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Here are highlights, dates and locations for each of psychology's regional meetings. The meetings are listed in chronological order.

Eastern Psychological Association

March 1–4, New York City

With a theme of "Consuming Psychological Science," this year's Eastern Psychological Association meeting will feature speakers discussing research on food consumption as well as other key topics. This year's highlights include:

  • The Psi Chi/EPA Invited Keynote Address by Linda Bartoshuk, PhD, of the University of Florida on "Why Do We Like Some Foods and Hate Others? Can We Do Anything About It?"
  • A Presidential Integrative Symposium: "Why We Eat What We Eat," with Jeff Brunstrom, PhD, of the University of Bristol, Peter Herman, PhD, of the University of Toronto, and Marcia Levin Pelchat, PhD, of the Monell Chemical Senses Center.
  • The APA-sponsored invited address by Paul Rozin, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, "The Aesthetics of Temporal Sequence, and 10 Almost Consecutive Paper Rejections from Psychological Science."
  • The APS-sponsored invited address by Janet Polivy, PhD, of the University of Toronto will be "Dieting in the Face of Plenty: Why Appetite Beats Self-control."
  • Brian Wansink, PhD, of Cornell University, will present "Slim by Design."
  • The Richard Solomon Memorial Lecture, titled "The Role of the Ventral Medial Prefrontal Cortex in Determining Resistance and Vulnerability to Adverse Events," will be given by Steven Maier, PhD, of the University of Colorado.
  • Allan Geliebter, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center and Touro College, will chair the symposium "New Insights into the Biology, Associated Psychopathology and Prevention of Obesity." Speakers include Susan Carnell, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center, Laurence J. Nolan, PhD, of Wagner College, and David Levitsky, PhD, of Cornell University.

Southeastern Psychological Association

March 13–16, Atlanta

The Southeastern Psychological Association meeting will feature several invited speakers:

  • Patricia Greenfield, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the APA Distinguished Lecture.
  • Harold Herzog, PhD, of Western Carolina University, will present "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Psychology and the New Science of Human-Animal Relationships."
  • Mark Leary, PhD, of Duke University, will present "The Psychology of Hypo-egoic States: Reducing the Curse of the Self."
  • Steve Nida, PhD, of The Citadel, will deliver the SEPA Presidential Address on "Social Psychology as Empowerment."
  • Michael Potegal, PhD, of the University of Minnesota, will present "What Can We Learn About the Emotion of Anger From the Study of Angry Behaviors?"
  • Melissa Reeves, PhD, of Winthrop University, will deliver the Psi Chi Invited Address, "From Mass Shootings to Natural Disasters: Understanding Trauma and How It Impacts Our Sense of Safety."

Southwestern Psychological Association

April 4–6, in Fort Worth, Texas

This meeting is held simultaneously with several affiliated organizations: the Society for Applied Multivariate Research, the Southwestern Comparative Psychology Association, the Southwestern Teachers of Psychology and Psi Chi. Keynote speakers include:

  • Art Graesser, PhD, of the University of Memphis, who will address "Conversational Agents that Track and Help Student Learning."
  • Nick Yee, PhD, of Ubisoft's Gamer Behavior Research Group, who will discuss "The Price of Freedom in Virtual Worlds and Online Games."
  • Raymond J. Mooney, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin, who will speak about "Getting Computers to Learn Human Language."
  • James "Jay" McClelland, PhD, of Stanford University, who will present "Understanding Individual Differences through Computational Modeling: A Case Study."

In addition, the meeting offers continuing-education credits. For more information, go to the Southwestern Psychological Association

Rocky Mountain Psychological Association

April 11–13, Denver

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Psychological Association begins Thursday, April 11, at noon with the Portenier-Wertheimer Teaching Conference. Highlights include:

  • Ken Keith, PhD, of the University of San Diego, will present the teaching keynote address, titled "Voices from the Past: William James, H.B. Alexander and the Psychology of Teaching," followed by symposia, workshops, a poster session and a reception. A student preconference is scheduled to take place alongside the teaching conference. Psi Chi is sponsoring an exciting leadership training workshop on April 11, as well as programming of interest to students throughout the conference.
  • David Buss, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin, will kick off the regular conference with a discussion of his internationally recognized research on human mating strategies.
  • The Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker will be Robert Sternberg, PhD, provost of Oklahoma State University. Renowned for his research on human intelligence, Sternberg will discuss his reflections on what he has learned from his 40 years in psychology.
  • The Gardner Memorial Lecture will feature Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, PhD, executive director and head scientist at Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, who will describe her research on language learning in bonobos.
  • APA is sponsoring Christine Chiarello, PhD, of the University of California, Riverside as the G. Stanley Hall Lecturer. She will discuss her recent work on the organization of language functions in the brain.
  • Worth Publishers is sponsoring a talk by Ronald Comer, PhD, of Princeton University, author of a popular textbook on abnormal psychology.
  • Wayne Viney, PhD, from Colorado State University, will give the past-president's address on "Einstein's Jewish Science and William James's American Psychology."
  • A special festschrift is planned for Paul Bell, PhD, in celebration of his retirement from Colorado State University.
  • The Diversity Council will have a strong presence throughout the convention, including a lecture by Peggy McIntosh, PhD, of Wellesley College, a prominent scholar on race and gender issues and author of "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack."

Western Psychological Association

April 25–28, Reno, Nev.

The program will feature more than 30 distinguished speakers and invited symposia in addition to the Terman Teaching Conference on April 24, statistics workshops and the Western Psychological Association (WPA) Film Festival. Among the highlights are:

  • President's Special Program in Honor of Philip Zimbardo's 80th birthday: "Career Journeys in Psychology" featuring Philip Zimbardo, PhD, Elliot Aronson, PhD, Lee Ross, PhD, and Christina Maslach, PhD.
  • The Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker will be Brian Nosek, PhD, of the University of Virginia, speaking on "Scientific Utopia: A Radical View."
  • The APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer will be Lera Boroditsky, PhD, of Stanford University.
  • WPA Presidential Address by Robert Levine, PhD, of California State University, Fresno: "A Geography of Time."
  • President's Special Program on the Science of Goodness and Heroism will feature three sessions featuring the work of the Heroic Imagination Project, Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism, and the University of California, Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. 
  • Deborah Layton, author of "Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple," will speak with Philip Zimbardo, PhD, on the psychology of cults.
  • Neil Altman, PhD, author of "The Analyst in the Inner City," will speak on psychoanalysis, race and class.
  • WPA Award Addresses will be delivered by Jodie Ullman, PhD (Teaching), George Slavich (Early Career Research) and Jeffry Wood, PhD (E.E. Jones Clinical and Psychotherapy Research).

Other featured speakers will include Ronald Comer, PhD, of Princeton University; John Boyd, PhD, social psychologist at Google; Jerry Burger, PhD, of Santa Clara University; Constance Jones, PhD, of California State University, Fresno; Howard Friedman, PhD, of University of California, Riverside; Jim Blascovich, PhD, of University of California, Santa Barbara; Steven Hayes, PhD, of University of Nevada, Reno; Delia Saenz, PhD, of Arizona State University; and Steven Neuberg, PhD, of Arizona State University.

Midwestern Psychological Association

May 2–4, Chicago

The Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting features papers, posters, workshops and discussion sessions from researchers across the Midwest and around the world. This year's invited speakers include:

  • Albert Bandura, PhD, Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker, Stanford University.
  • David Buss, PhD, APA G. Stanley Hall Lecturer, University of Texas.
  • Lee Anna Clark, PhD, University of Notre Dame.
  • John Holmes, PhD, University of Waterloo.
  • Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, University of California, Irvine.
  • Jennifer Richeson, PhD, Northwestern University.
  • Paul Rozin, PhD, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Gary Wenk, PhD, The Ohio State University.

MPA will also host affiliated meetings of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the Society for Community Research and Action and Psi Chi.

New England Psychological Association

Oct. 18–19, Bridgeport, Conn.

The New England Psychological Association 2013 Annual Meeting continues to develop and is off to a great start. Speakers include:

  • Daniel Schacter, PhD, as the APA G. Stanley Hall lecturer.
  • Kenneth D. Keith, PhD, as the APA Harry Kirke Wolfe lecturer.
  • Kelly Brownell, PhD, as the NEPA 2013 Distinguished Contribution Award Speaker.

As always, the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Psychology will meet the day before NEPA at the same location, and the NEPA meeting will include Psi Chi programming. NEPA is also planning to hold an APA Science Directorate-sponsored Academic Careers Workshop.

The deadline for submission of papers and symposia for NEPA is June 8.

Poster submissions will be reviewed through Sept. 21 on a space-available basis.