Post-Doctoral Events

Fall 2017 Post-Doctoral Events

Post-Doctoral Book Club | The Professor Is In | September 27, 2017

Wednesday, September 27
PAIS 464 
12:00 noon

Post-Doctoral Book Club

"The Professor Is In" by Karen Kelsky

The book for this session will be The Professor Is In by Karen Kelsky.  The book can be purchased in print or digital format here.

Post-Doctoral Job Talk | Benefits of Reminiscing across Development: Socialization, Meaning-Making, and Well-Being | November 9, 2017

Thursday, November 9
PAIS 464
12:00 noon

Post-Doctoral Job Talk 

Jordan Booker (Psychology, Emory University)

Benefits of Reminiscing across Development: Socialization, Meaning-Making, and Well-Being

Dr. Jordan Booker completed a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at Virginia Tech and is currently an IRACDA postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. His research centers on facets of human flourishing and resilience, emphasizing periods of adolescence and early adulthood. He focuses on research questions concerning socio-emotional competence, identity development, and strengths of character. His current project builds on earlier research addressing the socio-emotional implications of family emotion discourse and young adult expressive writing. He will discuss aspects of autobiographical reminiscing in socialization, meaning-making, and well-being across three developmental periods: childhood and adolescence; emerging adulthood; and middle adulthood. 

Open discussion will follow the talk.

Post-Doctoral Job Talk | Malleable Factors in Cognitive Development: Facilitating Learning and Academic Success | November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November29, 2017
PAIS 464
12:00 noon

Post-Doctoral Job Talk

Alena Esposito (Psychology, Emory University)

Malleable Factors in Cognitive Development:  Facilitating Learning and Academic Success

Dr. Alena G. Esposito completed a Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at North Carolina State University and is currently a research scientist at Emory University. With a background in education, her research centers on malleable aspects of cognitive development that translate to academic achievement. At present, the major vehicle of her research is a longitudinal study of executive functions, language, and semantic memory- cognitive factors that have proven critical for academic success. She is pursuing this research in collaboration with a rural, low-income, school system that offers both English-only education and Spanish/English dual-language education models. In the dual-language model, students are instructed through both Spanish and English, on alternating days, without repeating content. The change in language context offers an opportunity for exploration of language and context in relation to learning and cognitive development as well as an opportunity to investigate the academic impact of a rapidly growing model of education. The research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and NSF, with current support from IES. 

Open discussion will follow the talk.