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.

Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Date: March 28, 2017
  • Title: Can We Promote Positive Youth Adjustment by Intervening in Ethnic-Racial Identity Development?

Umaña-TaylorAdriana ‌Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D., is 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).

Visit the archive page for information about older presentations from the Distinguished Speaker Series.