Students of all levels showed up in full force for the 2011 Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology. More than 100 students attended, representing a quarter of total attendees.

Following the 2011 Conference, the CRCP Organizing Committee is committed to maintaining an inclusive networking experience for students of all academic levels. Now that CRCP 2011 has come and gone, we look forward to your continued engagement and participation.

Make sure to check back on the CRCP site often ( and to “like” our Facebook page for discussion and the most up-to-date information and announcements concerning the movement for bolstering the field of psychology throughout the Caribbean region!

Read below for conference highlights, including student presentations, networking luncheon, mentoring session, informal social hour, and post-conference tips.

Student Scholarship Recipients

The 2011 CRCP Planning Committee is proud to highlight the scholarlycontributions of recipients of the 2011 Student Registration Scholarship. Wereceived many applications from highly qualified individuals. Due to fundinglimitations we are able to award a small number of scholarships. Recipients included 7 students at the undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral level from theCaribbean region, the United States, and India.

  • Umieca Hankton, Gilberte Bastien, Corinn Johnson, University of Mississippi, USA
    Positive Youth Development and Civic Engagement in an International Context

    Abstract: This roundtable will discuss positive youth development (PYD) and civic engagement in an international, global context. How do PYD models translate internationally and specifically in the Caribbean? What are some of the challenges in applications and research? We will highlight case studies on youth from several countries and cultural contexts.
  • Jodi Sutherland, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
    Sex Differences in the Relationship Between Daily Spiritual Experience and Depressive Symptomology of University Students
    Abstract: Students were administered the BDI-II to assess their depressive symptomology and the DSE scale to asses ordinary spiritual experiences. It was hypothesized that more frequent daily spiritual experiences would be associated with less depressive symptomology with this relationship being stronger for women than for men.
  • Casta Guillaume, University of Miami, USA
    Using Community-Based Research Methods to Analyze PsychosocialWellness Post-Earthquake in Petit Goâve, Haiti
    Abstract: The incredible and instantaneous loss of life on home, and important social support networks experienced by the survivors of theJanuary 12th, 2010 earthquake in Haiti has had, and will continue to have,serious implications for Haitian mental health and wellness. Given the overallpsychological impact of the earthquake in various regions of Haiti, acommunity-based psychosocial program was implemented in Petit Goâvewith the goal of providing individuals, families, and the community withcomprehensive psychosocial services and wellness programming.
  • Vanessa Battiste, University of the Virgin Islands, USA
    Happiness and Life Satisfaction with Stateside and Caribbean People

    Abstract: Obtaining happiness differs tremendously from culture to culture.Also, the variability among values, lifestyle, goals, and desires humans seek throughout life may serve the foremost purpose of achieving happiness orwell-being. The purpose of this study is to compare the measurements ofhappiness and well being between stateside and Caribbean people.
  • Shareece Cannonier, University of the Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands
    Drug Use and Academics of Youth in Human Services Custody

    Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the drug use of youth asit relates to history of substance use, results of urine analysis, truancy, history of suspensions/expulsions, and number of grade retentions of 189 youth whowere in the custody of the Department of Human Services in 2008.
  • Laura Johnson, Umieca Hankton, Gilberte Bastien, Corinn Johnson,University of Mississippi, USA
    Positive Youth Development and Civic Engagement in an InternationalContext
    Abstract: This roundtable will discuss positive youth development (PYD) andcivic engagement in an international, global context. How do PYD modelstranslate internationally and specifically in the Caribbean? What are some of the challenges in applications and research? We will highlight case studies onyouth from several countries and cultural contexts.
  • Leah James, Roger Noel, University of Michigan, USA; Jacques Jean Solon, Port-au-Prince, Haiti;
    Gilberte Bastien
    , University of Mississippi, USA
    Assessment of functioning, risk, and resiliency among IDP camp residents in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    Abstract: This presentation focuses on an assessment of post-earthquake distress and optimal functioning among residents of IDP camps in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Methods and results of interviews conducted with mental health workers and displaced Port-au-Prince residents one year after the 2010 earthquake will be discussed.
  • Shonali Sud, St.Bede’s College, Himachal Pradesh University, India; Nayantara Sud, Himachal Pradesh Government Dental College and Hospital, Shimla, India
    Dental Anxiety Among Youth in India: Self-Efficacy and Health Beliefs
    Abstract: Problems related to the teeth are on the rise mainly due to careless health habits among the youth. Once dental problems occur they can causea great deal of embarrassment, problems of bad breath, and other infections that result due to lack of hygiene. Anxiety and lack of efficacy aggravate health.

We are grateful to the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) for providing financial support for this scholarship through their training grant. Congratulations to the students who were offered scholarships!

Student-Professional Networking

Co-Chairs Dr. Nabil El-Ghoroury (American Psychological Association, USA, DirectorAPAGS Office) and Dr. Gillian Mason (UWI, Mona, Jamaica – Coordinator M.Sc. inApplied Psychology Programme) led a special session for students, focusing onacademic and professional engagement. Dr. El- Ghoroury shared information on theopportunities for extra-curricular involvement, with a focus on the benefits ofmembership in the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students(APAGS). Dr. Mason discussed academic opportunities at UWI Mona, as well asnavigating the decision to pursue advanced training within and outside of the Caribbean region.

Informal Student Social Hour

After a long day of the conference, students met up for some relaxation,socializing, and…karaoke!

Student Networking Luncheon

Networking for Students: Identifying Needs, Building Connections

Students spent the Wednesday lunch hour participating in an informal networking luncheon. Several tables were set aside and designated by the matic areas and subfields, such as racial/ethnic identity; children, youth, and families;education; violence/crime; and health. Students engaged in lively discussion and formed connections.

Hosts: Michelle Westbrook, President, Zeitgeist, The Psychology Club of the College of The Bahamas, Bahamas; Anna Wheatley, Graduate Student in Counseling Psychology, University of Miami, USA; Joelle Buckley, Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica


  • We hope you found our pre-conference tips useful. Now that the conference is over, here are some ways to continue making the most of your conference experience.
  • Take time to reflect on your experience, and to outline future goals based on how the conference went.
  • Send follow-up notes and emails, especially to thank those who went out of theirway to meet with you or who provided you with important information.
  • Stay connected with peers; they will be your colleagues in the near future! Inparticular, be mindful of potential collaborative endeavors.
  • Incorporate feedback on your presentation, so that you can improve for the future.