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Southeastern Regional Convention

2017 SEPA Convention
March 8–11, 2017 | Grand Hyatt Atlanta | Atlanta, GA
 Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture
Technology, Psychology, and Religion: From Surveys to Attachments and God
Some data suggest that technology may be displacing God. Are people becoming more attached to their phones than to their deities? Is belief in God the ultimate virtual reality experience? Dr. Nielsen offers an overview of the ways that technology is useful for studying religion, and what attachment theory and other perspectives suggest about the similarities of technology and religion.
 Michael Nielsen, PhD
 Georgia Southern University

CEPO/Psi Chi Poster Session I
8:30–9:50 a.m., Grand Ballroom 1 & 2

Graduate School Session

Managing the Application Process for Graduate School
10:30–11:20 a.m., Grand Ballroom 3
Speaker: Gina Mariano (Troy University)

Graduate School Session
Developing Your Best Professional Statement(s) for
Graduate School

11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m., Grand Ballroom 3
Speakers: Jeffrey Helms and Daniel T. Rogers (Kennesaw State University), and
Alicia Briganti (Dalton State College)

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture
Technology, Psychology, and Religion:
From Surveys to Attachments and God

1:30–2:20 p.m., Grand Ballroom 3
Chair: R. Eric Landrum (Psi Chi President-Elect; Boise State University)
Speaker: Michael Nielsen (Georgia Southern University, President, Division 36 APA)

Psi Chi Invited Address
Navigating the Psycholegal Nexus:
The Role of Forensic Psychology

2:30–3:20 p.m., Grand Ballroom 3
Chair: Christina Sinisi
(Psi Chi Southeastern Regional Vice-President; Charleston Southern University)

Speaker: Susan Knight (Applied Psychological Services, LLC)

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017

CEPO/Psi Chi Poster Session II
8:30–9:50 a.m., Grand Ballroom 1 & 2

Diversity Quiz Bowl
10:30–11:20 a.m., Grand Ballroom 3
Host: Barbara Acker-Mills (Tuskegee University)
Grab a friend and take part in a fun-filled, low-stress quiz bowl including prizes and giveaways. No preparation is necessary.

CEPO/Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Session
2:30–3:50 p.m., Grand Ballroom 3

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Christina Sinisi, PhD
Charleston Southern
University (SC)

Biographical Information

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia


Barbara Acker-Mills, PhD
Tuskegee University (AL)

Alicia Briganti, PhD
Dalton State College (GA)

Gina Mariano, PhD
Troy University (AL)

Jenny Mason, PhD
Cumberland University (TN)

Robyn Bates
Argosy University

Jessica Downing
Charleston Southern
University (SC)


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