MAY 14 & 15, 2021

Join us for the free Oregon State University and NW Partnerships & Pathways

Pathways to Psychology Conference


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Conference Program

Friday, May 14, 2021

9:00-4:00 pm PST

Saturday, May 15, 2021

9:00-1:00 pm PST


Friday AM Session: Holistic Admission

9am Keynote

Supporting Graduate Program Missions through Holistic Review

Julia Kent

10am Practice

Survey Results

Conference Committee

11am Workgroup

Holistic Admission in Your Program


Friday PM Session: Session: MSI-PhD Partnerships

1pm Keynote

The Why's and How's of Recruiting a More Diverse Graduate Student Body

Rob Sellers

2pm Practice

Student Panel - Discussing Experiences in Academia


3pm Workgroup

Addressing Diversity Issues on Your Campus


Saturday AM Session: Diversity Challenges

9am Keynote

Increasing the Pipeline to the Doctorate: The Case of Master’s and Doctoral Universities Partnerships

Gabriela Chavira


10am Workgroup

Potential Partnerships in Your Area


Saturday PM Session: REUs

11am Keynote

Undergraduate research as an opportunity and a bottleneck in higher education

Terry McGlynn


Noon Workgroup

Incorporating REUs Into Your Program


Featuring presentations by:

Gabriela Chavira

Gabriela Chavira
Professor of Psychology, California State University Northridge

Talk Title: Increasing the Pipeline to the Doctorate: The Case of Master’s and Doctoral Universities Partnerships

Profile: Gabriela Chavira, Ph.D. is a professor of Psychology at California State University Northridge (CSUN). She earned her doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Currently, she is a principal investigator and student training core co-director of the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) undergraduate research training program, BUILD PODER, aimed at preparing historically underrepresented students for graduate studies. She uses Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a framework to engage over 300 undergraduate minoritized students in preparation for doctoral studies through year-long faculty mentored research. Her research is interdisciplinary examining the factors contributing to the well‐being and achievement of immigrant youth in the US. Gabriela started as an NIH MBRS undergraduate scholar (1995-97) at CSUN and is a passionate and committed advocate for student access and success, receiving the campus-wide Don Dorsey Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2013 and the 2020 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Outstanding College/University Mentor Award.

Julia Kent

Julia Kent
Vice President, Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives

Talk Title: Supporting Graduate Program Missions through Holistic Review

Profile: Julia Kent is Vice President, Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). Since 2008, her portfolio at CGS has included programs on a broad range of topics in graduate education, including PhD career pathways; diversity and inclusion; graduate admissions processes; international collaborations; research ethics and integrity; and the preparation of future faculty. Currently, Julia serves as co-Principal Investigator for a new initiative supported by the Alfred P. Sloan and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellbeing, which seeks to create an evidence-base to inform future policy and action in this area. Julia also serves as co-Principal Investigator for a multi-phase project supported by NSF and the Mellon Foundation, Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement (NSF #1661272), which has brought together a coalition of 75 universities working to collect and analyze data on PhD careers and to use resulting information to improve graduate student experiences and outcomes. She holds a PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University.

Terry McGlynn

Terry McGlynn
Professor of Biology, California State University Dominguez Hills

Talk Title: Undergraduate research as an opportunity and a bottleneck in higher education

Profile: Terry McGlynn is an ecologist, entomologist, and science policy communicator. He is the Director of Undergraduate Research and Professor of Biology at California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. His research employs experimental natural history to solve mysteries involving the integrative biology of ants, leading to over 50 peer-reviewed publications, as well as The Chicago Guide to College Science Teaching. McGlynn has led several NSF-funded projects that supported international research opportunities and mentorship for undergraduates. He is the creator of the popular blog Small Pond Science and contributes regularly to the Chronicle of Higher Education. McGlynn shares his expertise via service on editorial boards and NSF grant review panels, and is a Fellow of the Earth Leadership Program. McGlynn is a strong voice for equity, inclusion, and broadening participation in STEM, and works to build greater understanding of the institutions that serve minoritized and first-generation students.

Robert Sellers

Robert Sellers
Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion; Chief Diversity Officer; Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Education, University of Michigan

Talk Title: The Why's and How's of Recruiting a More Diverse Graduate Student Body

Profile: Dr. Robert Sellers is the Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer as well as the Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Education. He is responsible for overseeing the University’s five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion, and serves as a principal adviser to the President as a member of the University’s executive leadership team. Dr. Sellers works with the Provost on matters related to diversity at the University as well as a broad range of academic issues including the budget, faculty tenure and promotions, and student enrollment. He oversees operations of three central administrative units.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Sellers attended Howard University where he earned All-America honors in football. After graduating cum laude with a bachelor's of science degree in psychology in 1985, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990. Following his graduate work, Dr. Sellers served as an Assistant and an Associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. In 1997, Dr. Sellers returned to the University of Michigan to continue his research and teaching efforts. He served four years as the Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan before serving as Department Chair from 2011-2014.

Dr. Sellers’ primary research activities have focused on the role of race in the psychological lives of African Americans. He and his students have developed a conceptual and empirical model of African American racial identity. The model has been used by a number of researchers in the field to understand the heterogeneity in the significance and meaning that African Americans place on race in defining themselves. Dr. Sellers and his students have also investigated the processes by which African American parents transmit messages about race to their children. Finally, his research has examined the ways in which African Americans suffer from and often cope with experiences of racial discrimination. Over the years, he and his graduate students have published extensively on the topic. In addition to his research on the role of race in the lives of African Americans, Dr. Sellers has frequently published research examining the life experiences of student-athletes. He is also one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context. The center conducts state-of-the-art, action-oriented research on the healthy development of African American youth as well as provides an important training ground for future researchers.

Dr. Sellers has received significant recognition for his research and teaching. He is a past President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45 of the American Psychological Association). He is a fellow of Division 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) and Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race) of the American Psychological Association as well as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He also won numerous honors and awards including the Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award in Personality Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program Research Achievement Award, and the APAGS Kenneth & Mamie Clark Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Ethnic Minority Graduate Students.

Ayanna is a proud graduate of Spelman College and current doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Florida. Her research interests include:

  • Integrating social justice practices in graduate training programs.
  • Adapting social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) interventions for Black youth.
  • Examining how youth Black youth engage in resistance and radicalism in their communities and schools.

Ayanna’s ultimate goal is to become faculty at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to conduct research highlighting minoritized students' experiences in the education system.

Vincent Medina is a rising 3rd year PhD student in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences program at Louisiana State University. His current research focuses on selective attention and cognitive control. He previously earned an Aging Sciences B.S. from the University of South Florida, then an Experimental Psychology M.S. with a focus in cognitive neuroscience from Seton Hall University. This summer, he will be an intern at NASA. Outside of academia, he is interested in activism, sci-fi, and songwriting.

Satveer (they/them) is a 2nd year Counseling Psychology PhD student at Southern Illinois University. They received their BA from the University of California Santa Cruz in May 2018. They research QTBIPOC mental and physical health disparities from anti-racist, intersectional, and strengths-based frameworks. 

Caitlyn Carey is a 4th year Behavioral Science Ph.D. student at the University of North Texas. Her minor is in research, measurement, and statistics, and she has a passion for making statistics accessible for those who think they do not like statistics. Her primary research focus is on trauma (broadly), substance use, and intersectionality. She is particularly interested in the idea of Trauma Informed Pedagogy (TIP) and plans to empirically study this post-graduate school. Upon graduation next May (2022), she plans to become a professor at a teaching-focused college, where her passion for teaching and mentorship can flourish.