Posing in matching shirts provided by Gin Gins.

On Saturday, April 7, Granite State College held the 10th annual New Hampshire Psychological Association Academic Convention. This event is organized by the NHPA for undergraduate psychology students at NH colleges to connect with professionals and become involved in hands on activities outside the classroom setting. Students from Keene State, Granite State, Plymouth State, UNH, Franklin Pierce and New England College were in attendance.

According to the event’s website, the convention brings New Hampshire psychology students and faculty together for “a day of information gathering, student poster presentations, workshops, activities, networking, and the psych cup intercollegiate game of psychology trivia.”

The  keynote speaker at the convention was Dr. John Randolf, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and Adjunct Assistance Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Chris MacNeil and Amanda James presenting their poster regarding parenting styles.

Also in attendance were Dr. Cynthia Whitaker of the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, Dr. Nicole Sawyer from the NH Legislative Commission on PTSD & TBI, and Dr. Betty LaFleur of Generations Geriatric Mental Health in Manchester, NH. Students were able to ask questions to psychology graduate students as well as speak with the above listed professionals about topics in their respective departments.

New England College Psychology Professor Heather Chabot and five hand-picked psychology students attended the event representing NEC. Prior to the convention, the five students conducted individual research and created supporting posters for the poster session of the event.

Professor Heather Chabot and psychology student Meaghan Six posing with their awards.

During the poster session, NEC student Meaghan Six outshined her competitors and won 1st place for her original research presentation regarding “The Benefits of Effective Communication in Relationships.”

“The purpose of this study was to examine correlates of communication including feelings, qualities, and behaviors. Results indicated that those who identify as effective communicators feel more satisfied, encouraged, loved, appreciated and less stressed,” explained Six in her poster’s abstract.

The New England College psychology students also participated in the convention’s “Psych Cup” trivia competition wearing custom t-shirts provided by Dennis, owner of Gin Gin’s in downtown Henniker.

Meaghan Six and her 1st Place Poster.



Professor Heather Chabot and Meaghan Six.

The front of the team shirts.
The backside of the team shirts.




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Marissa is an alumnus of the New England College Class of 2019. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with two Bachelor's Degrees in Communication Studies and Business Marketing. She was the Editor in Chief for The New Englander from 2018-2019 and wrote many pieces across all sections while also managing the website, social media, and designing print editions. Marissa currently works at Amoskeag Health in the Advancement Department as the Content Marketing Specialist.
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