Distinguished Speaker Series

Each fall and spring semester the Department of Psychology invites a distinguished scholar who has made a substantial scholarly impact on the field of psychology to speak to our faculty, staff, students and friends.

Amelia Arria, Ph.D.

  • Date: March 30, 2018
  • Title: Substance Use and Mental Health Among Young Adults: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities

Amelia Arria, Ph.D.Amelia Arria, Ph.D., is the director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Her NIH-funded longitudinal prospective study of health-risk behaviors among college students has increased our understanding of mental health needs of young adults and the risk factors and consequences of substance use among college students. Currently, a main focus of her work is on the impacts of untreated mental health conditions and substance use on human capital, as measured by academic achievement, employment and health status. She is passionate about translating research findings for parents, policy makers and educational professionals. She has a leadership role in the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, a policy initiative that brings together 14 universities in the state of Maryland to address the problem of excessive alcohol consumption and related consequences on their campuses and in their communities. She has authored more than 160 scientific peer-reviewed publications, numerous white papers and book chapters, and is the recipient of several major grant awards from foundations, and state and federal agencies. She received her training at Cornell University, the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Stephen J. Lepore, Ph.D.

  • Date: October 26, 2017
  • Title: "High Tech-Warm Touch": Integrating Digital Strategies With Traditional Behavioral Health Approaches to Protect Low-Income Families From Tobacco Smoke

leporeStephen J. Lepore, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University. He holds degrees from the University of California-Irvine, Harvard University and Clark University. His work focuses on cancer prevention, control and survivorship, with an emphasis on developing theoretically informed social and behavioral interventions to improve the quality of life in people who have had cancer and to promote healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors that might lead to the prevention or early detection and treatment of cancer. Read more about Dr. Lepore on his Temple University website. 


Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D.

  • Date: March 28, 2017
  • Title: Can We Promote Positive Youth Adjustment by Intervening in Ethnic-Racial Identity Development?


Adriana ‌Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D. is a foundation professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University and serves as associate editor for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and the Journal of Spanish Psychology. Her areas of expertise include child development, adolescent development, race, ethnicity and migration. Since 2015 she has received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence, the Marie F. Peters Award from the National Council on Family Relations and the Outstanding Paper Award from The Counseling Psychologist. Umaña-Taylor was the faculty mentor of one of our newest assistant professors, Chelsea Derlan, Ph.D.

Richard Lee, Ph.D.

  • Date: November 3, 2016 
  • Title: Contesting and Creating Narratives About Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in International Adoption
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Dr. Richard LeeRichard Lee, Ph.D., is a 1996 graduate of our counseling psychology doctoral program, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and editor of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. His areas of expertise include counseling psychology, prevention science, ethnic minority mental health, international adoption, individual differences, and Asian American studies. Dr. Lee is a current fellow and past president of the Asian American Psychological Association, as well as a current fellow of the American Psychological Association's Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and 45 (Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race).

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