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National Conventions

National Conventions

In addition to the six regional conventions, members are encouraged to attend the unique Psi Chi programming available at the APS and APA National Conventions. Specific awards and travel funding for these conventions are available.

2020 APS Convention

03/17/2020: APS 2020 has been canceled. Learn more.

May 21–24, 2020
Chicago, IL
View Psi Chi's APS Programming.
Visit the APS website.

2020 APA Convention

05/08/2020: The APA 2020 Convention on August 6-9 will now be a fully virtual experience.

August 6–9, 2019
Washington, DC
View Psi Chi's APA Programming.
Visit the APA website.

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2020 APA Convention: Going Virtual

05/08/2020: The APA 2020 Convention on August 6-9 will now be a fully virtual experience.

August 6–9, 2020
Washington, DC
Visit the APA website.
Submissions deadline: December 2, 2019.
See last year's Psi Chi program at APA.

 

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Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Time and Room TBD
Speaker: Katarzyna Chawarska (Yale University)
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Biography Statement

Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska is Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Statistics and Data Science and the Director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. She is the Principal Investigator of the NIH Autism Center of Excellence Program focused on identifying neural signatures of ASD during fetal, neonatal, and school-age periods and on testing the efficacy of a novel intervention targeting early biomarkers of autism. Her research has been focused on identifying early markers of core and co-morbid features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is a principal investigator on numerous federally and privately funded grants as well as the lead author on multiple publications and book chapters. She has served as the Chair of the Baby Sibling Research Consortium, and a Board member of the International Society for Autism Research. Dr. Chawarska is committed to training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders as well as promoting early detection of the disorders both nationally and internationally.

Abstract: Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska, Director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program at Yale’s Child Study Center, provides a brief overview of her lab’s research on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in young children. She explains their recent focus on selective attention, which is being used both to identify prodromal markers and possible new treatment targets in ASD. It is well-known that children with ASD do not look at faces as much as typically developing peers. Using a variety of eye-tracking methods, Dr. Chawarska’s group identified specific deficits in selective attention to faces in toddlers with ASD and showed that pre-symptomatic infants show similar deficits months before they develop behavioral symptoms of autism. These findings suggest that the task targeting selective attention to faces represents a promising candidate biomarker for identifying risk for autism in infancy. The team then worked on discovering potential mechanisms driving poor attention to faces in young children, with a focus on investigating the concept of value learning. Essentially, selective attention is driven by the informational value of what is seen, with high value stimuli receiving enhanced attention and being prioritized for processing. The researchers investigated the process through which children with autism and typically developing controls understand value learning of social and nonsocial stimuli. They found that toddlers with autism show impairments in value learning of social stimuli such as faces, but dispenhanced value learning of nonsocial stimuli such as fractals. This led researchers to wonder: Is it possible for gaze-contingent training to modify young children’s attention to faces? The trial testing this hypothesis is currently under way in their laboratory. Dr. Chawarska discusses the implications of this research for development of discriminant and prognostic biomarker, as well as for identification of new treatment targets.

 

Planning Ahead

Thank you to everyone who made Psi Chi’s programming at APA 2019 a great success! While we wait for more details about APA 2020, you are encouraged to:

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2020 APS Convention–Canceled

03/17/2020: APS 2020 has been canceled. Learn more.

May 21–24, 2020
Chicago, Il
Visit the APS website.
Symposium submissions deadline: November 15, 2019.
Poster submissions deadline: January 31, 2019.
See last year's Psi Chi program at APS.

 

MAY 21–24, 2020

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Overcoming the "Credibility Crisis" Through Improved Research and Reporting Practices

Time and Room TBD
Chair: Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD (Psi Chi President, Oregon State University)
Speaker: Daniel J. Simons, PhD
Abstract: The past decade has seen growing awareness of the impact of problematic research practices: Low replication rates for textbook-touted findings, consequences of questionable statistical practices, persistently under-powered research designs, and irreproducible analysis procedures. None of these problems is new—the factors underlying the "credibility crisis" have been discussed for decades—but widespread awareness of them is. This greater visibility provides psychology with an opportunity to improve the credibility of our science in ways that were impossible in the past. I will present a number of recent innovations in research and reporting practices that, collectively, will increase the rigor, reproducibility, and reliability of psychological science.

Psi Chi Symposium
Cutting Edge Research Practices in Psychology

Time and Room TBD
Chair: John E. Edlund (Psi Chi Research Director, Rochester Institute of Technology)
Abstract: As psychology continues to advance the field of science, professional societies aid psychologists striving to be at the cutting edge of those improvements in methodology. In this symposium, we will highlight many initiatives that one society, Psi Chi, has employed. We will describe initiatives that support both members and nonmembers.

Presentations:
Psi Chi's Network for Collaborative Exchange (NICE): Diversifying Samples Through Collaboration
Megan S. Irgens (Psi Chi NICE Chair, University of Arizona)
Beyond NICE: Psi Chi and Crowdsourced Science Initiatives
Jordan Wagge (Avila University)
Cultivating Open Science With R
April Staples (Weatherford College)
Open Science and Psi Chi
John E. Edlund (Psi Chi Research Director, Rochester Institute of Technology)

Psi Chi Symposium
Psychology Everywhere: Tips for Navigating Graduate School, the Workforce, and Life

Time and Room TBD
Chair: Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi President, Oregon State University)
Presenters: Jane Halonen (University of West Florida) and R. Eric Landrum (2017–18 Psi Chi President, Boise State University)
Abstract: Psychological science provides majors with a wide range of skills and content knowledge. How can these skills and knowledge help students get in to the workforce or graduate school, succeed in these areas and in diverse careers, or in life in general. Three veteran educators will share tips and strategies for success.

APS-David Myers Distinguished Lecture on the Science and Craft of Teaching Psychological Science
Don’t SoTL for Less: Challenges and Issues in Researching Teaching and Learning

Time and Room TBD
Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi President, Oregon State University)

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SPOTLIGHT

Mollimichelle Cabeldue presenting her research and Psi Chi Research Award certificate at APA 2016.


FUNDING

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