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Welcome to the 89th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association! Whether you are attending your first MPA or if you view MPA as your annual academic homecoming (this year marks my 25th consecutive year in attendance), I trust you will enjoy this year's meeting!
Each year, MPA offers an outstanding conference experience where attendees share cutting-edge research in a world-class city, and our 2017 meeting is no different! We have hundreds of presenters this year, ranging from full professors discussing their career-long programs of research to graduate students presenting their dissertation findings to undergraduates presenting their first professional paper. In addition, we have an outstanding collection of invited talks. Specifically, Drs. Kristin Buss, Silvia Canetto, Amy Cuddy, Ashley Gearhardt, Regan Gurung, Lynn Hasher, Scott Lilienfeld, Elizabeth Loftus, Janet Swim, and Janie Wilson will present invited addresses discussing their vanguard work in clinical, cognitive, developmental, neuroscience, personality, and social psychology. Further, we offer innovative workshops to facilitate your professional development, including sessions on power analysis, multilevel modeling, open science, and leveraging Facebook for research.
This year's conference would not be possible without the tireless work of the Program Committee and its chair, Dr. Helen Harton. In addition, many people serve MPA so ably and often outside of the limelight, including members of MPA Council, Ms. Lorraine Grogan (MPA Convention Manager), and Dr. Bill Merriman (who is serving in his last year as MPA's Executive Officer -- thank you for your many years of outstanding service to MPA!).
Finally, on behalf of the entire organization, let me thank each of you for attending this year's meeting, for sharing your scholarship with us, and for making MPA one of the strongest regional organizations in psychology! I encourage you to attend this year's interesting sessions, to network with colleagues and friends in more informal settings, and to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer. Each year when I ride up the escalator into the Palmer House lobby, I feel the same giddy excitement that I did back in my first year of graduate school -- I hope you do as well!
Allen R. McConnell