Troy University plays host to 12th annual Psychology Conference on Friday

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2014

TROY - More than 70 students and 16 faculty members from six universities will present research during the 12th annual Troy University Psychology Conference on Friday in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

Participants will include students and faculty from TROY, Alabama State University, Alabama A & M University, the University of Montevallo, the University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Papers will be presented during morning sessions beginning at 9:15 a.m. and 10:25 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 11:35 a.m. Troy University Student Research and Creative Works Showcase winners will be recognized during a luncheon ceremony.

A special presentation honoring the late Dr. Rolf Holtz will follow the luncheon. Dr. Holtz, an associate professor of psychology at TROY, died last September at the age of 61. An avid international traveler, Dr. Holtz had been a member of the TROY faculty since 2008.

Participants will also hear a keynote address from Dr. Bethany Ranes, a research psychologist with the Warfighter Health Division of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker. Dr. Ranes leads a number of investigations into the determination of standardized criteria for return-to-duty decision-making and the development of an Army-wide assessment toolkit for soldiers who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.

Prior to her current assignment, Dr. Ranes worked as a doctoral forensic research intern for the Fresno County Juvenile Hall and the Fresno Police Department. During her work with offenders, she studied psychological and behavioral patterns in adult and juvenile gang members, as well as organizational best practices for offender-targeted mental health services.

Dr. Ranes earned her master's and doctorate degrees in forensic psychology with an emphasis in psychology, public policy and law from Alliant International University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from California State University, Fresno.

Following the keynote address, participants will hear additional paper and poster presentations during afternoon.