Health, Happiness, and the Study of Lives Through Time: 80 Years of Lessons from the Harvard Study of Adult Development

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
October 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM to at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

Marc Schulz, PhD, is chair and professor of psychology and Rachel C. Hale Professor in Sciences and Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College. A clinical psychologist, he is also the director of Bryn Mawr’s Clinical Developmental Psychology Program. He is co-editor of two books: Adolescence and Beyond: Family Processes and Development (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Strengthening Couple Relationships for Optimal Child Development: Lessons from Research and Intervention (American Psychological Association, 2010); co-principal investigator for two major National Institute on Aging studies; and senior research scientist for the Study of Adult Development Project based at Harvard University. 

Dr. Schulz will present a brief history of the Harvard Study of Adult Development that has closely followed over 700 individuals beginning in the 1930s. The study has sought to identify the factors that contribute to thriving and challenges across the lifespan. In the current phase of research, links between childhood adversity and mid-adult psychological and physical health in the children of original study participants are being examined. Key findings of predictors of health and happiness from this eight-decade study will be highlighted in this presentation. Person-centered approaches to research that integrate rich clinical perspectives with rigorous research methods will be described. The presentation will emphasize the influential role of close relationships and emotion processes across the lifespan and link findings from these domains to relevant conceptual perspectives, including important psychodynamically-influenced theories.  

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AUTHORIZED: 1.0 (MD, PhD, Social Work). This lecture has also been approved for 1.0 Nursing Contact Hour as established by Regulatory Authority 244 CMR 5.00: M.G.L. c. 112, §§ 74 and 74A. 

Attention NY, NJ, and ME Social Workers: the Austen Riggs Center is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. As of July 2015, ACE is accepted in 47 jurisdictions. This does not include the states of New York, New Jersey, and Maine.

No registration required. For more information contact Samantha Blache at [413] 931.5230. 

In the event of a cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a notice will be posted here no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event. 

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