Red River Psychology Conference

April 15 & 16, 2021

Welcome to the 35th Annual Red River Psychology conference hosted by the MSUM psychology department and the MSUM Psychology Club and Psi Chi.

The Red River Psychology Conference recognizes achievements in undergraduate and graduate student research in the science and application of psychology.

A notable conference highlight is the keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Tami DeCoteau. We are pleased to have Dr. DeCoteau share her insights regarding historical trauma and why cultural competency matters in research and application. Please read her biography located under keynote speaker.

We have experienced many challenges over the past year or more, but the dedication to the student research experience continues. While we wish that we were in person celebrating achievements, this year’s conference is a virtual conference. Despite the challenges of virtual platforms, we are able to extend an invitation and provide more visibility for researchers and attendees.

The Red River Psychology Conference began in 1986 for the purpose of providing a forum for students, college and university faculty, and area professionals. Every three years, the tri-college university members - Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State Universities - take their turn hosting this regional event. Whether you are a presenter or attendee, thank you for helping us achieve our goal of keeping the Red River Psychology Conference an academic and professional experience for everyone. On behalf of the tri-college university members, we are pleased to have you join us this year.

The 36th Red River Psychology Conference will be hosted by North Dakota State University.


Dr. Tami DeCoteau

Dr. DeCoteau obtained a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with specialization in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders for adults, adolescents and children.

Dr. De Coteau is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner. TBRI is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support for at-risk children. She is also trained in various other trauma treatment modalities including EMDR, somatic processing, attachment intervention, NMT (neurosequential model of therapeutics), and TF-CBT. Dr. De Coteau has extensive experience working with patients who suffer from complex trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, grief, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thinking.

Dr. DeCoteau has worked in a variety of outpatient settings and with a diverse patient population, including Veterans and Native Americans. She received the Indian Health Service 2009 Health Professional of the Year Award for outstanding service and the American Psychological Foundation 2010 Early Career Award for providing culturally competent practice techniques for Native Americans and for developing training programs in rural, underserved areas. This year Dr. DeCoteau was appointed by a member of the U.S. congress to serve the Commission on Native Children to help address the challenges faced by Native children.

Aside from clinical work, Dr. DeCoteau has given numerous lectures on how trauma impacts attachment and brain development, in-school strategies for working with traumatized children, and historical trauma. She is a long-standing member of the American Psychological Association, an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation and a descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

35th Annual Red River Psychology Conference Program

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • 6:30 pm - MSUM Informational Session Undergraduate and Graduate programs
    This 45-minute information session is geared towards providing information about the psychology BA, and the psychology, art therapy and neuroscience minors. The graduate schools of counseling and school psychology will provide information about their specific programs. Passcode: 360
    Meeting ID: 209 065 1983 Passcode: 360

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Pre-conference activities.

  • 3:30 pm - "Strategies for Working with Trauma and Historical Trauma" Presentation for school and community professionals.
    Dr. Tami DeCoteau
    Meeting ID: 955 7343 9335 Passcode: msum
  • 4:30 pm - Research Presenters Networking Mixer (Invite open to all presenters)
    Come network, get questions answered, and play some trivia. Topic: Research Methods
  • 6:00 pm - "Historical Trauma and Healing" Community Presentation
    Dr. Tami DeCoteau
    Meeting ID: 979 0553 3353 Passcode: Healing
  • 7:30 pm - Graduate School Student Panel
    Students from the tri-college universities graduate programs will share and answer questions about their graduate school experiences.
    Meeting ID: 926 0292 7951 Passcode: Graduate

Friday, April 16, 2021

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meeting ID: 916 0843 3353 Passcode: RedRiver

Poster Sessions (Pre-recorded Presentations)


Contact Red River Psychology Conference

Brenda Koneczny, PhD, MA, LPC, BAS, AA (She/Her/Hers)
Assistant Professor
Psychology Department
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4085218.477.4085
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, holding licensure in both Minnesota and Wisconsin....

Christine Malone, PhD, MA, BA
Psychology Department
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2804218.477.2804
BR 360G
I am currently Chair and Professor of Psychology. I have been at MSUM for about 18 years. ...

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