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All events take place from 3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m. in 22 BBH Building

August 21, 2017

Debra Bangasser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Associate Director, Masters Program in Neuroscience
Temple University, Philadelphia PA
Research Interests: Neurobiology of stress; Sex difference in sex response

Talk title: Sex Differences in Stress Regulation of Arousal and Cognition

September 18, 2017

Lisa Dierker, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Visiting Scholar at the Methodology Center, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Research Interests: Innovative statistical methods; Nicotine dependence

Talk title: An Addiction Researcher’s Adventures in Methodology

October 9, 2017

Mariella De Biasi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience in Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Research Interests: Nicotinic cholinergic system & normal brain function, Drug addiction

Talk title: Circuit-based Mechanisms of Drug Addiction

October 16, 2017

David Chae, Sc.D.

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Director, Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Research Interests: Racism-related stressors, Physiologic dysregulation, Inflammation and endocrine stress markers, Leukocyte telomere length

Talk title: Causes of Death: Socio-Psychobiological Mechanisms of Racial Health Disparities

October 30, 2017

Nancy Fiedler, Ph.D.

Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute

Rutgers School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ
Research Interests: Psychosocial stress, Exposures to neurotoxicants, Neurodevelopmental effects

Talk title: The Exposome: challenges and opportunities for the biopsychosocial model of health

November 13, 2017

David Creswell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Health and Human Performance Laboratory
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Research Interests: Mindfulness, stress resiliency and coping interventions

Talk title: Mindfulness Training Interventions and Health

December 4, 2017

Cara Rice, Ph.D.
Investigator, The Methodology Center
Penn State University, University Park PA
Research Interests: Infectious disease epidemiology, sexual health in high-risk populations

Talk title: An Application of Innovative Methods to Elucidate Sexual Minority Status and Related Health Disparities


January 8, 2018

Nina Jablonski, Ph.D.
Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology
Penn State University, University Park PA
Research Interests: Human skin and pigmentation; primate evolution; hominid bipedalism

Talk title: How Skin Color Affects Health

January 22, 2018*

Martha Wadsworth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Penn State University, University Park PA
Research Interests: The role of stress and coping processes in developmental psychopathology

Talk title: Rethinking Maladaptive Couping in Children Facing Adversity

February 12, 2018

Scherezade Mama, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Penn State University, University Park PA
Research Interests: Physical activity; health promotion; health disparities

Talk title: Human Behavior and Physical Activity-Related Disparities

March 12, 2018

Benjamin Levi, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Humanities
Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey PA
Research Interests: Conceptual and applied aspects of respecting patient autonomy, medical decision making, and “reasonable suspicion”

Talk title: iLookOut for Child Abuse: Harnessing the Power of Mobile Technology and Gamified Learning to Protect Young Children

March 26, 2018*

Sara Jaffee, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Research Interests: Development of antisocial behavior; gene-environment interplay

Talk title: Development of Anti-Social Behavior: Gene-Environment Interplay

April 2, 2018*

Stacey Scott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Social and Health Psychology
Stoney Brook University, Stony Brook NY
Research Interests: Stress, emotions, health, lifespan development, longitudinal and intensive measurement designs and analysis

Talk title: Adult Development and Aging in Context

April 23, 2018 (Founder’s Day)

Andrew Miller, M.D.
Director, Division of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Psychiatric Oncology, and Behavioral Immunology Program
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Research Interests: Depression, stress, and inflammation

Talk title: Immune System Targets in the Brain in Depression: Impact on Neurotransmitters and Neurocircuits

*Indicates dates of department-sponsored lunch with the speaker at 12 p.m. for graduate students only.