2022 SWPA Convention

Crown Plaza Hotel Executive Center Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

April 8 - 10, 2022

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Registration Information

SWPA does not have separate registration and dues. Rather, we combine both fees. If you register for the convention then you automatically become a member. There are two categories:

  • Professional Member
  • Student Member
Online registration closed on March 20th.
***The only method of registration will be on site registration after this date.

How to Register

Submission Information

SWPA offers abstract submissions for talks, posters, symposia, and workshops. We also have student research competitions. Additionally, the convention hosts four affiliate organizations: SAMR, SWToP, Psi Chi, and SCBNA.

How to Submit an Abstract

Hotel and Trip Information

This year SWPA will be hosted at the Crown Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

How to Book a Hotel

When you are not spending time at the conference, be sure to take advantage of all that Baton Rouge has to offer!

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SWPA's 2022 Gold Sponsors

SWPA's 2022 Silver Donors


Dr. Susan Clayton

Keynote Address - Psychology and climate change: Understanding and responding

Susan Clayton is Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology and chair of Environmental Studies at the College of Wooster. Her PhD, in social psychology, is from Yale University. She has authored or edited five books, including the Oxford Handbook of Environmental and Conservation Psychology (2012), Conservation Psychology (with Gene Myers; 2nd edition in press), and Identity and the Natural Environment (2003, with Susan Opotow). She co-authored the American Psychological Association (APA) reports on “Psychology and Global Climate Change” and “Psychological Impacts of Climate Change.” Clayton is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, of which she is also president-elect. Dr. Clayton is a conservation psychologist and conducts research at zoos and in other nature settings to observe how people connect with animals and nature and, as a consequence, how this might lead them to conserve our natural resources.

Dr. Tanecia Blue

Inaugural Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Keynote Address - 
Psychology's role in the race construct

Dr. Blue is a board-certified health psychologist and serves as the Chief of the Behavioral Medicine Service at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Blue isthe current Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Society for Health Psychology and her primary initiative is educating health psychologists about the role of psychology in improving health equity. Dr. Blue has worked in the public sector throughout her career both in the Department of Veterans Affairs and in the Department of Defense. She currently manages a cultural transformation program focused on improving care in the treatment of veterans at the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System. In her day to day work, she has promoted the importance of improving diversity in the workplace, making decisions that impact stakeholders equitably, and creating a more inclusive work environment. Dr. Blue is a trained clinical health psychologist and spends her clinical time teaching patients self-regulation techniques and self-management strategies. Her research focuses on psychological interventions for various medical conditions. She has an additional interest in understanding the role of patient-centered care and values-based interventions in improving communication and outcomes in racially discordant interactions.

Dr. Jaque Gray

Keynote Address - Community Interventions to Address Indigenous Elder Needs During COVID

Dr. Jacqueline Gray is a research associate professor for the Department of Population Health and the associate director of Center for Rural Health for Indigenous programs at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She is principal investigator and director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative. She is also principal investigator of the National Center on Elder Abuse subcontract on Indigenous Elder Abuse Projects and the American Association of Retired Persons-sponsored Indigenous Elder Abuse Services Survey. Dr. Gray is a mentor for the American Indian Adult Tobacco Survey Dakota Initiative funded by the Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity clinical/translational research from the National Cancer Institute. She started the American Indian Health Research Conference in 2002 and spearheaded its continuation for 17 years. She also directs the Native Health Research Team and mentored more than 100 Native students on research in Indian Country.

Dr.Gray is from Oklahoma and of Choctaw and Cherokee descent. She has worked with tribes throughout Indian Country for 40 years in the areas of health, education, counseling, and program development. She also has experience in policy work and advocacy through testimony in Congress on suicide among American Indian youth, funding for Indian Health Service, addressing elder abuse in Indian Country, serving on the Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee for Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages, and other health disparity related issues. Dr. Gray has research experience in the areas of health and mental health, including suicide prevention, elder abuse, rural veteran health services, spirituality and health, psychometrics, and wellness and nutrition in adolescents. Her research with American Indians includes elder abuse, health, depression, anxiety, veteran's health services, spirituality, suicide, career counseling, and nutrition.

Dr. Bonnie Green

Keynote Address

Professor of Psychology, East Stroudsburg University

Dr. Bonnie Green is an experimental psychologist who specializing in research in the Science of Success, particularly as it relates to academic achievement and reducing recidivism. Through the application of cognitive development, psychometrics, and mathematical modeling, Bonnie is seeking ways to improve educational access, achievement, and success for ALL students, Kindergarten through college, while also seeking ways to assure a healthy transition for people re-entering society following incarceration. Dr. Green currently serves as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation under the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Woodcock Institute Keynote Address

Dr. Susan Raiford

Woodcock Institute Keynote Address - Pandemic Impact on Performance-Based Psychological Assessment of Children: What We’ve Learned and How We Can Respond

Senior Research Director, Wechsler Team, Pearson Clinical Assessment

Dr. Susan Raiford is a senior research director at The Psychological Corporation/Pearson. She has been a primary developer of the Wechsler Intelligence scales, the most widely used suite of intelligence tests in the world (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, WAIS-IV, WISC-IV Integrated, and WISC-V Integrated) since 2004. Dr. Raiford is involved in all aspects of test creation and revision conceptualization. She designs the research plan for test creation and revision, writes the manuals, conceptualizes new subtests, develops and revise items, and oversees data collection as well as creation of all final test components.

Dr. Raiford currently maintains a part time psychological assessment practice. Prior to becoming a psychological test developer, she primarily engaged in clinical work for ten years, providing assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation to patients of all ages in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings in both the private and public sectors.

SWToP Address

Dr. Anna Ropp

SWToP Keynote Address - Teaching in a Changing World: Tips for Working with the Increasing Number of LGBTQIA+ Students in Our Classrooms

Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Anna Ropp received her Ph.D. in social psychology with a specialization in intergroup relations from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is currently a full professor in the department of psychological sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver. At MSU Denver, she teaches courses such as psychology of prejudice, psychology of gender, and psychology of sexual orientation, as well as statistics and research methods courses. Passionate about teaching and inclusivity, Dr. Ropp regularly gives talks to professors and teachers about how to increase their cultural competence, specifically when interacting with LGBTQIA+ students.

In her research, Dr. Ropp explores topics related to prejudice and discrimination, including gender discrimination and LGBTQIA+ bias. In the last several years, she has extended this research to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Her current SoTL projects include examining how professors’ actions (such as their level of formality) and gender identity impact students’ perceptions of them. Dr. Ropp also hosts the podcast, SoTL PsychSessions, where she talks with researchers about their SoTL research and how professors and teachers can apply that research in their classrooms.

Talk Synopsis

Teaching psychology in an increasingly multicultural world can be challenging, and it can be difficult for instructors to understand and navigate the culture of all of their students. However, some students are disengaged from their courses because they do not see themselves or their experiences reflected in the course content. To help bridge this gap with our LGBTQIA+ students, Dr. Anna Ropp will provide some tips for teaching LBGTQIA+ students in psychology courses. These tips are intended to help instructors 1) increase rapport with their LGBTQIA+ students and 2) include current research about the LGBTQIA+ community in their course content. The tips will include general guidelines as well as small, concrete steps instructors can implement almost immediately.

Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker

Dr. Katie E. Cherry 

Severe Weather Events and Psychosocial Well-Being:  Variables that Matter after a Disaster 

Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker

Professor, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge

Katie E. Cherry received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology with a specialization in cognitive aging from the University of Georgia.  She is currently a full professor in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.  At LSU, she teaches undergraduate courses on adult development and aging, lifespan human development, and a graduate seminar in developmental psychology.  She is also an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Medicine where she teaches advanced research methods and design to PhD students affiliated with the Tulane Center for Aging.  

Dr. Cherry is actively involved in research with middle-aged and older adults to understand challenges to healthy aging after disaster.  She has over 185 publications including peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, three edited volumes, and one solo authored book.  Her work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, and most recently by the National Science Foundation.  In 2002, she was awarded the Emogene Pliner Distinguished Professor of Aging Studies professorship for her contributions to the field of adult development and aging. 

Talk Synopsis

Severe weather events are happening with increasing frequency today.  Hurricanes, floods, and other tragedies that impact peoples’ lives are disruptive and stressful events that may threaten health and well-being.  Consequently, there is a great need for knowledge to understand the immediate and long-term consequences of natural disasters and tragic events for people of all ages.  In this talk, Dr. Katie Cherry will discuss the impact of hurricanes and flooding on various health indicators across the adult lifespan.  She will present select findings from her research program on disaster stressors in connection with the 2016 flooding in south Louisiana.  Suggestions for managing post-disaster stress will be examined and strategies for long-term recovery after severe weather events will be discussed.

Psi Chi Diversity Speaker

Dr. Jas Sullivan

Psychology in a Changing World: In the Era of Covid-19 and Racial Injustice

Psi Chi Diversity Speaker

Professor, Louisiana State University 

Dr. Jas Sullivan is a Professor at Louisiana State University with appointments in Political Science, Psychology, and African-American Studies. Dr. Sullivan studies the impact of race on political and psychological outcomes. His current projects focus on the following topics: African American racial identity and reactions to and coping with discrimination.

Talk Synopsis

The confluence of COVID-19, racial injustice, and the 2020 presidential election were a tremendous burden on American society. The talk will highlight the role of psychology in understanding the ways these specific issues have impacted us. Specifically, I will discuss findings from my own research. I will conclude the presentation by providing some recommendations for the discipline, so that it remains an important instrument in understanding the human condition.

SAMR Invited Speaker

Dr. Gina M. Berg

COVID: What’s Been Measured? How Are You Measuring Up?

SAMR Invited Speaker

Research Associate Professor, Univerity of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita

Gina M. Berg, PhD, MBA, MSMFT graduated with her PhD in Human Factors Psychology from Wichita State University, where she was drawn to research methodology working with Dr. Charles A. Burdsal. She also conducted applied research in the Software Usability and Research Lab. Dr. Berg developed and currently serves as Director of the Trauma Research Program at Wesley Medical Center, a level I trauma center. Dr. Berg has authored and collaborated on over 70 published articles mostly regarding trauma populations or processes, including several book chapters. Dr. Berg also completed a MBA and most recently a masters degree in marriage and family therapy. Besides trauma research, Dr. Berg is interested wellness, leadership development as well as quality improvement. Dr. Berg is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Talk Synopsis

This talk will include a miniscule overview of the cumulation of research regarding COVID measurement and psychology as well as an opportunity to consider these in terms of our own COVID responses.

Cancellation Policy

Individuals who pre-register for the convention may obtain full or partial refunds of the registration fee.

  • Full refund if requested at least one month before the opening convention day.
  • 50% refund if requested one week to one month before the opening day.
  • No refund if requested less than one week before the convention begins.

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