Niagara University Junior Wins Regional Psychology Poster Competition

April 2, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Boyer and Osberg

Niagara University junior Amber Boyer and Dr. Tim Osberg are pictured next to Boyer's winning entry in the Eastern Psychological Association's student poster competition.

Amber Boyer, a junior psychology major at Niagara University from Buffalo, N.Y., recently won first place in the student poster competition at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, which was held March 13-16, 2014.

EPA is the oldest regional psychological association in the United States.

Boyer collaborated with Dr. Tim Osberg, professor of psychology, on research titled, College alcohol beliefs and trait urgency in relation to drinking and its consequences. She beat out nearly 100 other competitors in winning the award.

Two more of Dr. Osberg’s students – senior Joanne McKeon (Personality, anxiety, and help-seeking behavior) and junior Haley Keeley (Cultural variations in disordered eating, body image, and irrational food beliefs) – received honorable mention in the poster competition.

Eastern Psychological Association was founded in 1896. According to its website, its sole purpose is to advance the science and profession through the dissemination of professional information about the field of psychology. EPA achieves this goal by conducting its annual meeting where the members of EPA present the latest advances in professional and scientific work to their colleagues.

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