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Rocky Mountain Regional Convention
2014 RMPA Convention
April 24–26, 2014Marriott City Center | Salt Lake City, UT

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

What Can We Really Learn
From the Study of Little Albert?

One of the most controversial issues to arise from the recent studies of Watson’s infant research concerns the health of Little Albert? Was Albert the "healthy,” "well developed,” infant described by Watson or was he an impaired child as some investigators have claimed? Experimental ethics, Watson’s legacy, and the Albert study are discussed in light of these new findings.

Skip "Hall" Beck, PhD


Appalachian State University

Psi Chi Western Regional Convention Program
Psi Chi Workshop
Making the Most of Your Time at RMPA
1:00–1:55 p.m., Amethyst 1
Aaron Richmond (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Rona McCall (Regis University), and Susan Becker (Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President, Colorado Mesa University)
Going to Graduate School:
Selecting the Right Program for You

2:00–2:55 p.m., Amethyst 1
Eddy Ameen (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students)
There are many choices to make when looking at graduate programs in psychology. This workshop will discuss (a) masters and doctorates, (b) types of degrees and subfields, (c) ways to evaluate programs on objective and subjective data, and (d) how you can afford and repay graduate school. A time for Q&A will follow.
Dot Your Eyes and Cross Your Tees:
Focusing on the Details of the Graduate School Application
3:00–3:55 p.m., Amethyst 1
Rona McCall (Regis University)
Putting together a winning graduate school application is not just about listing your accomplishments. In this session we will focus on the nuts and bolts of the application, how to convey your strengths, and how put together a graduate school application that will get you noticed by the admissions committee. Remember their decision is in the details!
Psi Chi Student Session
Career Opportunities With a BA in Psychology
4:00–4:55 p.m., Amethyst 1
Betsy Morgan (Psi Chi President-Elect, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse)
An overview of the current state of the union regarding what is known about current trends in careers for psychology majors with a bachelor’s degree. Focus will be on types of careers and salary information. With over 80,000 students graduating with degrees in psychology yearly in the United States, it is imperative to recognize the skills garnered with a degree in psychology.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Psi Chi Welcome Coffee (Students and Faculty Welcome)
8:00–9:00 a.m., Amethyst 1
Hosts: Susan E. Becker and Danette Stark (Colorado Mesa University); and Martha S. Zlokovich (Psi Chi Executive Director)
Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
What Can We Really Learn From the Study of Little Albert?
Hall "Skip" Beck Appalachian State University
9:10–10:10 a.m., Ballroom A
Psi Chi Student Conversation Hour With Dr. Hall Beck
10:20–11:20 a.m., Amethyst 1
Moderators: Aaron Richmond (Metropolitan State University) and Rona McCall (Regis University)
Psi Chi Leadership Program
Promoting Leadership Skills Through
Club and Honor Society Participation
1:00–1:55 p.m., Amethyst 1
Nellie V. Hellyer, Selah J. McMath, Rita C. Schenkelberg, and Susan Becker (Colorado Mesa University)
Responses to a leadership survey show the specific skills developed during college and in post-graduate career. The presentation will include results of the survey and group activities to assess and demonstrate leadership skills. Through this workshop, the audience will gain understanding of leadership development in college and the post-graduation work place.
Psi Chi/RMPA Diversity Speaker
Recent Advances in the Study of Culture and Psychology
2:10–3:10 p.m., Ballroom A
David Matsumoto (San Francisco State University)
The study of the interaction and relationship between culture and mental processes and behaviors is now well-established within psychology, but there is still much to do. In this talk I will highlight some of the major insights this area of study has made to our knowledge of psychological processes and behaviors, drawing not only from my own research but that of others in the field. I will discuss how an understanding of the origins of culture and its possible sources can lead to different perspectives about culture and its relationship to psychology. And I will talk about the importance of context as a crucial mediator of this relationship. Hopefully these topics will provide the audience with a broad perspective about how to think about culture and psychology, both theoretically and empirically.
Psi Chi Award Winners Oral Paper Session
4:00–5:30 p.m., Amethyst 1
Moderators: Rona McCall (Regis University) and Aaron Richmond (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
Psi Chi Award Reception and Raffle Drawing
6:00–7:00 p.m., Amethyst 1
Hosts: Susan E. Becker and Danette Stark (Colorado Mesa University);
Martha S. Zlokovich (Psi Chi Executive Director); and Betsy Morgan (University of Wisconsin–La Crosse)
All students welcome to come congratulate the award winners. Come in person to see if you win something special from Psi Chi.
Faculty Morning Coffee Break: Am I Doing It Right? Faculty Advisor Discussion With Psi Chi's Executive Director
8:00–9:00 a.m., Amethyst 1
Martha S. Zlokovich (Psi Chi Executive Director)
Whether you are a new Psi Chi chapter advisor or have served for years, Psi Chi wants to support you! Executive Director Martha Zlokovich will hold an informal discussion to provide information about best practices in chapter management and making the most of the new website's options. She will also answer any advisor questions.
Faculty advisors, coadvisors, and interested faculty members welcome.
On Becoming a PRO:
How a PROficient PROcrastinator Achieves PROductivity
9:10–10:10 a.m., Amethyst 1
Rona McCall and Rebecca Betjemann (Regis University)
Living in a world of distractions, we are all tempted to put things off until later. For students this can mean school work and graduate school applications, which in turn, just leads to added stress and anxiety. When it comes to procrastination, this session will address how to claim it, own it, and manage it, in addition to suggesting that a dose of procrastination might not be such a bad thing.
Evaluating Best Practices in Student Engagement
in the UCD Psychology Department
10:20–11:20 a.m., Amethyst 1
Joan Bihun, Katie Cochran, Chelsea Honea, Michelle Klein, Lisa Pringle, Diana Rivas, Max Salazar, Jenny Shelfyer, and Kirsten Wheeler (University of Colorado–Denver)
Our Psi Chi chapter is running a seminar investigating best practices in student engagement. Research areas of interest include: student response systems and peer tutoring and reviewing, for example. Psi Chi students are thus involved in the science of teaching and learning. The project will culminate in a student-driven program evaluation addressing how student engagement affects student learning, interest and retention.
Celebrating Psi Chi Chapter Successes:
A Chapter Exchange
1:00–2:00 p.m., Amethyst 1
Moderators: Aaron Richmond (Metropolitan State University of Denver) and Joan Bihun (University of Colorado at Denver)
Discussants: Hannah Rauer, Jared Becknell, Alex Howard, Eric Klein, Corey Engle, and Paul Oliver (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
Come and listen, share, and discuss what your chapter has been successful at. In this Psi Chi Exchange we will discuss how chapters have successfully recruited members, fundraised, conducted induction ceremonies, invited speakers, research projects, etc. In sharing these success stories, it is our hope that chapter members can go back to their respective institutions with renewed energy and good ideas to implement.
How to Thrive, Not Just Survive as a Graduate Student
2:10–3:10 p.m., Amethyst 1
Aaron Richmond (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
Even though getting in to graduate school is a daunting task and a major hurdle, some of the first decisions you will make (e.g., who to work with, dissertation/thesis topic, and dissertation/thesis committee) immensely affect your success as a student and a scholar. In this symposium I will discuss how to approach common and important graduate school decisions to best optimize your experience and chance to succeed.

Susan Becker, PhD
Colorado Mesa University
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