Psychology conference highlights student, faculty research

Posted: Wednesday, 21 April 2010

TROY—Students and faculty members have an opportunity to present research findings Friday during the eighth annual Troy University Psychology Conference.

The conference, slated to get under way at 9 a.m. in Hawkins Hall, will be keynoted by an address by Kelly Hawkins, division chief of the Alabama Attorney General’s Family Protection Unit.

Hawkins, a 2002 TROY graduate, earned her law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., and was instrumental in the passage of the 2001 Alabama law that requires clergy to report child abuse. She is a former Miss TROY and was twice first runner-up in the Miss Alabama Pageant.

Students and faculty members will present research findings in four paper sessions, and one poster presentation session.

In addition, some undergraduate students will participate in “Psychology Jeopardy” during the day-long conference.

“This conference is a great opportunity for students and faculty to present their research. I am especially excited about the work our students have done,” said Dr. Frank Hammonds, an associate professor in the College of Education’s Counseling and Psychology Department.

“Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members from various campuses of Troy University as well as other universities are presenting research, and we award cash prizes for the top undergraduate paper presentations and research posters,” he said.

The conference began in 2003 under the leadership of Hammonds and Dr. Mary Ann Hooten, also an associate professor of psychology at TROY.