The Psychology Department is proud to announce its new brown-bag speaker series on the real-life applications of psychology.

Understanding PTSD & mTBI in the Veteran Population
Dr. Adriana Weyer and Dr. Mary Lu Bushnell
April 9, 2012 from 1-2:30pm in Student Union 104

  • Dr. Adriana Weyer has worked at the Phoenix VA Health Care System since 2002 and is currently the designated psychologist for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) combat veterans.
  • Dr. Mary Lu Bushnell is a Neuropsychologist at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center and primarily conducts Neuropsychological evaluations with OEF/OIF/OND veterans who have sustained blast exposure, brain injuries or other neurological insults.
  • Watch Dr. Weyer and Dr. Bushnell's presentation by clicking the links below:

Forensic Psychology & Forensic Evaluation
Thomas L. Alberg, PhD
October 12, 2011 from 1-2:15pm in Student Union 104

  • Dr. Alberg received a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in counseling psychology and spent 2 years as an assistant professor in the graduate program at Mankato State University. He was the clinical director for an outpatient psychotherapy/assessment group. Has been in private practice for over 30 years in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
  • Dr. Alberg has a forensic private practice including evaluation and testimony regarding mental illness, chemical dependency, dangerous, sexual psychopathic personality and sexually dangerous person cases. He has testified as a forensic expert with the Minnesota Supreme Court Appeal Panel. Performs evaluations regarding competency to stand trial and not guilty by reason of mental illness.
  • Watch Dr. Alberg's presentation by clicking the links below:

The Holocaust 1933-1945
Paul Wieser
October 12, 2011 from 1-2:15pm in Student Union 104

  • Paul Wieser was formally the Director, Braun Holocaust Institute-Glick Center for Holocaust Studies for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  He also served as Education Director and Associate Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League’s Arizona Region. Before coming to the ADL he spent 26 years in public education as a history teacher and as his school district’s social studies coordinator.  Paul is a Mandel Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and has not only taught at this institution but also across the country on subjects related to the pedagogy surrounding the Shoah. He is the author of numerous articles and the contributing author to two books on the Holocaust, Teaching and Studying the Holocaust and Remembering the Past, Educating for the Future: Educators Encounter the Holocaust.  Mr. Wieser completed his graduate work at the University of San Francisco and has studied at Haifa University, Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighters’ House in Israel.  He is a former Fulbright Scholar to China and for the past 15 years has served on the board of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association.
  • Watch Mr. Wieser's presentation by clicking the links below:

Forensic and Clinical Psychology: A Latino Psychologist’s Experience
Julio A. Ramirez, MA, MDiv, PhD
April 20, 2011 from 1-2:15pm in Student Union 104

  • Dr. Ramirez will open this presentation with a brief description of his journey becoming a psychologist. He will go on to share his expertise regarding cultural factors that play a significant role in treatment, assessment and consultation in the areas of forensic, clinical, and neuropsychology.
  • Dr. Ramirez was born and raised in Mexico and came to the U.S. to complete his undergraduate studies at the San Francisco State University. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1982.  He spent following 12 years deeply involved with the Central American refugee community through his ministry in the Presbyterian Church in Oakland and San Francisco, California. Dr. Ramirez received a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, California, in 2000. He completed his Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Arizona State Hospital and the Indian Medical Center in Phoenix and his Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center where he continued working as a staff psychologist until 2004. Dr. Ramirez is licensed psychologist in Arizona where he has a private practice since 2003. Because of his bilingual and bicultural abilities, he has had to develop expertise in areas of neuropsychological, forensic, psychosexual, and clinical evaluation and treatment. Dr. Ramirez was appointed by Governor Napolitano to serve on the AZ Psychiatric Security Review Board, which supervises individuals adjudicated under the Guilty Except Insane law.
  • Watch Dr. Ramirez's presentation by clicking the link below:

"Who is Running the Company?"  Executive Functions and the Accomplishment of Goals
Amy Serin, PhD
September 22, 2010 at 1:00pm in Student Union 104

  • Dr. Serin will introduce herself and the path that led her into becoming a Neuropsychologist.  Her lecture will be based on the executive functions in the brain that lie within the prefrontal cortex and how they relate to accomplishing any kind of goal.  Dr. Serin is an enthusiastic speaker who infuses humor as part of a relaxed, fun presentation. Students will leave with a better understanding of how (a) the brain works to be more effective in accomplishing goals, and (b) psychological problems wreak havoc on executive functions.
  • Watch Dr. Serin's presentation by clicking the links below:

Making Sense Of Research On Pornography
Neil Malamuth, PhD, UCLA
April 14, 2010 at 1:00pm in Student Union 104

  • Dr. Neil Malamuth is a Professor of Psychology, Communication and Women's Studies at UCLA and serves
    on the Advisory Board of the Center for Law, Science and Technology at Arizona State University. He has published
    well over 100 academic articles, co-authored a book titled Pornography (with Dan Linz) and co-edited volumes including Sex, Power and Conflict: Evolutionary and Feminist Perspectives (with David Buss). Dr. Malamuth has been
    honored as a Fellow by both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He
    previously was a member of the faculties of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of Manitoba, Canada.
  • Watch Dr. Malamuth's presentation by clicking the links below:

When Is Psychiatric Consultation Appropriate? A General Overview Of Psychiatric Disorders
Laura Harrington, MD, MS
March 10, 2010 at 7:00pm in Student Union 104

  • Dr. Laura Harrington offers therapy for individuals, couples and families, and medication management. She provides a unique approach to patient care integrating the biological, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient. Her master's degree is in Neuroimmunology from Arizona State University, and her Medical Degree is from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Dr. Harrington did her residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, in Psychiatry, with supplemental training in Internal Medicine. Her training also included Fellowship work in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.
  • Watch Dr. Harrington's presentation by clicking the links below:

Science In The Courtroom: How Well Do Jurors Understand Scientific Evidence
Nicholas Schweitzer, PhD, ASU
February 10, 2010 at 1:00pm in Student Union 104

  • Dr. Nicholas Schweitzer is an assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences division of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the empirical study of the law and legal system. This research includes how individual and situational factors affect people’s judgments of law violations and the legal procedure. Other research focuses on the impact of experimental, statistical, and neuroscientific evidence in the judicial process. Dr. Schweitzer has published in both law and psychology journals, and has been cited by the National Academy of Sciences. He has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the American Psychology-Law
  • Watch Dr. Schweitzer's presentation by clicking the links below:

The Brain Behavior Relationship: Using Neuropsychology and Functional MRI in Neurological Patients
Leslie Baxter, PhD, Barrow Neurological Institute

September 16, 2009 1:00pm SU104

  • Dr. Baxter is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who studies the effects of neurological disease on brain functioning. A major focus of Dr. Baxter’s work is on changes that occur during both normal and abnormal aging. She is particularly interested in aging in women, including memory changes that occur during the menopausal transition. Dr. Baxter is the Principal Investigator for the BNI for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center. She is also a founding member of the Phoenix Caregiver Cooperative Group, a multi-institutional group dedicated to improving the health of those caring for their loved ones with dementia.
  • Watch Dr. Baxter's presentation by clicking the links below:

Current Opportunities in the Field of Sport Psychology: How the Field Has Developed
Bart Lerner, PhD, Campus President Argosy University/Phoenix

October 14, 2009 7:00pm SU104

  • Dr. Lerner received his doctoral degree in Sport Behavior from West Virginia University. He is a licensed
    professional counselor in Arizona and an AASP Certified Consultant, in which his areas of interest include youth
    sport education, performance enhancement training (e.g., goal setting, imagery, performance anxiety), self-confidence, psychological aspects of injury and rehabilitation, substance abuse issues, supervision and training, and graduate training in sport psychology. Dr. Lerner has experience working with youth, high school, college, and professional athletes in the field of sport psychology. Dr. Lerner teaches courses in the exercise sciences and is the co-author of the book Training Professionals in the Practice of Sport Psychology.
  • Watch Dr. Lerner's presentation by clicking the links below:

Everyday with PTSD Brooks Gibson, M.ED
Arrowhead Counseling Services

November 18, 2009 1:00pm SU104

  • Mr. Gibson received his M.Ed. in Counseling from Northern Arizona University at Phoenix. He is currently working toward his PhD in the Clinical Psychology program at Capella University. Mr. Gibson is a licensed professional counselor practicing at Arrowhead Counseling Services where he does outpatient counseling, assessment, and mediation. Mr. Gibson also works with the Family Court as a custody evaluator, parenting coordinator and therapeutic interventionist. Mr. Gibson is on the Arizona Supreme Court committee for rewriting the 2001 Arizona Parenting Plan’s manual used by family courts in Arizona and on the Mental Health Committee of the Superior Court, Maricopa County, Arizona.
  • Watch Mr. Gibson's presentation by clicking the links below:

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