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March 20th, 2014 | 10AM
Self-Determination Theory: Promoting Optimal Health
Edward L. Deci, Ph.D.
Edward L. Deci is Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of London, and Hamilton College, and was an interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University.
For more than 40 years Deci has been engaged in a program of research on human motivation. Much of this work, done in collaboration with Richard M. Ryan, has led to and been organized by Self-Determination Theory and has been published in the top journals in psychology, including Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Deci has published ten books, including: Intrinsic Motivation (Plenum, 1975); The Psychology of Self-Determination (D.C. Heath, 1980); Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior (co-authored with R. M. Ryan, Plenum, 1985); Why We Do What We Do (Putnam, 1995; Viking/Penguin, 1996); and The Handbook of Self-Determination Research (co-edited with R. M. Ryan, University of Rochester Press, 2002). His writings have been translated into seven languages, including Japanese, German, and Spanish.
A grantee of the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Deci has lectured and consulted at more than 100 universities, as well as many businesses, government agencies, and other organizations in 24 countries on six continents. He was Chair of the Board of the Institute for Research and Reform in Education from 1995 to 2008.
October 14th, 2013
Reinforcement Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Foot and Worn Brakes
Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D.
Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D. is SUNY Distinguished Professor in both the Departments of Pediatrics and Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Buffalo, and the Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Epstein's research interests focus on health behavior change and determinants of eating, physical activity and drug self-administration. Dr. Epstein is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of childhood overweight, physical activity, weight control and family intervention. For the past 25 years, Dr. Epstein has conducted research relevant to the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, including mechanisms that regulate intake and energy expenditure in children. He is a fellow in numerous scientific organizations, and has been the President of the division of Health Psychology, APA, and recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology. Dr. Epstein chaired the Behavioral Medicine Study Section, NIH, and served on the Advisory Board for Center for Scientific Research, NIH. Dr. Epstein has published over 300 scientific papers and three books.