Carolina Research in Social and Personality Psychology (CRISPP) conference 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017
Carolina Research in Social and Personality Psychology (CRISPP) conference 2017
by Hannah Moshontz de la Rocha, Duke Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

This spring, PhD students from Duke and UNC Chapel Hill led the Carolina Research in Social and Personality Psychology (CRISPP) conference. A biannual tradition that has taken place since 2002, the conference is student led and features graduate and undergraduate research presentations from psychology departments and business schools across North Carolina. It provides a unique opportunity for student scholars to present and discuss their recent work, learn about graduate programs, and network with student and faculty scholars of social and personality psychology. Although scholars in the “Research Triangle” and surrounding areas live and work near one another, we rarely have opportunities to interact directly in this manner.

The conference took place on April 22nd, 2017 at Duke’s Schiciano Auditorium and featured 18 posters (including 10 authored by undergraduates), 12 talks, and 3 data blitz presentations (including 2 authored by undergraduates). Presenters came from 11 different institutions. Duke University undergraduates Mia King and Cyan DeVeauz presented a poster titled “Black and Asian women’s experiences of stereotype threat: An intersectional approach” and Duke undergraduate Lingrui Zhou presented a data blitz talk titled “Is choosing treats for my dog making me fat? How choices for others affect subsequent choices for the self.” Dr. Paul Silvia of UNC-G gave a keynote address on self-regulation in major depression. Professor Mark Leary called the event “a resounding success,” and added that he heard “some of the most interesting talks that I’ve heard all at once in many years (if ever).” Survey respondents’ comments echoed the same; many described meeting researchers they wouldn’t have otherwise, and developing new research ideas during the day of research presentations.

The conference was organized by Amelia Goranson (UNC-CH Psychology and Neuroscience), Hannah Moshontz de la Rocha (Duke Psychology & Neuroscience), Jacqueline Rifkin (Duke’s Fuqua School of Business), Holly Shablack (UNC-CH Psychology and Neuroscience), and Heidi Vuletich (UNC-CH Psychology and Neuroscience) with the help from faculty advisors Mark Leary (Duke Psychology and Neuroscience) and Keith Payne (UNC-CH Psychology and Neuroscience). The conference was made possible by our sponsors: Duke’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, UNC’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Fuqua’s Dr. Mary Frances Luce, UNC’s Graduate School, and Duke’s Graduate School. With their support, we were able to provide travel awards to presenters outside the research triangle who may not otherwise have been able to attend.

The conference website, which features the names of all presentations and lead presenters, can be found here:

CRISPP 2017 presentations are archived here: