Southeastern Psychological Association

SEPA Annual Meeting - Program Highlights

Jane S. Halonen
Jane S. Halonen is Professor of Psychology and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of West Florida.. Her research agenda has focused on critical thinking, assessment, and faculty and program development. Her most recent emphases have been on helping good departments become great ones. She has been involved over the course of her career with helping the American Psychological Association develop guidelines or standards of academic performance from high school through graduate levels of education, including chairing the Task Force for Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals and Outcomes. She was named the 2013 winner of the American Psychological Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Applications in Education and Training. In 2000, she won the Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the American Psychological Association named her an “Eminent Woman in Psychology” in 2003. She served as the Chief Reader for the Psychology Advanced Placement Reading from 2004-2009. Her most recent textbook is The Psychology Major's Companion: How to Get You Where You Want to Go, co-authored with Dana Dunn.

Susan Limber
Dr. Susan Limber is the Dan Olweus Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Youth, Family & Community Studies at Clemson University, where she also serves as Graduate Program Director. She is a developmental psychologist who also holds a Masters of Legal Studies. Prior to coming to Clemson, she was the Associate Director in the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina. After receiving her PhD, she served two years as the James Marshal Public Policy Fellow for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), where she worked in the Public Policy Office at the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Limber’s research and writing have focused on psychological and legal issues related to bullying among children, as well as youth civic engagement, and children’s rights. From 2001-2016, she provided consultation to bullying prevention efforts supported Health Resources and Services Administration (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Dr. Limber has published numerous articles and chapters on the topic of bullying. She has co-authored key resource materials for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and co-authored the book, Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age.

Bryant Marks
Dr. Bryant Marks is the founding director and principal trainer at the National Training Institute on Race and Equity. He also is Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College, where he serves as Director of the Program for Research on Black Male Achievement. Since completing his Ph.D in social psychology at the University of Michigan, the research of Dr. Marks has centered on investigations of stereotyping, stereotype threat, implicit/explicit bias, and innovations in STEM education. His studies have garnered support from several prestigious funding sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Ann E. Casey Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, Dr. Marks has served as a Presidential Advisor to Barack Obama for the Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and as a Senior Advisor to The White House for the Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Through his training institute, he has provided implicit bias training in several settings, including training over 2,000 Police Chiefs and several thousand patrol officers in local police departments around the country as part of the nationwide 21st Century Policing program.

Jim McNulty
Dr. Jim McNulty, Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, is a Fellow with the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He also is the recipient of the Caryl Rusbult Award for contributions to the study of interpersonal relationships, and he was named an Esteemed Senior Scholar by the International Association for Relationships Research. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, to study processes involved in marriage Dr. McNulty’s program of research focuses on how strong marital beliefs may change or remain stable over time. His current research seeks to understand directions for promoting the resilience of initially satisfying beliefs about close relationships, mainly through longitudinal studies of newlywed couples which focus on how various cognitive, behavioral, and personality variables on changes in marital satisfaction over time.

Susan A. Nolan
Susan A. Nolan is a professor of psychology at Seton Hall University in New Jersey where her favorite courses include introductory psychology, statistics, and international psychology. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and studies the stigma associated with psychological disorders and the role of gender in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. The latter has been funded in part by the National Science Foundation. Susan is coauthor of Psychology and Discovering Psychology and of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences and Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Macmillan).

Lauren M. Roygardner & Debangshu Roygardner
The CEPO Committee Chairs anticipate a lively minority symposium related to the use of contemporary art or hip-hop psychology in the prevention and intervention. The speakers will be Lauren M. Roygardner, PhD, LMSW (Director of Evaluation and Business Intelligence, CASES- The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services, Adjunct Assistant Professor, The CUNY School of Professional Studies, Department of Psychology, Adjunct Instructor, Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, Department of Counseling and School Psychology) and Debangshu Roygardner, Ph.D. (Assistant Director of Mental Health Services and Assistant Director of the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection at the New York Foundling, Adjunct Assistant Professor, The CUNY School of Professional Studies, Department of Psychology).

Nicole Patton Terry
CEPO is also looking forward to sponsoring an invited talk by Dr. Nicole Patton Terry, ( Professor, Florida State University, FCRR-Florida Center for Reading Research). The topic of her talk will focus on a discussion of 2D’s that are related to learning outcomes in children: Disability status and dialect variation.

Wendy R. Williams 
Wendy R. Williams is as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at Berea College. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005. She previously was an Associate Professor and Director of Women’s Studies at Marshall University and a Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. Her teaching and research interests focus on stigma and prejudice, specifically around issues of social class, including documenting the lived experiences of low-income and working-class Americans, as well as examining the personal and political consequences of how low-income people are perceived. She recently received a Faculty Fellowship from the Appalachian College Association to examine the historical roots of movements for economic justice in the Appalachian region and to engage Appalachian youth in answering questions about the strengths and weakness of their communities using Participatory Action Research. She is currently the past-President for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Chair of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Committee on Socioeconomic Status, and the Chair of the APA Presidential Deep Poverty Initiative Workgroup.


The SEPA Policy for Invitations (PDF)