2011 - 2012 Psychology Department Speaker Series

Will Psychologists Be Replacing Their Couch With A Computer Screen? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl4N8IzWMJg)
C. Richard Spates, PhD
Thursday, Oct 20, 1:00 – 2:30

Dr. C. Richard Spates is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Laboratory at Western Michigan University.  He and his doctoral students conduct research in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. Dr. Spates recently developed a computer treatment for clinical depression that has shown initial efficacy with patients suffering moderate to severe depression. In this presentation he will describe the program and the outcome findings from this research.  He will also discuss the practical applications of computer based treatment for this very important disease and how community college trainees assisted in the research.

I Didn’t Do Anything To Make You Feel That Way – How We Communicate Without Saying Anything. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huU1RQgWShE)
Lois Smith Owens, MSW, MA
Wednesday, Dec 7, 1:00 – 2:30

Ms. Owens worked as a School Social Worker specializing in Art Therapy in Chicago, Ill and is currently Director of Admissions and an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. Professor Owens will discuss the constant use of Micro-Aggressions as a way to devalue and demean those that we are’ different from’.  Micro-Aggressions are generally perceived as small insults, or stereotypes that we deem as small hurts, when in reality they are deeply felt by the recipient.  Oppressed and at risk populations are constantly bombarded by these slights, invalidations, and painful experiences by others such as pastors, teachers, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and class-mates.  Professor Owens will present the use of ‘triggers’ that will assist in understanding the ‘how not to, but more importantly why this society continues to engage in these deeming behaviors toward others.


The Human Genome: Will You Be Able To Pre-Order The Sex, Height, and Personality Of Your New Baby? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9181MtjpIrY)
Richard Leach, PhD
Thursday, Feb 16, 1:00 – 2:30

Dr. Leach is the Senior Director and Global Head of Clinical Market Development for Complete Genomics, the first industrial-scale whole human genome sequencing company. With extensive experience in genetics and molecular biology, in this presentation Dr. Leach will provide an introduction to the genome; the complete set of instructions required to create, grow, maintain and reproduce a living organism. He will describe how after decades of incredible investment and work by researchers around the world, our understanding of the genome has brought us to a watershed moment in the human continuum. He will also share how clinical application of human genome sequence information may well change the way we are born, grow, live our lives, and die.  Lastly, he will address how people around the world are now deciding if and how information about the human genome should be used to make decisions for employment, governance, family planning, and law enforcement.

The Role of Technology in Our Lives:  The Good, the Bad, and the Scary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjsltLvYZtE)
Noland White, PhD
Wednesday, April 11, 1:00 - 2:30

Dr. White is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. In this presentation, Dr. White will provide an overview of trends in the use of technology by adolescents, college students, and older adults. He will share data on how technology is changing life activities such as reading, getting the news, video games, and social interaction. His presentation will also provide insight into the psychological research on the impact of technology in such areas as knowledge creation, consumption of goods, health, and personal relationships. His presentation will conclude with an overview of current and future trends in the use of technology as it relates to psychology and related disciplines.