Professional Organizations for Students Studying Substance Abuse

by Argosy University 16 September 2014

Interested in a student membership in a substance abuse professional organization? Learn about membership for two of the major professional organizations in the field, NAADAC and RSA, below.Group meeting

1.) The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

About NAADAC: Founded in 1974, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) has 8,000 members, including addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals who support individuals, families, and communities through prevention, research, intervention, treatment, and recovery support. NAADAC provides education, clinical training, and national certification programs.

Student Membership: Membership is open to individuals currently enrolled in a college/university or state government approved training facility with a minimum of three credit hours in addiction studies and not currently practicing as an addiction professional. Students involved in a full- or part-time internship are also eligible for student membership. Student members must not be currently licensed or certified as an addiction professional. 

Cost: $32.50

Get additional information on NAADAC student memberships here.

2.) Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)

About RSA: The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) strives to promote research related to preventing and treating alcoholism. Currently, RSA includes members from countries across the globe, although most of their 1,800 members reside in the United States. RSA's annual conference brings together scientists and clinicians and serves as a venue for them to interact and share their latest research. In addition to a monthly scientific journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, RSA publishes a book series, Recent Advances in Alcoholism.

Student Membership: Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs and engaged in alcohol-related research are eligible to join RSA. Student dues are half that of regular members and students may also choose to receive the RSA journal at a discounted student rate.

Cost: $20 | Optional subscription to monthly journal: $60

Get additional information on RSA student memberships here.

Assistant Professor Michelle Green Honored by Vitae

by Argosy University 12 September 2014

Dr. GreenThe Chronicle of Higher Education recently rolled out the new site Vitae, which provides career-related news, advice, and networking opportunities for faculty and administrators in higher education. Vitae held a promotion to celebrate its roll-out, granting $1000 to five winners of their Conference Grant Giveaway to attend a professional conference.

Michelle Green, Ph.D., Argosy University, Online Programs Assistant Professor for the College of Behavioral Sciences, was selected as one of the winners and attended the 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in Washington, DC, this August.

Dr. Green will be reviewing the highlights of the 2014 Convention at the September Psychology Club meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, following Dr. Ashley Hampton's talk on recidivism and re-entry.

Congratulations Dr. Green!

5 Things You Should Know about the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

by Argosy University 10 September 2014

Enrolled in our Master of Arts in Sport-Exercise Psychology degree program? Interested in joining the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)? Here are 5 things you should know about the governing body of the field.

1. The AASP website,, contains information about publications, webinars, upcoming conferences and much more!

2. The next annual conference is taking place October 15-18, 2014 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

3. Two types of affiliation fees are available.

• Student Membership is $90 per year. It is available to any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to the field of sport psychology in an accredited institution.

• Affiliate membership is $100 per year. This is open to any individual interested in the sport psychology field but does not meet the requirements for Professional, Early Professional, or Student Membership. Those qualifying for this type of membership are typically athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, personal trainers, youth sport parents, and fitness/health clubs.

4. ASPP offers Certified Consultant status for those who meet certain educational requirements and have a specific level of experience in the field. Standard Certification is available for those who hold a completed doctoral degree, while provisional is available for those who have who hold a master's degree.*

5. Joining ASPP could be a great opportunity for students to network, attend a conference, and even find job postings on the site!

*Argosy University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Argosy University.

My First Time Presenting at a Conference

by Argosy University 5 September 2014

Douglas HayesBy Douglas Mays
Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology, 2014 Graduate
Argosy University, Online Programs

In January of 2014, I was contacted and told I had been nominated to present at the 2014 Spring Argosy University, Online Programs Virtual Conference. My first reaction was one of flattery, which was quickly followed by that old familiar anxiety. I remember attending Residency I with fellow doctorate student Jim Seward and interacting with students in Residency II. They seemed so far ahead of us. Some could talk about their dissertation in great detail. Most espoused their relief at having successfully completed their comprehensive examination. Jim and I looked at one another and voiced in unison that we obviously were not worthy.

To present or not to present?

During one particular workshop, we were introduced to the concept of imposter anxiety, which resonated considerably with both of us. Surely it would soon be revealed that we were sorely lacking in the ability, knowledge, and intellect to complete this program.

As I briefly contemplated whether or not to accept this nomination, I was reminded of something the College of Behavioral Sciences Assistant Dean, Dr. Teresa Collin-Jones, explained during Residency regarding dissertations. She reminded all of us that once we completed our study, our committee would be our advocates and we would be the expert in our particular areas of study. I took a deep breath and agreed to present at the virtual conference.

Thankfully, I had an opportunity to gain some exposure to the conference platform before the virtual conference, and Dr. Aragon and others were incredibly helpful. On the day of the conference, I listened with patience and apprehension for my turn to present. As the various presenters preceded me, I realized I was in the company of some talented colleagues. I also realized I had something of benefit to contribute.

An opportunity to share knowledge with others

When I was introduced, I realized this was an opportunity to share with others the story not only of my research, but also of what I believed to be an important piece of the larger body of research with respect to by topic. It is always hard to self-assess your own presentation. In the end, I felt it was of interest to the attendees. I hope it precipitated some thought regarding my topic related to empathy amongst the several hundred attendees. For myself, it was a very new and valuable professional experience. It seemed a bit of a rite of passage between being a student and becoming a doctor.

Argosy provides so many opportunities. This possibility of presenting research to colleagues was among the experiences I value most. For those out there who are extended such an opportunity, I encourage you to take it. It will help you further distill your own understanding of your area of expertise. For those attending virtual conferences, the experience will provide insights which may have not been as easily obtained. In the end, the purpose of research is to add to the existing body of knowledge. When called upon, presenting research is as much of a responsibility as it is an honor. I hope that those who have this opportunity will embrace it. It was, for me, one of the most fulfilling moments of my professional life to date.

Final thoughts

Presenting at the 2014 Spring Psychology Virtual Conference cemented my goal of developing an article of my research for submission to a professional journal. It seems the natural next step with respect to sharing my research with the broader professional community.

I suspect without my experience during the conference, my enthusiasm likely would have remained somewhat diminished. I suspect other doctoral students will find the support and encouragement of their dissertation committees and will also seed such a goal in their minds. If you are given the opportunity to present, I believe your zeal for pursuing publication will likely increase. And so, I again encourage those offered to seize the opportunity.

A Guide to Conference Presentations for Students

by Staff 2 September 2014

By Chris Cronin, Professor, College of Behavioral Sciences
Argosy University, Online Programs


One of the best ways to become involved in a profession is to attend a conference. Conferences provide opportunities for networking with other students and professionals, to learn about the latest research, for professional development by attending continuing education seminars, to meet with leading professionals in the field, and to experience the adventure of travel.

Conferences are not just for the professionals in the field. Many conferences are very student friendly and have an array of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in at the conference. These student-friendly conferences will have exhibits and presentations specifically geared toward students, as well as hospitality rooms for students, reduced fees, and even financial assistance.

Every student should seriously consider attending a conference during their academic career!

Why consider presenting

You may want to consider going a step further and presenting at a conference. Again, student-friendly conferences will have specific venues for student presentations.

Most students opt to do a poster session. Poster sessions involve presenting an original research idea on a 3’ by 4’ poster. Posters usually include a title, your name and affiliation, a brief introduction, a methods section, results, and discussion. Presenters may include a graphic such as a chart or table on the poster as well. Posters are grouped by category, such as “Personality and Individual Differences,” and there may be 20 to 30 presenters during a standard 90 minute session. Presenters stand in front of their poster and respond to inquiries from attendees. It is fairly informal and a great way to interact with other professionals while discussing one’s research. There are other formats for presentations at conferences, such as presenting a paper or a symposium or panel discussion, though most students elect to do poster sessions.

The advantages to presenting at a conference are numerous. For starters, presenting gives you the opportunity to discuss your research with other professionals. This will help you to refine your ideas and gain insights. This is especially helpful if you plan to continue research in this line of investigation or to publish your results. Certainly, a conference presentation also boosts your resume and demonstrates to others that you have the skills to conduct research. This can be particularly important when applying to graduate schools, post-doctoral fellowships, and academic jobs. Another benefit is that you gain recognition in the field as an expert in a particular area. This recognition may be informal—such as meeting contacts who talk with you during your presentation or who follow up after the conference to ask for a copy of your paper and related work—or formal, such as receiving an award that a conference offers specifically to student presenters.

What to present

As discussed, many conferences have venues specifically for undergraduate and graduate student presentation. Although all submissions are screened before being accepted, the student venues are often less stringent, realizing that the research may not be as polished as one would expect from a seasoned researcher. With that said, not all student submissions will be accepted and it is important to submit a polished presentation. It would be useful to solicit the assistance of a faculty member who has previously presented and can offer suggestions before submitting. Generally speaking, most conferences are looking for an empirical study in which you collect and analyze data.

Many of the student presentations that I have seen in the past have been quantitative, correlational studies in which participants are asked to complete two established surveys and the researcher correlates the results and reports on the predicted correlation. However, presentations can also be reports of an experimental manipulation, the development of a new technique (such as an instructional strategy), or even a relevant personal experience. For example, I once chaired a panel discussion by second year graduate students who presented on surviving the first year of graduate school.

If you are at a loss as to what to present, you may consider working with a faculty member or other students. Many presentations have multiple authors and this is a great way to collaborate with other students and faculty. It is important to note that although presenting at a conference is much easier than I suspect most people think, it does require a commitment of time and resources. Once your paper is accepted, you have a professional responsibility to present at the conference. Unfortunately, I have seen students be no-shows at a conference. You need to be sure you have the time, resources, and professional commitment to attend the conference before submitting a proposal.

How to submit a proposal

Below is a list of the regional psychology conferences for 2015 that I consider student-friendly conferences. These all accept student submissions, and some even have reduced rates for students as well as student awards and financial assistance. You can find links to all of the conference specific websites at the American Psychological Association’s site.

Most of these conferences have submission deadlines in the fall, so it is best to plan ahead and look at their submission deadlines and requirements as soon as possible. Some of these conferences have sections of their websites geared to students with suggestions for student attendees. I encourage you to look at all of the sites as some also have photo galleries from previous conference as well as detailed instructions on the submission process. Please note that it has been my experience that the deadlines listed are often adhered to and late submissions will not be considered.

Good luck and I hope to see you at a conference.

Regional conferences

• Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA -- March 5-7, 2015
• Southeastern Psychological Association, Hilton Head, SC -- March 18-21, 2015
• Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita KS -- April 9-11, 2015
• Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID -- April 9-11, 2015
• Western Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV -- April 30-May 3, 2015
• Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL -- April 30-May 2, 2015
• New England Psychological Association, Fall 2015 (Location & Dates TBA)