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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ZLOKOVICH ELECTED NATIONAL PSI CHI PRESIDENT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 31, 2003 - Dr. Martha Zlokovich, professor of psychology at Southeast Missouri State University, has been elected national president of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.

Zlokovich was installed into the office of president-elect during the American Psychological Association Convention in Chicago in August. She will serve successive one-year terms as president-elect, president and past-president of the honor society.

Dr. Martin Jones, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, "Dr. Zlokovich is an outstanding national leader in Psychology who is actively engaged in the preparation of future leaders and practitioners in the field."

Prior to her election as Psi Chi president-elect, Zlokovich served for two years on the Psi Chi National Council as the Midwestern Regional vice president. As Psi Chi's Regional vice president in the Midwest, she planned the Psi Chi program for the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), which included the coordination of more than 220 student submissions annually. As a Psi Chi National Council member, she served as chair of the Internal Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Student Awards Committee and as a member of the Faculty Awards Committee. In addition, she has served as a reviewer for the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research and has been interested in promoting international relationships within Psi Chi. She has prior experience as an exchange student in Germany and has served as a member of a faculty exchange in Jena, Germany.

At Southeast, Zlokovich teaches a variety of psychology courses each semester to include introductory psychology, child development, adolescent development and life-span development. In addition, she has served for one year as the director of Southeast's Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning. Her current research interests include adolescent sexuality and college student study habits, which have resulted in several publications, and paper and poster presentations. Zlokovich also reviews articles for the Teaching of Psychology Journal and moderates for the Psych Teacher listserve. She will be coordinating the CTUP presentations at the MPA Convention in 2003.

"Psi Chi looks forward to having Dr. Zlokovich serve as our Psi Chi leader for the next three years," said Kay Wilson, Psi Chi executive officer.

As an undergraduate, Zlokovich studied psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and at UCLA, where she receive a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She hen received both master's and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Florida. After teaching a year at Manatee Community College, she joined Southeast in 1991, where she became the Psi Chi chapter advisor in 1993 and the Psychology Club advisor. Under her mentoring, the chapter developed a University-wide student research conference. The Psi Chi chapter then went on to win the 1996 Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award as the most outstanding Psi Chi chapter. many of the chapter's members have then gone on to win Psi Chi regional research awards and to have their research published in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Psi Chi is one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world, as well as the largest psychological organization. It currently has more than 1,000 chapters at accredited senior colleges and universities and has registered more than 422,000 lifetime members since the society was founded at Yale University in 1929. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.

Zlokovich and her husband Neil have two sons, Aaron, 14, and Matthew, 10. She is the daughter of Drs. Jim and Nell Potter of Pensacola, Fla. She graduated from Escambia High School of Pensacola in 1979. Zlokovich recently was elected to the Cape Girardeau School Board.

 

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