G. Stanley Hall Lecture

Every year, Psi Chi, in conjunction with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, presents the G. Stanley Hall Lecture series featuring one of today’s leaders in psychology.

Who was G. Stanley Hall?

Stanley Hall G. Stanley Hall was one of the first American psychologists, pioneering in fields such as developmental and evolutionary psychology. Hall was the first president of the American Psychological Association, and founded the American Journal of Psychology. From 1882 to 1888, G. Stanley Hall taught at Johns Hopkins University as a professor of “Psychology and Pedagogics.” Hall would later go on to become the first president of Clark University. Read more about his life on Wikipedia.

Past G. Stanley Hall Speakers

Shelly Gable, PhD
Spring 2019

Shelly GableRelationship partners can deliberately influence one another’s emotional experiences; a process that has been called extrinsic interpersonal emotion regulation (EIER). Research has largely focused on processes that occur after one of the partners has experienced an emotion, such as the other partners’ attempts at mitigating negative emotions through social support or amplifying positive emotions through capitalization. In her talk she reviewed some work on the critical role these interactions play in relationship quality and individual health and well-being. She also presented theory and data supporting an expanded model of dyadic interpersonal emotion regulation that considers the entire temporal spectrum of an emotional experience. We find that people frequently attempt to regulate social partners’ emotions by using strategies focused on the antecedents of an emotional experience, such as creating situations to increase or decrease the likelihood of a social partner experiencing an emotion; as well as strategies employed in response to a social partner’s experience of emotion, such as suppressing the other’s expression of emotion or offering social support. These strategies can be aimed at making the other feel better or making the other feel worse, and their use likely plays a critical but undervalued role in close relationship quality and individual well-being. Dr. Gable ended with a discussion of some implications that this work has for our understanding of emotion regulation as an interpersonal process.

Rebecca Landa, PhD
Spring 2016

Rebecca LandaDr. Landa received her doctorate at the University of Washington, and completed her post-doctoral training in psychiatric genetics here at Johns Hopkins. She is now the founder and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the REACH research programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Landa has authored almost 80 publications, including 4 already this year. Her work has been cited thousands of times and she is the author of the Pragmatic Rating Scale, a scale used across the globe in autism-related research and clinical practice. Dr. Landa received the NIMH Shannon Award for excellent and innovative research and was named one of the “30 Most Innovative People in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research” by the Masters in Special Education Program Guide. Other awards include the Rita Rudel Prize for Developmental Neuropsychology and the Alumni Recognition Award from the College of Human Health and Development of the Pennsylvania State University. Just to name a few.

Robert McCrae, PhD
Spring 2015

Dr. McCrae received his PhD in personality psychology from Boston University, and since then has gone on to make significant contributions to the field of psychology. He is the author of almost 300 publications, each one a noteworthy contribution. He is a co-author of the Revised NEO Personality Inventory, and has served on the editorial boards of many scholarly journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Dr. McCrae also worked for numerous years at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. And, Dr. McCrae is perhaps most famous for his work, in collaboration with Paul Costa, on the development of the Five Factory Theory of Personality. His work in this field has had important implications in the fields of personality psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, and psychology in general. Throughout his career, Dr. McCrae has integrated many different research approaches and synthesized new ways of understanding and talking about personality. These results have defined an entire field.

Alison Papadakis, PhD
Spring 2014

Alison PapadakisDr. Papadakis presented her and others’ research on factors associated with exacerbating or mitigating risk for symptoms of depression and social anxiety in adolescents. The focus was on self-related factors, as well as peer factors such as peer victimization and social relationships. Adolescent onset depression and social anxiety are associated with later recurrences and long-term work and social impairment in adulthood. This makes adolescence an important timeframe to examine the complex reciprocal relations between risk factors and the development of depression and social anxiety. The implications of this research for intervention and prevention efforts were also be explored.