Regional Conferences




Ecological-Community Psychology (ECO) conferences are regional events, usually organized by graduate students, that allow community psychologists and other like-minded people from applied and academic settings to gather. Sometimes, these events are stand-alone meetings, and sometimes they happen within a larger conference. For 2014, ECO conferences will occur in the following regions:

Southeast Region - October 10-12, 2014. Hosted at Hickory Knob State Resort Park in South Carolina. This year’s theme was Transforming the Landscape: Creating Positive Community Change from the Ground Up. Topics included health and wellness, promoting community and social change, empowerment, and human diversity.

Congratulations to the 2014 Poster Presentation Award Winners!

1st place: The Impact of Participation in Cool Girls, Inc. on Girls’ Social Capital Networks; Scot Seitz, Julia Mangia, Gabriel Kuperminc; Georgia State University

2nd place: Identifying and Training Future Community Mental Health Professional: Barriers, Challenges, Implications for Change; Emani Mills, Grayson Chappell, Kia Debnam, Jonathan Livingston; North Carolina Central University

Northwest Region - Friday, October 17th, 2014. Hosted by Portland State University at the Native American Student and Community Center on the PSU campus.

Midwest Region - October 24-25, 2014. Hosted at the National Louis University - Lisle campus. This year's theme was Empowered Communities: Moving from Theory to Practice. 

Congratulations to the 2014 Poster Presentation Award Winners:

1st Place: The impact of community-level factors on African American high school students; April Timmons, Mary Adekale, Shadia Shukair, Cristina Castro, Jack O’Brien, Christopher Lamprecht, Molly Barret, Raymond Preston, Hadey Shabehpour, Roberto Lopez-Tamayo, Jocelyn Droege, Christopher Whipple, Sadiq Patel, W. LaVome Robinson, and Leonard Jason, all from DePaul University

2nd Place: The beat of Bajan youth; Katherine Cloutier, Michigan State University

3rd Place: Procuring resources within the community to help fund research; Nyla Whitehead, Leonard Jason, and LaVome Robinson, all from DePaul University

The Midwest Region also encourages proposals to the Midwestern Psychological Association, to be held in Chicago, IL from April 30-May 2, 2015. Proposals are due November 21, 2014, to (please write: Proposal for MPA 2015, in the subject line). Please direct your inquiries to August Hoffman.