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Join us for two in-depth conversations with some of the most preeminent psychologists in our field.

In case you missed it:  Watch Out of the Lab 2018 with Brenda Major.


Session 1:

Date & Time: Saturday, February 9, 12:45 - 2:00 PM | Location:  C125/126

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Laura King

University of Missouri, Columbia

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Samantha Heintzelman

Rutgers University

Laura A. King received her BA in English Literature and Psychology at Kenyon College and her PhD in Personality Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She was on the faculty of Southern Methodist University for 10 years prior to moving to the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences. Laura’s research concerns well-being, especially meaning in life, narrative approaches, folk theories of The Good Life, and individual differences in intuitive information processing. Whatever the topic, her work reflects an enduring interest in what is healthy and functioning about people, and recognizing psychological functioning in everyday people and their everyday lives. She has published numerous articles and chapters and two successful textbooks. She received the Carol and Ed Diener Award for Distinguished Contributions to Personality in 2011 and the award for Distinguished Service to SPSP in 2015. She has served as editor or associate editor for a number of journals and was the first woman to edit the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences. She lives with her wife Lisa, their son, Sam. She enjoys morning runs with the family dog, Bill, and hosting extravagant dinner parties.

Samantha Heintzelman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. Prior to this she received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Heintzelman’s primary research focuses on the experience of meaning in life for average people in everyday life, addressing questions regarding the function, structure, antecedents, and consequences of this experience. In addition, Dr. Heintzelman has also developed an empirically-based and empirically-tested intervention program to sustainably increase happiness. Dr. Heintzelman’s work has been published in top psychology outlets including American Psychologist, Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Review, and has been recognized with awards including the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s Student Publication Award.

Session 2:

Date & Time: Saturday, February 9, 2:15 - 3:30 PM | Location:  C125/126

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Levy Paluck

Princeton University

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Mina Cikara

Harvard University

Elizabeth Levy Paluck is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Her research is concerned with the reduction of prejudice and conflict, including ethnic and political conflict, youth conflict in schools, and violence against women. She uses large-scale field experiments to test interventions that target individuals’ perceived norms and behavior or about conflict and tolderance, including mass media and peer-to-peer interventions. Professor Paluck is a 2017 Macarthur Fellow, and has been the recipient of the Sage Young Scholars Award, the Cialdini Award for field research, and an Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association.

Mina Cikara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Policy from Princeton University and completed a NIH funded NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Professor Cikara studies how the mind, brain, and behavior change when the social context shifts from “me and you” to “us and them.” She focuses primarily on how group membership, threat, and prejudice disrupt the processes that allow people to see others as human and to empathize with others. She is equally interested in the behavioral consequences of these processes: discrimination, conflict, and harm. Most recently, the NSF awarded Professor Cikara the CAREER Award to fund this work. She has published articles in journals including Psychological Science, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and JEP:General and she tweets about psychology and neuroscience @profcikara.


2019 Annual Convention
February 7 - 9, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232, USA