WPA 2019

By Kimberley Duff, PhD
Western / Rocky Mt. Regional Vice President for Psi Beta

The 99th annual convention of the WPA (April, 2019) will take place in Pasadena, California! Come and network with faculty, fellow advisors and students. This conference is always great for meeting new people and connecting with old friends.  The Western Psychological Association (WPA) convention is planned for Thursday April 25th to Sunday April 28th, 2019.  The convention will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, with the Pasadena Hilton Hotel and Pasadena Sheraton as our main conference hotels.  These venues are centrally located in Pasadena and within walking distance of a variety of shops, restaurants, and opportunities for entertainment.

This year marks the 98th anniversary of WPA! Many top speakers are already scheduled, including Phil Zimbardo, Peter Bentler, Bob Bjork, Kim Elsesser, Stewart Donaldson, Diane Halpern, Bill Crano, Roxane Cohen Silver, Aaron Seitz, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jodie Ullman, Annette Stanton, Robert Levine, Elizabeth Loftus, Christina Maslach, and Allison Vaughn.

Psi Beta students have the opportunity to present their research during a poster session titled the Psi Beta Student Research Feedback Session. Psi Beta students should submit an abstract and poster application (sent to all advisors) via email to Dr. Kimberley Duff on or before January 25th, 2019. This will ensure that all student authors are represented in the WPA Program, and that we have space for everyone.

There will be a Psi Beta Chapter Exchange. Please plan on attending to meet with other students and share what your chapter has been working on throughout the year! These events are always fun for both students and faculty! Please consult the WPA program for final details on the location and time of these events.

Additionally, there will be the first ever Psi Beta and Psi Chi Mentoring and Networking Event! Psi Beta and Psi Chi students and alumni are encouraged to attend this networking event and share their experiences. Faculty advisors are welcome to attend. Psi Chi President, Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, will introduce her presidential initiative to increase diversity among Psi Chi chapters. Students will have the opportunity to meet with students at their respective transfer institutions and form bonds with students across chapters. This inaugural collaboration event serves to facilitate the transfer of students from Psi Beta to Psi Chi and allows Psi Chi chapters to mentor incoming students.

Please go to http://westernpsych.org/wpa-convention-student-guide/ for all the convention details, including a student guide to the convention, programming, how to prepare a poster presentation, how to dress, and a letter of support for students who need to show the importance of attending to employers, families, instructors etc.

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