Invited Lecture Series in Psychology organized by Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań is a collection of lectures by the world’s outstanding researchers of the discipline. Each of the lectures concerns a different issue. The lectures are primarily focused on scientific goals: exchange of experiences and stimulating research of the highest quality. The organization of the series has been financially supported by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Science and Humanities (IAS).
Seria wykładów gościnnych z psychologii Wydziału Psychologii i Kognitywistyki Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu to zbiór wykładów wybitnych światowych badaczy tej dyscypliny. Każdy z wykładów podejmuje inny obszar tematyczny. Wykłady mają przede wszystkim cele naukowe: wymianę doświadczeń i stymulowanie badań najwyższej jakości. Seria jest współfinansowana przez Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Science and Humanities (IAS) przy Uniwersytecie im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu.
Prof. Dr. Christian Doeller
Structuring experience in cognitive spaces
Organizowanie doświadczeń w przestrzeniach poznawczych
Prof. Dr. Christian Doeller
Tuesday, 26 March, 2024, 3 pm (Warsaw time) / Wtorek, 26 marca 2024 r., godz. 15:00
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Prof. Dr. Christian Doeller is currently Director of the Department of Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany and Vice President of the Max Planck Society. He holds Honorary Professorships at Leipzig University and at the Technical University Dresden, Germany. He is also Adjunct Professor of Medicine (Neuroscience) at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. After finishing his PhD with Prof. Axel Mecklinger in Saarbrücken, he worked for several years as a Research Fellow and a Senior Research Fellow at University College London, UK with Prof Neil Burgess at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Institute of Neurology and in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (FIL) and Prof. John O’Keefe‘s electrophysiology group at the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology. After working as Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands he has been Director of The Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits at the Kavli Institute (Directors May-Britt and Edvard Moser) in affiliation with St Olavs University Hospital in Trondheim. Prof. Doeller is grantee of an ERC starting (2010) and consolidator (2016) grant. On the lecture: The fundamental question in cognitive neuroscience—what are the key coding principles of the brain enabling human thinking—still remains largely unanswered. Evidence from neurophysiology suggests that place and grid cells in the hippocampal-entorhinal system provide an internal spatial map, the brain’s SatNav—the most intriguing neuronal coding scheme outside the sensory system. Our framework is concerned with the key idea that this navigation system in the brain—potentially as a result of evolution—provides the blueprint for a neural metric underlying human cognition. Specifically, we propose that the brain maps experience in so-called ‘cognitive spaces’. In this talk, I will give an overview of our theoretical framework and experimental approach and will present show-case examples from our fMRI, MEG and virtual reality experiments identifying cognitive coding mechanisms in the hippocampal-entorhinal system and beyond
Recent advances in personality disorder research
Najnowsze postępy w badaniach nad zaburzeniami osobowości
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 / 14 listopada, 2023, godz 16:00
Carla Sharp, PhD, is a John and Rebecca Moores Professor and Associate Dean in the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Houston. She is also the director of the Adolescent Diagnosis Assessment Prevention and Treatment Center and the developmental psychopathology lab at the University of Houston. Her work has significantly advanced the scientific understanding of the phenomenology, causes, correlates, and treatment of personality pathology in youth. She is the recipient of the 2016 Mid-Career Award, North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and the 2018 Award for Achievement in the Field of Severe Personality Disorders from the Personality Disorders Institute and Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center, New York. She is the current past-president of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, associate editor for the APA journal Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment, editor for Personality and Mental Health, a workgroup member for updating the American Psychiatric Association practice guidelines for borderline personality disorder as well as a member of the DSM-5 personality disorders workgroup. She has published more than 320 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 71), in addition to numerous chapters and books, including Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents (Springer, 2013), Mentalizing in Psychotherapy (Guilford, 2022) and Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Adolescents (APA, 2022). Her work has been funded by the NICHD, NIAAA, NIMH, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and other foundations.
Dr. Avital Hahamy
Reactivation in the human brain connects the past with the present
Reaktywacja w ludzkim mózgu łączy przeszłość z teraźniejszością
Dr. Avital Hahamy
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 / wtorek, 10 października, godz. 15.00
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Dr. Avital Hahamy holds a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging at University College London. Her research utilizes fMRI to study real-world behaviours and associated brain activity in both neurotypical individuals and clinical populations (e.g. individuals with autism, Charles Bonnet Syndrome, congenital hand absence). Her high-impact research has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, such as a Human Frontiers Science Program postdoctoral fellowship, an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship, and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship.
Stability and Change in Borderline Personality Disorder
Stabilność i zmiana w zaburzeniu osobowości borderline
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 / 24 października, 2023, godz. 15:00
Professor Chris Conway earned a B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is on faculty in the Psychology department at Fordham University in New York City where he studies the development and diagnosis of emotional disorders. Dr. Conway has authored 60+ peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders and on the editorial board of several other publications. He has earned awards for his scholarship from the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Association for Research on Personality, and American Psychological Association.
The psychology of conspiracy theories
Psychologia teorii spiskowych
Tuesday, January 9, 2024 / 9 stycznia, 2024 godz. 15:00
Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. Her research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of belief in conspiracy theories. She has published widely on these topics and her research regularly features in the media. Karen is currently working on a European Research Council Advanced Grant to study the consequences of conspiracy theories for individuals, groups, and societies.
Yuthika U. Girme
Managing Attachment Insecurities in Close Relationships
Zarządzanie niepewnością przywiązania w bliskich związkach
Yuthika U. Girme
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 / wtorek, 13 czerwca 2023
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Yuthika U. Girme is a talented Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology of Simon Fraser University where she also serves as the director of the Complexities in Love, Singlehood Experiences, and Relationships (CLOSER) Laboratory. Dr. Girme has developed distinct research programs investigating relationship processes that have practical implications, including social support, attachment, emotion regulation, stigma, and singlehood. Dr. Girme’s research involves (1) integrative approaches with multi-study replications and multi-lab collaborations, and (2) using advanced statistical techniques (multilevel modeling, nonlinear effects and dynamics) and diverse methods (behavioral observation, daily diary, dyadic and longitudinal designs). Her work is regularly published in leading social psychology outlets, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Emotion, Current Directions in Psychological Science, and Social Psychological and Personality Science. Dr. Girme has given nearly 50 academic research talks at conferences as invited research lectures. Dr. Girme’s papers have also impacted the public, becoming the basis of blogs and newsletters written by academic scholars and have been of focus of the media. Dr. Girme has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Society of Personality and Social Psychology: Relationship Research Interest Group Graduate Student Paper Award (2016), Society of Experimental and Social Psychology Dissertation Award (2016), and Association of Psychological Science Rising Star Award (2020).
Pathological Narcissism, and Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Theory, Research, and Treatment
Patologiczny Narcyzm i Narcystyczne Zaburzenie Osobowości: Teoria, badania i leczenie
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 / wtorek, 30 Maja 2023
Diana Diamond is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. For the past 30 years, Dr. Diamond’s primary focus has been advancing the theory, research, and treatment of personality disorders, and along with her colleagues in the Personality Disorders Institute (PDI) at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Diamond has helped to develop Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP). Currently Dr. Diamond is Professor Emerita in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York and Senior Fellow at the Personality Disorders Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital−Weill Cornell Medical College. She is also Adjunct Professor at the New School for Social Research and in New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she did her psychoanalytic training. Dr. Diana Diamond is an author or co-author of numerous articles (over 40 peer-reviewed papers and 30 book chapters) and four books including most recently Treating Pathological Narcissism with Transference Focused Psychotherapy (Guilford Press, 2021). She was the PI on a grant on a study of Change In Attachment and Symptomatology in Borderline Patients (2000-2002), and a consultant to NIMH grant (MH53705-02) Psychotherapy of Borderline Personality Disorder (1999-2003). She is currently the co-PI on a grant The Impact of Transference Focused Psychotherapy on Pathological Narcissism: The Validity of Attachment Dimensions as a Proxy for Structural Change and is participating in an active research protocol at Weill-Cornell, Department of Psychiatry, Predictors of Change in Borderline Pathology Through Transference-Focused Psychotherapy. She is the recipient of several awards, including most recently the Aaron Stern Distinguished Professorship lecture award from Weill Cornell Medical College in recognition of her contributions in further understanding of the etiology, pathology, and treatment of narcissism, and the research award from the American Psychological Association (Division 39). She serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Psychoanalytic Inquiry, is Co-Vice President of the Margaret S. Mahler Foundation.
Singlehood and Well-Being
Życie w pojedynkę a dobrostan
Thursday, May 18, 2023, 3:00 P.M. / czwartek, 18 maja 2023, 15:00
Geoff MacDonald is a full professor as well as the current chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Dr. MacDonald is a fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of IARR and previously served as an associate editor and a lead editor of the IARR’s Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (with the journal’s impact factor doubling during his tenure as lead editor). Dr. MacDonald’s research focus has been on the intersection of attachment security and intimacy in romantic relationships. More recently, his focus on the emotional distance preferred by individuals higher in attachment avoidance led him to become interested in the experiences of individuals who stay single. Long-term singlehood is an increasing phenomenon worldwide, yet little is known about the different patterns of psychological functioning of singles. Dr. MacDonald’s work has been published in a number of prestigious outlets including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as Archives of Sexual Behavior. He has also co-edited an influential book, Social Pain: Neuropsychological and Health Implications of Loss and Exclusion (2010, American Psychological Association). He has received numerous awards including Honourable Mention for the SPSP Theoretical Innovation Prize, the Australian Psychological Society’s Early Career Award, multiple University of Toronto Dean’s Excellence Awards, and many research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. MacDonald is also a proud mentor of his former students (inter alia: Samantha Joel, Jessica Maxwell, and Yoobin Park) occupying research positions around the globe and winning prestigious international awards.
An Advanced Perspective on Growing up in a Digital Society
Zaawansowana perspektywa dorastania w społeczeństwie cyfrowym
Thursday, April 20, 2023, 2:00 P.M. / czwartek, 20 kwietnia 2023, 14:00
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Laura Vandenbosch is a prolific scholar in the field of communication science who has received more than 15 international awards for her work. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Leuven (2013) and is a former postdoctoral researcher at ASCoR (University of Amsterdam), the number one research institute in Communication Science worldwide. She is currently appointed on a highly competitive research professorship grant at the University of Leuven and has held visiting scholar positions at the University of Michigan, University of Toronto, and the University of Vienna. At the School for Mass Communication Research, Laura leads a team of 10 Ph.D. students. The relationship between media and well-being is the core subject of her team’s research, leading to more than 60 international publications in several fields including developmental psychology, sexology, body image, social relationships, and communication theory. From 2015 to 2018, she served as the secretary of the Children, Adolescents and Media Division of the International Communication Association. Laura is currently also an editorial board member of ISI-ranked journals in multiple disciplines, for instance, Human Communication Research, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Media Psychology, Journal of Children and Media, and Body Image. Currently, she is involved in several international research projects aimed to study how media may affect well-being by focusing on factors that have not been understood well, such as the role of social relationships, cultural background, sexualization, media literacy, and malleability beliefs. She has received several awards, such as the Top Paper, Top Article, and Top Dissertation Awards from the Children, Adolescents and Media (CAM) Division of the International Communication Association (2013-2021) and the Research Council Award in the Humanities (University of Leuven, 2016). In 2020, she received the early career scholar award of the International Communication Association. Laura’s work has been funded by national and international competitive grants including an ERC starting grant for the project „Malleability in mediated ideals: A paradigm to understand effects of contemporary media in adolescents’ well-being.”
Female Sexual Functions and Dysfunctions
Funkcje i dysfunkcje seksualne kobiet
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 2:00 PM / wtorek, 4 kwietnia 2023, godz. 14:00
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Stephanie Both is a clinical and health psychologist and works as an associate professor at the Department of Psychosomatic Gynecology and Sexology, Leiden University Medical Center (NL). She is also a CTB therapist. For over 25 years Dr. Both has worked with females on their problems with desire, arousal, pain, and orgasmic problems. In her research, she specializes in psychophysiological and experimental studies in the lab on neurobiological and psychological determinants of human sexual response, appetitive and aversive learning mechanisms, psychological mechanisms of sexual arousal and pain, and on etiological and sustaining determinants of sexual dysfunctions. She is also conducting studies on female physical, mental, and sexual health with a specific interest in women’s complaints about gynecological problems (e.g., endometriosis, PCOS, MRKH). Her studies cover also health problems in people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. The author or co-author of almost a hundred papers published in such journals as Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Sexual Medicine, and Psychopharmacology. She received research grants from NWO (the Dutch organization for science), the European Society for Sexual Medicine, and the Dutch Society for Sexology. She serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine and is a member of the COST European Sexual Medicine Network.
Clinical Neuropsychology and Motor-Cognitive Performance
Neuropsychologia kliniczna i sprawność motoryczno-poznawcza
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 2 pm CET / wtorek, 28 lutego 2023, godz. 14.00
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Jennifer Randerath has obtained her diploma in psychology from the RWTH-Aachen University. Following her special interest in clinical neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation, she went to Munich to work with Prof. Joachim Hermsdoerfer and Prof. Georg Goldenberg on a joint German research project From dynamic sensorimotor interaction to conceptual representation: Deconstructing apraxia. In 2009 she received summa cum laude for her doctorate at the RWTH Aachen University. Dr. Randerath accomplished her post-doctoral training in Prof. Scott Frey’s Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory in the USA (University of Oregon: 2009-2011, University of Missouri: 2012-2014). She returned to Germany to start with a Marie Curie fellowship at the Zukunftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study for Junior Researchers) at the University of Konstanz. Since 2015 she has built up her own junior research group supported by funding from the German Research Foundation as well as individual stipends awarded to her doctoral students. The group conducts projects aimed at contributing to fundamental research as well as diagnosing and improving patients’ disabilities after brain damage, with a special focus on motor cognition. The author and co-author of almost 40 papers, published in such journals as Cortex, Frontiers in Neurology, and Neuropsychologic. Since 2018 Dr. Randerath participates in an add-on Clinical Training Program for Behavioral Therapists with a special focus on Neuropsychological Psychotherapy to expand on her practical skills. The translational research projects linking fundamental and applied approaches for neurorehabilitation conducted by Dr. Randerath and her group members have been awarded multiple times (e.g., the Transfer Award of the University of Konstanz Society).
Dorthe Kirkegaard Thomsen
Narrative Identity in Severe Mental Illness
Dorthe Kirkegaard Thomsen
Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 2.30 pm CET
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Dorthe Kirkegaard Thomsen completed her BSc in psychology at City University of London, UK, and her MSc in psychology at Aarhus University, Denmark, where she received her Ph.D. degree in 2003 and was promoted to assistant and associate professor. She presently works at the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University, where she also serves as chair of the Ph.D. committee as well as vice head for talent and research facilitation. She is a leading scholar in narrative identity, which she has studied extensively over the past decade. Among her research topics are the relationships between narrative identity, autobiographical memory, mental illness, and well-being. She has authored more than 60 scientific papers, published in journals such as Journal of Personality, Journal of Research in Personality, and JARMAC. In her recent book, Storying mental illness and personal recovery (Cambridge University Press, prepared to be published in 2022), she and her co-authors analyze more than 100 life stories shared by individuals with severe mental illness and propose a theoretical framework to comprehend the interaction between narrative identity, mental illness, and personal recovery. Professor Thomsen has received several grants, including those from the Danish Council for Independent Research and the VELUX Foundation. She serves on the governing board of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition and is on the editorial board of the society’s flagship journal, JARMAC.
Christopher J. Hopwood
Dynamics of Personality and Psychopathology
Christopher J. Hopwood
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 3 pm CEST
Christopher J. Hopwood is a professor of personality psychology at the University of Zurich. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and completed his doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. He was formally on the Faculty of Psychology at Michigan State University and the University of California, Davis. He has published extensively on clinical assessment, personality disorders, and interpersonal processes, and has written or edited several books on personality assessment and personality disorders designed to translate research findings into clinical practice (among others: Personality Assessment in the DSM-5, Routledge, 2013; Multimethod Clinical Assessment, Guilford, 2014; The DSM-5 Alternative Model of Personality Disorders: Integrating multiple paradigms of personality assessment, Routledge, 2019). His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Drug Abuse, the International Psychoanalytic Association, Animal Charity Evaluators, and the Humboldt Foundation. He has been an associate editor at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Personality Assessment, Journal of Personality Disorders, and Assessment, and has served on the editorial boards of several other journals. He has also served on the professional boards of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research, Society for Personality Assessment, and North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and is a founding member of the Personality Change Consortium and the Society for the Psychology of Human Animal Intergroup Relations. More: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christopher-Hopwood-3
Roy F. Baumeister
Self-Control, Willpower, and Ego Depletion: Gradual Emergence of a Theory
Roy F. Baumeister
Date: Tuesday, May, 24th, 2022
The video is available at https://youtu.be/aa9AjpJnZJA
Roy F. Baumeister is one of the world’s most esteemed and influential psychologists – the Institute for Scientific Information lists him among the handful of most cited psychologists in the world. R. F. Baumeister received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton in 1978 and did a postdoctoral fellowship in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He has held professorial roles at Florida State University and spent over two decades at Case Western Reserve University. He has also worked at the University of Texas, the University of Virginia, the Max-Planck-Institute, the VU Free University of Amsterdam, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He currently holds the title of Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, as well as at Florida State University (USA), and he also has affiliations with the University of Bamberg (Germany) and Jacobs University (Germany). Prof. Baumeister’s research spans multiple topics, including self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, thinking about the future, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, free will, consciousness, and self-presentation. He has published well over 700 scientific articles and more than 40 books, including Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty (W. H. Freeman, 1996), The Cultural Animal: Human Nature, Meaning, and Social Life (Oxford University Press, 2005), Meanings of Life (The Guilford Press, 1991), and Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength (Penguin Press, 2011). He has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the Templeton Foundation. In 2013, R. F. Baumeister received the highest award given by the Association for Psychological Science, the William James Fellow award, in recognition of his lifetime achievements. He has also received lifetime achievement awards from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and from the International Society for Self and Identity. More: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Roy-Baumeister
Michael C. Seto
Current Research on Online Sexual Offending – an Overview
Michael C. Seto
Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
Michael C. Seto is a research director with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and a Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, as well as a registered clinical and forensic psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1997. Dr. Seto has published extensively on pedophilia, sexual offending against children (also by mentally disordered and adolescent offenders), and online offending. He developed and validated tools for the purpose of risk assessment in sexual offenders: the Screening Scale for Pedophile Interest (SSPI, SSPI-2) and the Child Pornography Offender Risk Tool (CPORT). He is an author of over 200 articles and book chapters and has written well-reviewed books: Pedophilia and sexual offending against children (2008, second edition in 2018) and Internet sex offenders (2013), all published by the American Psychological Association. Dr Seto’s research has been funded by the Oak Foundation, Tiny Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Correctional Services Canada, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He regularly presents at scientific meetings and professional workshops (for e.g., Ontario Provincial Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the US, and the Thorn Foundation) on these topics. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Abuse, and is on the editorial boards of Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, Law and Human Behavior, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, and Psychological Assessment. In 2018 he received the lifetime significant achievement award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and in 2020 – the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science, from the Canadian Psychological Association.
Kenneth N. Levy
Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder: Clinical, Ethical, and Empirical Considerations
Kenneth N. Levy
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 12:00 PM (Warsaw time, UTC+01:00)
The video is available at https://youtu.be/XryYi2qPu4E
Kenneth N. Levy is a certified Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) therapist and supervisor and a tenured Professor in the Clinical Area of the Department of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is the Associate Director of Clinical Training and the Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy. Over the last 20 years, Dr Levy has taught and supervised the clinical training of over 75 doctoral and postdoctoral students in the practice of TFP. Dr Levy also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he taught prior to taking a faculty position at Penn State. At Cornell he is a Senior Faculty Fellow, Steering Committee member, and the Associate Director of Research at the Personality Disorders Institute (PDI) under the direction of Drs Otto F. Kernberg, John F. Clarkin, and Frank E. Yeomans. Dr Levy’s research interests are in attachment theory, personality disorders and psychotherapy process and outcome. His goal is to understand the mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of personality disorders, with the ultimate goal of developing and studying treatments that directly target these mechanisms. Dr Levy has authored more than 175 articles and chapters and three books (Relatedness, self-definition, and mental representations: Essays in honor of Sidney J. Blatt, 2005, Brunner-Routledge; Case studies in abnormal psychology, 2017, Sage; Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 2018, Saunders). He has published in a number of top tier journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, Development and Psychopathology, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Psychological Science. He has also made almost 400 conference presentations, colloquia, grand rounds, and workshops, including keynotes and plenary addresses. Dr Levy has served as a science advisor to the President of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsA) and a research consultant to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Psychotherapy Committee, as well as the Ittelson Fellow to the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), and as an advisor to former Senator Patrick Kennedy and the Kennedy Forum. He is also a member of the Committee on Scientific Activities of the APsA and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 12 (Clinical Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy), and 39 (Psychoanalysis), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI).
Evolution of Cooperation and Confrontation
Thursday, March 10th, 2022, 1.pm (Warsaw time, UTC+01:00)
Ilan Fischer is a social and cognitive psychologist, who completed his Ph.D. at the University of Haifa, studying decision making and meta cognition. He spent several years at University College London and Ben-Gurion University, before returning to the University of Haifa where he currently works. He studied cognitive aspects of decision making, such as: fallacies and biases, meta cognition (calibration), conflict resolution, advice taking, and the perception of random sequences. Dr Fisher’s main work is in the field of behavioral game theory. He developed and validated the theory of Subjective Expected Relative Similarity (SERS), which explains and predicts human behavior in the Prisoner’s Dilemma game, as well as in many other Similarity Sensitive Games (SSGs). Together with colleagues from Israel, US and Germany (including the late Nobel laureate Prof. Reinhard Selten) he developed the Mimicry and Relative Similarity (MaRS) evolutionary strategy, a computerized algorithm that outperforms many potent strategies. Following the outbreak of Covid-19, he headed an international team of researchers from Israel, Poland, Germany and the US that developed behavioral tools, helping to enhance compliance to health instructions. The group developed an integrative approach, based on Indirect Measurements and Personalized Attitude Changing Treatments (IMPACT). His recent work, involves the development of novel tools and methods for the study and the forecast of international conflicts, such as the Brexit in the UK, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or the integration of immigrants in Germany and the US.