April 07, 2015
Communications and Marketing
On Wednesday, April 8, the Psychology Department will host Dr. John Kelly, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, and Dartmouth College's Dr. Alan Budney for the second annual Hechtl/Lasky Psychology Lecture series at 7 p.m., in the Dana Center, Lecture Hall 1. Kelly will present his empirical research on the effectiveness of 12-Step Programs (e.g., Alcohol Anonymous) for drug and alcohol abuse recovery and Budney will demonstrate how Behavioral Therapy with contingency management is effective for treating cannabis addiction. A discussion will follow.
The psychology department's speaker series is designed to highlight the way everyday people, research excellence, and public policy can work together to make progress for those living with psychological illness. Last year, the lecture included a screening of an addiction recovery documentary, "The Anonymous People," followed by a panel discussion of local community experts.
The series is in honor of former faculty members Richard Hechtl and Julian Jack Lasky, who were leaders in Saint Anselm College's psychology department, having devoted their careers to promoting wellness through basic and applied psychology research.
Professor Emeritus Hechtl is responsible for developing the psychology curriculum at the college and was the first chair of the department. In addition to serving many roles at the college, he worked at various facilities as a clinical psychologist. He passed away in May 2013.
Professor Lasky taught in the psychology department for many years following a distinguished career in the field. Past roles included chief of psychology for the V.A. Hospital System and running the selection program for the Peace Corps. He passed away in January 2012.
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Professor Joseph Troisi.
Story by Mark Schulze '15