Colloquium Series

Departmental Colloquium Series

During the academic year, the department of psychology invites respected scholars to give lectures on research and theory in contemporary psychology. All lectures are in Swift Hall 107, unless otherwise noted. A reception is held following the talk. The schedule is subject to change.


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Kim Leary, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Topic: When Black Lives Matter: Helping Women and Girls of Color to Thrive

About Kim Leary


Thursday, January 11, 2018, 4:00pm

Speaker:  Leyla Isik, MIT, Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines

Topic: The computational neuroscience of social vision: perceiving human actions and interactions

About Leyla Isik

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 4:00pm

Speaker: Ella Striem-Amit, Harvard University

Topic: Sensory deprivation models as a gateway to study the brain and cognition

About Ella Striem-Amit

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:00pm

Speaker:  Justin Kim, Duke University

Topic: Neural Circuitry for Decoding Emotional Ambiguity in Facial Expresssions


Thursday, February 1, 2018, 4:00pm

Speaker:  Laura Lewis, Harvard University

Topic: Whole-brain network dynamics underlying transitions between sleep and wake

Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Ayanna Thomas; Tufts University

Topic: What Have We Learned About Eyewitness Memory?

Interests: Cognitive aging and memory

About Ayanna Thomas

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Rashmita Mistry, UCLA

Topic: Exploring Social Class Identity in Childhood and Adolescence: What, How, and Why?

Interests: Social class and child development/education/social identity

About Rashmita Mistry


Thursday, March 1st, 2018, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Charan Ranganath, University of California-Davis

Topic: How the brain remembers when: Cortical and hippocampal mechanisms for organizing memories by time.

About Charan Ranganath

Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Margaret Beale Spencer, University of Chicago

Topic: Human Vulnerability/Resiliency Approaches to Youth Development and Learning: Under-acknowledged Challenges and Opportunities

Interests: Human development; identity; racism, gender, masculinity; coping

About Margaret Beale Spencer

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 4:00 pm

TEACHxperts speaker series

Speaker:  Lisa Cravens-Brown, Department of Psychology, Ohio State

Topic:  Active learning classroom from the perspective of building classroom-community


Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, 1:00 pm

Speaker: Alissa Levy Chung

Topic: Temperament and the Origins of Personality Development

Thursday, April 12th, 2018, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Leah Somerville, Harvard University

Topic: The power of peers during adolescence

Interests: Adolescent brain development; affective neuroscience

About Leah Somerville


Thursday, May 17th, 2018, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Kate McLean, Western Washington University

Topic: Can you Change your Story? Developing Insights about the Stability of Personal Identity from the Study of Narratives

Interests: Identity development; narrative psychology; gender and intersectionality

About Kate McLean

Thursday, May 31st, 2018, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Keith Payne, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Topic: Inequality and Subjective Status: Why Economic Inequality is More Than Economics

Interests: Social inequality (Diversity Book Program author)

About Keith Payne

More colloquium dates to be announced...