2016-17 Events and Colloquia

The Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University hosts presentations each year.


Department of Psychology Faculty

Sep. 9, 2016

Program Orientations: 1 - 3 p.m.
Behavior Analysis: 2710 Sangren Hall
Clinical: 3713 Wood Hall
Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management: 2130 Sangren Hall

Meet the Chair: 3 - 3:30 p.m.
2710 Sangren Hall

Meet the Faculty: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
1001 Wood Hall

As part of The Department of Psychology’s orientation day, faculty will present an overview of their research and the research of their graduate students. This is a great opportunity to get to know faculty and to hear about the amazing things happening in our department.

Welcome Social: 5:30 p.m.
First Floor Atrium, Wood Hall



Radisson Hotel Downtown Kalamazoo

Sep. 14 - 16, 2016

The fourth annual Michigan Autism Conference will bring leading scientists and treatment practitioners to the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites to share their expertise on the latest research on the neurodevelopmental disorder. 


Kalamazoo Autism Center Grand Opening

Sep. 17, 2016

The Kalamazoo Autism Center will officially open following a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours. The facility is located at 4200 S. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo MI. 


Undergraduate Practicum Fair

Sep. 19, 2016

Considering going into the field of of psychology? Do you want to know how to make the most of your undergraduate experience? Come see what practica opportunities are available! 



Sep. 23, 2016

Seeking research opportunities? Come! Discover! Get involved. "Discovering Knowledge—one data point at a time."


"Headsprout, an idea before it's time?" brown bag discussion

Janet Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA, NYSLBA
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Associate Professor

Sep. 30, 2016

Headsprout was a learning sciences/education company founded (in 1999) and run by behavior analysts. The company produced two highly effective software programs (Headsprout Early Reading and Headsprout Reading Comprehension) that teach essential reading skills via the Internet, whose underlying technology is thoroughly behavior analytic and based on decades of empirically verified learning principles and solid instructional design. Using the Headsprout story as a narrative, this discussion will cover the potential and pitfalls of behavioral product development companies and lessons learned. 


"Behavior Analysis, Technology, & Education 3.0"

Janet Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA, NYSLBA
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Associate Professor

Sep. 30, 2016

Janet is a noted proponent of effective instruction and leveraging technology to produce meaningful individual and system change. Formerly a preschool and elementary teacher, administrator, university professor, and Vice President at Headsprout, she is currently the Director of Innovation & Technology for the Center on Innovations in Learning (supported by the U.S. Dept. of Education). She has published and presented nationally and internationally on instructional design, evidence-based innovations, and educational technology, including speaking at the United Nations. Honors include President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, ABAI Fellow, CODIE software awards, and the Wing Award for Evidence-based Education.


"a panel discussion on operating graduate school in clinical psychology"

Varies Advanced Clinical Psychology Graduate Students
Western Michigan University

Oct. 4, 2016

Join us for a discussion about general information regarding navigating
successfully through graduate school in clinical psychology. Students who
are in their advanced years in the program will discuss their experiences and
give advice. Students who have any questions or concerns in navigating the
program are encouraged to attend.


DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI brown bag discussion

Adam Prus, Ph.D.
Northern Michigan University

Oct. 7, 2016

Dr. Adam Prus is the recipient of the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award for the Department of Psychology. He will lead an open discourse about current Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuropharmacology research and trends.


"studies on the neurobehavioral effects of antipsychotic drugs" - Distinguished Alumni colloquium

Adam Prus, Ph.D.
Northern Michigan University

Oct. 7, 2016

Antipsychotic drugs are used for treating the symptoms of schizophrenia, a complex disorder affecting many structures and systems in the brain. These drugs exhibit antipsychotic effects by acting on a variety of neurotransmitter systems. This presentation will provide an overview on how behavioral and neuroscience procedures together help us to understand the relative importance of specific neurotransmitter systems and structures for eliciting antipsychotic behavioral effects.


"Treating eating disorders, with an act perspective"

Rhonda Overberger, LPC, LMFT
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Oct. 28, 2016

Learn about treating eating disorders and incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Rhonda Overberger is a licensed family therapist in Kalamazoo. Since 2008, she has been treating individuals with eating disorders and their families using Maudsley Family-based Therapy. This nutritional restoration protocol is commonly referred to as FBT, and is the gold-standard, evidence-based ED treatment developed 16 years by Dr. James Lock and Dr. Daniel Le Grange. Rhonda uses FBT to coach parents to treat their kids at home combined with exposure therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.  Rhonda attended FBT training with Drs. Lock & Le Grangeand has attended other Maudsley conferences and workshops.  FBT is a standard protocol at top rated medical centers throughout the world, however it continues to be difficult to access experienced local therapists, which is why Rhonda, in addition to helping local families, does long-distance coaching with families from other states


"reflections on research in the anxiety disorders lab at wmu: 1987-2016"

Dr. C. Richard Spates
Western Michigan University

Nov. 18, 2016
12 p.m., 2722 Wood

Dr. Rick Spates will be hosting a brown bag discussion reflecting on the research he’s done here at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Spates will be retiring Dec. 2016 after 29 years of service.


"an inside perspective on lean management and organizational behavior management"

Eduardo Osorio
Bronson Methodist Hospital of Kalamazoo
Continuous Improvement Support Consultant

Nov. 18, 2016
1-3 p.m., 1910 Sangren

Eduardo Osorio is a Continuous Improvement Support Consultant for Bronson who graduated from Western Michigan University in 2005 with a Master's in Behavior Analysis. He is coming back to Western Michigan to share his lessons learned from a decade of experience in the Organizational Behavior Management field. Eduardo is interested in engaging attendees in a conversation about the field and his experiences, with a particular focus on differences between internal and external consulting and the similarities between Lean and OBM. He is looking forward to an interactive discussion and is interested in answering any questions attendees might have, so please do not hesitate to bring questions with you!



Dr. Matthew Brodhead
    Michigan State University

Dr. Nicholas Weatherly
    Aubrey Daniels International

Dr. Jonathan Baker
    Western Michigan University

Dec. 2, 2016

Three graduates of the WMU Department of Psychology will hold a brown bag discussion and provide advice on applying for academic positions.



Courtney June, BCBA
    Behavior Analysis Center for Autism

Jeana Koerber, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research

Tareyn Norcross, BCBA
    Centria Healthcare

Dec. 2, 2016

Three alumni from the behavior analysis program will provide advice on applying for practitioner positions in the field of ABA. 


Brown Bag discussion

Dr. Matt Brodhead
Michigan State University
Assistant Professor

Dec. 9, 2016

Dr. Matt Brodhead, alumnus of the Department of Psychology, will lead an open discussion for graduate students on a of variety topics including ethics.


A Behavioral Systems Approach to Ethics Training and Supervision

Dr. Matt Brodhead
Michigan State University
Assistant Professor

Dec. 9, 2016

Professional and ethical behaviors are critical for high quality care and consumer protection. By using behavioral systems, behavior analysts may increase the probability of employees engaging in professional and ethical behaviors because systems may describe “what to do” instead of “what not to do” when faced with a professional or ethical issue.  This presentation will discuss strategies for using behavioral systems for teaching and maintaining professional and ethical behavior in an organization, building and maintaining relationships in interdisciplinary settings, developing cultural awareness of employees, and defining scope of competency and boundaries of practice.


Evolving a more nurturing society through behavioral science

Dr. Tony Biglan

Jan. 20 and 21, 2017

Anthony Biglan, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. He has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years. His work has included studies of the risk and protective factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; high-risk sexual behavior; and antisocial behavior. He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use both through school-based programs and community-wide interventions. And, he has evaluated interventions to prevent high-risk sexual behavior, antisocial behavior, and reading failure.


Landing the bcba of your dreams

Kelly Namanja, MA, BCBA

Jan. 27, 2017
4 p.m., 1720 Chem 

This presentation will give helpful hints about the entire job application process, including resume tips, phone interviews, and face to face interviews.  Attendees will learn the three key questions interviewers seek to answer when conducting interviews.  They will also learn the types of questions they should ask potential employers to ensure the company is a good fit for them.  The presentation will primarily focus on obtaining BCBA positions, but much of the information can be generalized to other positions as well.  The information presented will benefit both the newly or soon-to-be certified BCBA in addition to more seasoned professionals.



Department of Psychology

Jan. 28, 2017
Fetzer Center

Department of Psychology’s 4th Annual Midwestern Behavior Analysis Job Fair. The mission of the Midwestern Behavior Analysis Job Fair is to provide students of all educational backgrounds and expertise the opportunity to engage in professional and social interactions with potential employers in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Companies hosted a colloquium to discuss their business and open position.



Jan. 30, 2017
2 - 4 p.m., First Floor Atrium, Wood Hall

Considering going into the field of of psychology? Do you want to know how to make the most of your undergraduate experience? 



Feb. 3, 2017
2 - 4 p.m., 1710 Sangren

Seeking research opportunities? Come! Discover! Get involved. "Discovering Knowledge—one data point at a time."



Feb. 24, 2017
8-5 p.m., 2028 Brown

Students within our three graduate school programs, present research they have been conducting here at WMU to the behavior analysis and industrial organizational behavior management applicants for the 2017-18 academic year. 


IOGSO Sponsored colloquium

Presenter TBD

March 24, 2017
4 p.m., Location TBD

Abstract TBD


cpGSO SPONSORED brown bag

Dr. Kinkela

March 31, 2017
Time and Location TBD

Abstract TBD


Clinical internship panel discussion

Clinical Graduate Students - TBD

April 7, 2017 (tentative)
Time and Location TBD

Students who have applied for clinical internship will discuss the experience of the application and interview process. Students interested in applying for internship are encouraged to attend and ask any questions they may have.


Clinical training Colloquium and workshop - sponsored by CPGso

Dr. Andreas Neumann-Mascis

April 7 - 8, 2017
Time and Location TBD

Abstract TBD


CPGSO Sponsored colloquium

Dr. Robert Whitaker

April 14, 2017
Time and Location TBD

Abstract TBD



Denise Ross, Ph.D.

April 15, 2017 (tentative)
Time and Location TBD

Abstract TBD



April 21, 2017
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Haenicke Hall Third Floor Atrium

Undergraduate and graduate students are recognized and honored for grants, scholarships, and awards given during the academic year. 


Jack Michael Annual Golf Scramble

Sponsored by IOGSO

May 2017
Time TBD, Lynx Golf Course in Otsego MI