About the Owatonna 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 2019, the conference theme is Alumni Research and Practice and will include:

  • A student research poster session
  • Graduate student research presentations
  • Invited speakers discussing their areas of specialty:

Dr. Rebekah Huber (Clinical Psychology)
Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department, University of Utah

Dr. Kevin Filter (School Psychology)
Professor, Psychology Department, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kelly Spiess, MS (Industrial Psychology)
Talent Business Partner, United Health Group (Minnetonka, MN)


The 2019 MCPP will be held on Thursday, March 28th from 1pm-5pm, and Friday, March 29th from 9am-3:30pm 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.

  • Student (both days): Early (Before March 1) - $35, Regular (March 1 and later) - $40
  • Minnesota State Faculty and Staff (both days): Early (Before March 1) - $45, Regular (March 1 and later) - $60
  • Minnesota State Faculty and Staff (one day): Early (Before March 1) - $35, Regular (March 1 and later) - $45
  • Community Professional (Friday only): Early (Before March 1) - $35, Regular (March 1 and later) - $45

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.

For More Information
If you have any questions, please contact the MCPP coordinator, Dr. Angelica Aguirre, at 507-389-1089 or at angelica.aguirre@mnsu.edu.