May 30, 2023

31st Annual Psi Chi Research Symposium, April 14-15

The University of Mary Washington chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, will hold the 31st annual Psi Chi Research Symposium on Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15, in Lee Hall 411. The keynote lecture will be given by Diana Robins, Associate Professor at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Dr. Robin’s lecture is titled “Toddlers Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder.” The lecture and symposium are free and open to the public.

Diana Robins

Diana Robins

Diana Robins received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut and, subsequently, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine Child Study Center. She then served on the faculty at Georgia State University, where she was a part of Georgia’s first Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) program before moving to Drexel University. Robins is most well known for her work developing, validating and refining a screening tool for ASD, the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers. The most recent version is commonly used for its ability to detect many cases of autism and diagnose children about two years earlier than the national median. This gives children more opportunity to receive the early intervention that they need.  She has been published in well-respected journals such as Pediatrics, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Autism: the International Journal of Science and Practice. She is an editorial board member for Neuropsychology and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and is an ad hoc reviewer for many journals and grant panels.

The Psi Chi Symposium will be held in Lee Hall, Room 411 from 8:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on April 14 and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 15. The keynote speaker will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday; and the awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with a reception to follow the conclusion of the symposium.

For more information, contact Mindy Erchull, Associate Professor of Psychological Science, at 540-654-1557.