Psychology Day 2023

Call for Psychology Day Poster Abstracts


The Psychology Day planning committee welcomes your abstracts to be submitted for Psychology Day taking place on Wednesday, April 19th. Your submission will receive approval, and you will be invited to create a poster to present in-person.

Submissions and materials must be sent to The following information pertains to submission:

  • Students must submit the application for poster presentation by 5:00 PM on March 31st via email
  • The application is at the end of this document
  • Upon notification of acceptance, students will create their poster (if they do not already have one) and present during the poster presentation session on April 19th from 12-2 in UAC 275

Poster Awards (awarded to first author of poster)

  • Each poster will be evaluated and awards will be given for both undergraduate and graduate posters.
  • Graduate and undergraduate posters will be judged separately.

Best poster award: $200

Runner-up award: $100

Psychology Day Call for Abstracts and Application


Dr. Cynthia de las Fuentes

President Elect, APA; Specialist, Latiné Psychological Services

During her graduate school training, Cynthia de las Fuentes was awarded a United States Congressional Fellowship through the Women’s Research and Education Institute and another fellowship with the Women’s Program Office of the Public Interest Directorate at the American Psychological Association (APA). She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and subsequently became licensed by the State of Texas in 1996. From 1993-2007, she was a tenured associate professor of psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University, an APA accredited doctoral program, and held numerous leadership positions within the university and department including serving as Training Director. Since 2007, she has worked in private practice offering sliding-scale consultation, psychotherapy, and forensic evaluations focusing her expert testimony on the victims of hate crimes, racial, gender, and sexual orientation discrimination and immigration evaluations. Her pro bono work includes training bilingual psychologists in her community on the cultural and linguistic competent delivery of forensic evaluation services to the Latiné immigrant community and delivering self-care and stress management workshops to immigration lawyers and their staff. She has dozens of presentations and publications in her areas of scholarship: ethics in psychology, feminist psychology, multicultural and Latiné psychologies. She is active in governance of the APA where, among other positions, she served as president of the Society for the Psychology of Women, was a member of the Board of Education Affairs, was chair of the Committee for Women in Psychology, served on the APA Council of Representatives representing Division 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, was chair of the Council Leadership Team, and as a member of the Policy and Planning Board. She is a founding member of National Latinx Psychological Association and was elected a member and secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Psychological Association. She is currently the 2023 President-elect of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association Services Inc.

Rachel Medina

Executive Director, Live Oak Living Community; Former MAPR student

Rachel Medina is the Executive Director at LiveOak Living Community. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s in Psychological Research from Texas State University. Rachel oversees the health and wellness of all residents at LiveOak Living Community. She is also very involved with admissions, community outreach, marketing, and the LiveOak Internship Program. Rachel is also the Director of the Seaton Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the next generation of professionals in long-term care, and a board member for AAIDD- Texas Chapter.

When she is not working, Rachel enjoys cooking, shopping, taking care of her saltwater aquarium, and working on home improvement projects with her husband.

Dr. Sam J. Buser

Psychologist; Former Houston Fire Department Psychologist

Dr. Sam J. Buser is a psychologist in Houston, Texas where he specializes in the treatment of relationship problems and in psychotherapy for men. He served as the senior staff psychologist for the nation’s third largest fire department where he provided crisis assistance services to first responders. He is currently editing a book on mental health services for first responders. He is an Army veteran and the former director of the Family Therapy Program at the Houston VA Medical Center. He is the co-host of the podcast, Leaving the Valley—What You Should Know about Suicide. A former president of the Texas and Houston Psychological Associations, he has been honored as Practitioner of the Year by the American Psychological Association’s division on men and masculinity.