Southeastern Psychological Association
Al Finch, Ph.D.
Information about Awards
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~ Award Information ~
~ Past Winners ~
2010 Mentor Award
The Mentor Award Committee selected Dr. Susan Walch
2010 Outstanding Professional Paper Award
Debra Sue Pate reported on the Outstanding Professional Paper Award, funded by the APA Science Directorate. Fifteen papers were submitted and reviewed. The winner of the 2010 OPPA is Dr. Lisa VanWormer from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. VanWormer's winning paper was titled, "The effect of color cues on inhibiting irrelevant information." Dr. VanWormer received a plaque and a check in the amount of $500.
2010 CEPO Undergraduate Student Research Award
The CEPO Undergraduate Student Research Awards were chaired by Amy Lyndon. Seven submissions were received. The Minority Issues Award went to Claire Lisco, Tracie L. Stewart, Ioana Latu and Ashley Myers from Georgia State University, and the Gender Issues Award went to Dawn M. Howerton, Michael A. Olson, and Rebecca D. Hatmaker from the University of Tennessee. The first authors (Lisco and Howerton) each received a check in the amount of $250.
2010 Graduate Student Research Award
Steve Nida, Chair of the Graduate Research Award announced that he received
Amanda Rodrigue (University of Louisiana at Lafayette): “Divergent Thinking Abilities Across the Schizophrenic Spectrum” (with David R. Perkins)
Anna Warren (Mississippi State University): “Rape Myth and Consent Law Education Reduces Mock Juror Bias” (with Ashley Norwood and Kristine Jacquin)
Sadie Leder (University at Buffalo): “Strategic Partner Selection: A Risk Regulation Model of Partner Choice” (with Sandra Murray)
Spencer Fix (University of West Florida): “Mental Training Increases Mindfulness and Moderates Performance Decrement” (with Jennifer Brace, David Bumgarner, and William Mikulas)
The panel of judges for the final presentation determined Sadie Leder to be the winner of the competition, and she received a check in the amount of $200.
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2009 Mentor Award
The Mentor Award Committee selected Dr. Sandra Willis from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama as the winner of the 2009 Mentor Award. Dr. Willis, who has been at Samford University since 1993, takes students to numerous student research conferences and typically takes numerous students to the annual SEPA meetings. She is an outstanding mentor and richly deserves the award.
2009 Outstanding Professional Paper Award
The OPPA Committee reviewed nine professional papers. The Committee is pleased to announce that the 2009 award for Outstanding Professional Paper went to Dr. Quentin Davis, of Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Davis’ paper was entitled “Turn Initiations in Signed Conversations with Cross-Fostered Chimpanzees.” Dr. Davis received a cash award from SEPA in recognition of her research, along with a congratulatory letter that was sent to her Department Chair and Dean.
2009 Graduate Student Research Award
The committee responsible for this year's Graduate Student Research Award competition was chaired by Steve Nida (The Citadel). On the basis of the presentation, the panel of judges determined Gene Brewer, of the University of Georgia, to be the winner of the competition. Dr. Nida announced and presented the award (which included a check for $200) at the reception on Friday evening.
2009 CEPO Student Research Award
CEPO Undergraduate Student Research Awards were chaired by Dr. Amy Lyndon. Eight research paper submissions were received. The Minority Issues Award went to Ioana Latu and Heather Kleider from Georgia State University and the Gender Issues Award went to Stacey Byrd, Zachary Martin, Adam Underwood, and Jessica Anderson from Augusta State University.
2008 Outstanding Professional Paper Award
Poornima Madhavan, PhD
Dr. Madhavan received a check from SEPA for $500. A letter was sent to her Department Chair and Dean.
2008 SEPA Graduate Student Research Awards
Shalon Howard of Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.
Ms. Howard received a check for $200.
2008 CEPO Student Research Award
The 1st place winner in Minority Issues was Dawn M. Howerton, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Ms. Howerton received a check for $250.00.
The 1st place winner in Women’s Issues was Andrea Meltzer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Ms. Meltzer received a check for $250.00.
2nd Place Overall Winner was Deborah Bowick, Augusta State university, Augusta, Georgia.
Ms. Bowick received a check for $100.00.
2008 Mentor Award
Charles L. Brewer, PhD
A monetary award of $300 and a plaque was given to Dr. Brewer.
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2007 Outstanding Professional Paper Award
Tara Lineweaver, PhD
Jackie White, PhD
Each received a $250 check and a letter was sent to their department chair and dean.
2007 SEPA Graduate Student Research Award
Heather Serling and Amanda Boland of Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.
They were each given a monetary award.
2007 CEPO Student Research Award
The winner in Minority Issues was Robert Maddox of Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.
The winner in Women’s Issues was Joseph R. Bauer of Queen’s University of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Each received a $250 check.
2007 Mentor Award
Stephen Nowicki, PhD
A monetary award of $300 and a plaque was given to Dr. Nowicki.