Beginning in February and continuing throughout the year, psychology's regional conferences will provide a wealth of programming to keep you up-to-date on important developments in psychological science, practice and education. The regional meetings offer a wide array of distinguished speakers in psychology and are an opportunity to renew old friendships and meet new colleagues.
Here are each meeting's highlights, dates and locations:
Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA), Feb. 21-24, New Orleanswww.sepaonline.com
Louis Penner, PhD, of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Department of Family Medicine, Wayne State University, will give an address titled "From the Social Psychology Laboratory to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic: Parents' Empathy and Children's Pain during Cancer Treatments." Lula Beatty, PhD, chief of the Special Populations Office at the National Institute on Drug Abuse will give the CEPO Keynote Address on "Psychologists Making a Difference through Health Disparities Research in Drug Abuse." G. William "Bill" Hill, PhD, of Kennesaw State University, has organized a program on "Enhancing Undergraduate Program Quality: Benchmarks for Evaluating Student Learning." APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Steven Lopez, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, will speak on "Conceptions of Culture: Implications for Clinical Research and Practice." The APS William James Distinguished Lecturer will be Morton Ann Gernsbacher, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will discuss "The Science of Autism: Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions." Other programming will be presented by the Southeastern Industrial and Organizational Psychological Association, SWIM, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Council of Undergraduate Psychology Programs, the Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology (CTUP) and Psi Chi.
Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), March 22-25, Philadelphiawww.easternpsychological.org
EPA will feature notable speakers such as Allen Neuringer, PhD, of Reed College, who will speak on "Science, Choice and Free Will." Philip Hineline, PhD, of Temple University, will give the president's address on "The Extended Psychological Present." Barry Schwartz, PhD, of Swarthmore College, is the Distinguished Psi Chi speaker presenting on "The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less." With support from APA, there will be a symposium on "Behavioral Economics in Three Flavors." Elke Weber, PhD, of Columbia University, will speak on "The Construction of Preference: Query Theory and Other Lessons from Psychology." Howard Rachlin, PhD, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, will discuss "Similarities and Differences Between Self-Control and Social Cooperation," and Alvin Roth, PhD, of Harvard University, will discuss "Repugnant Transactions." G. William "Bill" Hill, PhD, of Kennesaw State University, will deliver the APA Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecture. Invited addresses in the areas of animal learning, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, neuropsychology and social psychology are also on the program.
Southwest Psychological Association (SWPA), April 5-7, Ft. Worth, Texaswww.swpsych.org
SWPA's line-up includes the following: Alice H. Eagly, PhD, of Northwestern University, will discuss women's leadership issues in her S. B. Sells Lecture, "Through the Labyrinth: How Women Have Both Advantage and Disadvantage as Leaders." William Buskist, PhD, of Auburn University, will present his Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecture on "Pathways to Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology." David R. Cross, PhD, of Texas Christian University, will present an invited address on "Seeds of Hope: Effective Interventions for Relationship-Disturbed Children." Ian McGregor, PhD, of York University in Toronto, will speak on "Ideological Zeal: Why Do People Go to Extremes?" Chris Keys, PhD, of DePaul University, will discuss "The Positive Psychology of Disability."
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA), April 12-14, Denverwww.rockymountainpsych.org
The RMPA Distinguished Lecture will be presented by C. Daniel Batson, PhD, of the University of Kansas, on "Moral Motivation: Integrity or Hypocrisy?" David A. Kenny, PhD, of the University of Connecticut, will deliver the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture. David B. Daniel, PhD, of the University of Northern Colorado, will give a talk on "Using Powerpoint to Ruin a Perfectly Good Lecture." The president's symposium, titled "The Tarnished Golden Years: Facing Cognitive Decline and Death," will be delivered by Hasker P. Davis, PhD, Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, and Tom Pyszczynski, PhD, all from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In a separate presentation, Pyszcynski will discuss his latest research on terror management. Elizabeth Glisky, PhD, of the University of Arizona, will give the RMPA past-president's address on "Memory and Aging." Other notable presentations planned include the APS William James Lecture by Carolyn Rovee-Collier, PhD, of Rutgers University, and the CTUP Invited Lecture by David G. Myers, PhD, of Hope College. Bill McKeachie, PhD, of the University of Michigan, will be the opening speaker for the RMPA Teaching Pre-conference.
Western Psychological Association (WPA), May 3-6, Vancouver, British Columbiawww.westernpsych.org
Distinguished speakers on WPA's program include Robert Pellegrini, PhD, of San Jose State University, who will deliver the WPA presidential address; Irwin Sarason, PhD, of the University of Washington, who will present the WPA Lifetime Achievement Address; and Gordon Burghardt, PhD, of the University of Tennessee, who will present an APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture sponsored by APA's Science Directorate. Mary J. Allen, PhD, of California State University, Bakersfield, will give the Teaching Award Address. Bradley Donohue, PhD, of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will present the Research Award Address. Invited symposia include "New Frontiers in Mind-Body Science: From Cells to Societies and Back Again;" "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Detection, Diagnosis and Criminal Defendants;" and "The Hidden Side of Cognition: Laboratory Studies Revealing Overlooked Aspects of Everyday Experience."
WPA again is offering several statistical and methodological workshops. Also, the Lewis M. Terman Western Regional Teaching Conference will be held before the convention. The Terman Conference includes useful information directly related to teaching psychology and provides opportunities to see award-winning teachers in action.
Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), May 3-5, Chicagowww.midwesternpsych.org
MPA invited addresses will be presented by such notables as Gregory Meyer, PhD, of the University of Toledo; Mark McDaniel, PhD, of Washington University in St. Louis; Lynn Liben, PhD, of Penn State University; Constantine Sedikides, PhD, of the University of Southampton, England; and Meredith West, PhD, of Indiana University. Kipling Williams, PhD, of Purdue University, will deliver the MPA presidential address. Scott Lilienfeld, PhD, of Emory University, will present the Psi Chi Invited Address. Edward Diener, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present the APS William James Distinguished Lecture. Invited symposia will address the topics of "Change and Stability in Gender Roles"; "Exploring the Intersections of Affect, Cognition and Behavior"; "New Perspectives on Reinforcement, Reward, Salience and Neurobiology in Learning and Behavior"; "Comparative Psychology in the Midwestern Region: Research with Rodents, Birds and Humans"; and "Contemporary Issues in Personality Assessment." Susan Folkman, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture sponsored by APA's Education Directorate. APA's Science Directorate will sponsor a session on "Careers in Psychology" that will focus on getting an academic job in the field. The APA Research Office is sponsoring a session on "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Workforce Trends in Psychology."
New England Psychological Association, Oct. 19-20, Danbury, Conn.www.nepa-info.org
NEPA is still in the planning stages for its annual meeting in the fall at Western Connecticut State University. Among the featured speakers are Nora Newcombe, PhD, of Temple University, presenting the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture sponsored by APA's Education Directorate, and Norman Berkowitz, PhD, of Boston College, who has been selected to receive the 2007 Distinguished Contributions Award. The NEPA meeting is preceded by the Northeastern Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Martha Boenau is assistant director of APA's precollege and undergraduate programs.