Amy Hunter, Ph.D., professor of psychology within the College of Arts Sciences, was recently named the president-elect of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), the oldest regional psychological association in the United States.
Hunter will serve a three-year term including one year as president elect – which began on June 1 – and two years as president. During the term, Hunter looks to diversify the leadership and membership of the organization and also advance awareness around the importance of sleep and its relevance to many areas of psychology – one of Hunter’s own areas of research.
“For over 20 years, I have participated in the EPA in a variety of ways including serving on its Board of Directors, chairing symposia, presenting research at its annual meeting, and more,” said Hunter. “I'm honored to have the opportunity to represent one of the preeminent regional psychology organizations, and look forward to helping the EPA continue to achieve its goals as a venue for the presentation of research and providing professional development opportunities for students.”
Already a month into her role as president-elect, Hunter will shadow the current organizational leaders over the next year before officially taking on her role as president in June 2023. “I want to learn as much as I can from my colleagues, who also understand the responsibility of serving this organization which is a professional home for so many psychologists,” reflected Hunter.
Founded in 1896, the EPA aims to advance the science and profession of psychology through the dissemination of professional information about the field. Most notably, the organization brings together psychologists from every discipline during its annual meeting, where its members present the latest advances in their professional and scientific work.
However, the meeting is not only a venue for professional psychologists, but for students as well. As advisor of Psi Chi, Seton Hall’s chapter of the International Honor Society in Psychology for undergraduate students, Hunter has herself facilitated the attendance of Seton Hall students to the meeting, seeing “the transformative effect of conference participation on their professional development.”
Hunter added that her multi-layer involvement with the EPA has given her a broad perspective on its functioning and activities, which will inform her role as a leader in the organization.