Poster Presentations

IPA Fall 2017 Conference
Poster Session & Competition

Indiana Psychological Association invites psychology students at all levels of training (current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student, or predoctoral intern) to submit their research to the Student Poster Session and Abstract Competition to be held during the annual IPA Fall Conference in Indianapolis on November 3-4, 2017. Posters will be on display in the morning on Saturday, Nov. 4. Undergraduate and graduate students may compete in the abstract competition. Submissions may describe empirical research or integrated literature reviews on a topic from any area in psychology.
The top three abstract submissions will be recognized during lunch on Saturday at the conference and the submitting student will receive a monetary award, with awards ranging from $50 to $100. Also, there will be a separate award for the abstract determined to make the best contribution to the diversity literature. Diversity research will be defined as any project investigating groups who have historically been marginalized (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, religious minorities, individuals with disabilities, etc.) or studies that focus on the concept of diversity itself (e.g., in the context of development, clinical work, training, supervision, etc.) or involving gender-based research. 
All awards are based on the content and quality of the abstract. Requirements for abstract submissions are stated below.  Winners must have a poster on display at the conference and be present at the Saturday lunch when the awards are announced to receive their award. Posters can be accepted for participation in the Nov. 4 session if data analysis is not complete by the submission deadline below, but abstracts for such projects will not be eligible for the competition.
Students may submit work that has been presented elsewhere within the 12 months prior to the Fall Conference dates (that is, since Nov. 4, 2016). If students plan to list this as a separate item on a vita, then they should modify the work to emphasize a different aspect of the project than the original presentation.  Consistent with the APA Ethics Code, students must be primary contributors to and hold substantive responsibility for the data, concepts, and interpretation of results for work they submit.
Students who present their posters must register and pay for Saturday attendance, which includes admission to all sessions, lunch, and snacks.  They may pay the discounted student affiliate rate (approximately $45; rates to be established by Sept. 2017) if they are members of IPA or the standard student rate (approximately $80) for one day of the conference without joining IPA. (Note: if not currently a student affiliate of IPA, students must submit an application by 10/11/17 in order to be approved in time to pay the student member rate for the conference. Student membership for IPA is $35 per year). The Saturday agenda includes programs proposed by student members of IPA and of particular relevance to students; students may also choose to attend the continuing education training on psychological services within primary health care settings.  
Submissions should be submitted online at by 5:00 pm, October 14, 2017.  Not more than two submissions per student will be accepted.
Requirements for Abstracts
Submissions will be uploaded using the link above. Submitters should prepare the following identifying data:
First name, middle initial, and last name of lead author and all co-authors
  • If there are more than three authors or if the submitting student is not first author, provide a brief statement describing the submitting student’s specific contributions to the content, data, and interpretation of this study
Name of the lead student author’s primary academic affiliation and the academic or institutional affiliation of each co-author
Year in Program
Student author’s year in her/his program
Contact Information 
Student author’s mailing address, telephone number, and email address
Title of Abstract
Two types of abstracts may be submitted:
1) Empirical Submissions
Introduction: Describe the context or problem being addressed, including ties to relevant theory and/or research and the project objectives
Method: Describe participants/subjects, measures (including apparatus and materials), design, and procedures
Results: Summarize pertinent results
Discussion: State conclusions and your recommendations or implications for future research and applied psychology
2) Integrated Literature Review Submissions
Introduction: Describe the context or problem being addressed, including ties to relevant theory and/or research and the expected contribution of the project
Method: Describe search procedure as well as inclusion/exclusion criteria for articles
Summary of Literature: Summarize pertinent literature
Discussion: State conclusions and your recommendations or implications for future research and applied psychology

For both types of abstracts, the title of the study should appear at the top of the first page following by the four sections detailed above (Introduction, Method, Results or Summary of Literature, Discussion). The maximum length of the abstract text is 500 words. The abstract may also contain no more than one table, figure, or graph (not considered part of the 500 words), which will be emailed separately per instructions on the submission form.  Abstracts longer than the maximum of 500 words will not be considered for the awards.

Contact Elizabeth Akey, PhD, Poster Session Co-Chair:

IPA Fall 2016 Conference
Poster Session & Competition Winners

1st Place
"Effectiveness of a Video Program to Increase Aging Services Technologies Awareness and Promote Functional Independence"
Joyce W. Tam & Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe

2nd Place
"University Sexual Assault Prevention: A Social Norms Approach"
Nelson Zounlome, Y. Joel Wong, & Robert R. Rydell     

3rd Place
"Effectiveness of the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) in a Pediatric Psychiatry Clinic: A Retrospective Chart Review"
Kimberly C. Dreison & Ann M. Lagges

Diversity Award
"Sexual Assault Prevention & Education: A Culturally Tailored Approach"
Nelson Zounlome, Elyssa Klann, Jessica David, Natasha J. Stephens, Jacks Cheng, & Y. Joel Wong
Contact Elizabeth Akey, PhD, Poster Session Chair: