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The Stress Center presents their 2017 speaker series with the purpose of providing a series of talks that can catalyze research collaboration and community partnerships. These talks focus on topics that align with our core interest in basic and applied research on stress in a variety of contexts.

The series is currently scheduled to take place within the College of Education & Human Development.

Presentation Summaries  Presentation Pictures 

4/28: “Can Adversity Strengthen Character?” (1:00 — ­3:30 p.m.) CEHD room 1030

Eranda Jayawickreme is an assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest University. He received his Ph.D. in positive and social/personality psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He is currently the project co-leader of the Pathways to Character Project, a $3.4 million initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation examining the possibilities for the strengthening of character following adversity, challenge or failure.

Jayawickreme’s research focuses on well-being, moral psychology, psychological growth following adversity, wisdom, and integrative theories of personality, and has worked with populations in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and various populations in the U.S. His awards include the 2015 Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science, a Mellon Refugee Initiative Fund Fellowship, and grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton Religion Trust and the Asia Foundation/USAID.

5/12: “Resilience in Iraqi Refugees: An exploration of Individual and Community Assets” (1:00 — ­3:30 p.m.) CEHD room 1030

Winnie Chan is an assistant professor of psychology at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. in Community and Prevention Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. She then served as a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota from 2010-2011. Her research focuses on promoting positive youth development in adolescents and young adults of color.