2019 Convention Speakers

RMPA will hosting an excellent series of speakers this year at the convention.

As they are announced information will be provided below:  


Dr. Diane F. Halpern

2019 Speaker

Claremont McKenna College, Emerita

Title of Talk: Teaching is a Political Act: Who Decides What We Need to Know?

Abstract:When I was in high school, two history courses were required—U. S. history and world history. At that time, world history was solely European history—it was as if no other region of the world existed. Modern psychology (mostly) follows this truncated model of the world. How can we have a psychology that strives to understand the mind, brain, and behavior if it routinely excludes most of the people on earth? While working on the Cambridge International Handbook on Psychology of Womenwith my colleague, Fanny Cheung from Chinese University, Hong Kong, I became painfully aware of how little I and most psychologists know, for example, about how Muslim women in nonMuslim countries decide whether or not to wear a hijab, or the way local traditions shape the experience of menopause, or the lives of legal sex workers in Bangladesh. Although these examples are from the psychology of women, all areas of psychology routinely ignore the majority world (sometimes called the third world). What are the consequences of these short-sighted practices and how can we begin to remedy them?

BIO: is the Dean of Social Sciences, Emerita at the Minerva Schools at KGI, professor of psychology, Emerita at Claremont McKenna College, and a past president of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Teaching of Psychology. Diane has published hundreds of articles and many books including, Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (5th Ed., 2014); Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities (4thed.),and Women at the Top: Powerful Leaders Tell Us How to Combine Work and Family(co-authored with Fanny Cheung). Her other recent books include Psychological Science (5th ed. with Michael Gazzaniga and Todd Heatherton) and the edited book, Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of the Discipline.

Diane has won many awards for her teaching and research, including the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science (2013); the Arthur W. Staats Lecture on Unifying Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association (2013); the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Psychological Association (2019); and the California State University's State-Wide Outstanding Professor Award. She is the author of the Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment (Schuhfried Publishers) that uses multiple response formats, which allow test takers to demonstrate their ability to think about everyday topics using both constructed response and recognition formats. For more information, see http://www.DianeHalpern.com


Dr. Cathy Faye

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, The University of Akron

Title of Talk: Back to the Future: Exploring Psychology’s Past, Reimagining Psychology’s Future

Abstract: Looking back into psychology’s past helps us to rethink our current understanding of psychology and society. It also encourages us to imagine and shape different futures for our field. Using examples from the collections of the Archives of the History of American Psychology and the National Museum of Psychology, I explore how objects, stories, people, and ideas from psychology’s past can prompt us to become more engaged with our subject matter, enable us to think about it from new perspectives, and give us room to consider how our field might be different in the future. I consider the ways in which psychology’s history serves as a “rear view mirror,” that encourages us to move forward thoughtfully by looking back carefully and critically.

BIO: Cathy Faye is the Assistant Director at the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology. She received a Ph.D. in psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada, where she specialized in the history of psychology. She has presented and published on a variety of topics, including the study of rumor during World War II and the history of morale and attitude research during wartime. In 2018, she led the design and installation of the exhibits at the Center’s newly opened National Museum of Psychology. She is the recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for the History of Psychology and will serve as President of the Society in 2019.


Dr. Salif Mahamane

Gardner Memorial Speaker

Western Colorado University

Title of Talk: Spatial discounting in Canis latrans as affected by human threat, sex, and the breeding cycle

BIO: Professor Mahamane has been at Western Colorado University since Fall 2017. Prior to taking that position, he conducted his doctoral work at Utah State University in the Experimental and Applied Psychological Science program. In spring of 2017, he was named the Doctoral Researcher of the Year by USU. His primary area of research is focused on the effects of natural versus built environments on human attention and its neural correlates. However, he was introduced to canine research, specifically coyotes (Canis latrans), upon arriving at USU. Throughout his time there he led an investigation into spatial discounting in coyotes – the degree to which a food reward loses value to a coyote as the distance it must travel to obtain that reward increases. This was Professor Mahamane’s first work with animals and introduced him to non-invasive animal studies in cognition.


Dr. Regan Gurung

RMPA Distinguished Lecturer

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Title of Talk: Wearing Out Your Welcome: Clothing, Prejudice, and Sexism

Abstract: We form impressions of others quickly and automatically. Unfortunately, these impressions can be easily swayed by what people are wearing. Worse, a rich history of social media and societal conditioning has led certain types of clothing to be associated with certain stereotypical traits. Social psychological research clearly demonstrates how women are objectified and how men and women of color are stereotyped and often experience prejudicial treatment. While sexism and prejudice can be driven by clothing cues, can clothing similarly short-circuit these negative processes? I will review how clothing research evolved and share how clothing can objectify and lead to prejudice but also have experimental efforts to reduce sexism and prejudice via clothing.

BIO: Regan is the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (starting at Oregon State University, Fall 2019). His main research interests involve teaching and learning, the social psychology of clothing, and health behavior change. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals including the American Psychologist, Psychological Review, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Teaching of Psychology, has two textbooks, Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach, relating culture, development, and health published with Sage (now in its 4th edition) and Getting Savvy: A Field Guide to Research methods (SAGE, forthcoming), and is the co-author/co-editor of 12 other books.He is a dedicated teacher and has strong interests in enhancing faculty development and student understanding. He is honored to have won some awards such as the APA Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Career in Teaching Psychology, The CASE Wisconsin Professor of the Year, and the UW System Regents Teaching AwardHe has served as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and is currently the President-Elect of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. He is also the founding Co-Editor of APA's journal SoTL in Psychology.


Teaching Conference Keynote Speaker

York University, Toronto

Title of Talk: Who has made history in psychology? Strategies for inclusive pedagogy

Abstract: As a historian of psychology and an enthusiastic teacher of the history of psychology, I am absolutely convinced that students find history fascinating if it is presented in ways that speak to their experiences and interests and reflect the diversity and multiplicity of psychology’s past. This means overturning traditional approaches that focus on systems or schools and/or the decontextualized accomplishments of great white men (and a few women). In this talk I discuss my philosophy and approach to this course in the hope that it will help others respond to this challenge. Drawing from several ongoing projects, I present a number of tools and strategies for how to make the history of psychology more inclusive. Finally, I outline both the successes and limitations of my efforts so far and invite others to join the conversation.

BIO: Alexandra Rutherford is a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto where she teaches courses in history of psychology and abnormal psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in the History & Theory of Psychology from York in 2001. She founded and directs the Psychology’s Feminist Voices oral history and digital archive project (www.feministvoices.com) which includes numerous multimedia teaching resources to infuse feminism, intersectionality, and gender issues into the psychology curriculum. She participates in an ongoing collaboration with the American Psychological Association’s Women’s Programs Office and the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology called “I Am Psyched! Inspiring Histories, Inspiring Lives: Women of Color in Psychology.” One objective of this project is to design and implement more inclusive high school and college-level psychology curricula. In 2016, she received the Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award from the Association for Women in Psychology. She is the author of numerous teaching-related publications and co-author of two history of psychology textbooks. She has published extensively on the history of feminist psychology and gender issues and has given 50 keynote or invited addresses from Boston to Belo Horizonte.


Dr. Connie J. Beck

RMPA Distinguished Lecturer

University of Arizona

Title of Talk: Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from Family Law Mediation Research

BIO: For the past 25 years Dr. Beck has conducted research investigating short- and long-term outcomes for divorcing couples experiencing intimate partner violence and mediating their disputes. This work includes a large, longitudinal, archival study through multiple official databases (mediation, superior court, law enforcement). With colleagues from Indiana, Dr. Beck developed a risk assessment instrument for the family mediation context, evaluated it with several samples and is now revising it. She and colleagues have also just completed a randomized controlled trial of two models of divorce mediation for highly violent couples (shuttle and videoconferencing) comparing these conditions to returning to court. Dr. Beck's newer research includes testing a batterer treatment intervention adapted for adolescent boys charged with domestic violence, research investigating children in the child welfare system and she is beginning research investigating guardians ad litemwork in family court. Dr. Beck teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ethics, forensic psychology, clinical psychology and the psychology of divorce. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist in Arizona.


Dr. Shari E. Miles-Cohen

Diversity Keynote Speaker

Senior Director, Women’s Programs Office, American Psychological Association

Title of Talk: Cultivating Community: The subversive nature of leadership development for girls and women.

Abstract: This talk will highlight the realities and rewards of developing innovative strategies, approaches, and models for enhancing the individual and collective leadership capacities of girls and women. Recognizing the shortcomings of “one-size-fits-all” programs, this talk will showcase cutting-edge efforts that address the needs of diverse and sometimes competing groups. The author has invited girls and women to join her in communities of leadership practice that disrupt the dominant narrative by creating space for alternative voices to be heard (Brady et al, 2018).

Brady, L.M.; Fryberg, S. A.; & Shoda, Y. (2018). Expanding the interpretive power of psychological science by attending to culture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United State of America, 115, 45, 11406-11413. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas/1803526115

BIO: Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen is a researcher, author, and women’s issues advocate who specializes in the analysis of social, behavioral and economic factors that help women and girls lead heathier lives, and improve the lives of their families. Her work has taken her throughout the North America, Asia, the Caribbean, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the European Union, and to South Africa to promote the interface between research and policy related to women’s issues. She has convened several international interdisciplinary conferences focused on women’s health, higher education, and the intersection of psychological science and social justice.

Dr. Miles-Cohen has co-edited three books, including “Eliminating Inequities for Women with Disabilities: An Agenda for Health and Wellness” (2016) with Caroline Signore, MD. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on a wide range of women’s issues, including “I am Psyched! Using the museum experience to engage girls of colour with psychology” (2018) in Feminism and Museums; and “Gardening and Women’s Maternal Care in the U. S. Capital: The UnacceptableChasm” (in press) in Women’s Reproductive Health. In addition, she is a contributing author for APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women(2018).

As senior director of the American Psychological Association (APA) Women’s Programs Office (WPO), Dr. Miles-Cohen works to diversify all aspects of psychology—research, education, practice and policy--to better serve the increasingly diverse population and employs psychological science to develop and oversee initiatives related to women’s and girls’ safety and security, health and wellness, education, career development, and empowerment.

Prior to joining APA, Miles-Cohen was Executive Director, The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). She has also used her strategic and thought leadership to advance women’s and progressive issues as director of the Union Institute Center for Women, the African American Women’s Institute at Howard University, and the Women’s Research and Education Institute.

Miles-Cohen has served on the boards of directors of Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women), African American Women’s Resource Center, The Bridge Builders Fund, U.S. WomenConnect, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation (WAWF) African American Women’s Giving Circle, and as a member of the District of Columbia Commission for Women (2004-2013), the Women of Color Leadership Council, and the Inaugural WAWF Washington 100. She was awarded a Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy in 1989.

She is an APA Fellow and is a member of several professional associations, including the Society for the Psychology of Women (and all sections), the Society for the Study of Ethnic Minority and Cultural Psychology, Association for Women in Psychology, the Association of Black Psychologists, SPSSI, Rehabilitation Psychology, Society for the History of Psychology; Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the International Leadership Association. Dr. Miles-Cohen earned her PhD in personality psychology from Howard University.

Bell-Loomis Symposium

Abstract: Colorado is currently ranked as the nation’s best economy, and outdoor recreation adds nearly $34.5 billion to Colorado’s economy annually (the third biggest industry).  Outside of its economic impact, outdoor recreation confers a host of additional benefits to recreationists, including, improved mood, reduced stress, and a number of other physical and social benefits.  With so much to gain, the need to properly manage outdoor recreation on public lands is essential to maintain sustainability and success.  However, research methods employed by academics and practitioners have traditionally been limited to intercept studies in which recreationists are surveyed at designated outdoor recreation sites.  These studies demonstrate several limitations, including being remanded to a specific time and location, only capturing those actively using a recreation site, and lacking in representation of the general public.  Dr. Brian Parry, Dr. Tim Casey, and Dr. Justin Gollob have successfully implemented innovative techniques to overcome the inherent limitations of intercept studies, yielding otherwise unattainable insights into public lands management.


Dr. Brian Parry

Bell-Loomis Symposium

BIO: Brian Parry, PhD, received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Utah and went on to earn his Master of Science and PhD in applied social psychology from Brigham Young University. Dr. Parry has published in domestic and international journals and presented research findings to audiences at prominent research conferences on the benefits of outdoor recreation. He has also worked on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Management Plan for the BLM.


Dr. Justin Gollob

Bell-Loomis Symposium

BIO: Justin Gollob, PhD, received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Idaho State University and went on to earn his Master of Arts and PhD in Political Science from Temple University. He has worked on the Grand Junction Field Office Recreation Management Plan, Dominguez-Escalante NCA planning, and Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Management Plan for the BLM. He also serves as the coordinator for the political science program's internship program and director of Colorado Mesa University's Social Research Center.


Dr. Tim Casey

Bell-Loomis Symposium

BIO: Tim Casey, PhD, received his Bachelor of Science in History from Northern Arizona University and went on to earn his Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of San Francisco and his PhD in Political Theory from Arizona State University. As Director of the Natural Resource Center at CMU, he has worked on focus groups and public scoping for the Grand Junction and Uncompahgre BLM field offices, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Dominguez-Escalante NCA, and several area specific meetings on public land policy in Western Colorado.


Dr. Judith A. Sugar

RMPA Past-President Address

University of Nevada-Reno

Title: The Longevity Dividend

Abstract: In the 21st century, humans are living longer than ever before. What shall we do with these longer lives? If we can overcome ageist attitudes, we can begin to see older adults, and our future selves, as assets and resources in our societies.



Dr. Anne Duran

Distinguished Alumni Address

California State University -Bakersfield

Title: The Accidental Social Psychologist

Abstract: How does a person go from being a teen mother with a 1.0 high school GPA to an award-winning professor and serving as the chair for a university psychology department? It takes a lot of hard work, a little bit of luck, and the amazing education and mentorship provided by the great people at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I will share some of the joys and challenges I experienced in my path, some of my research, and some words of experience.


Dr. Roxanne L. Sullivan

RMPA President Address

Bellevue University

Title: Respect for Psychology as a Science as Higher Education Becomes More Corporate

Abstract: Since 1983, she has worked for Bellevue University (formerly Bellevue College), a non-sectarian, private business and liberal arts institution with a tradition of serving non-traditional students, particularly those who are military connected. Bellevue University’s mission is based on a business model and the university has a history of developing corporate relationships (including special degree programs) with companies such as Wal-Mart and Disney. Working in such an environment is both challenging and rewarding, but requires a level of commitment to disciplinary objectives, while being innovative and responsive to the demands placed on higher education by corporate entities. In an era where more and more institutions of higher education are being encouraged (sometimes forced) to adopt new, more business-like models in order to survive, she will be sharing her experiences on ways this can be done and still be true to psychological science.

BIO: Roxanne L. Sullivan is Professor and Program Director of Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies at Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University. In 1984, she completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with an emphasis on cognitive development from Michigan State University. While at MSU, she was an NIMH Pre-doctoral Fellow. Roxanne’s research focused on memory and concept development in preschool aged children


Dr. Susan Burns

Worth Publishers (Macmillan) Speaker

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Clarke University in Dubuque

Title: Teaching Sex and Gender Beyond the Binary

Abstract: The topics of sex and gender have moved from interesting quasi-independent variables to front-page headlines around the globe. Regardless of one’s sub-discipline in psychology, these topics have become central dialogue in and outside of the classroom. In this presentation, Dr. Susan Burns, author of Psychology of Sex and Gender will highlight how increased media attention, public conversation, political, and cultural shifts affect how we talk about the psychological science of gender today.

BIO: Read more here


Jerome D. Hoover & Dr. Alice F. Healey

Ellis-Battig Memorial Symposium

Title: The Bat-and-Ball Problem, Error Sensitivity, and Conscious Representation


Thank you to our outstanding 2018 Convention Speakers!

Distinguished Alumni Speaker: Robert Morgan, Ph.D.

His talk was titled: Beyond Pop Culture: The Application of Science in Forensic Psychology

Teaching Conference Keynote Speaker: Wayne Viney, Ph.D.

His talk was titled: William James as a Teacher: Some Lessons from History about Teaching

Diversity Speaker: Tania Israel, Ph.D.

Her talk was titled: Four Ways Psychologists Can Participate in Social Change

Past-President Address: William Douglas Woody, Ph.D.

His talk was titled: Finding the Roots of the Hoffman Report: The Psychology of Coercive Interrogation from the Cold War to Guantanamo

Gardner Memorial Lecture: Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D

His talk was titled: Animal Signals: From Communication To Language

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer: Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP

Her talk was titled: Uniting Psychology for the Future

RMPA Distinguished Lecturer: Steve Lindsay, Ph.D.

His talk was titled: Replicability in Psychological Science

Continuing Education/Professional DevelopmentSpeaker: Sally Spencer Thomas, Ph.D.

Her talk was titled: Innovation in Men’s Mental Health: Using Humor, Media and Digital Engagement to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Suicide for High Risk Men

RMPA Invited Speaker: Fred Coolidge Ph.D.

His talk was titled: Neanderthals: Who were they, Why did they go Extinct, and What can Psychology tell us about them?

President’s Symposium:  Susan Becker Ph.D.,  Matthew Genuchi Ph.D., Jeffrey Rings Ph.D., 

Their talk was titled: The Role of Psychological Science in Suicide Prevention

Worth Publisher Speaker: Susan Nolan, Ph.D. 

Her talk was titled: Critical Thinking and Diversity: Using News (and Fake News!) to Make Your Courses More International and Multicultural

APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer: Brent W. Roberts, Ph.D.

His Talk was titled: The long and short of personality stability and change

Ellis-Battig Memorial Symposium: Lori E. James, Ph.D.

Chair: Aaron Richmond (arichmo3@msudenver.edu