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Western Regional Convention
2015 WPA Convention
April 30–May 3, 2015 | Red Rock Resort | Las Vegas, NV

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

Taking Situations Seriously

Collaborators from 19 countries directed college-affiliated participants (total N = 3,287) to a website where they used the Riverside Situational Q-sort (RSQ) to describe the situation they experienced the previous day at 7 p.m., and their behavior in it. The most similar situational experience was between the United States and Canada; the least similar were South Korea and Denmark. In general, the items that varied the most across cultures described negative aspects of situational experience; the least varying items were more positive. The RSQ is shown to be a versatile tool for examining the sources of behavioral consistency, for specifying situations described by theories, and for cross-cultural comparison.

David C. Funder, PhD 

University of California, Riverside

Psi Chi Western Regional Convention Program

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015

Psi Chi Poster Session
8:00–9:30 a.m., Exhibit Hall

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Taking Situations Seriously
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Red Rock Ballroom GH 
David Funder, PhD (University of California, Riverside)
Chair: Jon Grahe (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Pacific Lutheran University)

SATURDAY, May 2, 2015

Your "Freshman" Year in the Workplace:
Getting In. Getting On. Moving On?

9:00–10:30 a.m., Red Rock F
Chair: Jon E. Grahe (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Pacific Lutheran University)
Presenters: Steven Del Chiaro (John F. Kennedy University) and Paul Hettich (DePaul University)

Psychology graduates enter the workforce with high expectations, debt, facing a competitive job market where underemployment is common, and encounter employers who complain about graduates’ lack of preparedness. Most teachers are not trained to advise baccalaureate graduates about career and workplace issues. Through five modules interactively presented, participants are introduced to job search techniques (60 second elevator speech and informational interviewing procedures), workplace readiness issues (knowledge of organizational culture differences, skills employers seek, and behaviors leading to termination and promotion), and workplace challenges (economic, “upcredentialing,” and jobs for liberal arts grads).

Psi Chi Symposium
Daring to Be Culturally Competent

10:30–11:30 a.m., Red Rock F
Chair: Jon E. Grahe (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Pacific Lutheran University)
Presenter: Thomas A. Parham (University of California, Irvine)
The challenge of operationalizing the concept of diversity is not simply related to demographic representation. Rather it includes developing new theory and constructs, alternative ways of helping and healing, and or asking and interrogating different research questions. This session will focus on helping attendees become better risk takers where diversity is concerned.

Psi Chi Symposium
Graduate School Is Daunting. Let Us Help With That

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Red Rock F
Chair: Jon E. Grahe (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Pacific Lutheran University)
Presenters: Betsy Morgan (Psi Chi President; University of Wisconsin–La Crosse); Elizabeth Campbell (Whitworth University); Michael Souza (University of British Columbia); and Roberto Corona (University of California, Merced)

The panel of speakers with distinct graduate experiences will provide insight about getting into and succeeding in graduate school. Talks will include a range of topics including suggestions for finding the right program, making the best application, and finding ways to help pay for graduate school. Finally, we will discuss what is expected from students in order to best succeed and flourish in a program.

Psi Chi Chapter Exchange and Awards
1:30–3:30 p.m., Red Rock F
Chair: Jon E. Grahe (Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President; Pacific Lutheran University)
Psi Chi annually hosts a chapter exchange for chapters in the Western Region to build connections and share their experiences with other chapters. Each chapter at the exchange will be encouraged to speak for about 3 minutes about their goals and activities for the year.

Jon Grahe, PhD
Pacific Lutheran University
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