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SEPA Annual Meeting - Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

CEPO/SEPA Invited Speaker:



Keynote Speakers:

Monica Baskin, Ph.D.

Dr. Baskin is an expert in the area of minority health and health disparities. She is a professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. Her research interests include culturally-relevant behavioral interventions for cancer prevention and control and obesity prevention and treatment and Community-based Participatory Research. She is well-recognized for her highlycompetitive grant funded research projects in the areas of obesity, cancer prevention, diabetes, and sickle cell. She is a research scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center and an affiliate of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship; the National Institutes of Health/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar Award; the 2016 Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research, UAB Department of Medicine; and the 2013 Rural Health Heroes Award, The University of Alabama Institute for Rural Health Research. Baskin has published prolifically in the areas of obesity, culturally competent interventions, health promotion programs in Black churches, and motivational interviewing. Baskin received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Emory University, and her master’s in Community Counseling and doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University.

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Cirleen DeBlaere, Ph.D.

Dr. DeBlaere is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University. Prior to coming to Georgia State, Dr. DeBlaere was a faculty member in the Department of Education and Human Services at Lehigh University. Her research focuses on the marginalized and underserved populations with particular emphasis on intersectionality and multiple forms of oppression (e.g., LGBTQ, race). Her areas of expertise include research on mental health outcomes and oppression, role of positive psychology in mental health outcomes and oppression, and scale development and measurement with marginalized populations.

She is widely published in the top journals in Counseling Psychology and recognized for her interdisciplinary research, and her research is highly cited. She serves as Associate Editor for two journals and also on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She has won numerous prestigious awards, including the 2015 NMCS Rising Star Award, 2012 Research on Psychotherapy with Women Award, 2012 Women of Color Psychologies Award, 2011 Outstanding The Counseling Psychologist (TCP) Major Contribution Award, 2010 Best Poster Presentation Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, 2012 Society of Counseling Psychology Leadership Academy.

DeBlaere received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston University, master’s degree in general psychology from New York University, and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida.

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Stevan Hobfoll, Ph.D.

Dr. Stevan Hobfoll has authored and edited 12 books, including TRAUMATIC STRESS, THE ECOLOGY OF STRESS, STRESS CULTURE AND COMMUNITY, and THE IMPERFECT GUARDIAN (an historical novel set in Eastern Europe at the time of WWI). In addition, he has authored over 250 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has been a frequent workshop leader on stress, war, and terrorism, stress and health, and organizational stress. He has received over $18 million in research grants on stress. Dr. Hobfoll is currently the Judd and Marjorie Weinberg Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush Medical College in Chicago, joining Rush in 2008. His current research focuses on terrorism, war and PTSD and on the connection between stress and biological-health outcomes.

Dr. Hobfoll was a Senior Fellow of the Center for National Security Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. Formerly at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Universities, and an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces, he remains involved with the problem of stress in Israel. Dr. Hobfoll was cited by the Encyclopædia Britannica for his contribution to knowledge and understanding for his Ecology of Stress volume and received lifetime achievement awards for his work on stress and health and traumatic stress from several scientific societies. He was co-chair of the American Psychological Association Commission on Stress and War during Operation Desert Storm, helping plan for the prevention of prolonged distress among military personnel and their families, member of the U.S. Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), and a member of APA’s Task Force on Resilience in Response to Terrorism. Dr. Hobfoll published the first randomized clinical trial on the prevention of HIV/AIDS in women. He has been a consultant to several nations, military organizations, and major corporations on problems of stress and health. His work on mass casualty intervention was designated as one of the most influential recent contributions to psychiatry. He was designated one of three Distinguished Scientist Lecturers by the American Psychological Association for 2017.

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Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D.

Dr. Antonio Puente, the 2017 President of the American Psychological Association, is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). He has taught at UNCW since 1981. He taught at St. George’s University School of Medicine before joining the faculty at UNCW. He teaches in the areas of Brain and Behavior, Clinical Neuropsychology and History of Psychology; and his research focuses on the interface between culture and neuropsychology. He is a well-known international and national researcher, collaborator, and lecturer. He is a visiting professor at UCLA and the Universidad de Granada in Spain.

Puente is founding director of UNCW’s Centro Hispano. In addition, he is founder and co-director of mental health services at the Cape Fear Clinic, a bilingual health center serving the poor and uninsured. He also maintains a private practice in clinical neuropsychology with a focus on clinical and forensic assessments.

He has served in several leadership positions including president of the N.C. Psychological Association, the N.C. Psychological Foundation, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology; and member of the Editorial Panel of the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology Committee; and President Emeritus of the Cape Fear Clinic Board of Directors. Dr. Puente received the APA’s Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice Award in 2011.

Puente received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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CEPO/SEPA Invited Speaker:

Luis M. Rivera, Ph.D.

Dr. Rivera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Principal Investigator of the Rutgers Implicit Social Cognition (RISC) lab at Rutgers University, Newark. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in experimental social psychology with a specialization in implicit social cognition theory and methodology. His research focuses on the implicit social cognitive processes that underlie the expression of stereotyped attitudes and how these processes shape the self-concept, identity, and health of individuals from stigmatized groups.  His current projects focus on understanding the conditions under which the motivation to maintain one’s self-image and group-image shapes the expression of implicit and explicit stereotyped attitudes, testing the role of implicit self-stereotyping as a mechanism underlying obesity among stigmatized individuals, and the impact of crime on implicit self and identity processes.

Dr. Rivera has (co)authored articles in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Social Cognition, Journal of Social Issues, Psychology of Men and Masculinity, and the Albany Law Review.  His health disparities research was partially funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, where he also served as a fellow.  Dr. Rivera currently serves on the editorial board of the journal, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, the official publication of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45), and represents the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9) on APA’s legislative body, the Council of Representatives.

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