Psychology Colloquium Series - Fall 2017

Psychology Colloquium Series - Fall 2017

Fall 2017 - Psychology Colloquium Speaker Series

The Behrend Psychology Program is pleased to announce our continuing Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior which began Fall 2011. Funded by an H&SS Endowment grant, our Fall 2017 series will bring to campus three speakers who will present research on topics that are not only relevant to psychology, but which we hope will have broader appeal across interdisciplinary lines in H&SS as well as other schools and academic disciplines on campus. We warmly invite you and your students to attend! 

September 15 - "Facetime with Grandma: Do We Grow Older and Wiser When Reading Facial Expressions?"
Dr. Jennifer Tehan Stanley, University of Akron
5:30 p.m. - Burke Auditorium (180)

This talk will present data on age-related differences in emotion perception and humor appreciation, including older vs. younger adults' abilities to detect deception and endorsement of aggressive humor styles. Dr. Stanley holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a focus on Cognitive Aging from Georgia Institute of Technology. She completed post-doctoral study at Brandeis University as well as the Behavioral Research Program of the National Cancer Institute. She currently directs the Emotions and Aging Lab at the University of Akron where she studies socioemotional functioning across the lifespan.

October 23 - "Communicating for Healthy Sexual Development Among Youth"
Dr. Helyne Frederick, Program Director of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
6:00 p.m. - Reed Auditorium (117)

This presentation will discuss findings from cross-cultural research related to sexuality communication and provides an overview about issues affecting quality communication about sex across cultures. Dr. Helyne Frederick holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University, and a second master’s degree in Public Health Education and Promotion from Eastern Kentucky University. Until recently she served as Associate Professor and Director of the Human Development and Family Studies program at Winthrop University. Dr. Frederick is also a Certified Family Life Educator.

November 7 - "The Science of Smoking: Modeling the Rewarding Effects of Nicotine"
Dr. Matthew Weaver, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Mercyhurst University
6:00 p.m. - Reed Auditorium (117)

Dr. Weaver earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Psychology from the University of Florida, following a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College. His primary research interests include addiction science, the experimental analysis of behavior, and behavioral pharmacology. In addition to research on the reinforcing effects of nicotine, Dr. Weaver is also studying links between drug abuse and impulsivity with regard to methamphetamine usage.