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The Midwestern Region

The Midwestern Region

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Canada–Ontario.

Latest Regional News

3/16/2020: MPA Convention in Chicago cancelled on April 23–25, 2020 due to COVID-19. More information coming soon.

09/30/2019: See Dr. Root Luna's Fall Letter to the Midwestern Region.

06/03/2019: Join Psi Chi in Chicago, Illinois, for the MPA Convention on April 23–25, 2020.

04/23/2019: Read an article with Psi Chi’s 2019 MPA Distinguished Lecturer called “Is Leadership the Most Important Gender Issue of All? With Alice Eagly, PhD.”

Regional VP Fun Fact

The best trip Dr. Root Luna ever took was a tour of Italy with her college choir. She says, "It was a whirlwind of culture, amazing food, and phenomenal cathedrals with amazing acoustics. Even though it was over 10 years ago and I’ve visited some wonderful places since, I think it will always be one of my favorites." See more fun facts!


Chapter Spotlight

Grand Valley State University (MI) 2nd Annual Southwest Michigan Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (from left to right): Jenna Beffel (coauthor and member), Carly Bartes (poster author), Jenna Bekkala (volunteer coordinator), Dorie Sullivan (president), Kristen Miller (volunteer Coordinator), Dr. Naomi J. Aldrich (advisor).

2020 MPA Convention

3/16/2020: MPA Convention in Chicago cancelled on April 23–25, 2020 due to COVID-19. More information coming soon.

April 23–25, 2020
Chicago, IL | Palmer House Hilton
Visit the MPA website.
Tentative submissions deadline: November 5 at 11:59 p.m.
See last year's Psi Chi program at MPA.


Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
From R1 to Liberal Arts College to Industry: One Psychologist's Journey to Digital Therapeutics

Time and Room TBD
Speaker: Acacia Parks (Happify, Inc.)
Abstract: Dr. Parks’s journey started with an undergraduate thesis on the impact self-help books on mental health. Over the years, self-help books became new web-based interventions, then a gamified well-being app (Happify), and finally a FDA-regulated digital therapeutics platform (Happify Health). This talk describes her journey from undergraduate at a small liberal arts college to graduate school at an R1 university, back to a small liberal arts college where she earned tenure, and, ultimately, to a lead research role in industry.


Planning Ahead

Thank you to everyone who made Psi Chi’s programming at MPA 2019 a great success! While we wait for more details about MPA 2020, you are encouraged to:

Other Conventions

Learn about upcoming programming. 

Regional Awards

Regional Research Awards

If you have done empirical research, consider presenting a poster or paper to share your work with the professional community. By presenting at MPA, you will be eligible for one of 16 Regional Research Awards available to members of the Midwestern region. More importantly, you will gain experience and confidence.

To find out more, check out these resources:

Regional Travel Grants

There are lots of good reasons to consider attending the MPA convention—especially if you’ve got some great research to share. Psi Chi encourages members to take advantage of the opportunity to go by offering Regional Travel Grants.

If you attend MPA, you should apply for a Psi Chi travel grant—you may find yourself eligible and have your travel expenses reimbursed!

Regional Chapter Award

Chapters throughout the Midwest are doing original, interesting research and serving their communities. If your chapter is doing great work, apply for the Regional Chapter Award.

Regional Faculty Advisor Award

Faculty advisors serve as organizers, mentors, and models for Psi Chi members. Show your faculty advisor you appreciate all the hard work by nominating him or her to receive the Regional Faculty Advisor Award.

Psi Chi Central Office
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