Looking for a mentor, professional development opportunities or a chance to network? Check out psychology's regional association meetings, which begin in March. Each meeting offers registration discounts to students and features programming on the latest in research, practice and education, and talks by prominent researchers and academicians.
Here are highlights, dates and locations for each meeting:
Eastern Psychological Association (EPA)
March 10-13, Boston
EPA will feature notable speakers such as Jerome Kagan, PhD, of Harvard University, Rhoda Unger, PhD, of Brandeis University, Robert Rescorla, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, Mahzarin Banaji, PhD, of Harvard University, and Richard McNally, PhD, of Harvard University.
Nora Newcombe, PhD, of Temple University, will present the Presidential Symposium on Spatial Learning. Dan McAdams, PhD, will present his APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture.
Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA)
March 24-26, Memphis, Tenn.
SWPA features paper and poster sessions, workshops, symposia and invited talks.
Notable speakers include Art Graesser, PhD, of the University of Memphis, Bill Hill, PhD, of Kennesaw State University, Gordon Burghardt, PhD, of the University of Tennessee, Steve Franzoi, PhD, of Marquette University, James Snyder, PhD, of Wichita State University, Elena Grigorenko, PhD, of Yale University, and Daniel Simons, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, will deliver her APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture.
Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)
April 6-9, Nashville, Tenn.
The SEPA meeting will feature presentations by Norman B. Anderson, PhD, APA CEO, John D. Robinson, EdD, of the Howard University College of Medicine, and Hilary Lips, PhD, of Radford University. The meeting will also feature "Psych Follies" by the comedy team of Charles Brewer, PhD, and Joe Palladino, PhD.
Distinguished speakers include:
John Foreyt, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine, presenting his work on obesity and weight loss.
Jill Reich, PhD, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty at Bates College and former executive director of APA's Education Directorate, presenting the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture.
Randy Otto, PhD, of the University of South Florida, presenting on forensic psychology research.
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA)
April 14-16, Phoenix
RMPA's 75th anniversary meeting will feature symposia and panel discussions on teaching and academia, including "Socrates, Mr. Chips and you: Becoming a great teacher," led by Roger Dominowski, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Conference speakers include:
Robert Cialdini, PhD, of Arizona State University, presenting on "Recycling the concept of norms to protect the environment."
Stephen F. Davis, PhD, of Emporia State University, presenting on academic dishonesty.
Michael Wertheimer, PhD, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, presenting the RMPA invited address on "Challenges, pleasures and pangs: Reflections of a half century of teaching."
Western Psychological Association (WPA)
April 14-17, Portland, Ore.
WPA will feature cutting-edge research presentations and numerous statistical and methodological workshops. In addition, the Lewis M. Terman Western Regional Teaching Conference will occur the day before the full WPA convention on Wednesday, April 13.
Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
May 5-7, Chicago
The MPA program will feature presentations by Mahzarin Banaji, PhD, of Harvard University, Roddy Roediger, PhD, of Washington University, Lyn Abramson, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, Lauren Alloy, PhD, of Temple University, and Denise Park, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Tom Pyszczynski, PhD, of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will present the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture.
New England Psychological Association (NEPA)
Oct. 14-15, New Haven, Conn.
NEPA is still in the planning stages for its 2005 meeting, so details for the program will appear on the Web in the coming months. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 11th Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology. APA President Ronald F. Levant, EdD, will receive NEPA's 2005 Distinguished Contribution Award and give a lecture. Richard Hackman, PhD, of Harvard University, will be the APA distinguished scientist lecturer at the meeting; his talk is part of an APA-sponsored lecturer program for regional psychology meetings.
-M. BOENAU AND Z. STAMBOR