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Eastern Regional Conventions

2019 EPA Convention
February 28–March 2, 2019 | Marriott Marquis | New York, NY
 Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

The Paradox of Diversity:
Promise, Pitfalls, and Implications for Racial Progress
6:30–7:50 p.m.
West Side Ballroom 1 & 2 

Chair: Marianne Fallon 
Speaker: Jennifer Richeson (Yale University)

The swiftly changing racial composition of the United States has been heralded as compelling significant progress in the racial dynamics of the nation. However, the scope and direction of the nation’s race relations remains uncertain. In this talk, I will present emerging social-scientific research on the psychological, social, and political implications of navigating an increasingly diverse United States. Implications for the maintenance of a racially diverse democracy will be discussed.


Psi Chi Workshop 
EPA 101: Getting the Most From Your Conference Attendance

8:30–9:20 a.m. | Broadhurst/Belasco
Chair: Sandra Campneau (Lehman College)
Speaker: Sandra Campneau (Lehman College)

This interactive session is designed to help attendees plan their conference experience for maximum benefit. A regional conference like EPA can be overwhelming for first-time attendees and students. Which sessions should I go to? How do I meet other students and professors? These are some of the common questions. The workshop includes tips for choosing sessions, networking, and conference etiquette. All students are welcome.

Psi Chi and Teaching Workshop 
Designing Inclusive Classrooms 
9:30–10:50 a.m. | Broadhurst/Belasco
Chair: Jason Spiegelman (University of Maryland), and Marianne Fallon (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President, Central Connecticut State University)
Speaker: Megan Carpenter (St. Lawrence University)

This engaging workshop is designed for teachers of all levels, high school, community college, undergraduate, and graduate for the purpose of creating an inclusive micro-culture within the classroom and the institution. Students are also welcome to contribute to an honest dialogue of the challenges and opportunities associated with creating inclusive learning spaces.

Psi Chi Symposium 
Graduate School and the Masters Degree Option: Choices and Opportunities in a Competitive Market
11:00 am–12:20 p.m. | Juilliard/Imperial

Chair: Tony Crespi (University of Hartford)

School Psychology To Forensic Psychology: Maximizing Employability in a Challenging Economy
Tony Crespi (University of Hartford)
School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Inside Counselor Education
Margaret Generali (Southern Connecticut State University)
Supervisors and Advisors: Reflections on Graduate Education and Training
Mackenzie McNamara (University at Albany, State University of New York)

MA? MS? Clinical Psychology? School Psychology? Clinical Mental Health Counseling? School Counseling? Family Therapy? For students interested in graduate education the choices are daunting. Full-Time or Part-Time? Critically, what employment opportunities exist for the MA Degree? Is an MA a good option? Is an MA a good choice enroute to a PhD? This presentation examines master’s degree options, employment, and discusses MA credentialing. The applied nature and interactive discussion should be engaging to participants.

Psi Chi Event: Focus Groups
Tell Psi Chi What You Think About Psi Chi Merchandise
2:00–3:20 p.m. | Broadhurst/Belasco

Chair: Ayana Woodard (Psi Chi Merchandise Coordinator)

Psi Chi graduation regalia, apparel, and accessories commemorate your lifetime membership in Psi Chi. Psi Chi's Merchandise Coordinator, Ayana Woodard, wants to learn what you like and what you want to see. Focus groups will begin every 20 minutes throughout this session. Spacing is limited 10 per group. And, perhaps you'll walk away with some Psi Chi merchandise as a thank you!

Psi Chi Poster Session 
Developmental, Perceptual/Cognitive, Learning, Forensic, Neuro, Sport, Teaching, and Tests/Measurement
3:30–4:50 p.m. | West Side Ballroom 3 & 4

Psi Chi Social  
Sponsored by the New School (New York City)
5:00–6:20 p.m. | Broadhurst/Belasco

End your first full day of EPA with your Psi Chi peeps at a social sponsored by the New School. Share some food, make connections with members of other chapters, and learn more about the great opportunities Psi Chi can offer you now and in your future. Faculty members and students from the New School will be available to discuss their graduate program.


Psi Chi Awards Ceremony
8:00–9:20 a.m. | Broadhurst/Belasco 

Chair: Marianne Fallon (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President, Central Connecticut State University)

Join us for the presentation of Psi Chi Regional Research Awards and hear about these award-winning projects from the researchers themselves. If you're looking for some of the best graduate and undergraduate research at EPA in one event, this is it!

Psi Chi Workshop 
Finding Fit A Strategic Approach to Applying to Graduate Programs in Psychology
9:30–10:50 a.m. | Broadhurst/Belasco
Chair: Marianne Fallon (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President, Central Connecticut State University)                         

Finding Fit: A Strategic Approach to Applying to Graduate Programs in Psychology
Daniel Michalski (American Psychological Association), Garth Fowler (American Psychological Association), Susan Krauss Whitbourne (University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute of Gerontology)

Psi Chi Symposium
I Want You to Skill Me: Leveraging Your Own Skills Story for Workplace Success and Beyond
11:00 a.m.–12:20 p.m. | Juilliard/Imperial 
Chair: Marianne Fallon (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President, Central Connecticut State University)                          
Speakers: R. Eric Landrum (Psi Chi Past-President, Boise State University), Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi President-Elect, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay)

In the ongoing content v. skills debate, the valuing of skill acquisition is gaining more traction. During this presentation, Psi Chi leaders present the reasons why skills should be valued, how students often seek skill-based opportunities, and how to best present skill-based experiences on a resume/CV. The content of psychology and the skilled application of that content are both necessary conditions for psychology graduates to survive and thrive in today’s competitive workforce.

Psi Chi Poster Session 
Clinical, Social, Personality, Applied, Community
2:00–3:20 p.m. | West Side Ballroom 3 & 4

Psi Chi Workshop 
Being a Responsible Scientist: Study Design, Statistics, and Communication
3:30–4:50 p.m. | Broadhurst/Belasco 
Chair: Marianne Fallon (Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President, Central Connecticut State University)                         
Speaker: John Edlund (Psi Chi Research Director, Rochester Institute of Technology)

The recent crisis of confidence in psychology has caused the field to carefully evaluate our practices and encourage those that promote responsible science. Some considerations researchers should take include: anticipating how will participants experience the research (from consent to debriefing and beyond), engaging in responsible statistics (avoiding p-hacking, HARKing, and multiple waves of analysis), and embracing the importance of replication and general scientific transparency (such as open materials and data).



Marianne Fallon, PhD
Central Connecticut State University

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