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Third Annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series

Discovery and Healing: Research Serving Humanity

The Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lectures bring prominent psychologists to the University of Washington to co-present with faculty from the UW Department of Psychology. This free, public series is made possible by a generous bequest from Professor Allen L. Edwards. The 2008 series addresses research in the fields of ethnic minority adolescents, at-risk youth, and the workings of the unconscious mind. UWTV will tape the Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series. To find out when the lectures will be aired, please visit

February 20, 2008

Family Values and Culture in the Successful Adjustment of Ethnic Minority Adolescents

Nearly half of this country’s children under five years of age are now ethnic minorities, pointing the way to a demographic shift that will reshape our country, as well as the way we study children and families. Dr. Cauce will discuss African- and Mexican-American parenting styles and how they serve to hinder or help adolescent adjustment. Dr. Conger will focus on how contextual forces, including socioeconomic status, neighborhood factors, and marital relationships set the stage for parenting amongst African- and Mexican-American families of adolescents.

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Ana Mari Cauce

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, 
Earl Carlson Professor of Psychology, University of Washington

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Rand Conger

Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Department of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis

February 27, 2008

Symbolic Understanding in Infants and Young Children: Challenges and Benefits

One of the most pressing concerns for child service providers is dealing with youth who engage in conduct problem behaviors such as aggression and delinquency. In this lecture, Dr. McMahon will discuss the development and evaluation of a comprehensive intervention to prevent the development of serious conduct problems in school-age youth who are at-risk. Dr. Tolan will focus on promising efforts and continuing limitations of current scientific knowledge to identify and intervene with child and adolescent conduct problems.

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Robert J. McMahon

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington

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Patrick Tolan

Director, Institute for Juvenile Research, 
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

March 5, 2008

The Psychology of Blink: Understanding How Our Minds Work Unconsciously

Recent psychological research has revealed widely-held unconscious thought patterns that most people would rather not possess. Dr. Greenwald describes his research developing the method (described in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink) that reveals this unconscious mental content, demonstrates the method, and describes how the unconscious mental content that it reveals affects our behavior. MacArthur awardee Dr. Cooper will describe her research on how patient race influences patient-physician communication and physician clinical decision-making, including her efforts to design interventions to negate these undesired racial/ethnic health-care disparities.

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Anthony Greenwald

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington,
Director of the Laboratory of Implicit and Unconscious Cognition

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Lisa A. Cooper

Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy, & Management
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health