Save the dates for psychology’s regional meetings

Attending a psychology conference can contribute to your professional development, enhance your learning and advance your career. Take advantage of opportunities to hear exceptional speakers, present your research, and meet new colleagues. Here are highlights, dates and locations for each of psychology's regional meetings.

The meetings are listed in chronological order.

Southeastern Psychological Association, March 5-8, Nashville, Tenn.

The 60th Annual SEPA Meeting will feature papers, posters, workshops and discussion sessions from researchers across the Southeast and around the world. Invited speakers include:

  • John Bohannon, III, PhD, Butler University, on "Sex, Kisses and Car Crashes: Evidence of Adaptive Memory."

  • Jared W. Keeley, PhD, Mississippi State University, on "DSM-5 and ICD-11: Why You Should Care About Psychiatric Classification."

  • Everett Worthington Jr., PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, on "What's Left to Do in Basic and Applied Research on Forgiveness."

  • Matthew T. Feldner, PhD, University of Arkansas and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, will deliver the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture on "Co-morbidity in Psychology: Moving from a Footnote to the Foreground."

Psi Chi has a full program for students, including:

  • Tara Collins, PhD, Winthrop University, on "Graduate School Talk: Long-term Preparation Strategies."

  • Steven Berman, PhD, University of Central Florida-Daytona Campus, will present "Graduate School Talk II: "I am Applying this Semester."

  • Amanda Nickerson, PhD, University of Buffalo, will present the Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture on "Bullying: Preventing, Spotting and Stopping It."

  • Christy Wright, of the Dave Ramsey Leadership Institute, will present the Psi Chi Leadership Session about the importance of prioritizing and achieving balance for leaders.

In addition, Psi Chi, Psi Beta, and the Committee on Equality of Professional Opportunity are collaborating on a session about undergraduate research and publishing. And Darren Ritzer, PhD, Winthrop University, will host the second annual diversity quiz bowl. Student teams will be able to answer diversity-related questions while competing for cash prizes.

Eastern Psychological Association, March 13-16, Boston

Highlights of the EPA meeting include:

  • The Psi Chi/EPA Invited Keynote Address by Anthony Greenwald, PhD, University of Washington, on "How 'Hidden Biases of Good People' Produce Discrimination."

  • Psi Chi is sponsoring a special symposium on crowd sourcing research with a particular emphasis on the Psi Chi and Psi Beta sponsored research projects.

  • Psi Chi also is hosting workshops on "Getting Into Graduate School," "What Can You Do With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?" and an orientation for students new to conferences, "Psychology Conferences 101: Getting the Most out of Your Conference Attendance."

  • An Invited Symposium titled "The Human Capacity for Language — Design, Regenesis and Evolution," with Iris Berent, PhD, Northeastern University, Susan Goldin-Meadow, PhD, University of Chicago, and Steven Pinker, PhD, Harvard University.

  • The APA Distinguished Scientist Address by Daniel J. Simons, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on "Missing what's missing."

  • An Invited Keynote Address by Elaine Walker, PhD, of Emory University on "Adolescent Neurodevelopment and the Bio-Behavioral Expression of Vulnerability for Psychosis."

  • An Invited Keynote Address on "Embodied Social Cognition via Conceptual Scaffolding," by John Bargh, PhD, Yale University.

  • A Presidential Symposium: "Closing the 'Gap': Advances in Animal Cognition," with Irene M. Pepperberg, PhD, Harvard University, Diana Reiss, PhD, Hunter College, City University of New York, Robert Cook, PhD, Tufts University, and Alexandra G. Rosati, PhD, Yale University.

  • An Invited Keynote Address on the "Development of fear: Evidence from mouse to human" by B.J. Casey, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College.

Southwestern Psychological Association, April 3-5, San Antonio

This year's conference theme is "Consciousness, The Final Frontier." Keynote speakers include:

  • Russell Hurlburt, PhD, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, on "Randomly Sampling Inner Experience: FMRI Validation, Clinical Results and Developmental Speculations."

  • Michelle Montague, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, on "Awareness of Awareness."

  • Galen Strawson, PhD, University of Texas, on "Consciousness in the 20th Century."

  • Michael Tye, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, on "Do Fish Have Feelings?"

  • Rachel Herz, PhD, Brown University, an internationally known expert on olfaction and emotion, is the Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer.

  • Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, University of California-Irvine, on "False Memories In and Out of Court."

Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, April 24-26, Salt Lake City

Daniel Schacter, PhD, Harvard University professor and National Academy of Sciences member, is RMPA's kickoff speaker. Other speakers include:

  • Robert Bjork, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the Ellis-Battig Lecture.

  • Barney Beins, PhD, Ithaca College, will present the APA Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecture.

  • David Matsumoto, PhD, San Francisco State University, is the Invited Diversity Speaker.

  • Hall Beck, PhD, from Appalachian State University, will deliver the Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker address on the real story of Little Albert of the John Watson experiments.

In addition, Susan Becker, PhD, regional Psi Chi vice president, has arranged student-oriented workshops and leadership seminars for April 24.

Western Psychological Association, April 24-27, Portland, Ore.

This year's program features more than 30 distinguished speakers and invited symposia, statistics workshops and the WPA Film Festival. Among the highlights are:

  • WPA Presidential Address by Victoria M. Follette, PhD, University of Nevada, Reno.

  • The Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker Morton Ann Gernsbacher, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Special keynote addresses will be delivered by Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, of the Heroic Imagination Project, and Stanley Coren, PhD, of the University of British Columbia.

  • The APA G. Stanley Hall Address co-sponsored by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology by Lisa Diamond, PhD, of the University of Utah.

  • WPA Award Addresses will be delivered by Stanley Sue, PhD, Palo Alto University (Life Achievement); Melinda Blackman, PhD, California State University, Fullerton (Teaching); Bettina J. Casad, PhD, University of Missouri-St. Louis (Early Career Research); and Anthony Biglan, PhD, of the Oregon Research Institute (Social Responsibility).

Midwestern Psychological Association, May 1-3, Chicago

This year's annual meeting will feature papers, posters, workshops and discussion sessions from researchers across the Midwest and around the world. Submissions to the 2014 meeting reached a record number. This year's invited speakers include:

  • John Bargh, PhD, Yale University.

  • Aaron Benjamin, PhD, University of Illinois.

  • Edward Diener, PhD, University of Illinois.

  • Sandra Graham, PhD, University of California Los Angeles.

  • Janet Hyde, PhD, University of Wisconsin.

  • Margo Monteith, PhD, Purdue University.

  • Sandra Murray, PhD, University at Buffalo.

New England Psychological Association, Oct. 17-18, Lewiston, Maine

Planning for the NEPA 2014 annual meeting has just begun. 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.