October 8 - Psych Grand Rounds

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds 2021-2022

The Jason Pressley Visiting Lectureship

October 8, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Claude M. Steele, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University

"Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The science of a diverse community"


Join us as we host Dr. Claude M. Steele, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the under-performance of minority students in higher education. He holds B.A. in Psychology from Hiram College, an M.A. in Social Psychology from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistical Psychology from Ohio State University. He is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society. Drawing on stereotype threat and social identity threat research, this Grand Rounds presentation will address the why, what and how of diverse learning communities: why they are important, a working hypothesis about what is critical to their success and what research reveals about how to achieve that success. The talk’s practical aim is to identify features of diverse learning communities—schools, universities and academic disciplines—that while good for all students, are especially helpful for minority students generally, and for women in STEM fields. The talk will also explore the psychological
significance of community and its role in learning.

At the completion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify features of diverse learning communities that are helpful for minority students
2. Explore the psychological significance of community
3. Explore the psychological significance of community and that role in learning

The Jason Pressley Visiting Lectureship honors the memory of then 26 year-old Jason Pressley, who was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at a young age. Jason's list was sadly taken by Bipolar Disorder in April of 2000. His family and friends share the goal of encouraging and supporting research that will help patients with Bipolar Disorder and their families better understand the illness and discover more effective means ot treating it. The Jason Pressley Visiting Lectureship is the first endowment of its kind for the MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


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