NSU Well Represented at Great Plains Psychology Students
TAHLEQUAH On March 5 and 6, Drs. Kenny Paris and
Sherril Stone, Northeastern State University faculty members in the Department
and Counseling, accompanied eight NSU students to the 24th Annual
Great Plains Psychology Students Convention held on the Rockhurst University
campus located in Kansas City, MO. Representing 30 institutions, there
were approximately 350 students in attendance with more than 160 presenting
papers or posters.
For the fifth year, Northeastern was well represented with
seven undergraduate students presenting original papers. Dr. Paris sponsored
the following undergraduate oral literature review paper: "The Classification
of Trichotillomania" by Blair Morgan,
Muskogee junior. Morgan's paper won first place in the Undergraduate Literature
Review, Non-Empirical (Clinical/ Counseling) category.
Dr. Stone sponsored the following undergraduate papers:
"Behavioral and Physiological Aspects of Species Interaction"
by Renia Batman, Wagoner senior; "The
Effects of the Contact Hypothesis on College Students' Attitudes"
by Brannon Crain, Bartlesville sophomore;
"Concept Formation and Facial Recognition in Sun Conures" by
Steven White, Bethany senior; "Retention
of Dog Bite Prevention Skills in Young Children" by Mia
Igert, Ft. Gibson senior; "Socioemotional Development in Children
as Exhibited Through Treatment of Animals" by Jessica
Lannan, Copan senior; and, "The Effect of Therapy Pets on
Elderly Citizens' Blood Pressure and Heart Rate" by Lorry
Leland, Wagoner senior.
Crain won first place in the Undergraduate Empirical (Clinical/Counseling)
session for his work, while Batman claimed second place in the same category
for her paper.
Julie Mayberry, a first-year
graduate student from Tahlequah in the Counseling Psychology master's
program, also presented a literature review paper. Dr. Paris sponsored
her paper, titled "End-of-Life Decisions: Right to Die Issues."
Capitalizing on the burgeoning interest in forensic psychology,
the keynote speakers for this year's conference included Dr. David Canter,
founder and director of The Centre for Investigative Psychology at the
University of Liverpool. His address was titled Mapping Murders and focused
on his research using geographical mapping to assist in solving crimes.
The other keynote address was provided by Dr. Gary Wells, Distinguished
Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University. His address was titled
Eyewitness Evidence: Contributions of Psychological Science to Justice.
Dr. Wells is an internationally recognized expert in the area of reliability
of eyewitness identification.
Next year's conference will be held at Creighton University
in Omaha, NE.