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Department of Psychology to host ‘Psychology Expo’

TAMPA, Fla. –- The Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences will be hosting its first Psychology Expo on April 4, 2014.

The expo will take place in the Psychology-Communication Sciences & Disorders building from 1-4 p.m.

The Psychology Expo will celebrate USF undergraduate psychology students and alumni. Former and current psychology undergraduates are strongly encouraged to attend.

“We want people to know how great the psychology major is at USF,” said Vicky Phares, professor and director of clinical psychology. “We want to make sure that they feel respected and appreciated.”

The expo will host a variety of events. Academic advisers will be present to give advice on how students can apply to graduate school and prepare for the job market. Posters exhibiting research from current psychology undergraduates also will be presented. There also will be guided tours of the building, free food, games and interactive demonstrations.

The “Come out of the dark” campaign created by students and psychology professor, Dr. Johnathan Rottenberg also will attend the expo to educate people about the stigmas of depression.

Representatives from the National Eating Disorders Association will attend the expo to inform people about their organization and promote their NEDA walk on April 6, 2014.

The scheduled keynote speaker for the event is Seth Kalichman, Ph.D., a USF alumnus and clinical psychologist. Kalichman is a current professor at the University of Connecticut who is renowned for his research on HIV and AIDS.

Phares said Kalichman will discuss how his psychology major at USF “started his amazing career.”

After the expo, there will be an invitation-only reception at the alumni center from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

At the reception, the department will celebrate two faculty retirements, announce their inaugural Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Awards, and conduct its Psi Chi honors inductions.

- USF -

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Author: Kristan McCants