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Edward L. Deci, Ph.D.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 BulletinAmerican 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.


:Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D.

October 14th, 2013

Reinforcement Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Foot and Worn Brakes

Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D.

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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.


Russell Glasgow, Ph.D.March 28, 2013

Opportunities & Challenges to Integrating Health Behavior Change and Mental Health Issues into Real World Health Care Systems

Russell Glasgow, Ph.D.

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Russell E. Glasgow, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Implementation Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute, is a behavioral scientist who has worked on many transdisciplinary research questions including worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers and Native American tribes. He has researched target behaviors ranging from smoking prevention and cessation to chronic illness management, patient-provider communication, use of interactive technologies in health care, quality improvement and guidelines adherence. He has published over 400 scientific articles and received the Society of Behavioral Medicine Award as Outstanding Scientist. His more recent work has focused on public health issues of enhancing the reach and adoption of evidence-based programs, using the RE-AIM planning and evaluation model.


Sue Curry, Ph.D.

October 10, 2012 

Addressing Tobacco in HealthCare: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives

Sue Curry, Ph.D.

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Sue Curry, PhD, was appointed Dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in 2008.

Prior to joining the College of Public Health, Dean Curry served as professor of health policy and administration and director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From the late-1980s until joining UIC in 2001, Dean Curry was professor of health services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington and senior investigator and director at the Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative. She also served as a scientist in the country's first Cancer Prevention Research Unit at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Dean Curry is recognized internationally for her expertise in behavioral science and translation of research findings into health policy. Her bibliography includes over 190 publications. Her extensive research in chronic disease prevention and management includes studies of tobacco cessation, dietary change, modification of risky drinking patterns, and methods of increasing compliance with recommended cancer screening. Dean Curry's research also encompasses studies of the use and cost effectiveness of prevention treatments under different health insurance plans, and health care costs and utilization associated with tobacco cessation.

She has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 30 grants funded by NIH, CDC, and major foundations. Dean Curry is a fellow of both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Society for Preventive Oncology's Joseph R. Cullen Memorial Award in 2000 and the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001. Dean Curry's numerous professional activities include service on the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation, and as a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force. Dean Curry was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010.


Ed McCauley, Ph.D.

March 28, 2012

Aging, Physical Activity, and Well-being:
The Role of Personal Agency

Ed McAuley, Ph.D.

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Edward McAuley is the Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary academic appointment is in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and he also hold appointments in Psychology, Internal Medicine, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He is the director of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at Illinois. His research interests are in physical activity and well-being across the lifespan. This work is largely interdisciplinary is driven by a social cognitive theoretical framework and embraces the interrelationships among health, aging, disability, and quality of life.

He received his undergraduate degree from University College, Worcester in England, his Masters degree from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and has held faculty positions at Kansas State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published over 275 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, served as Associate Editor of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Journal of Aging and Physical Activity and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Psychology and Aging, and the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and recently completed a 5-year term as a charter member of the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention study section of the National Institutes of Health. He is an elected fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Gerontological Society of America. While at the University of Illinois he has been named a University Scholar and received both the UIUC campus award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research.


Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D.April 27, 2012 

Changing Health Behaviors in Medical Settings

Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D.

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Stephen Rollnick is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Healthcare Communication in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University. He was a practicing psychologist in the UK National Health Service for 16 years, and then became a teacher and researcher on the subject of communication. He has written books on Motivational Interviewing (Miller & Rollnick, 1991; 2001), Health Behaviour Change (Rollnick, Mason & Butler, 1999) and most recently,  Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare (Rollnick, Miller & Butler, 2007). His main interest is in challenging consultations in hospital and primary care settings. He has published widely in scientific journals and has taught practitioners in many countries and continents. His current interests include the training of practitioners who treat children with HIV-AIDS in African countries, and the development of software-driven learning programmes for practitioners. He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and lives in Cardiff, Wales.


Dan Buysse, M.D.July 17, 2012

Physical Health as it Relates to Insomnia

Dan Buysse, M.D.

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Dr. Buysse is Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science, as well as Director of the Neuroscience Clinical and Translational Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the diagnosis, assessment, pathophysiology, and treatment of insomnia. Dr. Buysse has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Center on Research Resources. He has served on several initial review groups and advisory committees at the National Institutes of Health.

Among other honors, Dr. Buysse has been listed as one of Pittsburgh Magazine's and US News & World Report's "Top Doctors." Dr. Buysse is also the recipient of a 2011 University of Pittsburgh Innovator Award.

Dr. Buysse has published over 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 95 book chapters or review articles. Dr. Buysse is Past President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is Associate Editor of the journals SLEEP, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine.