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2018 LPA Poster Presenters Winners

Upcoming Journal

We are very pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of obtaining ability to sustainably publish a journal that we hope will incorporate the spirit of the previous Southern Psychologist.

A bit of history: The Southern Psychologist was published by LSU Psychology Department during the mid-1980s. Unfortunately, it was a victim of the budget cuts of that era, the first of many.  Despite its brief press run, however, it was influential and earned positive comments from such well-known psychologists as Hans Eysenck, Raymond Cattell, Richard Gorsuch, and Luciano L’Abate to name just a few.   

The reason was its professional relevance and timeliness. Its editor, Dr. Ralph Dreger, ensured its content was pertinent to both practitioners and researchers. It focused on topics important to the South and beyond. This is the spirit we hope to follow.

Our mission will be to emphasize what Psychology can do for our region. The South, perhaps for reason that no one still understands, has been slow to embrace this potential contribution. The results of this failure are all around us.  The mental and overall physical health of southern citizens is poor. The southern education system is often disconnected from advances in cognitive and social psychology. Southern criminal justice systems desperately need changes that are informed by behavioral science.  In the private sector many corporations inadequately understand what organizational psychology now can offer. Consequently, they are not maximally competitive beyond our region.   

To stay in the game, we must do better. We want to provide a venue for what a more psychological approach can accomplish for improving life in the South and beyond.  

To do this we propose a peer-reviewed, open source journal.  Our mission statement will be to reflect issues relevant to behavioral sciences in our region-and beyond. We want to link theory and practice. We will solicit empirical research and theoretical articles but also relevant theory-based case studies. This includes contributes from nonclinical areas, since these often do not have a usual publishing venue.  

Our affiliation is primarily to the discipline and science of psychology. However, an advisory group will be interdisciplinary and is now being assembled.  Because of a grant from our university we anticipate no necessary page charges.

While we will remain editorially independent of other groups, a nonfinancial affiliation with the Louisiana Psychological Association is natural. This is a deeper opportunity for Psychology to assert its identity to a region that has not recognized what we do and can do well. This is very much in the spirit of the original publication and we hope is a way of celebrating 70 years of LPA’s successes in our state.

We look forward to you hearing from us soon, asking for your help, your contributions, your effort, and your manuscripts in this exciting undertaking.

Bill McCown. PhD

MKay Bonner, PhD

Burt Ashworth, PhD

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Co Editors Pro Tem

Contemporary Southern Psychologist

Note from Lt. Governor Nungesser

Tulane’s Dr. Cunningham Nominated as Diversity Delegate

October 2017

LPA has nominated Dr. Michael Cunningham, Tulane Professor, for the state’s Diversity Delegate to the American Psychological Association for 2018.

“Dr. Cunningham is an outstanding leader in our community in the area of diversity, an African American, a psychologist, educator and scientist who epitomizes excellence and service to his community,” wrote current President, Dr. Julie Nelson.

Dr. Cunningham is Professor of Psychology at Tulane University, and holds a Joint Appointment as Provost in the African and African Diaspora Studies Program at Tulane. His research focuses on resilience and vulnerability in adolescent populations and context specific phenomena associated with mental health and academic outcomes among African Americans. 

“Dr. Cunningham is a gracious and generous colleague willing to aid others with his knowledge. In fact, Insight into Diversity Magazine just recently named him for his mentoring of young people to leadership roles in STEM sciences" Nelson said. “Dr. Cunningham has led a personal and professional life at the intersection of the science of psychology and issues of diversity, especially of racial issues of African Americans, a topic of great importance to the state of Louisiana, where children still exist in third generation poverty in some areas.”

"He is uniquely qualified to help LPA with it goals in diversity and also, at our stage of planning, to give credibility and voice to our recruiting of African American psychologists, individuals of color, and other underrepresented individuals," said Nelson.

Dr. Cunningham has published papers that focus on gender and context specific phenomena associated with mental health and academic outcomes among African Americans. His research examines numerous themes, such as precursors to bravado attitudes in African American males, parental monitoring and social support as buffers to stressful situations, and the relation of racial identity to academic and mental health outcomes. His research is supported by local and regional collaborative relationships with schools and community organizations.

He was honored in 2013 with the Distinguished Contributions Award from the prestigious Society for Research in Child Development, among others. He is Editor for Research in Human Development (2018-2024), Associate Editor for Child Development (2007 – present), and on the Editorial Board Member Journal of Negro Education (2011 – 2017), among many other scholarly activities where his expertise in the psychology of racially diverse individuals is utilized.

He serves in many ways, such as on his university’s President’s Commission of Race and Tulane Values, as Co-Chair for Black Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development and as the Task Force to Study the role of racial/ethnic caucus relationships to the Society. His work is supported by numerous sources such as the BOR/SREB Graduate Fellowships to Promote Diversity Program, National Center for the Urban Community at Tulane & Xavier Universities, and the Center for Public Service, as examples. He is a member of LPA and has presented at the association's conventions and served on committees.