ATLANTA, GA – (March 10, 2014)
Master’s student, Sylvain Panu, represented Richmont Graduate University at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s (SEPA) annual conference on Friday, March 7. Panu, who submitted a presentation proposal last fall, was selected to present his thesis research via a poster session at the 2014 conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Mentored by Richmont faculty members Dr. Mary Plisco and John Hughes, Panu’s thesis is titled: The Effects of Traditional Martial Arts on Mindfulness and Psychological Well-Being.
“I was excited to present my thesis research because martial arts have had a huge impact on my life,” said Panu. “I love the idea of using activities as a part of therapy. I am looking forward to combining a passion of mine with psychology and adding to a body of research that will hopefully support martial arts as an effective form of intervention in therapy.”
“In his exploration of traditional martial arts and their relationship to a person’s development of mindfulness and general psychological well-being, Sylvain has been able to take a passion of his and lay the groundwork for some potentially impactful research,” said Hughes. “His study combines a timely topic with ancient traditions, and honors the Creator and created by addressing the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. I am glad to have had the opportunity to join Sylvain in this journey and am very proud of what he has been able to accomplish thus far.”
According to SEPA’s web site, they represent the “…largest psychological organization in the southeast and one of largest in the United States.” Seeking to “…advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare…” SEPA’s mission is “…to stimulate the exchange of scientific and professional ideas across the diverse areas of psychological inquiry and application.”
“Richmont has, for many years, had a significant presence at the SEPA conference,” said Bob Rodgers, Richmont’s President. “We are proud of Sylvain’s work, thankful for two incredible faculty mentors and are pleased to contribute to initiate a new discussion on such an important research topic.”