Psi Beta Programming at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) Convention

The 93rd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association will take place from April 25-28, 2013 at the Grand Sierra Hotel in Reno, NV.  Information regarding registration, lodging, and programming can be found at and student-friendly room and convention registration rates are available.

Psi Beta members and their advisors are encouraged to attend as special programming has been dedicated to recognizing Philip Zimbardo’s 80th birthday.  Not only will Zimbardo present, but so will Eliot Aronson, Lee Ross, and Christina Maslach.  Additional programming will be dedicated to the Science of Goodness and Heroism, highlighting the Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) among other work.  Related programming will highlight Psi Beta’s piloting of the National Heroic Imagination Project (see for additional information).  In addition, Psi Beta is partnering with Psi Chi to offer a workshop on Applying Leadership Theory to Practical Problems, and all students are encouraged to attend.

Psi Beta programming will include the Psi Beta Diversity Workshop with Fernando Ortiz and is open to all students who are interested in learning about the role of cultural diversity in the field of psychology.  Psi Beta students will also have the opportunity to present their completed research at a Psi Beta Poster Feedback Session.  Then in the Psi Beta Chapter Exchange and Social, students and advisors will have an opportunity to not only meet other Psi Beta members and advisors, but students will also have an opportunity to make a “speed research” presentation.  In these presentations, students will be limited to three minutes and a single PowerPoint slide in which they must present their research as if presenting it to a novice.

Students interested in presenting their research at the Psi Beta Poster Feedback Session and/or making a “speed research” presentation should contact Kris Leppien-Christensen at and request an application to present.  Applications are due by January 14th, 2013, but will continue to be accepted after the due date on a space-available basis.

By Kris Leppien-Christensen
National President

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