Beginning in March, meetings of psychology's regional associations will feature programming on the latest developments in research, practice and education, professional development opportunities and the chance to meet new colleagues. Here are highlights, dates and locations for each meeting:
Eastern Psychological Association (EPA)
March 10-13, Boston
EPA welcomes a line-up of leaders and scholars in psychology to the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Speakers include 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. Mark Bouton, PhD, of the University of Vermont, will deliver his presidential address. In addition, John Hogan, PhD, of St. John's University, is on the program to give the historian's address. Nora Newcombe, PhD, of Temple University, will present the Presidential Symposium on Spatial Learning. Dan McAdams, PhD, of Northwestern University, will present his APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture.
Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA)
March 24-26, Memphis, Tenn.
This year's meeting at the Peabody Hotel includes paper and poster sessions, workshops, symposia and invited talks. Invited speakers include such notables as 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. In addition, APA is hosting a free Academic Career Workshop to introduce graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to an academic career.
Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)
April 6-9, Nashville, Tenn.
The SEPA meeting, held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, will feature a full complement of poster sessions, paper sessions, symposia and conversation hours, as well as APA-approved continuing-education workshops. John Foreyt, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss "Trends in the treatment of obesity." Randy Otto, PhD, of the Florida Mental Health Institute, will speak about "Current challenges to forensic practice." Kecia Thomas, PhD, of the University of Georgia, will talk about "Racial identity and responses to diversity."
Norman B. Anderson, PhD, APA CEO, will give a presentation titled "Unraveling the mystery of racial and ethnic health disparities." John D. Robinson, EdD, of the Howard University College of Medicine, will give a keynote address on "Enjoying diversity." In addition, Hilary Lips, PhD, of Radford University, will speak on "The gender pay gap: Reflections on an old problem and some new analyses." Other noted presenters include Jill Reich, PhD, of Bates College, who will be the APA G. Stanley Hall speaker. Al Finch, PhD, of The Citadel, will deliver his presidential address. Keep an eye out for "Psych Follies" by the comedy team of Charles Brewer, PhD, of Furman University, and Joe Palladino, PhD, of the University of Southern Indiana.
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA)
April 14-16, Phoenix
RMPA will host its 2005 conference at the Four Points Barcelo Hotel at the Phoenix Metrocenter. The RMPA program includes Robert Cialdini, PhD, of Arizona State University, Julia Quentin Davis, of Augusta State University, Wayne Viney, PhD, of Colorado State University, Lynn Nadel, PhD, of the University of Arizona, Stephen F. Davis, PhD, of Emporia State University, Michael Wertheimer, PhD, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Partricia Arredondo, EdD, of Arizona State University, and Roger Dominowski, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition, Laurence Steinberg, PhD, of Temple University, will present the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture, "Not guilty by reason of adolescence: A developmental perspective on youth and the law." Dan McAdams, PhD, of Northwestern University, will present his APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture. In addition, APA is hosting a free Academic Career Workshop to introduce graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to an academic career.
Western Psychological Association (WPA)
April 14-17, Portland, Ore.
WPA will hold its 85th Annual Convention at the Portland Marriott Downtown. The 2005 WPA presidential address will be given by Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, of the University of California, Irvine. Bartley Hoebel, PhD, of Princeton University, will deliver the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture, "Sugar addiction: A behavioral and neurochemical model of eating disorders." Lisa Gray-Shellberg, PhD, will give the Teaching Award address, and Joan Tucker, PhD, of the Rand Corp., will deliver the Research Award address. WPA will also offer its popular statistical and methodological workshops. In addition, the Lewis M. Terman Western Regional Teaching Conference will occur before the convention on Wednesday, April 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The conference is for faculty who teach at four-year universities and colleges, community colleges and high schools, and includes information on the teaching of psychology and the opportunity to see award-winning teachers in action.
Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
May 5-7, Chicago
The MPA meeting at the Palmer House Hilton will feature a variety of invited talks by social and personality psychologists, including Mahzarin Banaji, PhD, of Harvard University, and Galen V. Bodenhausen, PhD, of Northwestern University. Tom Pyszczynski, PhD, of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will present his APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture. The invited program features scholars across all areas of psychology, including Paul Bloom, PhD, of Yale University, Denise Park, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Roddy Roediger, PhD, of Washington University, and a joint address by Lyn Abramson, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, and Lauren Alloy, PhD, of Temple University. MPA will also include a free APA workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in an academic career.
New England Psychological Association (NEPA)
Oct. 14-15, New Haven, Conn.
NEPA's meeting, still in the planning stages, will be held at Southern Connecticut State University in conjunction with the 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, the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, will speak on "What makes for a great ensemble?" The call for submissions deadline is May 21. Submission forms are available on the NEPA Web site or from Jack Hutson.
Martha Boenau is APA's precollege and undergraduate psychology officer.