Lindsey Root Luna, PhD
Hope College (MI)
The mission of Psi Chi, recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology, provides a broad vision for the organization. I appreciate the ways the Midwestern Region already connects undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty to enhance scholarship, foster relationships, and promote personal and professional growth. Two key areas for continued development are (1) opportunities for students to disseminate their research and (2) continued connections among members at varying institutions and educational levels. First, I am particularly excited about the addition of Data Blitz sessions to the 2018 convention, in addition to the poster sessions. Personally, disseminating my research as an undergraduate at a regional conference was a significant step in my professional development; as a result, I am motivated to offer today’s students additional ways to grow as speakers and researchers through convention programming. Second, I desire to invest energy and resources into facilitating cross-chapter conversation, relationships, and collaborations. Within my own chapter, we offer a yearly panel of graduating seniors. We work to provide diverse voices regarding post-graduation plans (e.g., graduate school, the work force, non-profit service). Convention programming currently provides students with similar occasions to hear from like-minded individuals with more experience. I would like to build on current offerings to provide points of contact not only at conventions, but all year long. Providing developing students and psychologists with additional opportunities and incentives to network and build relationships is a key goal for the students in my classroom, local chapter, and region.
As a Hope College graduate, it was an honor to return as a faculty member in 2012. I began advising the college's Psi Chi Chapter in 2014. Serving as chapter advisor fits squarely in my vocational calling to facilitate leadership qualities within my students and cultivate community among undergraduates. During my time as advisor, the chapter has received two Model Chapter Awards and the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award. My involvement with Psi Chi began as an undergraduate—I served as Psi Chi Chapter president my senior year at Hope. I went on to the University of Miami for my MS and PhD in clinical psychology. My predoctoral internship brought me back to Michigan, and I maintain a part-time private practice in Grand Rapids. My research interests include emotion, emotion regulation, and virtues (e.g., forgiveness, gratitude, hope) as well as their psychological, relational, and physiological correlates. Collaborating with students on their independent research projects, along with the research assistants in my lab, is one of the most rewarding components of my work. In 2017, I was honored to receive the Hope Outstanding Professor Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award, along with the Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Award for the Midwest Region. I am grateful to Psi Chi and have benefitted from my membership as a student (winning regional and national awards in 2003) and faculty member (mentoring regional research award winners and research grantees). I actively review Psi Chi submissions and participate in regional programming.