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Eastern Regional Letter

Dear Eastern Psi Chi Chapters,

As we roll into this new(ish) academic year, I am reinvigorated by the enthusiasm, creativity, and community engagement of our Psi Chi members.

  • Albright College helped their campus community learn about productive ways to reduce stress, providing an alternative to unsafe alcohol consumption.
  • The Buffalo State College’s Psi Chi Research Team presented work on the association between academic performance and emotional intelligence at their institution’s Creative Research Day.
  • Eastern University hosted a speaker describing the intersection between art and psychology.
  • Quinnipiac University hosted two fundraising events to support a local women and children’s homeless center and a movie night benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Your vital contributions to our discipline and to your communities inspire me in ways I cannot adequately express. I am deeply grateful for all your good works representing Psi Chi.

Congratulations are in order:

  • A dozen chapters within our region received Model Chapter Awards!
  • Eastern Regional Chapter Award: Towson University
  • Eastern Regional Faculty Advisor Award: Dr. Emily Keener (Slippery Rock University)
  • Psi Chi Undergraduate Scholarships: Kelly Bielonko (Eastern Connecticut State University) and Helena Swanson (Central Connecticut State University)
  • Psi Chi Graduate Scholarships: Marian Calle (Columbia University Teachers College) and Magdalyn Fiore (Johns Hopkins University)
  • APA Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award: Cope Feurer (Binghamton University)
  • APA Society Convention Award: Jazelle Pilato (Clark University) and Raksha Kandlur (Columbia University)
  • Diversity Article Awards: Carolyne Paige Merwin (Immaculata University) and Magdalyn Fiore (Mount St. Mary’s University)
It’s always a good time for a membership drive!
  • Start your membership drives now! By recruiting members early in their academic career, your chapter will have year-to-year continuity among officers and members and can plan more exciting activities. We want all eligible students and faculty to know about Psi Chi and the lifetime benefits of membership. Further, we want to celebrate diversity and inclusion within our membership. And, as an additional incentive, your chapter might win Psi Chi store credit for increasing your membership from fall 2017 to fall 2018!

It’s Up to You–New York, New York

The 2019 EPA Convention will be held at the Downtown Marriott in New York City, February 28–March 2, 2019.

  • Poster/paper submissions are due November 15, 2018, at 5 p.m., EST. Submissions for undergraduate sessions are due December 1, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST. Psi Chi will host a special poster session just for Psi Chi submissions. Let’s fill it to the brim, just like last year! And if you want some tips on submitting a top-notch abstract, have a look at this article in Eye on Psi Chi.
  • If you are a student, Psi Chi member, and first author, you are eligible to apply for a Regional Research Award (due at the same time as EPA submissions). The portal will close on December 1 at 11:59 p.m. Be sure to review the criteria for Regional Research Awards, which have changed slightly this year. If you win an award, we will honor you (and your mentors!) at a special breakfast. And you have the opportunity to present your research with other award winners at a special session. All of that high-quality research in a single place… I’m giddy just thinking about it!
  • Dr. Jennifer Richeson from Yale University will kick off the convention by delivering the Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer address on February 28, 2019. In her talk, “The Paradox of Diversity: Promise, Pitfalls, and Implications for Racial Progress,” Dr. Richeson will discuss how we can maintain a racially diverse democracy. Fun fact: Dr. Richeson’s first convention presentation occurred at EPA. Talk about coming full circle!
  • The Eastern Region Steering Committee is hard at work planning sessions to enrich your professional development and help you network within and across chapters. There’s so much in store for you at EPA!

Grants and Awards watch:
Psi Chi offers more than $400,000 in annual awards and grants for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Giving Back to Psi Chi:
Psi Chi does incredible work supporting students’ academic achievement and growth through awards and grants. This year, as Psi Chi celebrates its 89th year, Dr. Melanie Domenech Rodriguez, Psi Chi President, is launching a year-long initiative to increase diversity and inclusion through technology. To fund this program and offer more financial support to members, please consider giving back to Psi Chi when you are able and encouraging others to do so.

Looking for a Fundraiser?
Consider a T-shirt drive! It is a wonderful way to promote group cohesion and to “advertise” your Psi Chi chapter on campus and beyond. Imagine waves of chapter-centric Psi Chi T-shirts swelling throughout EPA! If you are thinking about a T-shirt drive, be sure to consult the Psi Chi Branding Guide.

Stay Connected and Keep Informed!
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PsiChiEast! Like and follow the Eastern Regional Facebook page to keep up to date about happenings in the Eastern Region. We would love to include pictures from your chapter’s induction ceremonies or other activities! Hosting an undergraduate conference? Send information to me via e-mail, and I will post it!

Please feel free to e-mail me ( or call me 860.832.3181 with any questions. I’m looking forward to another wonderful year with Psi Chi!

Marianne Fallon, PhD
Eastern Regional Vice-President
Connecticut State University

Marianne Fallon, PhD
Connecticut State University
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