MPA Presidential Invited Addresses

Wendy Wood (University of Southern California) has spent her career examining the formation and change of habits, the dynamics of social influence and attitude change, and the origins and maintenance of sex-related differences and similarities in social behavior. She has been massively influential across all three domains (and others), having over 150 publications which have been cited over 26000 times, with many of the publications in the field's top journals including Psychological Review, American Psychologist, JPSP, Psychological Bulletin, JESP, and countless others. She is a Fellow of APA, APS, and SESP. She has been funded by the NSF, NIMH, and other agencies.

Nelson Cowan (University of Missouri) is a leading scholar in memory and attention and the roles they play in human cognition. He describes his research as being "driven by basic philosophical questions about the human mind, concerned with the most basic elements of conscious experience." His work has been cited tens of thousands of times in top outlets (e.g., JEP-G, Psychological Bulletin, JESP, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology), and he's published multiple books and book chapters.

Barbara Anderson (The Ohio State University) examines bio-behavioral aspects of cancer and their implications for disease progression, and she has been instrumentally involved in examining psycho-social interventions to reduce cancer re-occurrence and cancer deaths. Her current work examines the development of interventions for patients at high risk for psychological or behavioral morbidity or premature death due to cancer. In 2003, she received the Award for Outstanding Contributions in Health Psychology from the APA and in 2004 she was the recipient of the Peter Minton Hero of Hope Research Champion Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society. She published hundreds of papers and been cited over ten-thousand times.

Leandre Fabrigar (Professor of Psychology, Queen's University) examines attitudes and persuasion. He has investigated the effects of attitude structure and social context in regulating the susceptibility of attitudes to persuasion and the impact of attitudes on behavior, judgment, and information processing.  He has additionally explored methods of measuring attitudes and their underlying structural properties. Other research interests include the psychological mechanisms underlying social influence tactics, the relationship between personality traits and the self, and the role of attachment style in relationship processes.

Ethan Cross (Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan) explores how people can control their emotions to improve our understanding of how self-control works and to discover ways of enhancing self-control in daily life. He and his lab adopt an integrative approach to address these issues that draws on multiple disciplines within psychology including social, personality, clinical, developmental, and neuroscience. Those areas are integrated in terms of the types of questions asked, the methods used to address them, and the populations examined. 

Betsy Hoza (Professor of Psychology, University of Vermont) aims to develop a better understanding the social, academic, behavioral, and self-system functioning of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from a developmental psychopathology perspective. Her work is designed with the end goal of applying what is learned toward developing better evidence-based treatments for children with ADHD. Her recent work examines topics such as the impact of aerobic physical activity to improve cognitive, social, and behavioral functioning in ADHD-risk and typically developing children.

Psi Chi Distinguished Scholar

Alice Eagly 
(Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University) is one of the leading scholars in social psychology studying the psychology of gender and the psychology of attitudes. Her work has focused on the sex differences and similarities in leadership, prosocial behavior, aggression, partner preferences, and sociopolitical attitudes. Additionally, her research examines the content of stereotypes and social role theory as a theory of sex differences and similarities, and the origins of sex differences in social behavior. Her over 400 publications have been cited nearly 90,000 times.

STP Invited Address

Brad Bushman (Professor of Communication and Psychology, The Ohio State University) studies the antecedents and consequences of human aggression and violence as well as solutions to it. He has testified before Congress on the topic and served on President Obama's committee on gun violence and media violence effects. He has published over 200 journal articles (appearing in the field's top journals) which have been cited tens of thousands of times. He has won numerous awards including the Kurt Lewin Award from SPSSI and the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology Award from the APA.

Andrew Butler (Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Associate Professor of Education, Washington University at St. Louis) is interested in the malleability of memory – the cognitive processes and mechanisms that cause memories to change or remain stable over time. His research focuses on how the process of retrieving memories affects the content (e.g., events, specific details, narrative structure, etc.) and phenomenological characteristics (e.g., confidence, emotional intensity, vividness, etc.) of those memories. 

Judith Harackiewicz (Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison) examines human motivation, specifically intrinsic motivation, interest, and achievement motivation. She studies how different kinds of performance evaluation and feedback influences intrinsic interest in an activity. Her work also extends to motivational issues in educational psychology and how goals affect the development of interest in academic subjects. She is a prolific scholar who has published well over a hundred papers which have been cited tenes of thousands of times.

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