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Southwestern Regional Vice-President Candidate

Candidate (uncontested)

Evan L. Zucker, PhD
Loyola University New Orleans (LA)

Position Statement
When elected to my first term as the Southwestern Region Vice-President two years ago, I confess that I underestimated the scope of the position. While I knew I would be responsible for the Psi Chi programming at the SWPA annual meeting, and embraced that challenge, I knew relatively little of the responsibilities of being a member of the Psi Chi Board of Directors. In these two years that I have served as a regional Vice-President, I have learned an enormous amount about the history, the structure, and functions of Psi Chi, and have truly come to appreciate the impact that Psi Chi has on so many students of psychology—both nationally, and now, internationally. I have experienced first-hand the dedication and commitment of the Psi Chi Central Office, the Executive Director and Executive Committee, and my fellow Vice-Presidents from the other regions. Psi Chi is growing in numbers of members and chapters, and Psi Chi is expanding research, grant, and award opportunities for student members and advisors. Within the region, I want to continue improving communication between members, advisors, the VP, and the Central Office, to foster communication between/among chapters, and to keep the programming at the annual SWPA meeting relevant to Psi Chi members, as well as interesting, informative, and educational to all who attend this regional meeting. I look forward to the next two years of work at the regional, national, and international levels, and I welcome your support and your input in meeting these goals. 

Biographical Statement

From Rockville, MD, I earned a BS in psychology (University of Maryland, College Park; December 1974), and then an MA in experimental psychology (Emory University; 1980) and a PhD in biopsychology (Emory; 1983). In 1984, after two years at Rollins College, I moved to Loyola University in New Orleans, where I am now a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. I have been the Psi Chi chapter advisor there since March 1995. I regularly teach Physiological Psychology, plus Health Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Psychopharmacology, and Comparative Psychology. I oversee the senior research and senior thesis courses, which enable advanced undergraduates to develop and conduct their own studies under the supervision of our faculty. Our students’ interests are diverse, so when it comes to student-initiated research, my interests are similarly diverse. My own research centers on social interactions and life histories of nonhuman primates, and I have studied nonhuman primates in captivity and in the wild. Current work with scientists at the Caribbean Primate Research Center addresses relationships between matrilineal status and several reproductive variables in corral-housed female rhesus monkeys. In collaboration with ecologists in Mexico, I am exploring black howling monkey health, habitat quality, and reproductive parameters. To date, I have published approximately 50 articles and book chapters, and presented over 100 papers and posters at professional conferences, including many at SWPA and SEPA. I have served on two editorial boards and actively review for several journals, including the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.


Evan L. Zucker, PhD
Loyola University New Orleans




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