About the Owatonna Conference

Announcement  purple Icon.pngSPECIAL NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Owatonna Conference has now been moved to an online format. Do not register for the conference through this website. If you are interested in signing up still for Psyc 490/590 or would like to register for the conference, contact Dr. Aguirre at angelica.aguirre@mnsu.edu for further instructions.

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 2020, the conference theme is Applied Behavior Analysis and will include:

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

Dr. Jessica Akers, BCBA-D
Assistant Professor, Baylor University

Dr. Michele Traub, BCBA-D
Assistant Professor, Saint Cloud State University

Dr. Angelica Aguirre, BCBA-D
Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Shelby Wolf, BCBA-D, LP
Clinical Director, Caravel Autism Health


The 2020 MCPP will be held on Thursday, March 26th from 1pm-5pm, and Friday, March 27th from 9am-3:30pm 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 13.

  • Student (both days): Early (Before March 13) - $35, Regular (March 13 and later) - $40
  • Minnesota State Faculty and Staff (both days): Early (Before March 13) - $45, Regular (March 13 and later) - $60
  • Minnesota State Faculty and Staff (one day): Early (Before March 13) - $35, Regular (March 13 and later) - $45
  • Community Professional (Friday only): Early (Before March 13) - $60, Regular (March 13 and later) - $80

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.