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Speakers Chosen for 2009 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program
By Rachel Martin
Psychologists Alice H. Eagly, Susan Goldin-Meadow, and James S. Jackson have been selected as speakers for the 2009 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. Through this program, which is managed by the APA Science Directorate, each psychologist will give a featured address at a regional psychological association annual meeting.
Alice Eagly will speak on “Women as Leaders: Negotiating the Labyrinth” at the Western Psychological Association meeting, which will be held in Portland, OR, on April 23-26. Eagly is the James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research, and a Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University. She is a social psychologist whose primary work is on topics related to gender and to attitudes.
Susan Goldin-Meadow will speak at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, on March 5-8. Her lecture will be on “How Our Hands Help Us Think.” Goldin-Meadow is the Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include language development and creation and the role of gesture in communicating, thinking, and learning.
James Jackson will speak on “Social Psychological Perspectives on Race and Ethnic Disparities in Health” at the Southeastern Psychological Association meeting, which will be held in New Orleans, LA, on February 18-21. Jackson is the Director of the Institute for Social Research and the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His research examines racial and ethnic influences on life course development, attitude change, reciprocity, social support, and coping and health among Blacks in the Diaspora.
The APA Board of Scientific Affairs, with support of the regional association presidents, established the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program 19 years ago as part of its ongoing mission to promote psychological science. The Distinguished Scientist Lecturers, together with the G. Stanley Hall Lectures (sponsored by the APA Education Directorate), allow APA to support invited talks at each regional meeting. See the APA website for additional information about the regional psychological associations.