The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold its seventh annual Psychology Symposium from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, providing students the opportunity to present research, engage in scholarly debate and network with employers in the field.


Dr. Betty Jayne Bellando, associate professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will serve as this year’s guest speaker and will speak at 8:20 a.m.


More than 30 students will present their research at the symposium, while nearly 20 employers and graduate school representatives will be present for a networking session.


Additionally, students will debate for and against the issue of medicating young children for diagnosed disorders.


Dr. Nicha Otero, assistant professor of psychology, said the event provides valuable experience for students.

“Students gain the experience of presenting their original scientific findings in a more formal and public forum, which prepares them for graduate school and any other future endeavors,” Otero said. 


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Otero at 479-788-7659 or or Dr. Lisa Manriquez, assistant professor of psychology, at 479-788-7567 or


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Monday, October 31, 2016
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