Cerritos College Psi Beta Chapter Hosts Second Annual Psychology Conference

Over 200 students attended the Cerritos College Psi Beta Chapter’s second annual Psychology conference on April 1st, 2016. This all day event simulates a professional conference with guest speakers on topics such as anxiety, leadership, and gender stereotypes, health programs in underserved communities, an alumni panel of 22 Cerritos College psychology graduates, 41 students who presented their novel psychological research, and a keynote address on careers in psychopathy by a CSULB faculty member. This conference was generously supported by the Cerritos College Foundation. Dr. Jaclyn Ronquillo, Dr. Kimberley Duff and Dr. Veronica Sanchez coordinated the event with the Psychology Club. Presenters included: Mr. Steve Richardson who presented on Your Leadership Mindset and Why People Will Follow You. Part time faculty Dr. Todd Gaffaney presented on Gender Stereotypes versus Gender Differences: What are the Implications? Part time faculty member Dr. Keri Pesanti presented on Evidence Based Treatment in Community Mental Health Settings, Cerritos College alumni Jason Docton presented on Mental Health and Gaming.

When reflecting on the conference, Psi Beta advisor Kimberley Duff said, “This was an outstanding conference that not only celebrated our students’ accomplishments, but also provided students with career mentoring and professional development opportunities. Faculty members Dr. Veronica Sanchez, Katie St. John and Matt Vincent peer reviewed student research posters and determined the top three student group presentations out of 13 group research posters that 41 students contributed to. These students received a monetary award from the Cerritos College Foundation and a certificate of achievement from the American Psychological Association.”

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