Society & Culture

Griffin campus to present Psych Day at UGA

Griffin, Ga. – The University of Georgia Griffin campus will present a full day of sessions devoted to the field of psychology on March 20. Psych Day at UGA will feature morning sessions on everyday psychology that are open to the public and an afternoon psychopharmacology workshop.

The conference, whose theme is “Everyday Psychology: Food, Money, Politics—and Drugs in the Afternoon,” will cover topics that include food safety, successful political campaigns and decision-making and personality influence in gambling. All sessions will be held in Room 104 of the UGA-Griffin Student Learning Center. Registration is free, but there is a charge for mental health professionals who wish to earn continuing education units.

The 11:30 a.m. session, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: There’s a Story in Every Life,” will feature Dink Nesmith, the president of Community Newspapers, Inc. and former chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Other presenters include Jennifer Smith, president of the Georgia Psychological Association; Cyndie Story, president of Culinary Solution Centers, LLC; and WSB-TV political commentator Bill Crane.

The afternoon workshop, “The Top 10 Psychopharmacological Emergencies: Identification and Response,” will be presented by Perry Buffington, lecturer in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of psychology at UGA-Griffin.

“Medication errors, including psychopharmacological ones, are estimated to cost $172 billion annually,” Buffington said, “but through workshops like this, psychologists and other health care providers can learn how to identify, respond to and, ultimately, reduce such costly, life-threatening mistakes.”

The afternoon workshop will follow a Lunch on the Quad—G-Dawg Day at UGA.

Psych Day at UGA grew out of the new interdisciplinary studies bachelor’s degree with concentrations in psychology and sociology that UGA began offering in Griffin in 2013. Registration for Psych Day at UGA is available at

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