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National Conventions

2019 APS Convention

May 23–26, 2019

Washington, DC
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
How Culture Influences Our Emotions (and Why It Matters)

9:00–9:50 p.m. | Washington 5
Speaker: Jeanne Tsai (Stanford University)
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Biography Statement

Jeanne L. Tsai, PhD, is currently Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, and the Director of the Stanford Culture and Emotion Lab. She received her BA in psychology from Stanford, and her PhD in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research examines the cultural shaping of emotion and its implications for health, decision-making, and person perception. Her work is currently funded by the National Science Foundation and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. She was associate editor of Emotion from 2015–17. She is fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association Division 8, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. At Stanford, she has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Asian American Activities Center Faculty Award. Her work has been described in various national news outlets including Psychology Today, World Economic Forum, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post.

Chair: Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi President, Utah State University)
Abstract: Although most people want to feel good, people differ in the specific positive states they value and ideally want to feel (what I call their “ideal affect”). In this talk, I will describe a series of studies showing that: (1) how people want to feel differs from how they actually feel, (2) cultural factors shape how people want to feel even more than how they actually feel, and (3) these cultural differences in ideal affect have important implications for what people do, how they define health and well-being, and how they perceive and treat other people. Finally, I will discuss how these cultural differences in ideal affect may play themselves out in clinics, corporations, and classrooms in multicultural societies like the United States.


Psi Chi Symposium
Advancing Diversity, Social Justice, and Sustainability in Research and Publication

1:00–2:20 p.m. | Washington 5
Chair: Debi Brannan (Psi Chi Journal Editor, Western Oregon University)
Scientific activities and their byproducts (e.g., presentations, publications, technical reports) can be used in the service of advancing social justice or in the service of maintaining the status quo. Presenters in this session will discuss how diversity, social justice, and sustainability are integral to the scientific process and outcomes. The presenters will discuss existing opportunities and important new areas of consideration.

Advancing Diversity, Social Justice, and Sustainability by Adopting Scientific Transparency Principles
Jon Grahe (Pacific Lutheran University, WA)
Objectivity, Values, and Responsibility Further Science and Social Justice
Dan Corts (Augusta College)
Encouraging Sustainability and Environmentally-Responsible Behavior via Psychological Research
Ethan McMahan (Western Oregon University)
Thinking About the Future: Psi Chi’s Mission to Support Diversity, and Sustainability
Debi Brannan (Psi Chi Journal Editor, Western Oregon University)

Psi Chi Symposium
Cultural Adaptations in Evidence-Based Practice: Recent Advances and Next Steps
2:30–3:50 p.m. | Washington 5
Chair: Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi President, Utah State University)
This session will focus on advances in cultural adaptation to evidence=based interventions. Dr. Gone will focus on his advances to an individual program of cultural adaptation for American Indian populations that integrates spirituality. Dr. Bernal will present on the evolution of the most-oft used cultural adaptation model, the Ecological Validity Framework, first published in 1995. Finally, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez will provide an update to the most recent meta-analytic findings regarding cultural adaptations.

Cultural Adaptations and Cultural Competence: Recent Meta-Analytic Findings
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi President, Utah State University)
Development of the Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality Program: Lessons for Cultural Adaptation
Joseph P. Gone (Harvard University)
Cultural Adaptations: Revisiting the Ecological Validity Model After 23-Years
Guillermo Bernal (Professor, Retired, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras) and Cristina Adamés (University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras)

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