to EPA's Special Undergraduate Poster Session with a December 1, 2016, submission deadline are not eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award, but may apply for a Psi Chi Travel Grant. Winners will be notified before the convention in March. Travel grants are available for both undergraduates and graduate students.

  • Although these conventions are at the end of the academic year, it is not too early to plan to attend one of the national psychological conventions! For 2017, both APA and APS will hold their conventions in the Eastern region, with APS taking place in Boston on May 25–28 and APA in Washington, DC on August 3–6.

Deborah Harris-O’Brien, PhD
Eastern Regional Vice-President
Trinity Washington University

Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
Biographical Information

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Republic of Ireland,  Egypt, Russia

Trinity Washington University 


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