Leslie D. Cramblet Alvarez
Adams State University (CO)
I have long been committed to Psi Chi’s goals of promoting excellence in scholarship, supporting student professional development, and cultivating a lifelong interest in the field of psychology. My involvement in Psi Chi has allowed me to witness first-hand the transformational role an honor society can have on student growth.
The impact of the programming Psi Chi provides, in particular encouraging participation in undergraduate research experiences and attendance at regional conventions, cannot be overstated. These opportunities are frequently the impetus for becoming a member of Psi Chi, continued study in psychology, and aspirations to graduate study. I would be honored to continue to contribute to the positive work of this organization, assist in recruitment and pipeline efforts, and encourage professional development beyond graduate school ambitions.
If re-elected Vice-President for the Rocky Mountain region for a second term, I also hope to continue to contribute the perspective of my home institution and region to the Board of Directors. Adams State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution situated in a rural, agricultural valley. I represent a teaching-focused institution which serves a large number of first-generation college students. Preparing students not only for graduate study, but also success in the workforce, is paramount. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve Psi Chi and our psychology students in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Leslie Cramblet Alvarez is a professor of psychology and Professional Development Activity Director for Title V at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. She received her BA in psychology from Southwestern University and PhD in educational psychology from Northern Arizona University.
During the last 12 years, Dr. Alvarez has been a strong supporter of Psi Chi. She served as faculty advisor at Northern Arizona University and pursued the charter of Adams State’s Psi Chi Chapter where she is currently the coadvisor. She has served on the Psi Chi Steering Committee for the Rocky Mountain Region, was a member of the Psi Chi Leadership Committee, and has acted as a reviewer for the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award, regional Psi Chi Research Awards, the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, and is currently completing her first term as Vice-President for the Rocky Mountain region.
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Shannon McGillivray, PhD
Weber State University (UT)
Psi Chi represents a strong, diverse, and talented community. As such, I believe that Psi Chi is in a very unique position to promote our vision of enhancing scholarly pursuits, member development, chapter experiences, sustainability, and diversity by connecting with and tapping into this community. Psi Chi currently offers members tools and opportunities to conduct and disseminate high quality research, career resources, grants and scholarships, and fosters cross-chapter connections and research collaborations—just to name a few. Our ability to continue to promote these factors is, at times, limited by the extent to which members are aware of these opportunities Psi Chi provides. Those of us who are active in Psi Chi understand all of the wonderful benefits membership brings, and I would like to work to better help Psi Chi disseminate and share these benefits at the local levels and with individual members. Specifically, I would work to help Psi Chi provide chapters (and individual members) with better access to information (e.g., handouts either in paper or electronic form) regarding the research and publication opportunities, career opportunities, Psi Chi grants and deadlines, and Eye on Psi Chi articles. In turn, Psi Chi could better assist chapters in creating social media pages and email lists through which they can share this information with their members. I also believe we can do more to inform individual members, particularly those in smaller Psi Chi communities, to ensure they are aware and taking advantage of all that Psi Chi has to offer.
Hello all! I am currently an associate professor of cognitive psychology at Weber State University, a large public undergraduate institution in beautiful Ogden, Utah. I originally hail from a small town in Northern California, and I received my bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 2003. After college, I spent four years working in research before entering graduate school at UCLA. I joined the faculty at Weber State a few weeks after receiving my PhD in 2013. I absolutely love being in the classroom and working with students on research. My research interests focus primarily on memory, metacognition, and decision making, particularly within the field of cognitive aging. More specifically, I am interested in factors such as interest, emotion, and strategic processes that positively influence and enhance explicit memory, decision making, and metacognitive accuracy. Since joining the faculty at Weber State, I have served as the Psi Chi faculty advisor and have worked over the past six years to create a diverse and cohesive environment that focuses the science of psychology, scholarship, and service. In 2016, I became a member of the Psi Chi Research Advisory Council where I have been fortunate to work with a wonderful group of individuals dedicated to enhancing and supporting scholarship through Psi Chi. In 2017, I was honored to receive the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Early Career Award. For fun, I enjoy watching movies, kayaking, and hiking with my husband Ian and our awesome dog Lucy.
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