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UMD Department of Psychology 2nd Annual Summer Diversity Conference

UMD Psychology Department

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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The UMD Department of Psychology is hosting its second annual, FREE one day Summer Diversity Conference. Presentations will focus on current directions in research and practice on cultural competence and diversity, with a focus on its link to psychological processes across disciplines.

Invited speakers from UMD include Michele Gelfand, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) and Terrence Thornberry, Ph.D. (Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice), as well as student speakers. Our outstanding list of external speakers include Anna Lau, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles), and John Strang, Psy.D. (Department of Neuropsychology, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children's National Health System).

The public, and all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, at the University of Maryland, College Park in Stamp Student Union, Prince George's Room 1211.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served.  Breakfast will be held from 8:30 am - 9:15am. Lunch will be held from  1 pm - 2 pm. The conference will run from 9:15 am - 1:00 pm.
  •  Please note that registration will continue until July 25th, however, breakfast, lunch and conference materials may not be available to those who register after July 22nd.

When registering, please enter your name, title, degree, and department as you would like it to appear on your name badge.

Parking information for visitors can be found at the following link: http://www.umd.edu/parking_info.cfm. We recommend parking in Union Lane Garage. Parking is $3.00 per hour, $15 daily maximum. Parking can be paid by cash or credit card via garage paystations. We cannot validate parking. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for licensure will be provided. 

Please send questions to the University of Maryland Clinical Psychology Department - Diversity Training Committee (UMDdiversitycommittee@gmail.com).

Conference Program:

(This section will be updated with more talk titles and presenter information, by 6/12). Check back for updates!

Title: Understanding Differences Between Tight and Loose Cultures: Social Science, Computational Science, and Neuroscience Perspectives

Presented by: Michele Gelfand, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park 


Michele J. Gelfand is Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. in Social/ Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Gelfand's work explores cultural influences on conflict, negotiation, justice, and revenge; workplace diversity and discrimination; and theory and methods in cross-cultural psychology. Her work has been published in outlets such as ScienceProceedings of the National Science, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and the Annual Review of Psychology. She is the Past President of the International Association of Conflict Management, is Past Division Chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management, and Past Treasurer of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Society for Organizational Behavior, and Society for Experimental Social Psychology. 


Title: The intergenerational reproduction of child maltreatment in a high risk, urban sample.

Presented by: Terrence Thornberry, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park 


Terence P. Thornberry PhD is Distinguished University Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland.  In 1995 he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and in 2008 he was the recipient of that society’s Edwin H. Sutherland Award for lifetime contributions to the discipline.  Dr. Thornberry is the recipient of numerous other awards including the ASC’s Michael J. Hindelang Book Award for Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective.

Professor Thornberry's research interests focus on understanding the development of delinquency and crime over the life course, the impact of gang membership on human development, the causes and consequences of child maltreatment, and intergenerational continuity in antisocial behavior. He is the Principal Investigator of the Rochester Youth Development Study, a three-generation panel study begun in 1986 to examine the causes and consequences of delinquency and other forms of antisocial behaviors. 


Title: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Gender Identity – Emerging Interconnections

Presented by: John Strang, PsyD, Children's National Medical Center

Biography: Dr. John Strang is a neuropsychologist and researcher in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center.  His autism research focuses on the development of school-based interventions to improve the independence skills of young people with autism spectrum disorders.  Dr. Strang is also a collaborator with the Gender and Sexuality Development Program at Children’s National, and co-investigator with a multi-site research initiative to study gender non-conformity/transgenderism in children.  Dr. Strang has a particular research and clinical focus on the co-occurrence of autism and gender non-conformity in children and adolescents.  


Title:  Advancing Research and Action on Asian American Mental Health

Presented by: Anna S. Lau, Ph.D.

Biography: Anna S. Lau, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research is addresses a range of topics related to three broad themes: mental health disparities and services research, the dissemination and implementation of evidence based treatments for ethnic minority youth and families, and translational research that informs intervention development for ethnic minority youth and families. Her current projects include a study of the implementation of evidence-based treatments for youth within a large-scale reform of children’s mental health services in Los Angeles county and a study of school-based preventive interventions for culturally diverse adolescents at-risk for depression.


Title: Racial Dynamics at the Negotiation Table: Broadening the Dominant Paradigm.

Presented by: Brandon Crosby, Graduate Student; Social, Decisional, and Organizational Sciences  (SDOS), University of Maryland, College Park


Brandon Crosby is a third year graduate student in the SDOS program at University of Maryland.  His research focuses on the factors that impact how individuals of different races decide to initiate negotiation in the workplace.  By collecting data from African-Americans and White Americans in the workforce, Brandon has been shown that White Americans are more likely to negotiate for different workplace benefits such as promotions, bonuses and stock options.  Brandon’s research aims to understand what factors lead to this disparity, such as the organizational climate, the employee’s commitment to their supervisor and the employee’s sense of entitlement.


Title: The Relation Between Positive and Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia: Exploring the role of gender and race.

Presented by: Cristina Garcia, Graduate Student; Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park 


Cristina earned her BA in psychology from the University of Miami in 2011. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Amy Weisman on the evaluation of culturally sensitive therapy for schizophrenia. Interested in ultimately conducting her own treatment research in schizophrenia, Cristina began the PhD program here at the University of Maryland last fall and currently works with Dr. Jack Blanchard in the Laboratory of Emotion and Psychopathology. Cristina is supported by an NIMH Institutional National Research Service Award directed by Dr. Blanchard. Her research interests include social skills and motivation in schizophrenia and the prodrome.

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When & Where

University of Maryland, College Park
Stamp Student Union, Prince George's Room 1211
College Park, MD 20742

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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This free event is hosted by the  UMD Department of Psychology, in collaboration with the Clinical Psychology Department Diversity Training Committee and the BSOS Deans Office.

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