All colloquium will take place on Friday at 3:00P, and be held in Jamrich 1322. 

October 13, 2017 - 

Kristina J. Olson-Pupek, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Lake Superior State University 


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.