Fourteen faculty members and 34 students from the Department of Psychology represented Illinois State University at the 87th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) on April 30–May 2 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

John Pryor, Ph.D. served as MPA president for 2015, and Alycia Hund, Ph.D. was program moderator for this year’s meeting. The following faculty members led workshops or gave invited talks:

  • Joel Schneider, Ph.D. conducted an MPA Methodology Workshop titled, “Practical Psychometrics: A Psychological Evaluation Toolkit.”
  • Marla Reese-Weber, Ph.D. ’92, M.S. ’95, presented an invited talk titled, “Predictors of Sexual Victimization During the First Semester of College.”
  • Eric Wesselmann, Ph.D. ’03, M.A. ’05, gave an invited talk titled, “Investigating Direct and Subtle Forms of Ostracism and Other Types of Social Pain.”

Additional faculty members and students presented research, moderated discussions, and organized symposia during the three-day meeting. New MPA Fellows this year include Hund and J. Scott Jordan, Ph.D.

The Department of Psychology also hosted its second annual ISU Night at MPA on April 30 in Potter’s Lounge at the Palmer House Hilton. The MPA annual meeting offers faculty and students an opportunity to share research and network with psychological scientists from across the Midwest.

Psychology alumni can keep in touch with the department and learn about upcoming events by joining the department alumni group on LinkedIn and by following the Department of Psychology on Facebook.