Each year, a guest speaker attends WPCUR.
2015 Guest Speaker: Dr. Matthew P. Walker
Professor Walker earned his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council in London, UK, and subsequently became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School in 2004. He is currently Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of California Berkeley, where he directs the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory.
He is the recipient of funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and in 2006, became a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. He was recently featured in "Sleepless in America" on the National Geographic Channel in November 2014. His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations.
2013 Guest Speaker: Dr. Erika Rosenberg
Erika Rosenberg received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco (1994) and her B.S. in Neuroscience from San Jose State University (1986). Dr. Rosenberg’s scientific research has examined how our feelings are revealed in our facial expressions, how social factors influence emotional signals, and how anger affects cardiovascular health. Her work is published in a wide range of psychological journals and books, and she speaks at national conferences on the topics of emotions and facial expressions. Erika Rosenberg currently collaborates with other scientists on numerous projects in psychology, medicine, and computer science.
Dr. Rosenberg served on the faculties of the University of Delaware and the College of William and Mary, currently conducts research at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, teaches at the Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies in Berkeley, and offers workshops worldwide. For more information about Dr. Rosenberg and her research, please see: http://www.erikarosenberg.com/
2012 Guest Speaker: Dr. Gregory J. Feist
Gregory J. Feist currently is Associate Professor of Psychology in Personality and Adult Development at San Jose State University. He has also taught at the College of William & Mary and the University of California at Davis. He received his PhD in 1991 from the University of California at Berkeley and his undergraduate degree in 1985 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is widely published in the psychology of creativity, the psychology of science, and the development of scientific talent. One major focus of his is establishing the psychology of science as a healthy and independent study of science, along the lines of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. His major efforts toward this end are: publishing a book entitled Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind (2006, Yale University Press), which was awarded the 2007 William James Book Prize by the Division of General Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA); being founding president of the newly formed “International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology”; and being the founding Editor-in-Chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Psychology of Science & Technology published by Springer Publications.
A second major focus is the identification and development of scientific talent, as seen in finalists of the Westinghouse and Intel Science Talent Search. His paper (co-authored with Frank Barron) “Predicting creativity from early to late adulthood: Intellect, potential, and personality” won Article of Year for 2003 in Journal of Research in Personality. His research in creativity has been recognized by an Early Career Award from the Division for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Division 10) of American Psychological Association (APA). Feist is currently Past-President of APA’s Division 10, and is on the Editorial Boards of Review of General Psychology, Journal of Research in Personality, and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. His teaching efforts have been recognized by outstanding teaching awards at both UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Feist is also co-author of the textbook Theories of Personality (McGraw-Hill) as well as the forthcoming Psychology: Making Connections (McGraw-Hill).
2011 Guest Speaker: Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw
Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw is Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His talk is entitled "Adolescents, Pressure, and Mental Health: A Triple Bind?"
Dr. Hinshaw. is a clinical psychologist who received his Bachelor's summa cum laude from Harvard University and his M. A. and Ph. D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, with minors in quantitative and physiological psychology. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CNN Live, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, National Public Radio and featured in numerous print publications across the nation. His most recent books are "The triple bind: Saving our teenage girls from today's pressures (2009) and "The mark of shame: Stigma of mental illness and the agenda for change (2007)." He is the author of over 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and delivered over 40 keynote speaker addresses. He has received numerous grants from the NIDA, NSF, NIMH, NINDS, and others.
His research interests include "childhood behavior disorders, developmental psychopathology, ADHD; aggressive behavior, peer relations, family interactions, and neuropsychological risk factors; psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for children with ADHD; process and outcome research in child interventions; assessment, diagnosis, and classification of child disorders; definitions of mental disorder; stigma associated with mental disorder."