Student Presenter Application – Psi Beta Poster Session Scheduled for APA Conference – this August, San Francisco!

Psi Beta is hosting a student research poster session at the annual APA conference in San Francisco this August. The convention meets from August 9 to 12 at the Moscone Center. The Psi Beta student poster session will be on Saturday, August 11 from 9 am to 9:50 am.

Here is a link to the online application form CLICK HERE if the link doesn’t work, try pasting this URL into your browser URL address window  If that fails, please try a different browser (e.g., Chrome).

Timeline: Applications to present at the poster session are being accepted until June 30, 2018. Confirmation will be sent to all applicants no later than July 10. In-person presenters /co-presenters will receive a Psi Beta certificate of participation at the Psi Beta / CABE social and awards reception scheduled Saturday afternoon on August 11th. Questions should be sent to Jerry Rudmann, PhD, Executive Director of Psi Beta at

Psi Beta Professional Conference Schedule for 2018


EPA   – Philadelphia, March 1-3, 2018

Psi Beta highlights to be announced

SEPACharleston, South Carolina, March 6-9, 2018

PSI CHI (& PSI BETA) Chapter Exchange 1:30 – 2:20 pm Crystal A
Information for Psi Chi, Psychology Club, and Psi Beta Officers
Christina Sinisi, Psi Chi Southeastern Regional Vice-President, Charleston Southern University, & Todd Joseph, Psi Beta Southeastern VP, presiding

Tentative speaker – Dr. Antonio Puente – details TBA


SWPAHouston, TX, April 13-15, 2018
Psi Chi/Psi Beta Exchange Help Helped Me! Supporting Help Seeking
Behavior in Others
: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM, Room: Lanier Grand Ballroom K

Poster Session: Community College/Psi Beta Showcase: 2:15 PM –
3:15 PM, Lanier Grand Ballroom A/B/D/E – Friday, April 13th

SWToP/Psi Beta Symposium: Faculty-Student Mentorship at the
Associate Level: Benefits and Limitations,
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Lanier
Grand Ballroom J, Saturday, April 14th

RMPADenver, CO, April 12-14, 2018
Psi Beta Chapter Exchange – Saturday, April 14, 9:10 – 10:10 am

Psi Beta Teaching Excellence Symposium – Infusing Career Readiness Activities into Classroom and Co-Curricular Programs – Friday, April 13, 3:20 – 4:20 pm
Sue Franz – Helping Students Assume Responsibility for Their Own Learning
Wendy Parslow-Helton – An Alumni Mentor Program to Help First-Generation Community College Psychology Students Successfully Transfer and Thrive in Upper Division Coursework and Beyond
Jerry Rudmann – A Student-Delivered Pilot Project Designed to Expose and Replace Learning Neuromyths with Research Supported Learning and Study Strategies

Student Poster Session – Sorry, no Psi Beta poster session this year. There was only one submission. Let’s try again next year.

WPA –  Portland, OR, April 26-29, 2018
Psi Beta Chapter Exchange – Saturday 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm in Salon C.

Student Poster Session – Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the Exhibit Hall. Psi Beta has been assigned poster boards 41-60.

Psi Beta Symposium on Community College Teaching Excellence – Saturday April 28, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Salon C

  • Kari Tucker-McCorkhill, Session Chair
  • Michael Cassens – Creating Research Experiences for Psychology Undergraduates
  • Ladonna Lewis – Why You Need and Institutional Review Board at a Community College
  • Jaye Van Kirk – Using Electronic Portfolios to Encourage Metacognition and Professional Development
  • Lisa Degiorgio Worthy – Hosting Psychology Day – A Valuable Service Learning Event
  • Jerry Rudmann – Some New Tools for Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

MPAChicago, Aril 12-14, 2018
Psi Beta Keynote Speaker: Bryan Gerber – Student Perspective on the Preferred Professor with Alignment to Andragogy and Transformational Leadership -Friday, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm, Wilson

Psi Beta Student Symposium – Benefits of Honor Society Membership and Research Experience for Early Undergraduates in Psychology. Moderator – Nicole Cleland. Participants include
David Greco – Stark State College, Barbara Reusser – Walsh University Alyssia Evans – Kent State University – Friday, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm, Wilson


APSSan Francisco, May 24-27, 2018

Psi Beta Keynote Speaker: Robert SternbergAdmission to Graduate
School in Psychology:  What We Are Doing Very Wrong and What We

Could Be Doing Better  Friday May 25th, 10:30 am to 11:20 am (room TBA)

Psi Beta Student Panel: The Giving Away Psychology Project – A Chapter
Activity that Combines Service and Research – Friday, May 25th, 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm
Student presenters include Mako Tanaka, Kajsa Sibley, Mina Bigdeli,
Edward Yevdayev, Danielle Devinney, and Kierstin Livermore


APA San Francisco, August 9 – 12, 2018

  • Psi Beta Student Research Poster Session – Saturday, August 11, 9:00 am to 9:50 am, Moscone Center / Halls ABC
  • Psi Beta Keynote Speaker: Eric LandrumLeadership and Mentoring are Nearly Synonymous: Lessons Learned  – Saturday, August 11th, 11:00am – 11:50 am – Moscone Center / Room 3005
  • Psi Beta Symposium: Mentoring Students – Nothing Compares – Saturday, August 11th, 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm, Moscone Center / Room 3014Kimberley Duff & Kathleen Hughes – Cultivating Mastery Learning Outcomesby Mentoring Students on Scholarship, Research, Leadership and Community ServiceLiza Veliz – Mentorship of First Generation Latin a/o Students: How Do We Support Academic Persistence?
  • Psi Beta / CABE Reception and Awards – 4:00 pm Saturday – location TBA


NEPA – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, November 9 – 10, 2018

Psi Beta programs, if any, are pending and will be included here as soon as that information becomes available.

Psi Beta at APA 2017 – Photos!

Psi Beta events at APA 2017 included a student research poster session, a panel on unique service learning projects underway at three chapters, a lecture on the importance of community college psychology to the field of psychology, and an awards and social hour. Selected photos of these events are shown below.

National President Kathleen Hughes (right) awarding a plaque commemorating Dr. Katherine Wickes (left) for her many years of service and dedication to Psi Beta. Dr. Wickes was Psi Beta’s National President 2014-2015.

William Mo presenting his award winning research he conducted at Mt. San Antonio College. William won first place in Psi Beta’s research competition and won a scholarship to attend the APA conference.

Becca Corona (left) and Emily Castro presenting their award winning research study. Becca and Emily represented Irvine Valley College. Their paper won second place overall. They also shared a conference scholarship.

Paul Whitcomb from Blinn College presenting his excellent third place tying research. Paul also won an Anastasi conference scholarship.

Elise Ulwelling presenting her 3rd place (tie) research during the Psi Beta poster session. Elise is from Irvine Valley College.

Poster presenters from around the nation!


Psi Beta National President Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks presenting her talk on fostering partnerships between high schools, 2-year colleges and universities through collaboration at professional conferences.

Dr. Bryan Gerber, Psi Beta’s Midwestern VP, describing his chapter’s strategies for student engagement and professional development.
Psi Beta’s Southwestern Regional VP showing the winning Psi Beta t-shirt. Professor Todd Allen Joseph also presented a talk about his chapter’s service project in conjunction with the Center for the History of Psychology in Ohio.
Dr. Kimberley Duff, Psi Beta’s Western Regional VP and President-Elect introducing Dr. Jerry Rudmann, who gave this year’s Ruth Hubbard Cousins distinguished lecture.

Psi Beta Eastern Regional Vice President Michael Colbert. On right is chapter advisor and professor Jerina Wainwright from Anne Arundel Community.

Psi Beta & CABE Awards and Social Hour!























Psi Beta Awards Winners – 2017!!!

Enrique Ontero – Virginia Staudt Sexton Faculty Advisor of the Year – North Lake College

Collin College – Johnson / Cousins Building Bonds Psi Beta – Psi Chi Collaboration Award
Advisors are Patricia Coble, Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks

Northwest Vista College – Carol Tracy Chapter Community Service Award
Advisors are Jennifer Fox and Cynthia Jacox

Latasha Triplett – Carol Tracy Individual Community Service Award
Latasha is a member of the Northeast Texas Community college (TX) chapter
Advisors are Karyn Skaar and Shirley Clay

American River College (CA) – Ann Garrett Robinson College Life Award
Advisors are Lori Hokerson, Richard Marmer, and Andrea Garvey

Chapter Excellence Award Primary and co-advisors
American River College Lori Hokerson Richard Marmer Andrea Garvey
Blinn College Katherine Wickes
Cerritos College Kimberley Duff Jaclyn Ronquillo-Adachi Todd Gaffaney
College of Western Idaho Heather Schoenherr
Collin College Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks Patricia Coble
Houston Community College Terese Landry Joanne Hsu Linda Whitney
Irvine Valley College Kari Tucker-McCorkhill Mike Cassens Benjamin Mis Yemmy Taylor
Lone Star College Michael Green Karen Buckman
Lone Star College – North Harris Janice Hartgrove-Freile Hilton Lasalle Nevate Holmes
Lone Star College – University Park Cherry Sawyerr Nicole Stainaker
Lorain County Community College Vincent Granito
San Diego City College Kim Sweeney Veronica Ortega Ulia Anderson Nel Mercer
Spartenburg Methodist College Mary Jane Farmer Lawrence (Pete) Aylor
Virginia Western Community College Lora Vasiliauskas
Student Research Awards Anastasi Scholarship Advisor
William Mo The effects of victim gender and substances on the memory and perception of sexual assaults Gold First Yes Shiloh Blacksher
Emily Castro & Becca Corona – Drawing the line: Distinguishing appreciation and gratitude by examining relationships with happiness and events that have high and low level of personal significance Gold Second Yes Kari Tucker-McCorkhill
Paul Whitcomb – Grit, growth, and how to be successful: A study of grit in relation to other traits that encompass success Gold Third (tie) Yes Katherine Wickes
Elise Ulwelling – Comparing Mulsim and non-Muslim students post 9/11 Gold Third (tie)  — Kari Tucker-McCorkhill
Ketana ChadalavadaExamination of the relationship between the frequency of Instagram use and self-esteem Silver First  — Kari Tucker-McCorkhill
Lara Barakat – Enhancing student learning and decreasing test anxiety through practice test taking Silver Second  — Benjamin Mis

TOP NEWS: New Scholarship Giving Campaign – Help Us!


We are planning many exciting programs and opportunities for students in the upcoming academic year. To this end, we have created the Jerry Rudmann Endowed Scholarship Fund to recognize students who exemplify Psi Beta’s mission:

To encourage professional development and psychological literacy of all students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

Scholarships from the Endowed Scholarship Fund will be awarded to help pay educational expenses of exemplary students. We hope that you will join us in our mission to recognize outstanding undergraduate students. Your entire donation (100%) will go directly to students.

The Golden Scholarship Club

The Golden Scholarship Club is a special donation category limited to the first one hundred contributors who agree to donate $100 per year for three consecutive years. This fund will produce a self-sustaining annual $500 “Golden Scholarship” beginning in 2018. Golden Scholarship Club members will receive special recognition on the Psi Beta website and an attractive Psi Beta desktop paperweight commemorating Psi Beta’s 35th Anniversary.

Thank you for your generous donation

Psi Beta at APA 2016


Dr. Kimberley Duff (left) at Psi Beta poster session. Dr. Duff is Psi Beta’s Western and Rocky Mt. regional Vice-President. She co-advises a Psi Beta chapter at Cerritos College.


Kristie Soto and Todd Allen Joseph, Psi Beta’s Southeastern Regional Vice-President during social and awards event.


Dr. Bryan Gerber, Psi Beta’s Midwest Regional Vice-President, with Mt. San Antonio College Psi Beta student Beverly Thai.


During the Psi Beta / CABE social hour at APA.


The big blue bear, a sculpture commissioned by APA. The bear is looking into the window of the Denver’s Convention Center, location of APA 2016.


Dr. Noland White delivering Psi Beta’s Ruth Hubbard Cousins Distinguished Lecture. His talk was titled Using assessment data to improve student engagement and learning in undergraduate psychology. Dr. White gave an outstanding presentation.


Robin Hailstorks, APA’s Associate Executive Director of Precollege and Undergraduate Education and former National President of Psi Beta.

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Students who participated in the Psi Beta poster session during APA. A record number of students presented. The largest contingent of students traveled from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California.


A cake commemorating Psi Beta’s 35th anniversary. Psi Beta was founded in October, 1981.


Dr. Kathleen Hughes, Psi Beta National President, following installation of Psi Beta’s newest Vice-Presidents. On the left is regional Vice-President Michael Colbert from Camden County College in New Jersey. On the right is Todd Allen Joseph, Southeastern Regional Vice-President from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.


Dr. Jane Halonen (right), co-chair of CABE, and Dr. Robin Hailstorks of APA.


Jaye Van Kirk, former Psi Beta National President and chapter advisor at San Diego Mesa College. Jaye is examining a medal awarded to her to commemorate her many contributions to thousands of students, Psi Beta, and the discipline of psychology.


Anastasi Research Paper Winners at APA


Anastasi research paper winner Lindi J. Lawson (on right) presenting her poster on Grit, social media, and academic achievement within the community college sample. On Lawson’s left is Dr. Katherine Wickes, chapter advisor at Blinn college and member of the Psi Beta National Council.


Winner of the Anastasi research paper competition, Mirna Sabbagh, shown presenting her paper at the Psi Beta poster session during the APA conference. Sabbagh’s paper was Perceptions, knowledge, and opinions of the transgender community in college. She is a member of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Psi Beta chapter.


Kristie Soto, Glendale College Psi Beta student, presenting her Anastasi award winning poster at the APA conference in Denver. Her study was titled Will a Long-Evans rat help his cagemate or choose food instead?


Co-authors of the forth best Anastasi research paper: Estrella (Star) Serrato (on left) and Sunrae Taloma (on right). Not shown is third author Nicole Joy Ledina. Serrato and Taloma had just received certificates commemorating their participation in APA’s Psi Beta poster session. Their paper was titled The influence of staring, illumination, and dissociative states. The three authors are members of the Psi Beta chapter at Irvine Valley College.

Anastasi Scholarship Recipients – 2016

Winners of the prestigious Anne Anastasi scholarships! From left to right: Mirna Sabbagh (Lehigh Carbon Community College), Kristie Soto (Glendale Community College), and Lindi J. Lawson (Blinn College). Each winner received funding to attend the annual conference of the American Psychological Association held in Denver. Each winner also received an engraved Anastasi medal.


Psi Beta Awards – 2015-16 – Congratulations!!!

Ann G. Robinson College Life Award – Spartanburg Methodist College, advisors are Mary Jane Farmer and Sue Onken

Carol Tracy Chapter Community Service Award – Western Virginia Community College, Advisor is Lora Vasiliauskas

Johnson / Cousins Building Bonds Award – San Diego City College, advisor is Kim Sweeney & Psi Chi chapter at San Diego State University, advisor is Allison Vaughn

Virginia Staudt Sexton Faculty Advisor Award – Dr. Lesley Schimanski, Glendale, AZ

Chapter Excellence Awards – 2015-16

  • American River College (Lori Hokerson)
  • Blinn College (Katherine Wickes)
  • Carroll College (Laura Bittner)
  • Cerritos College (Kimberley Duff)
  • Collin College (Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks)
  • Irvine Valley College (Kari Tucker-McCorkhill)
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College (Robin Musselman)
  • Lone Star College – University Campus (Cherry Sawyerr)
  • Mount San Antonio College (Stacy Bacigalupi)
  • San Diego City College (Kim Sweeney)
  • San Diego Mesa College (Jaye Van Kirk)
  • Spartanburg Methodist College (Mary Jane Farmer)
  • Stark State Community College (Bryan Gerber)
  • Virginia Western Community College (Lora Vasiliauskas)

Anne Anastasi Research Paper Awards – 2016

Gold Level

  • 1st Mirna Sabbagh, Perceptions, knowledge, and opinions of the transgender community in college, Lehigh Carbon CC
  • 2nd Alara Blofield, Vagal tone predicting psychophysiological function under conditions of fear, Irvine Valley College
  • 3rd Kristie Soto, Will a Long-Evans rat help his cagemate or choose food instead, Glendale Community College (AZ)

Silver Level

  • 1st   Lindi J. Lawson, Grit, social media, and academic achievement within the community college sample, Blinn College
  • 2nd Estrella Serrato, Sunrae Taloma, & Nicole Joy Ledina, The influence of staring, illumination, and dissociative states, Irvine Valley College
  • 3rd Kayla L. Feinour, The effects of music on memory, Lehigh Carbon CC

Anne Anastasi APA Conference Scholarship Winners

  • Mirna Sabbagh, Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Alara Blofield, Irvine Valley College
  • Kristie Soto, Glendale Community College (AZ)
  • Lindi J. Lawson, Blinn College



Psi Beta at APA Convention, August 3 – 6, 2017!!!

Washington DC Convention Center – August 3 – 6, 2017

Event Day Time Location
Psi Beta Student Research Poster Session Saturday, Aug 5 9 – 9:50 am Convention Center /Halls D and E
Psi Beta Symposium: Unique and engaging experiential learning strategies that students love

  • Service learning as as student engagement and professional development strategy – Dr. Bryan Gerber
  • Experiential learning: a cross-country trip to the Center for the History of Psychology – Professor Todd J. Allen
  • Bridging the gap for success: fostering partnerships between high schools and 2-year colleges and universities though conference participation – Professor Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks
Saturday, Aug 5 11– 11:50 am Convention Center / East Salon D
Psi Beta’s Ruth Hubbard Cousins Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Jerry Rudmann: How community college teachers of psychology play an invaluable role in promoting our field and increasing psychological literacy.


Saturday, Aug 5 12 – 12:50 pm Convention Center Room 148
Psi Beta and CABE Awards Ceremony and Reception Saturday, Aug 5 5:00 – 6:50 pm Marriott Marquis Washington DC Hotel, Mount Vernon Square Room
It is too late to apply to present a poster. Psi Beta posters will appear in spaces H-1 to J-5.
NOTE name badges (you get one when you register for the conference) are required to gain access to the poster session. So plan to register if you will be attending the poster session or other conference events.
Information on the convention can be found at: Convention Registration and Information

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