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Eastern Regional Fall Letter


Dear Eastern Psi Chi chapters,

Welcome back to a new academic year! Below are some important announcements and events coming up this year in the Eastern region that I hope you will attend.

  • The New England Psychological Association meeting was held Saturday, October 18 at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. There were workshops and panel discussions on chapter leadership and graduate school, and our Psi Chi keynote speaker, Dr. Adrian Raine (University of Pennsylvania), gave a wonderful presentation on "The Anatomy of Violence” based on his work in neuroscience. More than 40 Psi Chi students presented posters at NEPA; congratulations to all!
  • Mark your calendars for the 2015 Eastern Psychological Association convention in Philadelphia, PA, March 5–7, 2015. Many sessions will be geared toward students, covering such diverse topics as graduate school, leadership, diversity, the psychopathic personality, and career options. Dr. Elizabeth Gould (Princeton University, NJ) will present the opening Psi Chi invited talk Thursday, March 5, based on her research regarding experience and the brain. An invited symposium on "Surviving Your ‘Freshman’ Year in the Workplace With a Bachelor’s Degree” will be led by Drs. Paul Hettich (DePaul University, IL) and David Earnest (Towson University, MD).
  • To be eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award, students must (a) submit to both Psi Chi and EPA by the first EPA deadline of November 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm EST, (b) have their submissions accepted by EPA, and (c) present their posters at the March 5–7, 2015, meeting. Submissions to EPA's special Undergraduate Poster Session with a December 1, 2014, submission deadline are not eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award, but may apply for a travel grant by February 1. Winners will be notified before the convention in March. Travel grants are available for both undergraduates and graduate students; go to the EPA website and click on students on the left side for specific instructions.
  • Start thinking about the national conventions (APA, APS) in the spring and summer. APS will be in New York City, NY, in May and APA in Toronto, Canada, in August. These are very accessible to us in the Eastern region.
  • 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.
  • Check out the many awards and grants that are available to Psi Chi members. Nominate your leaders, faculty advisor, and chapter!
  • Check out and/or submit to our two organizational publications: the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and Eye on Psi Chi.
  • Complete collaborative research to increase your research experiences and potentially get published!

I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming spring events!



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

Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
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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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