WPA 2017 Fall Conference

Changes in National Healthcare Programs, Assessment and Measurement, and Emerging Mental Health Treatments

 Building Bridges with the University of Wyoming Psychology Department

Sport and Exercise Psychology

10 WPA CEs for Full Conference

 September 30th and October 1st, 2017

 Sheridan College Campus

Sheridan, WY


Please join us at the Wyoming Psychological Association (WPA) Fall Conference.  The conference will be held on the Sheridan College Campus in Sheridan, WY on September 30th and October 1st, 2017. 

This conference features several key events:

  • A six hour workshop on anticipated federal program changes, measuring patient progress, and emerging treatments and best practices by Vaile Wright, Ph.D.;
  • A two hour workshop on the University of Wyoming Psychology program and its students by Carolyn Pepper, Ph.D.;
  • A two hour workshop by Shawn Powell, Ph.D., ABPP covering various aspects of sports psychology.  


Dr. Vaile Wright is Director of Research and Special Projects in the Practice Directorate at the American Psychological Association, where she focuses on the development and implementation of programs and policies related to expanding opportunities for professional psychology. This includes projects aimed at increasing access to psychological services for the public through the integration of psychology in the health care delivery system, helping psychologists respond to legislative changes related to health care, developing professional and clinical practice guidelines, and increasing outcomes measurement and quality improvement efforts, including the development of an Outcomes Data Registry. 


Dr. Carolyn M. Pepper grew up in a small town in rural Michigan. She completed her B.A. at Western Michigan University in 1989 and her Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1995. She was an intern at the Boston VAMC, where she worked at the National Center for PTSD, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on the treatment of depression in psychiatric and primary care settings at the University of Michigan. Her first academic appointment was as an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University in upstate New York. She joined the faculty of the University of Wyoming Psychology Department in 2002. She served at the Department Head from 2007-2013 and is currently the Director of Clinical Training. Her current research focuses on self-injury and suicidality. 


Dr. Shawn Powell is a licensed psychologist in Wyoming and Nebraska. He serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Casper College, where he teaches sport and exercise psychology. He is board certified in school psychology and is the current president of the American Board of School Psychology. Shawn is a former president of the American Academy of School Psychology, the Wyoming Psychological Association, and the Wyoming School Psychology Association. Shawn is a scuba diving instructor. He has studied martial arts for over 40 years and holds a sixth degree black belt. He is a USA Boxing coach, referee, and judge. Shawn is a distance runner and has completed over 50 half marathons. He is the former director of the Wyoming State Games. Shawn retired from the Wyoming Air National Guard after 30 years of service.      


Full conference participants will receive 10 hours of continuing education credits issued by the WPA.


The conference will be held on the Sheridan College campus in Sheridan, WY. 


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We look forward to seeing you at the conference.  Please contact the WPA if you have any questions. 


Wyoming Psychological Association
P.O. Box 332
Cheyenne, WY 82003