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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 an annual conference in Owatonna, Minnesota hosted by the Department of Psychology. The conference has become known over the years as simply "The Owatonna Conference." 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.

For MCPP 2018, the conference theme is Community-Based Research and will include:

  • An undergraduate student research poster session
  • Concurrent graduate student research presentations
  • Dr. Sprankle's Sexual Health Research Team 
  • Graduate research team panels:
    Dr. Sprankle's Sexual Health Research Team
    Participatory Action Research within the Sex Worker's Rights Movement
    Dr. Buchanan's Geropsychology Research Team
    Implementation and Evaluation of Cognitive Training Programs for Older Adults in Community Settings
  • Invited speakers discussing their areas of specialty:

    Researching at the Speed of Life: Psychological Science in Law Enforcement

    Dr. Dawn O'Neill - Force Science Institute

    An Examination of Mixed Orientation Relationships and Health within the Bisexual Community
    Dr. Jennifer Vencill - University of Minnesota, Program in Human Sexuality

    Regretful Rats and Neurolaw
    Dr. Adam Steiner - Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Psychology

The 2018 MCPP will be held on Thursday, March 22nd from 1pm-5pm, and Friday, March 23rd from 9am-4pm at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Owatonna, MN. The Holiday Inn is located at 2365 NW 43rd St. (behind Cabells'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.


Registration Type

Early (Before March 1)

Regular (March 1 and later)

Student (both days)



Minnesota State Faculty and Staff (both days)



Minnesota State 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