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Powell Psychology Lecturer to find 'Common Thread'

Alfred University’s (AU) inaugural Arthur and Leah Powell Distinguished Lecture in Psychology will be presented by Dr. Frank Farley, a leading scholar on extreme behavior including creative risk-taking, at 10 a.m., Friday, April 26 in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The public is welcome.

Hosted by Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families, the Arthur and Leah Powell Distinguished Lecture in Psychology is presented as one of many contributions the Powells have made to advance the AU academic experience. Arthur L. Powell chaired the AU board of trustees from 1989 – 1995 and the couple maintain a strong relationship with the university.

Farley is a psychologist and L.H. Carnal Professor of educational psychology at Temple University.  He is a former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a current member of the APA’s Council of Representatives.

The lecture – “Seeking a Common Thread Among Risk-takers, Heroes, Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Thrill Seekers, Delinquents, and More” – will be based on Farley’s particular studies on behavior. His areas of study include motivation, personality and risk-taking in education and society, as well as public policy, and leadership.

Farley is a fellow of the APA, the American Association for the advancement of Science, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He is also a cofounder of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences.

The Leah R. Powell Institute for Children and Families was established in 2002 as an organizing entity for the research, training, and services mission of the AU School of Psychology. The institute houses research faculty, The Center for Rural School Psychology, The Child and Family Services Center, and the Rural Justice Institute.

Approximately one-third of the nation’s psychology programs operate clinic facilities as integral components of training. Less than half of those programs operate clinics that offer help beyond assessment services. With the development of the Leah R. Powell Institute, AU joined this small group of schools operating multi-service clinic facilities.