February Lectures in NYC

>> 2.04.2010

The great advantage of schooling in New York, or any other sprawling city, for that matter, is that on any given day you can find a world renown academic lecturing at a nearby campus...or at least one that can be reached by a brief subway ride. Below you will find a list highlighting some of the free (yes, that's another wonderful perk of being near so many other schools) talks, completely open to the public and being given at various schools by some amazing academics. So feel free to wander in, make yourself at home and soak in the knowledge.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 4:15pm - CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9207
Title: Child Protection and Development in Mass Atrocities
Speaker: Panel discussion
Description: The first in a new lecture series titled Conversations on Child and Youth Development, hosted by the Developmental Psychology program. Experts discuss what it takes to protect children in tragic circumstances, as they are overwhelmingly the victims of crimes against humanity.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 6:15pm - Columbia University, Shapiro Center
Title: Blacked-Out Spaces: Freud and War Censorship
Speaker: Dr. Peter Galison (Harvard University)
Description: Dr.Galison’s general research focuses on the historical timing of scientific experiments and what makes results “correct” at that time. Sounds fascinating, especially if Freud is involved!

Friday, February 12, 2010 - 7:15pm - Fordham University, 113 West 60 Street, Room 1004
Title: The Future of Forensic Psychology
Speaker: Six experts, both psychologists and lawyers
Description: Six separate, ten minute presentations will be made on the title topic, with time for discussion followed by a professional social hour. Refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 12:00pm - Teacher’s College, Columbia University, 533/534 Thorndike
Title: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Speaker: Dr. Hsu-Min Chiang (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Description: As a part of the Intellectual Disability/Autism Colloquium hosted by the Department of Health and Behavior Studies program in Intellectual Disability/Autism, Dr. Chiang will discuss relevant and current research on the mentioned topic.

Friday, February 19, 2010 - 7:00pm - Albert Ellis Institute, 45 East 65th Street
Title: Friday Night Live! Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Demonstration
Demonstrators: Michler Bishop, Ph.D., Ray DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Kristene Doyle, Ph.D., Windy Dryden, Ph.D. and John Viterito, L.P.C. & A few lucky audience members!
**WARNING – This one will cost you, but I couldn’t help but throw it in here…it sounds fascinating.**
Admission: $15.00
Watch Rational Emotive Therapy conducted by practicing therapists, as created by Dr. Albert Ellis (basically as the title implies). Doors open at 6:30pm, tickets are sold at the door and online at:

*There seems to be a slight discrepancy on the flyer and on the registration site. The flyer states the date as the 26th, but registration is for the 19th, so make sure to check with the Institute before forking over fifteen bucks or showing up on the wrong date.



On Being a Psych Nerd

>> 1.29.2010

Freshmen year of high school, it struck me....I would go into the field of psychology.  At the time, my only real knowledge of what psychology looked like came on everyday at 3pm on my local CBS station. 

Yes, I was a Dr.Phil junkie!!  I loved his Southern colloquialisms, his no non-sense solutions (which pretty much entailed him offering the guests long-term therapy services in their hometowns) and the drama that each "session" brought.  So, I went to college and majored in psychology, only to realize that I did not want to become a therapist.  However, I still had the desire to stay in the field and began to seek out research opportunities on and off-campus, ran our campus psychology club and continued to ponder my future.  Fast forward yet again, I am now in the first year of a doctoral research program studying psychology in New York City. 

The next logical step was to create a blog, of course!  I wanted to start this blog to highlight psychology related events happening around this city filled with rich minds and even richer resources.  Also, I want to post articles and topics of interest to other psych nerds.  Hope you enjoy!

*Sketch of NYC created by Stephen Wiltshire in 2009, an autistic artist from the U.K.  After a single helicopter ride over the city, Stephen was able to sketch the historic skyline from memory.  Impressive?  Absolutely.


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