Psychologist to give annual Honors lecture

February 22, 2008

A noted psychologist and professor will be the keynote speaker in the annual Honors lecture, “A journey of spirit: A path to studying faith and positive development” at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in McDaniel Lounge.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2294.

Dr. Jacqueline S. Mattis is particularly interested in the ways religion and spirituality influence pro-social development and positive psychological outcomes – such as altruism, volunteerism, civic engagement, optimism and forgiveness – among African Americans. A professor in the Department of Applied Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Education of New York University, she graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Psychology and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan. After completing her graduate work, she served as a professor in the departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and also as a Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

In addition to the role of religion and spirituality in positive psychological development of African Americans, Dr. Mattis’ research focuses on the role of culture in the treatment of African American clients and culturally competent approaches to the treatment of survivors of domestic violence and stress-related disorders. Her research has been published in numerous academic journals and texts including The Journal of Community Psychology, the Journal of Adult Development, Personality and Individual Differences, Violence Against Women, and The Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. She sits on the Editorial boards of the Journal of Black Psychology and the Psychology of Women Quarterly. She teaches graduate as well as undergraduate courses on the topics of culture and religiosity, and positive psychological development.

The College faculty instituted the Honors Program in 1986 to provide a more challenging education for academically talented students.