For High School Psychology Teachers

Friday, November 4, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Westminster College, Gore Auditorium (Room 112)


Technology for Academics: Tools of Our Trade

Sue Frantz, Highline College, Washington

The fast pace of technological change has left many of us feeling behind. Our day-to-day work leaves us feeling too busy to seek out tech tools that may help us function more efficiently. How much of your day is spent with email, managing files, finding time to meet with colleagues or students? What are the newest technologies that you can use right now that will help you spend less time managing and more time on task?

Sue FrantzAt Highline College near Seattle, Sue Frantz is working on her third decade in the psychology college classroom. Throughout her career, she has been an early adopter of new technologies in which she saw pedagogical potential. In 2009, she founded her blog, Technology for Academics. The blog features both new tech tools and tips for using not-so-new tools effectively. She currently serves as Vice President for Resources for APA Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP). In 2017, she will serve as STP President Elect. In 2013, Frantz was the inaugural recipient of the APA award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at a Two-Year College or Campus. In 2016, she received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.

Understanding Love

Lisa Diamond, University of Utah

One of the most fascinating and fast-growing areas of psychological research concerns love and romantic relationships. Students typically find this body of work extremely engaging, since they can immediately begin seeing how psychological research can inform and expand their understanding of their own personal experiences, and give them new perspectives on their own feelings and motives. In this presentation I will review some of the major findings from this body of work, including work that differentiates between the “falling in love” stage of relationships versus the “long term attachment” stage, work on the health implications of close relationships, research on “attachment styles,” and work on cohabitation, marriage, and divorce.

Lisa DiamondLisa M. Diamond is Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She studies the development and expression of sexual identity and orientation over the life course. Her 2008 book, Sexual Fluidity, published by Harvard University Press, describes the changes and transformations that she has observed in the sexual attractions, behaviors, and identities of a sample of lesbian, bisexual, and “unlabeled” women that she has been following since 1995. Sexual Fluidity has been awarded the Distinguished Book Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Study of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered Issues. Dr. Diamond is co-editor of the APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology and is a fellow of two divisions of the APA. Dr. Diamond has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and has been invited to present her research at over 60 Universities and international conferences She has received awards for her work from the Developmental Psychology and LGBT Psychology Divisions of the APA, the American Association of University Women, the International Association for Relationship Research, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Supporting Behavior to Improve Student Learning

Shamby Polychronis, Westminster College

This presentation will help attendees see behavior as a function of communication, and provide simple strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to support positive changes.  Participants will leave with a list of additional resources.

Shamby PolychronisShamby Polychronis joined the Westminster College faculty in 2006 and is an Associate Professor in the Education Department. Dr. Polychronis has served on multiple grant projects, co-authored several articles and textbooks, and presented at state and national conferences. Her scholarly interests include post-school outcomes for students, family support services, and teacher education. She serves as chair for the Human Rights Committee of TASH, a national organization to promote the equity, diversity and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities. Dr. Polychronis teaches courses on the Disability Rights Movement, autism (debunking myths and stereotypes), inclusive educational practices, and effective methodologies for individualizing instruction. She advocates for social justice issues including alternatives to guardianship, full inclusion in school and community environments, eliminating aversive interventions, and meaningful employment.

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 October 28, she needs 1) the title/subject of your presentation, & 2) an electronic copy of any handouts (alternatively you can make 70 3-hole punched copies to bring).

Break-out sessions

  • AP Psychology: Kristin Whitlock (Davis High School)
  • Introductory Psychology: Pam Coburn (Fremont High School)
  • Sports Psychology: David Rockwood (Payson High School) *If you are planning on attending this session, please bring a favorite activity to share.


Registration is $50.00 and is due October 28.

Cost includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

Late Registration

After October 28, 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 October 28 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 October 28. After that date there will be NO REFUNDS. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Whitlock at


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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Special Thanks

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