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Royce-Harder Research Conference

The former Joseph R. Royce conference and the former Brian Harder Honors Day conference are combined for a 2-day event celebrating psychology research at the University of Alberta.

Day 1
Brian Harder Honors Day and Undergraduate Psychology Research Showcase
Thursday, April 5 2018
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-140

Day 2

32nd Annual Joseph R. Royce Psychology Conference
Friday, April 6 2018
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-140


Schedule in Brief

Day 1
1:00pm - 2:00pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sandy Jung
2:00pm - 3:00pm Scientific Café (Day 1 Scientific Café Schedule)
3:00pm - 4:00pm Blitz Talks
4:00pm - 5:00pm Poster Presentations and Reception

Day 2
8:00am - 8:45am Poster setup and Coffee
9:00am - 10:15am Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Hart
10:15am - 10:45am Poster Presentations and Coffee
10:45am - 11:45am Oral Presentation Session 1
11:45am - 12:45pm Poster Presentations and Lunch
12:45pm - 1:45pm Invited Symposium
2:00pm - 3:00pm Scientific Café (Royce Scientific Café Schedule)
3:00pm - 3:15pm Poster Presentations and Coffee
3:15pm - 4:00pm Oral Presentation Session 2
4:00pm - 5:00pm Invited Internal Speaker: Jeff Bisanz

Full RHRC 2018 Program
Short RHRC 2018 Program

All of the exciting research in psychology being conducted at the University of Alberta is presented in the following engaging formats:
  1. Scientific Café
    This format provides an opportunity for café presenters to engage in an informal and intimate discussion of their research during the main conference. Presenters have three to four opportunities (10 minutes each, consisting of a short presentation followed by discussion) to describe their research to a small group of audience members who rotate through the presentations. Each café will be positioned in a separate location.

  2. Poster Presentation
    This format provides an opportunity for poster presenters to engage with conference attendees in an interactive setting, allowing them to get feedback and network with other scholars. Posters will be on display for the entire day and presenters will stand by their poster for about an hour to explain their research to interested participants.

  3. Short Talk
    This format provides an opportunity for talk presenters to share their research and main findings with the audience. Presenters will give a 10-12 minute talk, followed by 3-5 minutes for questions from the audience.

The Department of Psychology sincerely thanks all of the RHRC 2018 presenters for sharing their research with us, and extends a special congratulation to this year's award-winning presenters:

Undergraduate Research Showcase (day 1) best poster winner: C. Lorelei Baquiran
Royce (day 2) best undergraduate poster winner: Juliana Montoya Sanchez
Royce (day 2) best graduate poster winner: Josh Yong
Best talk award winner: Ryan Reinders

Brian Harder Honors Day and Undergraduate Psychology Research Showcase (Thursday April 5, 1:00pm - 2:00pm)

Keynote Speaker: Sandy Jung, Associate Professor, Psychology Department Primary Investigator, Psychology Crime Lab, MacEwan University

Sandy Jung Title: The Risky Business of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention

Abstract: Risk and threat assessments have become a core task for professionals in the criminal justice system to make offender management decisions. Canadian researchers have been influential in the field of forensic psychology. A theory of criminal conduct known as the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) model, developed by two Canadian researchers (Andrews & Bonta, 2010), guides offender management and rehabilitation. RNR represent three guiding principles that advises criminal justice professionals on who should be treated, what should be targeted in treatment, and how the offender should be engaged in treatment. The first principle, the risk principle, asserts that the level of service must match an offender’s risk level. Therefore, effective interventions are those that target higher risk offenders, and in practice, we should assign greater intensive services to higher risk offenders. In this talk, Dr. Jung will introduce the risk principle of the RNR model and how the RNR principles can inform law enforcement by maximizing positive outcomes and reducing further victimization. She will present research that has led to empirically-validated practices and highlight how these practices can further prevent violence in the community.

Bio: Dr. Sandy Jung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is a recipient of both the Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Research Award at MacEwan University. She regularly teaches abnormal and forensic psychology and actively supervises honors and advanced research students. Her scholarly work focuses on the prevention of sexual assault, child sexual exploitation, and intimate partner violence, and involves several community collaborations. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications, and her research is funded by both internal and major external grants. Prior to her current academic position, she was a forensic psychologist, providing assessment, treatment, and risk management of violent and sexual offenders. She is an Executive Board Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), Editorial Board Member for the journal, Sexual Abuse, Vice-Chair of the Criminal Justice Section in the Canadian Psychological Association, an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, and an affiliate of the Forensic Psychology Research Centre at Carleton University.

More information about Sandy Jung

Joseph R. Royce Psychology Conference (Friday April 6)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Hart (Florida State University)

Sara Hart Title: Precision Education Initiative: Moving Towards Personalized Education

Abstract: In this talk, I will summarize findings from two twin projects focused on examining the genetic and environmental influences on reading and math development in childhood. I will then discuss my efforts to make behavioral genetics meaningful for the classroom, cumulating into the “Precision Education Initiative”.

Bio: Sara Hart is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Research Faculty at the Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University. Broadly defined, her research interests focus on the sources of individual differences on cognitive ability and achievement development. Primarily she focuses on how genetics and the environment interplay to influence the development of reading and math skills. Additionally, she is interested in incorporating genetic and family environment information into classrooms.

Invited Internal Speaker: Dr. Jeff Bisanz (Psychology, University of Alberta)

Jeff BisanzTitle: Improving Children’s Understanding of the Equal Sign: From Experimental Control to Chaos and . . . Maybe Beyond?

Abstract: Moving from laboratory-based work to large-scale impact typically is not a straightforward process. I will describe a series of studies designed to improve children’s understanding of a critical mathematical concept, equivalence, through small-scale interventions, instructional design and testing, and professional development for teachers in elementary schools.

Invited Symposium: Social Identity and Existential Threats

           Speakers: Andy Scott, Christine Kershaw, and Michael Sharp
           Co-chairs: Brittany Hope and Kenda Burke