Eastern Region Update: Eastern Psychological Association

The Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) hosted its 83rd Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA March 1st through 4th, 2012. Psi Beta was pleased to collaborate with the Teaching Division of APA as well as with our counterparts at Psi Chi to host several sessions. Additionally, Psi Beta was responsible for over five hours of programming for the conference, which had record attendance this year. I’d like to highlight our paper sessions and symposia:

• Community College of Allegheny County presented their strategies for recruiting new members for their Psi Beta chapter. Their direct e-mail strategy netted 135 new members for their chapter! (As a footnote to that, I used their strategy for my small chapter at my small college, and we just inducted our largest class ever, with 45 new members joining our ranks, thanks to what I learned from CCAC at EPA.)

• Elizabeth Kirk Matteo of Alvernia University presented a session on how to reduce mental illness stigma among undergraduates.

• Along with the Teaching Division, I was honored to host a talk by author David Myers of Hope College. Dr. Myers spoke about the psychology of hearing and hearing loss.

• Dr. Ron Shapiro came back this year to talk to us again about preparing for a career with a psychology degree. Always fun and engaging, Ron packs the house while providing students with valuable real-world advice.

• One of the more eye-opening presentations we hosted was from Slippery Rock University with faculty member Jennifer Saftner and her students talking about their student-led initiative and support group that aims to challenge beauty standards and empower women on college campuses.

• Dr. Keith Morgen, a Psi Chi advisor with whom my chapter will be collaborating in Fall 2012, spoke about how he engages students in undergraduate research experiences in applied counseling and clinical psychology. He has been invited back next year, with students, to present research at a Psi Beta hosted session!

As always, EPA was an enriching experience for all involved. If your chapter does not attend EPA, now is the time to begin planning for a trip in 2013, which will be at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. I invite proposals from all chapter advisors and their students. Please contact me at marpaio@sussex.edu or by phone at 973-300-2146 to become involved.

Respectfully Submitted,
Melanie Arpaio
Eastern Region VP

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