Hofstra University Psychology Colloquium

Fall Semester 2011

The Psychology Colloquium provides a forum for the discussion of research on
the mind, brain, and behavior.  All members of the
Hofstra community are welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served following the talks.

Computational Psychiatry: A New Discipline

Wednesday, November 2

Co-sponsored by the Department of Computer Science
11:30 am, 200 Adams Hall

Abstract: This emerging new discipline grew up from computational neuroscience. The lecture discusses the following topics:
- Computational Psychiatry: Do We (You) Need It?
- Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders as Dynamical Diseases
- The Schizophrenic Brain: Multiple Levels
- Schizophrenia as a Disconnection Syndrome
- Pathological Brain Rhythms and Dynamical Neuropharmacology
- Take home message

Dr. Peter Erdi serves at the Henry R. Luce Professor of Complex Systems Studies, at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI and the head of the Dept. Biophysics, KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest. He is also the co-director of the Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science study abroad program.

Major books:
Péter Érdi and János Tóth: Mathematical Models of Chemical Reactions: Theory and Applications of Deterministic and Stochastic Models. Princeton University Press, 1989.
Michael A Arbib, Péter Érdi and János Szentágothai: Neural Organization: Structure, Function, and Dynamics. The MIT Press, 1997.
Péter Érdi: Complexity Explained. Springer, 2007

Leaving the Ivory Tower: Psychological Research Outside Academia

Dr. Marco DiBonaventura

Friday, November 18

2pm Hauser 109

Abstract: A frustratingly-common question often posed to students pursuing a psychology degree is, “what are you going to do with THAT?!”.  Becoming a clinician or a professor are frequent responses, but many students are unaware what they can actually do with their degree if want to pursue a research career outside of a university or medical center. This talk will overview what life is like inside a non-academic research firm.  What kind of research does one do outside academia? How does one find a job at such places? How is the work environment compare with academia? All these questions and more will be answered. Audience participation is highly encouraged!

Biosketch Marco DiBonaventura received his PhD in Social Psychology (as part of the Social-Health Psychology interdisciplinary program) from Rutgers University in 2007 (M.S., Rutgers University, 2004; B.A., Tufts University, 2002). Dr. DiBonaventura’s dissertation examined the relationship between decision biases in risk perception and the intention to perform preventive health behaviors. After receiving his doctorate, Dr. DiBonaventura completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psycho-Oncology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Upon completion of his first year in the fellowship, Dr. DiBonaventura joined the Ziment Group (now called Kantar Health), a global healthcare consultancy firm, as a Research Services Analyst. He is currently the Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research, leading the global health outcomes research group.



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