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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Owatonna Conference

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About the Conference

The Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology (MCPP) is hosted by the Psychology Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The conference has become known over the years as simply “The Owatonna Conference” because we hold the conference every March in Owatonna, MN. The goal of the conference is to promote the dissemination of empirically-oriented research from a variety of disciplines within the field of psychology. The conference is intended to involve a wide audience of students, faculty, and community professionals.  The conference typically begins on a Thursday afternoon, and runs through the end of the following Friday.  In general, presentations on Thursday are given by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from MSU.  The full day on Friday includes presentations by professional researchers and practitioners who are experts in their field.

For MCPP 2017, we are excited to present a themed track for this year's speakers: Gender Diversity and Transgender Health.  Our guests come from a wide range of specialties, and they will discuss the many facets of gender and how it's relevant to schools, workplaces, and clinical settings. The Friday talks will be presented by the following invited speakers:

Dianne Berg, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Program in Human Sexuality

Cesar Gonzalenz, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic

Cyrenthia Jordan, JD, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX

Alex Iantaffi, Ph.D., LMFT, University of Wisconsin, Stout, Graduate Program in Sex Therapy

The 2017 MCPP will be held on Thursday, March 30 from 1pm-5pm), and Friday, March 31 (from 9am-4pm) at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Owatonna, MN. The Holiday Inn is located at 2365 NW 43rd St. (behind Cabella’s).


Registration Details

All students, faculty, staff, and community professionals may register for the conference online. Early bird rates apply for registrations recieved before March 1, 2017.


Registration Type

Early (Before March 1)

Regular (March 1 and later)

Student (both days)



MnSCU Faculty and Staff (both days)



MnSCU Faculty and Staff (one day)



Community Professional (Friday only)



 MNSU students can attend the conference as a 1-credit course (PSYC490/590, Workshop: Midwestern Conference). However, students seeking course credit will receive permission to register for the course only after completing the registration form online and paying the conference registration fee. Students must attend the entire conference and write a reflection paper about their experience in order to receive course credit. A syllabus with reflection paper guidelines will be provided through D2L for registered students.

Lastly, students interested in applying for the Dr. Benjamin Witts Scholarship should send an essay (between 500 and 700 words long) describing how attending the MCPP will be beneficial to their professional growth and development. Selected essays will receive a waiver of their conference registration fee. Essays can be emailed directly to Dr. Eric Sprankle ( no later than February 1.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact the MCPP coordinator, Dr. Eric Sprankle, at 507-389-5825 or at