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Pictured are Point Park psychology students outside of the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape office. | Photo by Robert McInerneyPast Events


"Cosmic Erotics: Levinas, Reproductive Futurism, and Polymorphous," Jeremy Northup, April 5, 2019.  

Annual Walk in the Woods. Moraine State Park, April 13, 2019.

Donation Drive Kick off for those homeless in the city, Jan. 31, 2019.

Trip to the Pittsburgh Art Museum, Feb., 2, 2019.


12th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium. Keynote speaker Dr. Nisha Gupta, "Disseminating Phenomenological Research with Hope of Liberation," Dec. 15, 2018, Lawrence Hall Ballroom.

"Being Here for Yourself and Others: Campus Supports and Things Worth Knowing," A Special Confluence meeting regarding suicidal ideation and ways to help, with Dr. Kurt Kummler. JVH Auditorium, Nov. 3, 2018.

"Perspectives on Homelessness: Student Ethnographers and Human Services" with panelists Pastor Dan Turis (First Presbyterian Church), Rachel Stough (community activist/researcher), Kelsey Long (director of the Mobile Thriving Respite), Lauro Dragowski (Mayor’s office), Jeremy Northup, (community activist/researcher), Isaiah Noreiga (community activist/researcher), Sean DeYoung (CEO of Allies for Health and Well Being), Chris Roach (former OSN outreach coordinator), Emily Wentworth (community activist/researcher) and Sharon Higginbothan (Bethlehem Haven) Lawrence Hall 200, Nov. 2, 2018.

Welcome Back and Book Launching Party for Dr. Brent Dean Robbins! Lawrence Hall 300, Sept. 13, 2018.

Trip to the Living Dead Museum in Evans City, April 13, 2018.

"Transforming the Master’s Tools? Navigating within Prevailing Power Structures using Feminist Epistemology and Intersectionality," Panel with Maia Gilmour, Summerly Kelly, Kelsey Long, Alex Youssef and Charlee Bruce, March 15, 2018.


Annual Qualitative Research Symposium, Extreme States and Extreme Conditions: On homelessness and the ontico-ontological difference, with keynote speaker Dr. Sarah Kamens, 85 people attended, Dec. 16, 2017.

Nature for Mental Health and Social Inclusion with Benjamin P. Bishop MSW, LSW, Nov. 10, 2017.

Documentary showing: Babies, Oct. 20, 2018.

Annual “Walk in the Woods,” Oct. 14, 2017.

Confluence sponsors the Psychology Department Celebration, Sept. 15, 2017.

Confluence co-sponsors the Intersection Feminist Panel, March 11, 2017.

Annual blanket and coat drive kickoff, Jan. 31, 2017. 


The 10th Annual Undergraduate Qualitative Research Conference, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Suzanne Barnard. Dr. Barnard addressed collaborative ethnographic filmmaking as a practice that offers an alternative to contemporary documentary strategies aimed at reclaiming minoritaritan histories, Dec. 9, 2016.

Art Therapy: A Creative Career Path with Jacqui Reynolds, Nov. 12, 2016.

Annual trip to Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Nov. 6, 2016.

Annual “Walk in the Woods," Oct. 15, 2016.

Confluence sponsors Street Harassment Awareness table, Oct. 5, 2016.

Healing Voices documentary screening, April 29, 2016.

Home is where the Art Is art show, April 8, 2016.

Just Gender documentary showing, March 31, 2016.

Psychology and Behavioral Science Info Seminar with Professors Sarah Schulz, Ph.D., and Matt Allen, Ph.D., Feb. 5, 2016.


Annual Undergraduate Qualitative Research Conference, Dec. 5, 2015, featuring:

  • Keynote speaker was Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis (Goucher College)
  • Topic: Intersectionality as Praxis: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Feminist Education
  • Explored theories of intersectionality and provided frameworks for teaching and learning about race, class, gender and sexuality through the lens of feminist pedagogy, critical race theory and transfeminist perspectives.

Homeless Project Launch and work with Operation Safety Net, Nov. 17, 2015.

Swords in the Soul: Autism, Neurodiversity and Identity with Dr. Elizabeth Fein (Duquesne University), Oct. 16, 2015.

"Engaging Communities in Constructive Conversation," Vanessa Mayers-Snyder from the Dialogue and Mediation Services of Center for Victims provides a basic overview of services with special emphasis being placed on the Community Mediation and Victim Offender Dialogue programs. She provided information on training and ways to get involved, April 17, 2015.

Sponsored by the Confluence Psychology Alliance, Point Park University psychology students and faculty presented their research work at the Eighth Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (led by Division 32 of the American Psychological Association) at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, March 26-29, 2015.

"Penis vs. Phallus: Men's bodies in the flesh/Boyhood sexual traumas and emerging masculinities: Lessons from boys in psychoanalytic treatment," presented by Kristen Hennessey, Ph.D., and Amy Taylor, Ph.D., March 13, 2015.


The Confluence Psychology Alliance hosted the annual Undergraduate Qualitative Research Conference with Steen Halling, Ph.D., as keynote speaker. Halling presented "The Phenomenon as Muse: On Being Open to 'Friendly Invasion'," Dec. 6, 2014.

Christina Frasher presented, "Dancing with Jung: an Introduction to Jungian Psychology," Nov. 14, 2014.

Participated in Moraine State Park "Walk in the Woods," Oct. 31, 2014.

Lori Koelsch, Ph.D, presented, "The Science and Art of Qualitative Research," Oct. 3, 2014.

Dafna Rehavia Hanauer, Ph.D., presented "Art Therapy," April 5, 2014.

Attended YWCA presentation on "Human Trafficking" at The Center for Race and Gender Equality, March 28, 2014.

Jim Withers, M.D., presented "House Calls to the Homeless," Feb. 21, 2014.


Jennifer Selig, Ph.D., presented "Might as Well Face it, We're Addicted to Hope: A Cultural Case Study" Dec. 7, 2013.

Wade Redcross, founder of Who's Your Brother, "Community Work: Mending the Whole," Nov. 1, 2013.

Trip to Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, (Training and consciousness raising!), Oct. 14, 2013.

Queer Theory Panel, Oct. 11, 2013.

Stephanie Vargo, presented "Criminal Realities: Reflections on disturbed character, Institutionalization and Altered Consciousness," March 15, 2013.


Documentary and fundraiser to benefit Sisters Place Inc.

Fifth Annual Undergraduate Qualitative Research Conference with Dr. Leswin Laubscher as keynote speaker, Dec. 7, 2012.

Melissa Ferraro, developmental director of Sisters Place, Inc. (formerly The Center for Victims of Violence and Crime) lectured on March 16, 2012.

Secret Agent L. (Laura Miller) lectured and inspired on Feb. 24, 2012.


Fourth Annual Confluence Undergraduate Psychology Alliance featuring Point Park University student presentations and keynote speaker Alan Pope, Ph.D., on Dec. 9, 2011.

Community Awareness and Service lecture series, Fall 2011.

Community Awareness and Service Lecture Series was held on Oct. 14, 2011. It included participation from the organization Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and featured speakers: Jessica Burtt, crisis intervention counselor, Leah Vallone, crisis intervention counselor. Also, Heather Conroy, LSW, operations manager for Autism, Asperger's and ADHD Support for College Students, spoke at the event.

Film: Sybil. March 30, 2011.

A presentation by Martin Samuels, M.A., Point Park University adjunct sociology professor, was given on "Therapeutic Restraint: The Foundation of a Therapeutic Milieu" on March 25, 2011.

A presentation by Adam Flanagan on "Teaching English in Korea" was given on Feb. 18, 2011.


The Third Annual Confluence Psychology Undergraduate Qualitative Research Conference was held on Dec. 17, 2010, and featured keynote speaker Mary Jo Loughran, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Chatham University.

Rachael Goss, adjunct sociology professor, lectured on Nov. 5, 2010 about death penalty ethical issues.

Sarah Kass, ABD clinical psychology, graduate student at Saybrook University, lectured on Oct. 28, 2010 on existential therapy and body awareness.

Nick Williams, adjunct psychology professor, lectured about psychology and Buddhism on Oct. 8, 2010.

As part of the Humanities Symposium, Confluence brought in Lisa Cosgrove, Ph.D., who presented on the topic "Rethinking the Meaning of Evidence Based Medicine in an Industry Dominated Climate" on April 23, 2010.

Amanda Morris presented on "Conversations in Story(ality): Native American Stand-Up Comedy" on April 16, 2010.

Point Park Assistant Professor of Psychology Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D., lectured on the topic "The Experience of Laughter and the Social Psychology of Humor," April 9, 2010.

Gordon Nunn presented on "What is Global Music?" on March 26, 2010.

John Cuda, lectured on the topic "Nietzsche on Normalcy, Deviance and the Sovereign Individual," on March 12, 2010.

Carlow University graduate students Brooke Anderson and Erin Connelley and Heather Conroy (AHHEAD) gave an information session on local graduate schools on Feb. 23, 2010.

Susan Gordon, Ph.D., Robert McInerney, Ph.D., Point Park assistant professor of psychology, Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D.,
assistant professor of psychology and Eugene Taylor, PH.D., presented on the topic "Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition" on Feb. 20, 2010.

Olga Louchakova, Ph.D., gave a lecture on "Understanding Consciousness and Its Brain: Advances in Neurophenomenology" on Feb. 17, 2010.

Louis Hoffman, Ph.D., presented on "The Need for Diversity in Existential Psychology" on Jan. 18, 2010.


Sarah Perrier, Ph.D., Point Park assistant professor of English gave a poetry reading on "Nothing Fatal" on Dec. 4, 2009.

Robert Fessler, Ph.D., Point Park professor of psychology, gave a presentation on "The Homogenization of Experience: living in a Mediated World" on Nov. 13, 2009.

Scott Churchill, Ph.D., gave a presentation on "Exploring the In-Between: Conversations with a Bonobo" on Nov. 9, 2009.

Amanda Lowe, M.A., presented on the topic "Personal AND Professional: Approaches to Integrating Student Psychological Development within Professional Psychology Training" on Oct. 2, 2009.


Confluence members sponsored and advertised a documentary played for educational purposes for all Point Park students "Does Your Soul Have a Cold," Sept. 28, 2008.

Confluence sponsored a welcoming party for all Humanities and Human Sciences faculty, staff and students, Sept. 8, 2008.

Confluence members helped advertise, facilitate and then attended the Sixth Annual Childhood and Society Symposium on "The Sexualization of Childhood," June 13-14, 2008.

Confluence sponsors and advertises a regional undergraduate qualitative research conference which includes 15 posters from Point Park University students as well as students from other local universities. Confluence attained keynote speaker Russell Walsh, Ph.D., for the event. 50 people were in attendance, April 26, 2008.

Confluence members sponsored and advertised a documentary played for educational purposes for all Point Park students: In the Realms of the Unreal: Henry Darger Story, April 20, 2008.

Confluence goes to the Andy Warhol Museum on April 13, 2008.

Confluence advertised to Point Park University psychology and behavioral science students the Regional Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Duquesne University, April 12, 2008.

Confluence students, Robert McInerney, Ph.D., and William J. Purcell, Ph.D., gave a lecture in Duquesne University's Families, Social Justice, and the Law Room, April 4, 2008.

Confluence members sponsored "Book em," a book drive for free books for prisoners, April 2008.

Confluence sponsored a Getting into Graduate school seminar, March 28, 2008.

Confluence set up a "Meet and Greet Faculty Candidates" committee, March 20, 2008.

Confluence members sponsored and advertised a film played for educational purposes for all Point Park students: One Flew Over the Coo Coos Nest, March 16, 2008.

Confluence students hosted the Phenomenology and Post-humanism Conference, March 7, 2008.

Confluence members sponsored and advertised a documentary played for educational purposes for all Point Park students: The War Room (1993) Documentary about Bill Clinton's move to the White House. Mikhail Pappas from the PA League of Young Voters presented. Feb. 17, 2008.

Confluence members sponsored and advertised film played for educational purposes for all Point Park students: Pi, Jan. 20, 2008.


Confluence sponsored, arranged and advertised for a lecture by Louella Dias, Ph.D., on the cultural implications of being an Indian-woman and psychotherapist. 70 people were in attendance. Dec. 6, 2007.

Confluence members sponsored and advertised a documentary played for educational purposes for all Point Park students: Dark Days (teamed up with HEARTH) and collected donations for the homeless, Nov. 11, 2007.

Confluence attended the "Global Problems, Global Solutions: Saving our Earth and its people" presentation at La Roche College, Oct. 26-27, 2007.

Confluence members took part in Take Back the Night (with PAAR) Rally against violence against women, Oct. 18, 2007.

Confluence attended a lecture by Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D., a well-known, published psychoanalytic theorist, Oct. 5, 2007.

Confluence members hosted a lecture on "Bipolar Children: Cutting Edge Controversy, Insight and Research at Point Park, June 8, 2007.

Confluence members attended a lecture on "Nature, Psyche and Spirit: Cultivating Intimacy In the Shared Earth Community: An Experiential Workshop in the Woods," with Will W. Adams, Ph.D., from the Duquesne University psychology department. The lecture was in conjunction With Sustainable Pittsburgh's Sixth Annual Great Outdoors Week, May 26, 2006.