GRCC 2010-11 Psychology Speakers Series Schedule Announced

Once again, GRCC’s Psychology Department will present a slate of fascinating speakers and topics at the 2010 – 2011 Psychology Department Speakers Series (free and open to the public:

Alzheimer’s Disease – One of the Things I’d Like to Forget.
Tuesday, November 2, 1:15 – 2:45 | Joy Spahn, MPA

Joy Spahn is Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater West Michigan Chapter. Ms. Spahn has over 30 years of experience working with older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This presentation will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions that cause dementia. Topics will include the number of people impacted, risk factors, warning signs, changes in the brain, diagnosis, and treatment. Additional information will be shared on the impact of caregivers, financial implications, brain health, and whether this is a preventable disease.

Things That Go Bump in the Night: An Introduction to Parasomnias
Wednesday, December 1, 1:15 – 2:45 | Joseph Krainin, M.D.

Dr. Krainin is a sleep specialist and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and has a background in neurology. In this session, Dr. Krainin will provide an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of common disorders of arousal during sleep (parasomnias). Topics to be discussed include sleep walking, sleep eating, nightmares and REM sleep behavior disorder.

Finding, Landing, and Thriving in a Job that You Love
Thursday, February 17, 1:15 – 2:45 | Steve Wagner, PhD

Dr. Steve Wagner is Executive Director of Organizational Learning at Grand Rapids Community College. Previous to this position he was an Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology at Central Michigan University. In this session participants will be introduced to the science of I/O Psychology and findings from research that provide practical steps you can take to identify jobs that you will love, increase your chances of being hired into those jobs, and help you maximize your satisfaction and engagement with your job.

The Roots of Morality: Does Religion Play a Role or is the Tail Wagging the Dog?
Wednesday, March 30, 1:15 – 2:45 | Luke Galen, PhD

Dr. Galen is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University. In this presentation he will consider the root of morality and pro-social behavior. Are we kind and considerate of others because religion creates a set of rules and “commandments” or are these behaviors a natural result of our evolutionary need to live in community? Dr. Galen will also cover related topics such as why humans construct religions and how religion can create prejudicial beliefs and behaviors.

All presentations are free and held in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.  For more information contact Dr. Frank Conner at or 616.234.3612.

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