Southeastern Psychological Association


This is the official website for the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA).

SEPA is a regional psychological association affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA).

Greetings from SEPA!

We hope that this message finds you well under these rather trying and usual circumstances.  Following the unfortunate cancellation of our 2020 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Psychological Association has been making plans over the past several weeks to hold a series of virtual events that will afford attendees with opportunities to hear from our 2020 invited speakers, earn Continuing Education credits, and perhaps most importantly provide presenters with a venue to showcase their scholarly work.  In this light, we are very pleased to announce the first ever SEPA Virtual Summer Meeting!  Meeting elements will take place in the month of June and include the following:

Online Repository and Digital Meeting Selected Proceedings Volume

We have created an online, digital repository that will allow anyone who was scheduled to present at the 2020 Annual Meeting to upload their materials for public viewing.  Additional details, including specific instructions for uploading your materials, are located on this web page

In addition to providing the free repository described above for anyone who was accepted for the 2020 meeting, SEPA will also be producing a digital conference selected proceedings volume.  The volume will be an interactive PDF file that will list presentations with author information and presentation summary for those presenters who choose to be included in this format.  This volume will be organized according to the same topic areas or specialty areas (e.g., Psi Chi) as in the original program made for the in-person meeting in New Orleans, but it will have increased functionality to let the user interact efficiently with the repository by providing hyperlinks to take readers directly to the online presentation files that are submitted for the repository.   Especially noteworthy is that this volume will be copyrighted and can be cited as a published meeting document.
Please note – any presenter who was planning to present his/her scholarly work in New Orleans may include his/her work in the SEPA repository, as well as his/her presentation (with summary) in the planned proceedings volume, at no charge.  The deadline for submitting your presentation file(s) is Monday, June 8th.  Once we have received submissions from all interested participants, we will create the digital file that will be available for purchase for a fee of $20.  Additional details and instructions pertaining to the repository and digital volume will be forthcoming.

Note – Psi Chi is also offering all students, whether a member of Psi Chi or not, an option to include their presentations in the Psi Chi Research Poster & Paper Repository.  This option is free of charge and additional details will be forthcoming in a subsequent email as well as posted on the SEPA website (

2020 Invited Speakers

Beginning on Thursday, June 11th, we will host via Zoom the first of five virtual presentations from our slate of invited speakers.  These sessions are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in participating, even if you were not a registered attendee for the 2020 Annual Meeting (Note – one CE credit is available for any/all of the invited speaker sessions if desired – a $10 fee applies).  The schedule for these sessions is as follows (all times listed are Eastern Daylight):

Thursday, June 11th @ 2:30 pm
“Yass Queen!” Magnifying the Psychological Benefits of Affirming Black Aesthetics
 Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka – University of District of Columbia
(CEPO/Psi Chi Invited Address)

Thursday, June 11th @ 4:00 pm
Neuropsychology: The Origins and Future of Psychology
 Dr. Antonio Puente – University of North Carolina Wilmington
(G. Stanley Hall Lecture; Psi Chi Invited Address)

Wednesday, June 17th @ 2:00 pm 
Reclaiming Our Time: How to Survive and Thrive in the Face of Gendered Racism
Dr. Jioni Lewis – University of Tennessee
 (SEPA Invited Address)

Tuesday, June 23rd @ 3:00 pm
Reaching Everyone: The Science of Student Identity and Success in a Biased World
Dr. Elliott Hammer – Xavier University of Louisiana
(CEPO/SEPA Invited Address)

Wednesday, June 24th @ 3:30 pm 
What About the Self of the Psychologist? Self Care Sense of Self
Dr. Charles Figley – Tulane University
 (SEPA Invited Address)

 We are greatly appreciative to each of these individuals for their flexibility and support of SEPA.  Additional details for accessing these sessions will be forthcoming.

SEPA Virtual Business Meeting

On Monday, June 22nd at 4:00 pm, the SEPA Executive Committee will host its Business Meeting virtually via Zoom.  Similar to the format for our more traditional business meeting that is held as part of the Annual Meeting, we will provide updates pertaining to various aspects of the organization, offer an opportunity for public comments and/or questions, and carry out the change in leadership to applicable positions on the Executive Committee.  For this year’s business meeting, we will also announce the winners of our various award competitions (e.g., Outstanding Professional Paper Award, Early Career Research Award, Graduate Student Research Award) as well as the recipient of this year’s Mentor Award.  Additional details (e.g., Zoom link) about the business meeting will be forthcoming.

2020 Continuing Education Program  

Several of our CE leaders have agreed to deliver their workshop presentations via Zoom.  The schedule for these sessions is as follows:

Friday, June 12th @ 10:00 am (3 credits)
Psychotherapy for Older Adults: Holistic Care
Lee Hyer – Gateway Psychiatry Residency Program / Mercer School of Medicine

Wednesday, June 17th @ 9:00 am (3 credits)
Advanced Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB) Interpretation Using Case Examples
Gordon Cappelletty – Lenoir-Rhyne University

Tuesday, June 23rd @ 12:00 pm (1 credit)
Cultural Intelligence: The 21st Century Skill
Lakshmi Narayanan – University of North Florida
Shanker Menon – American University of Ras Al Khaimah
Cathleen Dunn – St. Leo University

Wednesday, June 24th @ 10 am (3 credits)
Health Literacy: Making Healthcare Understandable
Lindsey Poe – LSU Health Sciences Center
Megan Brokenbourgh – LSU Health Sciences Center
Sandy Hyatt – LSU Health Sciences Center

Friday, June 26th @ 10 am (3 credits)
Suicidality Among African American Teens
Meg Milligan – Troy University
Mary Sewell – Troy University
Hall P. Beck – Appalachian State University

Tuesday, June 30th @ 12:00 pm (2 credits)
An Introduction to Multilevel Modeling
 Zach Himmelberger – Maryville College
A. Reeves Johnson – Maryville College


We understand that the events outlined above and planned for this summer cannot replicate the experience of being able to congregate with friends and colleagues at the Annual Meeting.  However, we hope our plans will convey benefit to the SEPA community, if not provide a bit of distraction from our current circumstances.  We will continue to provide updated information as our plans round into form.  In the meantime, continue to stay well and, as always, we thank you for your continued support of SEPA.

Psi Chi Research Poster & Paper Repository

Psi Chi has teamed with SEPA to every student whose research was accepted for presentation at SEPA to provide you with the opportunity to present your accepted research project virtually in both SEPA's online repository/digital selected proceedings volume as well as in Psi Chi's online option. More specifically, we have created the Psi Chi Research Poster & Paper Repository within the Open Science Framework (OSF) for every student – graduate and undergraduate, Psi Chi members and nonmembers, CEPO student presenters and all other student presenters – to use. In addition to now being able to add this convention presentation to your resume or vitae, the online format means that your work may receive even more exposure than usual.  Please click HERE for more details.