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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Howard Prepares for Annual Psychology Convention
Howard Scholars to Present Papers at APA; Prestigious Australian Researcher Leads Howard Research Training
Cynthia Winston, Ph.D.
Cynthia Winston, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON (Aug. 4) – The Howard University Department of Psychology is gearing up for the 2011 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in Washington, held Aug. 4-7, with a pre-convention research conference this week. In addition, psychology professors and doctoral students are scheduled to present research findings during the APA convention.

Geoff Cumming, Ph.D., author of the forthcoming book Understanding the New Statistics: Effect Sizes, Confidence Intervals, and Meta-Analysis, led a workshop Aug. 3 during the Quantitative Training for Underrepresented Groups Conference (QTUG) on Howard’s campus.

QTUG, in its eighth year, seeks to enhance training and encourage mentorship links for women and minorities in the field of quantitative psychology.  Founded by Lisa Harlow, Ph.D., and Herbert Eber, Ph.D., the conference is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, the American Psychological Association, private donors and the Howard University Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

“Students need more advanced training in quantitative methods to prepare for careers as psychological scientists,” said Cynthia Winston, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and co-host of QTUG. “Receiving the quantitative training and expertise of Dr. Cumming is an unprecedented opportunity for Howard.”

Winston and Kimberley Freeman, Ph.D., an assistant professor of educational psychology at Howard, are chairing a symposium at the APA convention entitled “The Psychology of Success: Achievement Motivation and Identity of African-American Students in Black Educational Contexts.”  During the symposium, the following Howard doctoral students will present papers:

  • Alicia Anderson will present a paper entitled “Science Academic Self-Efficacy, Science Grades, Socioeconomic Status, and Racial Identity within African-American Middle School Students.”
  • Jennifer O. Burrell will present a paper entitled “Race-acting: The Varied and Complex Affirmative Meaning of ‘Acting Black’ for African-American Adolescents.”
  • Elizabeth Ricks will present a paper entitled “Exploring Intersections of Culture, Achievement Motivation and Identity within Highly Talented STEM Freshmen Attending an HBCU.”

In addition, Winston was selected by the APA Division on Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology to present an article that explains “Race Self Complexity Theory,” a new personality theory developed at Howard in the Identity and Success Research Lab.  This theory integrates narrative theories of personality with those on the psychological significance of race. The theory describes the narrative processing and autobiographical reasoning individuals engage in to understand the meaning of race their own lives and within racialized societies.

For more information about the 8th Annual Quantitative Training for Underrepresented Groups Conference, visit

For more information about the convention, visit

For more information about Winston and the Identity Success research lab, visit

And for more information on Cumming, visit or

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