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Eastern Regional Fall Letter

Dear students and advisors,

Spring will soon be here! Please read about the exciting convention planned for Boston this month and other activities for Psi Chi members/chapter.

The annual Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) convention is March 16–18 in Boston at the Boston Park Plaza. This year's EPA theme is "Technology and Psychology." We have Psi Chi programming you won't want to miss, including sessions on graduate school, "EPA 101" for first-time convention attendees, and workshops for chapters and advisors. For those of you presenting posters, stop by the Psi Chi booth in the Exhibit Hall to pick up your Psi Chi sign for your poster.

  • In keeping with the convention's theme, we will kick off on Thursday night with the Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Nick Kanas, on "Psychological Aspects of Long-Duration Space Missions," focusing on psychological and interpersonal stressors during space flight; psychiatric, psychological, and interpersonal issues in space; and positive effects of being in space.
  • Friday morning, after the first undergraduate poster session, there will be a favorite workshop, "EPA 101: How to Get the Most Out of Your Convention Attendance" lead by former Psi Chi President Dr. Vincent Prohaska. EPA can be overwhelming for first-time attendees; learn strategies for maximizing your experience at EPA. All are welcome, so bring your friends, even if they are not Psi Chi members!
  • A workshop on Industrial/Organizational psychology will be led by Dr. Ron Shapiro on Friday afternoon. Come to learn about this exciting specialization in psychology.
  • We will be offering several workshops on graduate school on both Friday and Saturday to fit students' schedules. Drs. Garth Fowler and Daniel Michalski will share resources available to students through APA on Friday as well as offering tips on how to choose the right school for you. Drs. John Norcross, Susan Krauss-Whitbourne, and Thomas Hogan will offer their well-respected duo of workshops on "Preparing for Graduate School" and "Applying to Graduate School" on Saturday.
  • We welcome Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) chapter advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Campbell, and officers for an interactive chapter leadership exchange. For faculty advisors, there will be a session "Get the Facts!" to answer questions and provide suggestions for chapters from Drs. Campbell and Marianne Fallon (Central Connecticut State University).
  • To conclude the convention, winners of the Eastern Regional Research Awards and recipients of travel grants will be publicly recognized at our awards ceremony and reception on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Terrace room. Dr. Ron Shapiro will be conducting psychology games after the formal ceremony, and we will have Psi Chi prizes along with light refreshments!
  • Go to for a complete program listing.

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Other upcoming events in our region include:

  • The Hunter College (New York City) will hold its annual Psychology Convention, a full-day event providing you with an opportunity to share your research with fellow students, faculty, and practitioners. It will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017. For more information, contact Dr. Dawn Dugan at or go to for more information.
  • Gallaudet (Washington, DC) University's Psi Chi Chapter is hosting their 4th annual Psi Chi Psychology Research Conference on April 28, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a theme of "Psychology and the Media." For more information, please contact Shelby Jensen at
  • Pace University (New York City) will host their 25th annual psychology conference on Friday, May 12, 2017. For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Godfrey at or go to

On a personal note, my time as Eastern Vice-President is drawing to a close. My term will end this academic year, and your new Eastern VP will be announced near the end of this month. I know your new Vice-President will provide fabulous leadership of the eastern region of Psi Chi and will bring in many new ideas. I thank all of you for your enthusiasm, participation, suggestions, and hard work here in the eastern region. It has been an honor to be your Vice-President and to get to know individuals in our region. There are a tremendous number of dedicated Psi Chi advisors, officers, and members who put their hearts and souls into making participation in Psi Chi such a wonderful experience for all who join. It has been a privilege to work with you and for you these past four years.

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

Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
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