Social Psychology Under Discussion (SPUD)

‌‌Dr. Joe DzierzewskiFriday, November 17
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
White House, basement classroom

Objective and Subjective Sleep Outcomes of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Older Adults: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial

Joseph Dzierzewski, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at VCU in the clinical psychology doctoral program (behavioral medicine conentration) and a licensed clinical psychologist. He is also the director of the SAGE Research Lab, which examines (1) various aspects of sleep, and (2) changes associated with advancing age. In terms of sleep, the lab investigates aspects of normal sleep, insomnia and sleep apnea. It aims to learn more about how sleep impacts important aspects of life, including mood, pain, physical activity and cognitive functioning. The lab is interested in identifying potential biological mechanisms, such as inflammation, that may link sleep and these important outcomes. It also explores methods to improve disturbed sleep in individuals with insomnia and/or sleep apnea. In regards to age-related phenomenon, the lab’s focus is on late-life cognitive functioning. Specifically, it aims to identify and intervene on modifiable targets (like sleep) for cognitive dysfunction in older adults. In general, the research conducted in the SAGE Research Lab involves both basic and applied science, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of older adults.

What is Health Psychology?

healthThursday, November 30
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
White House basement classroom
806 W. Franklin St.

The health psychology doctoral program in the Department of Psychology hosts a moderated Q&A panel sponsored in part by the APA Division 38 Society for Health Psychology. A five-member panel (three graduate health psychology students, one health psychology faculty member, one graduate student representative from VCU Career Services) will share what led them to the field, what they currently do, and how they prepared as an undergrad student. They will also discuss career options in health psychology. 

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

taveiraThursday, November 30
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Suite 215
University Student Commons

Indigenous Health in Brazil and American Indians

Zaira Zambelli Taveira, D.D.S., a 2017-18 fellow in the Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship program, obtained her D.D.S. degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. In 2012, she earned a master's degree in public health from the University of Brasilia, where she studied telemedicine for indigenous peoples.

As a Humphrey fellow, Taveira wants to advance her knowledge related to indigenous health policy and its management. Her special interests are in control programs, health promotion and chronic disease prevention. She hopes her studies in the U.S. and partnerships with Brazilian programs will help her to design effective and holistic community-oriented programs to reduce mortality and morbidity in indigenous populations in Brazil.