The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome
Jenny Weil Malatras, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Union College
for a public lecture entitled
The Scientist-Practitioner: Bridging clinical practice and research on family stability
Thursday, February 16, 2023
12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The family environment is an inherent part of any discussion of psychological development, as it plays a critical role in children’s emotional and social development. Although various aspects of the family environment have been implicated in the emotional development and adjustment of youth, specific factors and mechanisms through which family context influences development continue to be explored. Pinpointing those factors that put young people at risk or that protect them from maladjustment add to our understanding of psychological development in youth and young adulthood and enhance opportunities for intervention. The present talk is intended to help describe the relationships between family contextual influences—in particular, aspects of family stability including major family life changes and the regularity of daily activities and routines—and emotion regulation and adjustment. Special attention will be given both to defining the construct of family stability and its relationship to psychosocial adjustment and to providing an example of the application of the scientist-practitioner model where psychologists, as equally well-rounded clinical scientists and practitioners, use empirical research as a basis for applied work and use the experience of clinical practice to guide research questions and advance scientific thinking. Clinical case examples will be used to help elucidate concepts.