SBU's Behavioral Sciences hosts psychology conference

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Behavioral Sciences hosted the Midwest Christian Psychology Conference on Dec. 1 on the Bolivar campus.

mw.psych.conf.2017The department hosted approximately 100 participants from SBU, John Brown University, Evangel University, College of the Ozarks, Hannibal-LaGrange University and MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Dr. Jodi Meadows, director of SBU’s Gordon and Judy Dutile Honors Program, delivered the keynote address, “Created to Learn.” The conference included undergraduate student oral and poster presentations and an art exhibit. Presentation topics ran the gamut of behavioral sciences from resistance during the Holocaust to new treatments for opioid addictions to the effects of smartphones in the classroom.

The conference gives students an opportunity to attend and present at a professional conference, said Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, chair of behavioral sciences at SBU.

“This is an important professional development skill (for the students),” Kilpatrick said. “It will also look good on their résumés and graduate school applications. They get to learn from the professional presentations of others, and our students shine when they have the opportunity to share the work they have done over a whole semester. 

“They also get the chance to visit with graduate school representatives and meet students from other schools who will eventually be their colleagues.”  

The conference, which SBU has hosted in the past, will be held at C of O in 2018.

For more information about SBU’s behavioral sciences department, contact Kilpatrick at (417) 328-1735 or

CUTLINE: Students view research presentations during the Midwest Christian Psychology Conference at Southwest Baptist University.

*Published: 12-6-17