Department Colloquium: Dr. Nancy Eisenberg (Michael Chandler Lecture Series)

2016_17_colloquia_graphicMICHAEL CHANDLER LECTURE

Dr. Nancy Eisenberg, Arizona State University
Children’s Effortful Self-Regulation: Conceptualization and Relations to Adjustment and Maladjustment

Abstract
Recently there has been an increasing appreciation of the role of emotion and its regulation in children’s socioemotional functioning in both typical and atypical samples.  I will discuss different conceptualizations of emotion-related self-regulation, and differentiate between effortful control and aspects of control that are less voluntary (reactive control).  After a brief discussion of expected relations of different aspects of effortful and reactive control to (mal)adjustment, I will present findings on associations of effortful control and reactive control with children’s maladjustment and social competence, with an emphasis on temperamentally based effortful control, and the mediating role of personality resiliency.

NancyNancy Eisenberg is Regents’ Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests include social, emotional, and moral development, as well as socialization influences, especially in the areas of self-regulation and adjustment. She has published numerous empirical studies, as well as books and chapters on these topics. She has also been editor of Psychological Bulletin and the Handbook of Child Psychology and was the founding editor of the Society for Research in Child Development journal Child Development Perspectives. Dr. Eisenberg has been a recipient of Research Scientist Development Awards and a Research Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health (NICHD and NIMH).

Michael Chandler biography: 
Michael Chandler is Professor Emeritus, working at UBC’s Department of Psychology. Dr. Chandler received his Bachelor of Arts in 1960 from Grinnell College, Iowa and his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of California, Berkeley where he worked with Drs. Sheldon Korchin and Theodore Sarbin. He then went on to complete two postdoctoral fellowships; one at the Menninger Foundation in Kansas and the other at the Institut des Sciences de L’Education, Universite de Geneve, in Switzerland with Dr. Jean Piaget. Dr. Chandler is a world-renowned scholar whose accolades and contributions to the field are too numerous to mention in full. He is often recognized for revolutionizing the way scholars conceptualize and study the development of social cognition or ‘theory of mind’ as well as his pioneering research on identity development. His ongoing program of research features an exploration of the role culture plays in constructing the course of identity development, shaping young people’s emerging sense of ownership of their personal and cultural past, and their commitment to their own and their community’s future well being. These efforts, along with more than 150 published books, articles and book chapters, have earned Dr. Chandler the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Senior Research Prize, led to his being awarded the Killam Teaching Prize, and resulted in his twice being named a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Distinguished Scholar in Residence. His research and scholarly efforts have also resulted in his being appointed as Canada’s only Distinguished Investigator of both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). Dr. Chandler’s research with children at risk began more than 35 years ago with an article (co-authored with A. Sameroff) that was selected by the Society for Research in Child Development for inclusion in a book entitled Twenty Studies That Revolutionized Child Psychology.  Professor Chandler‘s program of research dealing with identity development and suicide in Aboriginal youth was singled out for publication as a book and as an invited Monograph of the Society for Research in Child Development (recently translated into French), and is the only program of Canadian research featured in WHO’s recently released report on the social determinants of health.

Annually the Department of Psychology hosts a Colloquia Series throughout the academic year.