Speakers Chosen for 2010 APA Distinguished Scientist Lectures

Psychologists Craig A. Anderson, Jacquelynne Eccles, and Randall W. Engle have been selected as speakers for the 2010 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. Each of these scientists will give a featured address at a regional psychological association annual meeting.

0210andersonCraig Anderson will speak at the New England Psychological Association meeting, which will be held in Colchester, Vermont, on October 8-9. Anderson is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. His research interests are in social, personality, and cognitive psychology. Most of his current work focuses on aggression, particularly the effects of exposure to violent video games.

0210ecclesJacquelynne Eccles will speak on "Race/Ethnicity as a Context for Adolescent Development" at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado, on April 15-17. Eccles is the McKeachie/Pintrich Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan, where she is also a research scientist at the Institute for Social Research. She has conducted research on a variety of topics, including gender-role socialization, teacher expectancies, classroom influences on student motivation, and social development in the family and school context.

0210engleRandall Engle will speak on "Working Memory Capacity as a State and Trait Variable" at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois, to be held on April 29-May 1. Engle is the editor of Current Directions in Psychological Science and has served as professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research examines the nature and development of individual differences in working memory capacity.

The APA Board of Scientific Affairs, with the support of regional association presidents, established the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program in 1990. The Distinguished Scientist Lectures, 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.