June 26, 2008

Applied psychology conference set for July 11-12

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- In order to understand a concept, it helps to define it, to know what it is. Scholars and students will focus on “Defining the Field” at the Midwest Applied Psychology Conference on July 11 and 12.

The conference, hosted by the Applied Research Consultants organization at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, encourages undergraduate participation in a research poster session as well as graduate and professional paper presentations and panels. Topics include: ethical boundaries of psychological evaluation and research, work-family conflicts, gender differences, preschool social behavior, how trends in the health care industry may affect nursing care, and individual contributions in a team-player work environment.

The keynote speaker is Charles S. Reichardt, professor of psychology at the University of Denver. Reichart speaks at 1 p.m. on July 12 on the topic of “Strong Causal Inference: The Secrets to Designing Research for Assessing the Effects and Interventions in Applied Settings.” His specialties include research methods, statistic and program evaluation. This talk is about ways to evaluate treatment when other factors may influence overall outcome. Reichardt is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, from which he received the Perloff Award, and is a member of the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, from which he received the Tanaka award. He is a past member of the board of directors of the American Evaluation Association.

The conference is at the Small Business Incubator located in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at SIUC. It begins at 4 p.m. on July 11 with a welcoming address and undergraduate poster session. Activities on July 12 include a morning address, followed by papers and panel discussion -- including one on “Defining the Field” at 2:30 p.m. -- and the keynote address.

Co-hosts are the SIUC Department of Psychology and the University of Memphis Department of Psychology. For more information, see www.arc.siu.edu/snapsurvey/MAPC.