IAS Invited Lecture Series in Psychology

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 Sciences and Humanities (IAS).

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Schizophrenia and Self-disorder

Julie Nordgaard

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 2.00 pm CET / wtorek, 17 stycznia 2023, godz. 14.00

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Julie Nordgaard graduated from the University of Copenhagen, where she also received her Ph.D. in 2012. She works as an associate professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen, and as a chief consultant at Mental Health Center Amager, Copenhagen. The key point of her research is psychopathology and the psychiatric diagnostic interview from a phenomenologically informed base with a focus on the subjective experiences of patients. Disorders within the schizophrenia spectrum have been of her special interest. Dr. Nordgaard is also chairman of the Institute of Psychopathology and director of all EASE (Examination of Anomalous Self-Experiences) related activities. She teaches at an expert level in psychopathology and the psychiatric interview, both internationally and domestically. She is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers published in such journals as Lancet Psychiatry, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Research, Psychopathology. Other recent publications include The Psychiatric Interview for Differential Diagnosis (Springer, 2016) and Phenomenological Psychopathology and Quantitative Research (chapter in Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology, Oxford University Press, 2019). Dr. Nordgaard is co-PI on several ongoing international research projects.

Pathological Narcissism, and Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Theory, Research, and Treatment

Diana Diamond

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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.

Clinical Neuropsychology and Motor-Cognitive Performance

Jennifer Randerath

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 2 pm CET

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).

Female Sexual Functions and Dysfunctions

Stephanie Both

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 2 pm CET 

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.

Singlehood and Well-Being

Geoff MacDonald

Thursday, May 18, 2023 

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.

Managing Attachment Insecurities in Close Relationships

Yuthika U. Girme

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 

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).

An Advanced Perspective on Growing up in a Digital Society

Laura Vandenbosch

Thursday, April 20, 2023 

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.”

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