Colloquium This Week*:

Colloquia held in Jamrich 1322 on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified.*

November 17th, 2017 - No colloquium scheduled


17-18 Academic Year Colloquium Schedule 

September 8, 2017 - Kevin McDowell, PsyD

Dr. McDowell is part of the neuropsychology team at the Brain & Spine Center, at UP Health System Marquette. Kevin is a 2008 NMU Psychology Alumnus.

A Primer on Psychological Assessment

One of the most unique and valuable tools a clinical psychologist has to offer is psychological assessment. In this talk, we will review the major realms of assessment. These include: cognitive, neuropsychological, projective personality, and objective personality. Specific attention will be paid to clinical applications and actual case vignettes will be used throughout.

September 15, 2017 - Amber Lacrosse, PhD

Ceftriaxone Attenuates Cocaine Relapse After Abstinence Through Modulation Of Nucleus Accumbens AMPA Subunit Expression

Amber, a 2010 NMU Psychology alumnus, is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aurora Research Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Description: Cocaine addiction is a chronic relapsing disease that is characterized by drug craving and loss of inhibitory control. A major challenge in the successful treatment of cocaine addiction is reducing the risk of relapse, which remains high after months, or even years of abstinence. Using the extinction-reinstatement model of cocaine relapse, the antibiotic ceftriaxone attenuates cue- and cocaine-primed reinstatement of cocaine-seeking, which is contingent upon the release of glutamate in the nucleus accumbens core. We will discuss the mechanism of action by which ceftriaxone attenuates reinstatement in the extinction-reinstatement model and whether or not this treatment attenuates context-primed relapse following abstinence without extinction training, a model that translates to a clinical setting. We will also discuss whether reversal learning training in a non-drug associated context during early withdrawal from self-administration of cocaine would protect against relapse to cocaine-seeking behavior.


September 22, 2017 - Dr. Mary Pelton-Cooper, PsyD

Psychotherapy with People on the Autism Spectrum: A Clinician's Perspective

Dr. Pelton Cooper, a local psychologist in private practice will discuss the challenges and rewards of treating people with mild Autism Spectrum Disorder. She will also report on the LifeMAP life management assistance program she attended at the Asperger's Autism Network in Boston, MA. 




September 29, 2017 - Psychology Programs and Research at NMU*

We are pleased to extend an invitation to all interested persons -- Faculty, Staff, Students, Members of the Public -- to join us in listening to and participating in this session of our Colloquia Series.

*This colloquium will provide an overview of academic programs offered by the Department of Psychological Science at NMU, including upcoming changes to these programs (and addition of a pre-clinical program) and the courses that are planned for the next academic year. Presentations will include announcements of events planned in Psychology and ways for students to get involved in student groups. Faculty from the department will provide a short overview of their research and discuss ways that students can engage in these experiences. The colloquium will be especially relevant to current majors in Psychology and those considering a major in Psychology. Refreshments will be provided.

October 6, 2017 - No colloquium scheduled


October 13, 2017 - Kristina J. Olson-Pupek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Lake Superior State University 

Title: Water Taste: Aquaporins and Osmotic Detection in the Peripheral Gustatory System

Description: The mammalian taste system serves two primary functions: nutrient detection and toxin avoidance. Unfortunately, there are still many unanswered questions concerning the role of taste in sensing other essential substances such as water. Previous research which examined a potential mechanism for responding to changes in solution osmolarity in taste receptor cells, aquaporin channels, will be discussed and future avenues of investigation for this topic will be presented.



October 20, 2017 - No colloquium scheduled

October 27, 2017 - Chris Manlick, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, Residential Rehabilitation, Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Title: Masculinity and Men's Relationships

Description: The psychology of men and masculinity focuses on gender roles and norms for men. This talk will focus specifically on how these norms shape men's identities and men's relationships with each other. Specific consideration will be given to norms of competition among men.



December 1st, 2017 - Jason Nicholas

Director of Institutional Research and Analysis, NMU


16-17 Academic Year Colloquia

March 31, 2017 - Is it Important that Education be Practical? 

Kristopher G. Phillips, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Languages and Philosophy, Southern Utah University


I make an argument for the claim that the focus on a "practical" education is misguided. Taking philosophy as an example of a field traditionally understood to be "impractical," an exploration of the history of science in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries reveals that a study of philosophy cultivates a skill set of logic and critical thinking that are crucial for those who study science and mathematics. The study of philosophy is impractical in that it does not prepare students for any specific profession. But it is this impracticality that makes philosophy, and liberal arts education generally, central to its identity and value: it creates an individual who is more empathic, open-minded, and self-aware that would not be possible if philosophy and liberal arts education were subordinated to some practical goal.


March 24, 2017 - Psychology Programs and Research at NMU 

This colloquium will provide an overview of academic programs offered by the Psychology Department at NMU, including upcoming changes to these programs and the courses that are planned for the next academic year. Presentations will include announcements of events planned in Psychology and ways for students to get involved in student groups. Faculty from the department will provide a short overview of their research and discuss ways that students can engage in these experiences. The colloquium will be especially relevant to current majors in Psychology and those considering a major in Psychology. 

February 17, 2017 - Ndo'o-nim

R.J. Bauer-Green, General Psychology Master's Student

This talk will present an analysis of Algonquin Thunder clan Medicine Warrior teachings and their application to PTSD therapy. 









February 10, 2017 - Applied Psychology in Law Enforcement 

John O'Neill, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Behavioral Scientist, Force Science Institute, Ltd.


This colloquium will present data from evidence-based applications of behavioral

methods and procedures in law enforcement. Topics will include an analysis of

physical skills training and subsequent maintenance/retention of skills, the contexts

and officer behaviors associated with the unintentional discharge of firearms, and

the broader implications of applying scientific methods and procedures in the profession. 



February 3, 2017 - Sexual Assault in Context: Implications for Research and Practice

Alan McEvoy, Professor of Sociology and Head, Department of Sociology and Anthropology



This presentation offers an overview of contemporary issues in the study of sexual violence,

including sexual assault on campus. Particular attention is given to the concept of "post traumatic growth"

and to the role of "secondary victims" in relation to the healing process following an assault. Implications

for clinical practice and for social policies to address sexual violence will be considered. 




December 2, 2016 - The Familial Effects Of Media Introduction Into Rural Households

Steven VandenAvond, Vice President, Extended Learning/Community Engagement, Northern Michigan University 


Electronic media have become ubiquitous throughout American communities
and most American households have multiple electronic media options.
Both academic research and popular opinion have attributed electronic media use,
including radio, television, video games (console, computer, and phone-based),
and general internet access with having a wide range of familial impacts.
However, research that explores the effects of media on children and their families is
fraught with methodological difficulties. The present discussion will not only explore
the methodological complications in establishing causality from the introduction of
new media into rural households, it summarizes two studies designed to establish the
effects of familial media introduction and outlines new media research related to NMU's
expansion of its educational broadband program (NMU LTE).


November 18, 2016 - Graduate Student Research in Psychology Department - Proposals from PY505 Advanced Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences

Adam Prus, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Psychology 

First and second year graduate students in the General Psychology and
Applied Behavior Analysis master’s degree programs in Psychology will
give poster presentations on their research proposals for PY505
Advanced Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences. Most of the
students in this class intend these to be proposals for their final
research projects in their programs. Students will be presenting on a
variety of topics including e-cigarettes, managing behavior in the
classroom, treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder, stress in student
athletes, the receptor pharmacology of gabapentin, and many more! 
This colloquium will provide an opportunity to share ideas, discuss
future research directions, and learn about a variety of fields and
sub-fields in Psychology in a conference-style format.

November 11, 2016 - Case Studies in Progressive Dementia

Amanda Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Board Certified Neuropsychology, UP Health System--Marquette



Presentation discuss some unusual cases of dementia.
Presentation will cover typical symptom profiles, pathology involved,
diagnostics and the role of neuropsychological testing in the evaluation process.





November 4, 2016 - A 2-Level, 2 - Part Latent Variable Modeling Approach to Quantifying Hollywood Movie Smoking Exposure

Michael Stoolmiller, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, Michigan State University 

Michael Stoolmiller


In 2012, the US Surgeon General concluded that watching cigarette smoking by
actors in Hollywood movies causes young teens to try smoking. My talk will
focus on the larger social context of the tobacco epidemic and the
scientific methods and evidence that led to the Surgeon General's 2012
conclusion. I will introduce a 2-part, 2-level latent variable model that
may be helpful in advancing our understanding of how exposure to adult
content (sex, violence, alcohol and tobacco) in movies leads to the onset of
teen smoking.