2009 - 2010 Psychology Department Speakers Series

Forensic Psychology: The Real World of CSI [Watch it here]
Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2009
168 Applied Technology Center (ATC)
Jeff Kieliszewski, Ph.D.

Dr. Kieliszewski is a Forensic Psychologist working at Human Resource Associates in Grand Rapids Michigan. In this presentation he will provide an overview of Forensic Psychology. This fast growing field of psychology is the intersection between psychology and the legal system. In this presentation he will explain the kind of work and issues a forensic psychologist deals with on a daily basis. Examples of these topics include: insanity pleas, evaluating competency to stand trial, jury selection, eye witness testimony, sex offender and violence risk assessment, and family law issues including custody evaluations in divorce and termination of parental rights.

Animal Psychology: We Do More Than Make Dogs Salivate Or Teach Rats To Run Mazes [Watch it here]
Thursday, Jan 21st, 2010
168 Applied Technology Center
Jennifer Sobie, Ph.D.

Dr. Sobie is the chairperson for the Special Interest Group on Applied Animal Behavior for the association for Behavior Analysis and an expert witness on animal aggression. She has worked with zoos and marine mammal facilities such as the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Sea Life Park in Hawaii and the National Zoo in Washington DC. In this session she will share information on the treatment of aggression and other behavior problems in animals. Participants will be provided with an overview of the practice as well as being introduced to case studies with videos and hear about specific work with area animal shelters. This session will provide an opportunity to ask questions about personal experiences with animals.

The Psychology Of Love: Do Opposites Attract or Do Birds Of A Feather Flock Together?  [Watch it here]
Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2010
168 Applied Technology Center
Frank Conner, Ph.D.

Dr. Conner is a professor of psychology at Grand Rapids Community College. As we approach our national holiday of Love, Valentine’s Day, this presentation will consider the research and practice of love. In this session participants will be introduced to a specific definition of love as well as examples of different types of love. This session will address what it takes to have love in your life as well as how to sustain a loving relationship. Less happy topics such as abuse and the effect of lost love will also be covered.

Hypnosis: It's Not Just a Stage Act  [Watch it here]
Thursday, Mar 18th, 2010
168 Applied Technology Center
Michael Kivinen, M.A., L.L.P.,

Mr. Kivinen is a therapist at West Brook Recovery Center and also works privately under the business name Holistic Hypnosis Services. He holds a Michigan limited license in psychology and is a certified hypnotherapist. He will provide a brief history of hypnosis, including an overview of its waxing and waning status and perceived credibility; explore difficulties defining hypnosis and address misconceptions; touch briefly on comparatively recent research findings that support its therapeutic value; and discuss several applications of hypnosis in treating specific psychological disorders, including anxiety and addiction.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Can’t We Just Give ‘Em A “Chill Pill?”[Watch it here]
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
168 Applied Technology Center
George Pommer, Ed.D.

Dr. Pommer is a Clinical Psychologist at Mazur Mazur Penning & Pommer. His primary area of treatment is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a commonly diagnosed disorder in children today, the disorder is characterized by the presence of a set of chronic and impairing behavior patterns that display abnormal levels of inattention, hyperactivity, or their combination. In this presentation, Dr. Pommer will provide an overview on the current trends and controversies in the diagnosis, misdiagnosis, associated conditions (depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, etc.) and treatment of this psychological disorder.