October 18, 2013

Coping with Tragedy Topic
Of HCC Psychology Conferences

Oct. 18-19, Events Center, Beacon Hall

BRIDGEPORT - Classroom techniques for coping with tragedy is one focus of the two psychology conferences being held today and tomorrow at HCC.

Today, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall, Dr. Michael DiPietro of Kennesaw State University will discuss classroom response to tragedies such as Virginia Tech and Newtown. At 10:15 a.m. in Room 273 in Beacon Hall, Dr. Mary O’Keeffe of Providence College and Dr. Randi Kim of Rhode Island College will discuss ways to promote student adjustment and healing in the wake of such tragedies. These events are part of the 19th annual meeting of the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology.

- Tonight at 6:45 p.m., Dr. Daniel Schacter of Harvard University, will update the current understanding of the seven types of memory “errors” he’s explored. He’ll give special attention to the phenomenon of absent mindedness.

Tomorrow’s roster of speakers includes Dr. Kelly Brownell of Yale University, an expert in nutrition (10:10 am.) , and Dr. Kevin Pelphrey of Yale, a specialist in autism. Dr. Brownell will address the question, “Does Psychology Have a Role in Changing the American Diet” while Dr. Pelphrey (12:40 a.m.) will discuss his work with autistic children using neuroimagingTh3se are part of t the 53rd annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association.
The events will be held in Beacon Hall.

HCC is located AT 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit1), a block from the Harbor Yard sports complex. Free parking is available in the Housatonic Garage.