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The Southwestern Region

The Southwestern Region

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Guam, Guatemala.

Latest Regional News

04/03/2020: SWPA 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19. For more information, go to SWPA's website.

03/13/2020: SWPA 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. The new tentative dates are August 27-30.

03/04/2020: Read Dr. Charlton's Spring Letter to the Southwestern Region.

02/03/2020: Dr. Charlton invites you to become a Recurring Contributor for his new Psychology in the Headlines series.

10/03/2019: See Dr. Charlton's Fall Letter to the Southwestern Region.

06/03/2019: Join Psi Chi in Frisco, TX, for the SWPA Convention.

Regional VP Fun Fact

Dr. Charlton's favorite psychologist is Dr. B.F. Skinner. He says, "Skinner’s idea of selection by consequences at multiple levels resonates wonderfully with my world view." See more fun facts!


Chapter Spotlight

Nova Southeastern University’s (FL) Joshua Braverman (student) presenting a research poster with Dr. Weylin Sternglanz (advisor) at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in San Antonio TX.

2020 SWPA Convention: CANCELED (4/03/2020)

Frisco, TX | Omni Frisco Hotel
Visit the SWPA website.
See last year's Psi Chi program at SWPA.


Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
It's Time to Talk About the Brain and the Birth Control Pill

Saturday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. | Star Balroom C
Speaker: Sarah E. Hill (Texas Christian University)
Abstract: The majority of women in the United States and much of Europe will use the birth control pill at some point in their lives. Yet, there is very little information out there for women or their partners about what the pill does to the brain. This is critical information to have because—although women go on the pill for a small handful of targeted effects—sex hormones simply can't work that way. Sex hormones impact the activities of billions of cells in the body at once, many of which are in the brain. This means that being on the birth control pill makes women a different version of themselves than when they are off of it. In this talk, I will talk about what we know and don’t know about the pill and women’s brains and behavior. I will also talk about why this information also matters for men. Lastly, I will urge researchers to conduct better, more inclusive science that teaches men and women about who they are and how their brains work, whether they are on or off of medications like the birth control pill.


Psi Chi Workshop
Psi Chi and the Undergraduate Experience

8:30–9:30 a.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
Join us for a discussion about how Psi Chi can strengthen the undergraduate experience. This teaching and curriculum-focused workshop is open to everyone but is designed specifically for faculty, Psi Chi advisors, and Psi Chi chapter leadership.

Psi Chi Workshop
Conversations About the Future: A Career Development Workshop

9:30–10:30 a.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
This workshop is designed especially for undergraduate students seeking a better understanding of the career options available with a degree in psychology as well as the skills, abilities, and experiences required to create a professional career.

Psi Chi Regional Research Awards 1
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
The first six (of 12) papers selected for 2020 Psi Chi Regional Research Awards.

Perceptions of Interpersonal Relationships and the Correlation to Female Adolescent Social Anxiety
Emma A. Kannard, Banan Ramadan, Andalusia A. Hinojos, Caroline Lee, Jake Hanes, and Heidemarie Blumenthal
Perception of Crime Severity: The influence of Adherence to Order and Life-History Theory
Ashley V. Lockwood and J. April Park
The Buffering Effects of Dog Ownership and support in Victimized Adolescents
Kristen N. Hull, Maria Guarneri-White, and Lauri A. Jensen-Campbell
Wait, What? Observation of Proactive Interference and the Serial Processing Effect
Madeleine N. Foster
Practice Improves Non-Dominant Hand Dexterity
Elise N. Gray
Sex Differences in the Severity and Duration of Opiate Withdrawal Syndrom
Laura L. Kaiser, Houda Chamseddine, and Saurabh Kokane

Psi Chi Workshop
Psi Chi & Psi Beta Exchange: Psychology Everywhere!

1:00–2:30 p.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
Join with us as students from Psi Beta and Psi Chi chapters from the Southwest region present a workshop exploring the impact of psychology in our daily lives. As you get ready for the event, we encourage you to read this Psych Everywhere article by Psi Chi President, Dr. Regan Gurung:

Psi Chi Regional Research Awards 2
2:30–4:00 p.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
The second six (of 12) papers selected for 2020 Psi Chi Regional Research Awards.

Comparing Level of Stigmatization to Mental Disorder Prevalence Rates in the Workplace
Adelynn B. Richard
Get Your Shots: Assessing Vaccination Knowledge
Autumn B. Crane and Lisset Martinez-Berman
Autism and Stigma: The Role of Sex, Symptom Severity, and Age
Andy Torres, Denise Lecusay, Maria C. Montenegro, Clair A. Guzman, Lilibeth Pesina Avalos, Sebastian Cukier, Ricardo Garcia, Gabriela Garrido, Cristiane Paula, Alexa Rattazzi, Analia Rosoli, Daniel Valdez, and Cecilia Montiel-Nava
A Novel Idea: Linguistic Gender Differences in Expert and Novice Fiction
Shashidhar Sastry
Propensity to Make Attributions to Prejudice Moderates the Acceptability of Racial Microaggressions
Jordan A. Sparrow
Hostility Relates to Less Habituation of the Cardiovascular Response to Repeated Stress
Alexandra T. Tyra

Awards Presentation
4:45–5:15 p.m. | Wynne Ballroom A
Psi Chi award recipients will be recognized at this event!

Psi Chi/SWPA Poster Showcase
5:30–6:30 p.m. | Star Ballroom A/B


Psi Chi Workshop
Leadership and Psi Chi: A Team Building Workshop

8:30–9:30 a.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
Psi Chi chapter advisors, chapter officers, and those who wish to become more engaged with their local Psi Chi chapters are invited to participate in this leadership workshop. The workshop includes both prepared leadership development activities as well as an open forum to discuss the needs of local chapters.

Psi Chi Diversity Session
Diversity and Inclusion: A Focus on Valued Actions

9:30–10:30 a.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi Past-President, Utah State University)

Psi Chi Workshop
Psychology, Social Changes, and the Future: A Discussion

10:30–11:30 a.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi Past-President, Utah State University), Darshon Andersion (University of Central Arkansas), Karenna Malavanti (Baylor University), and Seungyeon Lee (University of Arkansas, Monticello)

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
It's Time to Talk About the Brain and the Birth Control Pill

1:00–2:00 p.m. | Star Balroom C
Sarah Hill (Texas Christian University)

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer Q&A
2:00–3:00 p.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
Sarah Hill (Texas Christian University)

Psi Chi Workshop
Cultivating Open Science With Psi Chi

3:30–4:30 p.m. | Wynne Ballroom C
In August of 2018, Psi Chi’s Network for International Collaborative Exchange (NICE) began its first project focused on understanding family dynamics in a cross-cultural sample. Over the course of the academic year, over 40 contributors from over five different countries came together to collect over 2,600 cases of data, providing faculty and students the opportunity to explore, collaborate, and practice the tenants of open science. Other opportunities to explore open science with Psi Chi include the R project, in which faculty and students can practice using open software R to compute, analyze, and visualize data; access to grants and badges promoting open science, and planned webinars that will help members explore how to assemble a team for a collaborative project, publishing, and what to expect during the research process.

Other Conventions

Learn about upcoming programming. 

Regional Awards

Regional Research Awards

As a Psi Chi member, you have an opportunity that most students do not: to attend a professional conference, and take advantage of all the benefits it offers. One of those benefits is the chance to present your research. When you present a poster or a paper at SWPA, you gain experience, knowledge, and confidence. You also become eligible to receive one of 12 regional research awards. For more information see:

Regional Travel Grants

There are many reasons to consider attending a SWPA 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 SWPA, you should apply for a Psi Chi travel grant. You may find yourself eligible and have your travel expenses reimbursed!

Regional Chapter Award

The chapters in the Southwestern region are busy learning, serving, and carrying out the Psi Chi mission. If your chapter is a worthy role model, consider applying for a Regional Chapter Award.

Regional Faculty Advisor Award

Does your faculty advisor inspire you? Faculty advisors who serve as role models and mentors deserve recognition! Nominate your faculty advisor to receive a Regional Faculty Advisor Award.

Psi Chi Central Office
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