On April 17, 2009, Dr. Tammy McClain and Professor Rebecca Stoffel from the psychology program accompanied eight psychology majors to the 2009 Tri-State Psychology Conference, which was held at West Virginia University.
The conference provided WLU students with the opportunity to interact with psychologists and other undergraduate and graduate psychology students and to observe undergraduate psychology students like themselves presenting their research via poster sessions and oral presentation. They also had to the opportunity to hear the research of a nationally-known speaker, Dr. Thomas Joiner from Florida State University. He presented research from his book, Why People Die by Suicide.
In addition to the conference, five WLU students competed against teams from the University of Charleston, Marshall University, Concord University, Alderson Broadus, and Marietta College in a Psychological Jeopardy Intercollegiate Competition. They were required to answer questions on 10 different topic areas within the field of psychology.
The WLU team took second place and scored higher than all of the past winners of this competition.