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Distinguished Scientist Lecturers to Speak at 2006 Regional Meetings

Psychologists Jeffrey R. Alberts, Alan E. Kazdin, and Shigehiro Oishi have been selected to participate in the 2006 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program.

By Jean Kelleher

Psychologists Jeffrey R. Alberts, Alan E. Kazdin, and Shigehiro Oishi have been selected to participate in the 2006 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program.  Through the program, sponsored by APA’s Science Directorate, each psychologist will give a featured address at a regional psychological association annual meeting.

Jeffrey Alberts will speak on “Anatomy of a Super-Organism” at the Southwestern Psychological Association meeting in Austin, TX, April 13-15.  Alberts is a professor at Indiana University.  His research is dedicated to describing and elucidating functional and mechanistic aspects of the development of species-typical behavior in rodents.  He studies sensory and motor capabilities in fetal rats as a means of understanding adaptation to prenatal life as well as anticipation of the postnatal environment.  His research reflects the combined behavioral and physiological approach often used in his laboratory.  Alberts’ lab is also devoted to novel analyses of parental behavior, including biparental care and parent-offspring interactions.

Alan Kazdin will speak on “Child Adolescent Psychotherapy: Needed Changes in Clinical Research and Practice” at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting in Baltimore, MD, March 16-19. Kazdin is Director and Chairman of the Child Study Center and John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and Director of Child Psychiatric Services, Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Kazdin’s research focuses primarily on the development, treatment, and clinical course of aggressive and antisocial behavior in children and adolescents; child, parent, family, and contextual influences that contribute to child dysfunction; and critical processes within and outside of treatment that contribute to therapeutic changes in children, parents, and families.

Shigehiro Oishi will speak on “Cultural Differences in the Self-concept and Subjective Well-being” at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago, IL, May 4-6. Oishi is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.  Oishi’s research has explored individual and cultural differences in well-being, self, and values.  Early in his career, he developed an interest in the link between “subjective” and “societal” well-being, which led to collaborative projects on pro-community behavior. He is currently interested in feelings of understanding and misunderstanding in cross-cultural interactions and in the effect of residential mobility on morality, self-concept, and well-being.

The Board of Scientific Affairs, with support of the regional association presidents, developed the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program 16 years ago as part of its ongoing mission to promote scientific psychology.  The Distinguished Scientist Lecturers, together with APA’s G. Stanley Hall Lectures, sponsored by APA’s Education Directorate, allow APA to support invited talks at each regional meeting.  For more information on psychology’s regional meetings, visit the Regionals website.