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For Immediate Release
March 12, 2013

High School Students to Get Inside Story on Psychology

Key Info

  • Inside Psychology conference
  • Wednesday, March 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • International Ballroom, Walb Student Union
  • Open to Collegiate Connection Schools and students taking psychology classes

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—High school students often have an impression that psychology is all about lying on a couch and talking about your problems, fears, and so on to a pipe-smoking older gentleman with an accent. Thanks to a partnership at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) between the Collegiate Connection, the Division of Continuing Studies, and the Department of Psychology, more than 250 students will see that myth dispelled at “Inside Psychology,” Wednesday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the International Ballroom of the Walb Student Union.

“Inside Psychology” is a program developed by Joshua Gerow, Ph.D., a continuing lecturer in IPFW’s Department of Psychology, in which Collegiate Connection or other high school students taking a psychology class now or last semester get the opportunity to learn more about the different areas of psychology from the IPFW Psychology faculty.

The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks from Gerow, Carl Drummond, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Carol Lawton, chair of the Department of Psychology. The following faculty presentations begin at 9:25:

• Associate Professor Dan Miller, “Prejudice and Stereotyping”
• Associate Lesa Vartanian, “Lifespan Development, ‘Womb to Tomb is How I Roll’”
• Professor Ken Bordens, “Social Psychology”
• Professor David Young, “The Practice of Psychology in the Real World”
• Katie Malanson, Ph.D., “Neuroscience in the Classroom”
• Michael Bendele, Ph.D., “Cognitive Psychology, ‘Some Thoughts on Thinking’”

Lunch will be served following the presentations, where the students will be able to visit with psychology staff and members of the Psi Chi Club. Campus tours will be available after lunch.

Students from the following high schools will be attending the conference:

• Bellmont
• Bishop Luers
• Carroll
• Concordia
• East Side
• Heritage
• Leo
• North Side
• South Side

Limited seating is still available; students can register by going to

For more information, contact Gerow at 260-481-0239 or