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NSU Well Represented at Great Plains Psychology Students Convention

TAHLEQUAH – On March 5 and 6, Drs. Kenny Paris and Sherril Stone, Northeastern State University faculty members in the Department of Psychology 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.


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