2020 Convention Speakers

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

As they are announced information will be provided on this page.

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RMPA 2020 will kick off Thursday evening with a talk from Dr. Temple Grandin

BIO: Temple Grandin has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals. Facilities she has designed for handling livestock are used by many companies around the world. She has also been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods, and other corporations. Temple has appeared on numerous TV shows such as 20/20. Larry King Live, and Prime Time. Her books include: Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and The Autistic Brain. Her book Animals in Translation has been on the New York Times Bestseller List.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University.

Dr. Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University, University of Illinois, Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duke University. She has also won prestigious industry awards including the Richard L. Knowlton Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine and the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute and the Beef Top 40 industry leaders and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In 2011, Temple was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. In 2015 she was given the Distinguished Service Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Meritorious Award from the OIE. HBO has premiered a movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. In 2016, Temple was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2017 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

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Dr. James Pennebaker

RMPA Distinguished Lecturer

Title: Using words to understand individuals, groups, and cultures

Abstract: We all leave trails of ourselves in our emails, text messages, search terms, and wherever our words are recorded or written. Using text analysis methods, it is possible for psychologists to identify people's personalities, thinking patterns, and social relationships. More broadly, big data approaches allow us to identify social and psychological processes in ways never imagined.

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Dr. Adriana Galvan

Psi Chi Invited Speaker

Title: How Adolescent Neuroscience Research Can Inform Policy

BIO: Adriana Galván is Professor of Psychology and the Jeffrey/Wenzel Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and is a faculty member of the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. Dr. Galván is also on the Leadership Team and Advisory Board of the Center for the Developing Adolescent. Her research focuses on identifying the neural changes in the developing adolescent brain as they relate to adolescent decision-making and motivation with an eye towards informing policies relevant to young people. She uses brain imaging, survey methods, cognitive tests, interviews, and physiological assays to characterize the psychological, neurobiological and biological changes across the transition into and out of adolescence. Current projects examine the interactions among social relationships, sleep, and health with adolescent decision-making, motivation and brain development. Her work has been featured in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Neuron, PNAS, Psychological Science, and Journal of Neuroscience, and highlighted in popular outlets such as the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and cited in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dr. Galván earned her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Cornell University. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior.

Adriana Galván is Professor of Psychology and the Jeffrey/Wenzel Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and is a faculty member of the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. Dr. Galván is also on the Leadership Team and Advisory Board of the Center for the Developing Adolescent. Her research focuses on identifying the neural changes in the developing adolescent brain as they relate to adolescent decision-making and motivation with an eye towards informing policies relevant to young people. She uses brain imaging, survey methods, cognitive tests, interviews, and physiological assays to characterize the psychological, neurobiological and biological changes across the transition into and out of adolescence. Current projects examine the interactions among social relationships, sleep, and health with adolescent decision-making, motivation and brain development. Her work has been featured in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Neuron, PNAS, Psychological Science, and Journal of Neuroscience, and highlighted in popular outlets such as the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and cited in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dr. Galván earned her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Cornell University. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior.

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Dr. Charles Honts

Past President’s Address

Title: Hot-off-the-presses: A new meta-analysis on polygraph accuracy

Deception and Deception Detection in 2020: The Mature Psychology Science That Few People Know

Boise State University

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Dr. Steven M. Elias

Distinguished Alumni Lecture

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Lecture will be given by Steven M. Elias, Dean of the School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College. Prior to arriving at Fort Lewis, Steven was the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Professor in the College of Business at New Mexico State University. He holds a doctorate in applied social psychology from Colorado State University. Steven's primary area of interest is in organizational behavior.His primary research revolves around managerial influence, social power, self-efficacy, job attitudes, and deviant workplace behavior.

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Presidential Symposium on Terror Management Theory (TMT)

Dr. Thomas Pyszczynski, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Dr. Michael Bayly, University of Charleston

ALSO FEATURING:
Rachele Benjamin, author of a new p curve analysis on TMT

and Dr. Brian Burke, Fort Lewis College, author of the seminal meta-analysis on TMT

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Dr. Melba Vasquez PhD, ABPP

Diversity Speaker Keynote

Title: The Ethics of Self-Care for Survivors of Inequity

Dr. Melba Vasquez is a Past President of the American Psychological Association (APA), and is the first Latina and woman of color of 120 presidencies of APA to serve in that role. Previous to her APA presidency, Dr. Vasquez served a term on the APA Board of Directors. She is a former president of the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) and of Divisions 35 (Society of Psychology of Women) and 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) of the APA. She is a co-founder of APA Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit.

She is interested in promoting leadership activities, and served as Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP), was a faculty member for the APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) Leadership Academy (for 2013-2014), as well as the faculty for the Leadership Development of the APA State Leadership Conference Diversity Delegates (2013-2015). Ethics has been an area of interest, and Dr. Vasquez served as co-chair of the 2016-2017 APA Commission on Ethics Processes.

She has published over 80 book chapters and journal articles in the areas of professional ethics, ethnic minority psychology, psychology of women, counseling and psychotherapy, and supervision and training. She is a coauthor of Ethics in Psychotherapy & Counseling: A Practical Guide (2016, 5th edition). How to Survive and Thrive as a Therapist: Information, Ideas and Resources for Psychologists in Practice (2005); and of the APA Ethics Code Commentary and Case Illustrations(2010).

She is a Fellow of eleven Divisions of the APA and holds the Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She has received numerous awards for her distinguished career, contributions, mentoring and advocacy.

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Dr. Daphna Oyserma

APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Title: Identity-based motivation: theory and applications


Dean’s Professor of Psychology, Education, and Communication
Founding co-Director Dornsife Center for Mind and Society

Dornsife Director of Faculty Development in the Social Sciences

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Karen Z. Naufel, PhD

Title: Training Over Hazing: Reducing Risks to Student Researchers Builds Their Transferrable Skills

Abstract: Research experience is often regarded as an opportunity for psychology students to hone their critical thinking, communication, and professional skills. However, research experience can have a dark side. Researchers have experienced physical harm (e.g., being physically harmed by a participant), psychological distress (e.g., experiencing vicarious trauma when coding narratives), and social risks (e.g., being shunned by others for their role as a confederate in research). Research mentors may not be aware of these risks; or, they may not know the steps for mitigating such risks before they occur. Yet, there are methods and tools that buffer against these risks that can enhance the validity of a study. Moreover, when faculty members use these strategies, they may increase the extent that students develop both knowledge about research and employer-sought skills such as those related to adaptability, integrity, problem-solving, and communication. Ultimately, addressing risks to researchers poses a unique opportunity to cultivate a student’s ability to succeed within the psychology major and beyond.

Bio: Karen Z. Naufel, PhD, is a professor and undergraduate curriculum program coordinator at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. She has strong interests in the ethics of teaching and research, and she is committed to identifying strategies that maximize the benefits of research experience while reducing risks. One of her goals is to “teach everyone about psychology”. In addition to teaching her college students, she also teaches preschoolers, high schoolers, and the public about psychological science. She seeks out research and service opportunities that applies psychological science. Her work has benefitted classrooms, healthcare settings, nonprofit organizations, meteorology, and her local community. Her accomplishments in teaching have been recognized at the university level, with the 2014-15 Award for Excellence in Instruction, and nationally, with the 2010 Jane S. Halonen Early Career Teaching Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Thank you to the amazing 2019 Convention Speakers!

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dr. Regan Gurung, RMPA Distinguished Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Title of Talk: Wearing Out Your Welcome: Clothing, Prejudice, and Sexism

  • Dr. Alexandra Rutherford, Teaching Conference Keynote Speaker, York University, Toronto, Title of Talk: Who has made history in psychology? Strategies for inclusive pedagogy

  • Dr. Connie J. Beck, RMPA Distinguished Lecturer, University of Arizona, Title of Talk: Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from Family Law Mediation Research

  • 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.

  • Dr. Brian Parry, Dr. Justin Gollob, & Dr. Tim Casey, Bell-Loomis Symposium

  • Dr. Judith A. Sugar, RMPA Past-President Address, University of Nevada-Reno, Title of talk: The Longevity Dividend

  • Dr. Anne Duran, Distinguished Alumni Address, California State University -Bakersfield, Title of talk: The Accidental Social Psychologist

  • Dr. Roxanne L. Sullivan, RMPA President Address, Bellevue University, Title of talk: Respect for Psychology as a Science as Higher Education Becomes More Corporate

  • Dr. Susan Burns, Worth Publishers (Macmillan) Speaker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Clarke University in Dubuque, Title of talk: Teaching Sex and Gender Beyond the Binary

  • Jerome D. Hoover & Dr. Alice F. Healey, Ellis-Battig Memorial Symposium, Title of talk: The Bat-and-Ball Problem, Error Sensitivity, and Conscious Representation

Thank you to the 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