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Biographical Information

Deborah Harris O’Brien, PhD

President
Trinity Washington University (DC)

Deborah Harris O’Brien, PhD, is a founding advisor of the Psi Chi Chapter at Trinity Washington University (Washington, DC). She completed two terms as Psi Chi Vice-President (Eastern Region), chaired the Awards Committee, served as a member of the Eastern regional steering committee, and was the Psi Chi liaison to APA’s Board of Educational Affairs for four years. Dr. Harris O’Brien received her PhD in developmental/clinical child psychology from the Ohio State University. She has worked in private practice in Maryland with children, teens, and families, in addition to teaching and research.

Dr. Harris O’Brien has a long-term commitment to advancing the mission of Psi Chi. She has served as a faculty advisor at her institution since 1998; the chapter has won the Model Chapter Award a number of times. Trinity Washington University is a primarily minority serving institution and a historical women’s college, with a focus on social justice. Before coming to Trinity Washington, Dr. Harris O’Brien was a faculty member at Gallaudet University, the premier institution for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, where she conducted research on deaf children and taught psychology in sign language. Having spent her entire academic career teaching underserved students, and as a first-generation college student herself, Dr. Harris O’Brien’s passion is increasing access to opportunities in psychology for low income, minority, disabled, and other marginalized students.


Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD

Past-President
Oregon State University

Regan A. R. Gurung is Professor of Psychological Science at OSU where he has been since 2019 after 20 years at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

A social psychologist by training, his research encompasses social, health, and pedagogical psychology. After an undergraduate education at Carleton College, he earned his PHD at the University of Washington in Seattle, and was a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals including the American Psychologist, Psychological Review, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Teaching of Psychology, and is also the co-author/co-editor of 15 books. His textbook Health Psychology: Well-Being in a Diverse World is now in its 4th edition (SAGE). He recently published the Handbook of Health Psychology (2019, co-edited with Tracey Revenson) and is currently working on a Field Guide to Research Methods: Creating Savvy Consumers of Science, and Studying Like a Champion: Applying Cognitive Science to Everyday Life (with John Dunlosky).

He is honored to have won numerous teaching awards such as the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Career in Teaching Psychology, The national Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Wisconsin Professor of the Year, the University of Wisconsin System Regent’s Teaching Award, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Founder’s Award for Scholarship. He is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Midwestern Psychological Association. A past President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2), he is President of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and is the founding Co-Editor of APA's journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. He is currently Co-Chair of the APA General Psychology Initiative.


Ngoc H. Bui, PhD

President-Elect
University of La Verne (CA)

Dr. Ngoc H. Bui is a tenured full professor in the psychology department at the University of La Verne and is currently serving as Interim Associate Dean for Effectiveness, Planning, and Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology, with a minor in quantitative research, at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, in 1994. Dr. Bui earned her MA (1997) and PhD (2000) degrees in social psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Prior to coming to La Verne, Dr. Bui was a full-time social sciences instructor at Metropolitan Community College, located in Elkhorn, Nebraska (1999–2002). Dr. Bui’s research interests include attitudes, procrastination, social cognition and media psychology. She has 18 refereed journal publications (8 of which were coauthored with students) and 23 poster presentations since arriving at La Verne. She has served as chapter advisor to Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology at the University of La Verne since 2002 and has served as Western Regional Vice-President of Psi Chi (2007-11). Dr. Bui has been awarded the Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor Award (2007, 2008, 2009), the Psi Chi Regional Faculty Advisor Award (2006), and the Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award (2012). She lives with her husband, her two children, and her two cats. In her free time, Dr. Bui is an avid reader of dystopian fiction, fantasy, and YA novels.

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