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Chris Hart President: Christian Hart


I teach Experimental Psychology, Statistics, Research Design, Physiological Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Research Team.  My research interests are deception and its detection form from an evolutionary perspective.

Jennifer Bonds-Raacke Past-President: Jennifer Bonds-Raacke

I am currently the chair of the Department of Psychology at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Before accepting this position, I served as a faculty member at both public and private institutions and held other administrative positions.
Kelly Henry
President Elect
: Kelly Bouas Henry
Professor of Psychology
Missouri Western State University


Research Interests: Organizational Psychology, Small group dynamics, organizational behavior

*Elected spring of even years  **Elected spring of  odd years
Terms begin at the close of the annual convention each year.

: Darshon Anderson
Assistant Professor of Psychology & Counseling Dept
University of Central Arkansas

I am particularly interested in the social pressures that allow people to accomplish their goals efficiently and identifying factors important in determining which strategies people use when approaching multiple goals. I am also interested topics of diversity pertaining to individual and organizational goal pursuit.
Cindy Turk
: Cindy Turk
Professor of Psychology
Washburn University


I was happy to join the faculty of the Psychology Department at Washburn University in 2005. Since returning to Kansas, SWPA has been favorite place to take my advanced undergraduate and graduate students to present their work.

: Kilian Garvey
Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioral & Social Sciences
University of Louisiana at Monroe


Christine Ziemer
: Christine Ziemer
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Missouri Western State University


My degree is in Cognitive Development and my research interests center on questions regarding perception and action. Specifically I've published research on how children and adults flexibly recalibrate their perception-action coupling in changing environments and how infants understand and respond to the differences between 2D pictures and 3D objects.


New Mexico:
Po Sen (Mark) Chu
Assistant Professor
Western New Mexico University


I am interested in examining whether providing of social support is able to alleviate the negative effects of sexism.

Sharon Roberts
Oklahoma: Sharon Roberts
Associate Professor and Psychology Program Chair
Northeastern State University


Martha Zlokovich
: Martha S. Zlokovich, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology

Teaching Experience: Professor, Developmental Psychology, Southeast Missouri State University

Research Interests: Student study habits, grade predictions, and retention; moral development; adolescent sexuality and contraception
Thomas Faulkenberry.
: Thomas Faulkenberry
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Tarlton State University

I teach learning and memory, statistics, and research methods.
My research is in numerical and mathematical cognition.
Michael Meyers
At-Large Position
: Michael C. Meyers
Associate Professor Department of Sport Science and Physical Education


Other Endeavors:
Adjunct Associate Professor & Visiting Graduate Faculty, Texas A&M University
Adjunct Research Faculty, Department of Animal & Range Sciences Montana State University
President of Meyers Group, Inc.
Don Lucas
At-Large Position: Donald R. Lucas
Professor of Psychology
Northwest Vista College Psychology Department


Dr. Lucas is the chair of the psychology department at Northwest Vista College (NVC)-a community college with more than 17,000 students in San Antonio, Texas. Before joining the department in 1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Smith-Kettlewell Research Institute in San Francisco, and took his Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialty in Neuroscience and Behavior from Northern Illinois University.
He publishes and presents on a variety of topics about human behavior, including, psychophysics, family & domestic violence, sexuality, teaching & learning, and life satisfaction. He is the author of the book, Being: Your Happiness, Pleasure, and Contentment (Hayden-McNeil). He has been teaching for more than 25 years; courses in Human Sexuality, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Positive Psychology.
Michael Aguilar-Moreno

Graduate Student Representative
: Michael Aguilar-Moreno
Stephen F. Austin State University, TX

My general research interests include military psychology, human sexuality, and spirituality. My current research is on ego depletion and music relaxation treatments for testing anxiety.

Kelli Wierzbicki

Undergraduate Student Representative
: Kelli Wierzbicki
University of Central Arkansas


Adena Young
              picture Secretary: Adena Young-Jones
Assistant Professor
Missouri State University


Research Interests: Academic Motivation and Achievement; Student Success and Retention; Cultural Sensitivity; Diversity Issues
Arn Froese
Treasurer: Arn Froese
Professor Emeritus at Sterling College

afroese46@gmail.com; 620-704-0165

Research interests include finding effective means for teaching research /writing skills, and incorporating psychology more intentionally in general education curricula. He teaches an interdisciplinary general education course, research methods, and advanced experimental courses.

Membership Registrar
: Amy Dicke-Bohmann
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Texas A&M University - San Antonio


Her research areas include many areas of romantic relationships, including optimism, alcohol abuse, cohabitation, and relationship breakup.  She has also studied problem-solving in dyads and alarmism.

Convention Management: Lorraine Grogan

Trey Hill
Program Chair: W. Trey Hill, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Fort Hays State University


Specialty area of research: Judgment/Decision Making, Evolutionary Psychology
Charlie Bursdal pic
Elections Commissioner: Charlie Burdsal
Professor of Psychology, Director Social Science Research Laboratory, Wichita State University


Research interests include teaching evaluation, program evaluation, and theoretical methods issues.
Drew Curtis
Newsletter Coordinator: Drew Curtis
Assistant Professor, Angelo State University


Teaching:  graduate courses in counseling psychology and undergraduate abnormal psychology and developmental psychology.
Research: Deception; deception in psychotherapy and in relationships

Continuing Education Committee


Finance Committee

Linda Hynan, Chair, UT Southwesern Medical Center
Drew Curtis, Angelo State University, San Angelo Tx
Thomas Faulkenberry, Tarleton State University, Stephenville Tx
Kelly Henry, Missouri Western State University, St Joseph MO
Cindy Turk, Washburn University, Topeka KS


Lauren Scharff (Chair)

Stage 1: Judging of written abstracts. Graduate submission judges had no graduate student submissions, and undergraduate submission judges had no undergraduate submissions.

Undergraduate submission judges: Lauren Brewer (Stephen F Austin State University), Charles Burdsal (Wichita State), Randolf Hubach (Oklahoma State University), Sarah Savoy (Stephen F Austin State University), Lauren Scharff (U. S. Air Force Academy)

Graduate submission judges: Cody Cox (Texas A&M at San Antonio), Kelly Henry (Missouri Western State University), Ken Sobel (University of Central Arkansas), Lauren Scharff (U. S. Air Force Academy)

Stage 2: Judging of oral presentations at the convention made by finalists. Judges had no affiliation with the presenters.

Undergraduate finalist judges: Dr. Sharon Roberts (Northeastern State University, OK), Dr. John Draeger, (SUNY Buffalo State), Dr. Kelly Henry (Missouri Western State University)

Undergraduate finalist judges: Dr. Adena Young (Missouri State University), Dr. Jennifer Daniels (Lyon College, AR), Dr. Don Lucas ( Northwest Vista College, TX)

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