UTOPSS Conference

For High School Psychology Teachers

Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Westminster College, Gore Auditorium (Room 112)


It's not just What We Teach, but also Who We Teach
Making It Personal: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Brain Development

Tiffany Karns, Rowlett High School, Texas

Tiffany KarnsTiffany is beginning her 20th year in teaching at Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas. She has taught introductory psychology and AP psychology throughout her career, but has also taught sociology, AVID, and peer assistance and leadership. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas Christian University in 1997. She has participated in the annual AP Psychology Reading since 2004, as a question leader, a table leader, and a reader. Tiffany has presented for AP psychology student review sessions in surrounding school districts, district professional development, and Texas TOPSS. She has written curriculum for introductory and AP psychology in Garland ISD, and leads a student mentoring program for at-risk youth. She is a 2017 recipient of the APA TOPSS Charles. T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award. Tiffany enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her husband and ten year old daughter, Caroline.

Teaching at the Intersection of Psychology and Health

Dr. Susan Manville, Westminster College

Teachers of psychology have a prime opportunity to use current public health issues— including obesity, sexual health, and violence— to illustrate and engage with the concepts of social and behavioral science. By using the interdisciplinary activities suggested in this presentation, students will combine psychological theory and real-life application as well as learn how to become advocates of health for both self and community.

Susan ManvilleDr. Susan Manville is an adjunct instructor at Westminster College, the University of Utah, and Nevada State College. Her expertise in health promotion and human development has been utilized in the creation and implementation of health and wellness programming for the American Red Cross, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Arizona State University.

APA Summit on High School Psychology Education: Exciting Directions for Introductory Psychology

  • Julie Gowans, Payson High School
  • Annette Nielsen, Woods Cross High School
  • Tomee Pace, Mountain High School
  • Dan Rozanas, Alta High School
  • Kristin Whitlock, Davis High School

Participant Idea Share

A portion of the conference is dedicated to sharing our own ideas for teaching concepts, managing our classes, updating our technological prowess, or any other tidbits that can help to make our jobs better and our students learn effectively. Everyone is invited to participate! Contact Emily Checketts by September 22. She needs 1) the title/subject of your presentation and 2) an electronic copy of any handouts (alternatively you can make 70 3-hole punched copies to bring).

Break-out Sessions

  • AP Psychology: Jonathan Lungreen (Tooele High School)
  • Introductory Psychology: Erik Bayles (Utah Valley University and Pleasant Grove High School)
  • Sports Psychology: Bart Thompson (Salem Hills High School)


Registration is $50.00 and is due September 22, 2017. Cost includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

Late Registration

After September 22, registration will increase to $60.00 and must be paid on site with a check made out to Westminster College. Bring a completed print registration form to the conference along with your check.

Print Registration

If your district requires that you pay for your registration fees with a check, please download and print the conference registration. Have checks made out to "Westminster College."

Send registration form and check by September 22 to:

Kristin Whitlock
Davis High School
325 S. Main Street
Kaysville, Utah 84037

Please note: If you are unable to attend, refunds will be given until September 22. After that date there will be NO REFUNDS. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Whitlock.


Please print a parking pass and display prominently on your dashboard the day of the conference. This will allow you to park in any campus lot.There should be plenty of campus parking, but the best locations will be the western lots, both the covered structure west of Jewett Center and the garage under the athletic field, both accessible via 1700 S. and 1200 E. The athletic field lot is the shortest walk to Gore School of Business.

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TOPSS Membership

It’s time to renew or apply for a TOPSS membership for $50.00. There are many benefits included with a membership.

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Special Thanks

  • Westminster College; Department of Psychology
  • Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS)
  • University of Utah; Department of Psychology