Southeastern Psychological Association

President's Message

I am honored to serve as your SEPA President this year, and am looking forward to the 2017 Annual Meeting in my hometown of Atlanta.  It promises to be an exciting meeting with excellent speakers, rich opportunities for networking, helpful workshops, and of course hundreds of interesting research presentations.

SEPA has a long history of bringing together psychologists across all careers stages and from a variety of professional contexts.  It is not uncommon to hear a professional member reflect about attending his or her first SEPA meetings as a student and ‘growing up’ with SEPA over the years.  Others come to meet old friends, make new connections, or locate people with similar research interests.  Indeed, SEPA holds a special place in my heart in part because it was here that I first learned about a faculty job opening at Spelman College. I applied and still hold that position17 years later!

We encourage you to get your submissions ready for the autumn deadlines.  Keep your eyes open for emails from SEPA, which will include information on submission procedures and deadlines.  When you submit your presentation, check out the different awards for which your work may be eligible and be sure to follow the guidelines to make sure that your presentation is appropriately reviewed.  Also, please consider serving on the program committee as a reviewer yourself – that is a great way to become involved with the organization. 

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your President this year and to work with an outstanding Executive Committee to make sure that SEPA continues to be a first-choice venue to share research, engage in continuing education, and learn about the fascinating field of psychology.

Karen Brakke, Spelman College