For our 45th Convention, we were fortunate enough to have two keynote speakers.

Opening Speaker: Dr. Niobe Way

Niobe Way is Professor of Applied Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. She is also the co-Director of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at NYU and the past President for the Society for Research on Adolescence. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at Yale University. Way’s research focuses on the intersections of culture, context, and human development, with a particular focus on the social and emotional development of adolescents. She is interested in how schools, families, and peers as well as larger political and economic contexts influence developmental trajectories. Her work also focuses on social identities, including gender and racial/ethnic identities, and the effects of gender and racial/ethnic stereotypes on adjustment and on friendships. Way is a nationally recognized leader in the field of adolescent development and in the use of mixed methods; she has been studying the social and emotional development of girls and boys for over two decades.

Way is the author of numerous books and journal articles. Her sole authored books include: Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers (NYU Press, 1998); and Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection (Harvard University Press, 2011). Her co-edited or co-authored books include: Urban Girls: Resisting Stereotypes, Creating Identities (NYU press, 1996); Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). and Growing up Fast: Transitions to Adulthood among Inner City Adolescent Mothers (Erlbaum Press, 2001). The latter co-authored book (with Bonnie Leadbeater) received the Best Book Award from the Society of Research on Adolescence (2002). Her current research projects focus on the influence of families, peers, and schools on the trajectories of social and emotional development among adolescents in New York City and in Nanjing, China. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, The National Science Foundation, The William T. Grant Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, and by numerous other smaller foundations.

Title of Presentation: Resistance to dehumanization among Children and Adolescents: A Developmental and Contextual Process

Drawing from over three decades of research, Professor Niobe Way present her findings regarding the development of resistance to dehumanizing stereotypes during childhood and adolescence; the role of the family and school contexts in the development of such resistance; and the links between such resistance and psychological well-being. Her work underscores the importance of resistance in child and adolescent development and suggests that interventions aimed at helping youth thrive should focus on fostering resistance to dehumanization.

Niobe Headshot

Closing Speaker: Dr. Peggy Andover

Peggy Andover, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Fordham University and a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Binghamton University and completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Andover is past president of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, and she is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Andover’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of treatments for non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide, psychophysiological processes in self-injury, and factors that contribute to the severity of NSSI and the expression of specific forms of self-injury. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and she has published in peer reviewed academic journals including Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychiatry, Psychiatry Research, and Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors.

Title and Abstract of presentation:

Treating Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Lessons from Clinical Trials of a Novel Intervention

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) involves deliberate harm to the body without intent to die and includes behaviors such as cutting, burning, skin picking, and self-hitting. The behavior is prevalent among young adults, with between 12% and 38% reporting a history of the behavior (Gratz, Conrad, & Roemer, 2002; Muehlenkamp & Gutierrez, 2004). Despite the negative medical and psychological consequences associated with NSSI, few treatments have been developed to treat NSSI specifically disorder. Goals of this presentation are three-fold: 1) to provide an overview of NSSI and the functions of the behavior, 2) to review treatments for the behavior, and 3) to discuss the results of treatment development research (open pilot and randomized clinical trials) for a novel intervention for NSSI, the Treatment for Self-Injurious Behaviors (T-SIB).




Hunter College’s 44th Annual Convention will take place this year on Sunday, April 17th 2016  from 9:30am-5:00pm in the Hunter West Building.

The Psychology Collective hosts the Convention to create a forum
for undergraduate as well as graduate level researchers to share their work. Guests will have a chance to explore research being conducted
within various fields of Psychology; attend workshops on graduate programs, volunteer opportunities, and available internships; view oral and poster
presentations; and attend symposium by students from all over
the states!

We will have special guest, social psychologist, Dr. Melissa Ferguson, from Cornell University, who will be speaking on a wide range of topics, from goal-pursuit to self-control, to social behavior and first impressions, as well as Hunter College’s very own Julie Hecht, animal behaviorist, and author of the Scientific American blog, Dog Spies! Closing the convention will be the Psi Chi National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.

Convention Programs

To download the program schedule for the 2017 Convention, click here: Final Convention17 Program.

To download the Program Schedule for the 2016 Convention, click here.