Gannon University Hosts Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Posted: April 15, 2016

Gannon University's psychology department will host the 44th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference (WPUPC) April 16, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St.

The conference is an opportunity for undergraduate psychology students to showcase their research by making paper and poster presentations.

The keynote speaker will be Jeanette Bennett, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Bennett is a 1997 graduate of Gannon University with a double major in biology and psychology, and completed her Ph.D. in biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University. She is a prominent researcher in the field of psychoneuroimmunology and health, and is the creator of the StressWAVES Biobehavioral Research Lab at UNC Charlotte, which examines the activity of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, hypothalamic-pituitary- adrenal axis, immune system and metabolism, and how the function of these systems can be influenced by psychological (e.g., appraisal, depression), biological (e.g., sex, drug use, age) and psychosocial (e.g., socioeconomic status, social support, culture) factors.

For more information on the conference, contact Jessica Hartnett, assistant professor, at hartnett004@gannon.edu.