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Eastern Regional Fall Letter

Dear Eastern Psi Chi chapter members,

Welcome back! I am thrilled to begin this academic year as the new Eastern Regional Vice-President for Psi Chi. I offer my sincere thanks to Dr. Debbie Harris-O’Brien who has devoted so much time and talent to grow Psi Chi into the strong organization it is today. She has also graciously shepherded me into this important and exciting new role. If you would like to get to know me a bit better, have a look at the Get to Know Your VP tab on the Psi Chi Website. I am looking forward to getting to know you at upcoming conventions and events.

Congratulations are in order: 

  • Columbia University (NY): newest chapter of our eastern region 
  • Eastern Regional Chapter Award: Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Ruth Hubbard Cousins Chapter Award: Central Connecticut State University
  • Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award: Clark University (MA)
  • Eastern Regional Faculty Advisor Awards: Drs. David Earnest and Jeffrey Kukucka (Towson University, MD)
  • Faculty Advisor Research Grant: Dr. Wendy Morris (McDaniel College, MD)
  • Psi Chi Undergraduate Scholarships: Samelfi Raposo-Mena (Central Connecticut State University), William Silvia (Western Connecticut State University), and Rebekah Turbett (Albright College, PA)
  • Psi Chi Graduate Scholarships: Katey Sackett (Rochester Institute of Technology, NY)
  • APA Society Convention Awards: Marimar Perez (Iona College, NY), Sheina Godovich (The Catholic University of America, D.C.), Brian TaeHyuk Keum (University of Maryland–College Park), and Tianna Carter (Rutgers University–Camden, NJ) 
  • APS Society Convention Awards: Alexandrea Craft (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Aliona Tsypes (Binghamton University, NY), Natasha Chaku (Fordham University, NY), and Amanda Mendoza (Central Connecticut State University)

Winter is coming… which means it’s time for a membership drive! 

  • 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.

Convention watch:
2017 NEPA Convention at Williams James College (Newton, MA) on October 21, 2017. 

  • Dr. Yana Weinstein from UMASS Lowell and cofounder of The Learning Scientists blog will deliver the Psi Chi Keynote address “Can Cognitive Psychology Help You Teach and Learn?” 
  • Dr. Susanna Gallor, Psi Chi’s Diversity Director, and her colleagues from Fisher College (MA) will run a symposium entitled “Revitalizing Diversity Initiatives With Psychology Undergraduate Students: A Fresh Look at Psi Chi.”
  • Yours truly will facilitate a workshop entitled “Publish Your Work in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.”

2018 EPA Convention at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia PA,
March 1–3, 2018.

  • What programming you would like to see at EPA? Please complete this survey by October 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. 
  • Poster/paper submissions are due on November 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST. If you are a student, a Psi Chi member, and first author, you are eligible to apply for a Regional Research Award (due at the same time as EPA submissions). 
  • If you miss the November deadline and you are an undergraduate, you have a second chance! Special undergraduate poster submissions are due on December 1, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST. Special undergraduate poster submissions are not eligible for Regional Research Awards.

Both APS and APA are in San Francisco in 2018. You probably should check out the Unrestricted Travel Grants below…

Grants and Awards watch:
Psi Chi offers more than $400,000 in annual awards and grants for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Giving Back to Psi Chi:
Psi Chi does incredible work supporting students’ academic achievement and growth through awards and grants. This year, as Psi Chi celebrates its 88th year, Dr. Eric Landrum, Psi Chi President, is launching a year-long campaign to destigmatize mental illness. To fund this program and offer more financial support to members, Psi Chi is taking part in Giving Tuesday on November 28, 2017. For more information, see this recent press release and a video message from our 2017–18 Give Back to Psi Chi Chair
Dr. Nadine Kaslow.

Stay connected and keep informed!
Follow us on Twitter @PsiChiEast! Like and Follow the Eastern Regional Facebook page to keep up to date about happenings in the Eastern Region. We would love to include pictures from your chapter’s induction ceremonies or other activities! Hosting an undergraduate conference? Send information to me via e-mail and I will post it!

Please feel free to e-mail me ( or call me 860.832.3181 with any questions. I’m looking forward to another wonderful year for
Psi Chi!

Marianne Fallon, PhD
Eastern Regional Vice-President
Connecticut State University

Marianne Fallon, PhD
Connecticut State University
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