Kendon Smith Lectures

Kendon Smith

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series is an endowed annual lecture series that brings international experts to UNCG to discuss a topic related to mind and behavior that is of general interest to both the academic community and the public. The lectures are hosted by the Department of Psychology at UNCG. They usually occur on the UNCG campus over a two-day period, and they are open to the public free of charge.

The Kendon Smith Lectures are named in honor and memory of Dr. Kendon Smith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, UNCG. Professor Smith was a former Head of the Psychology Department and had served the University and the Department for many years as a respected scientist, scholar, teacher and friend.


Youth Culture, Identity, and Development in the Digital Age

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series will be held in the SOE 120 on April 4, 2024 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm and April 5, 2024 from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm.


  • Dr. Patricia Greenfield Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA and Associate of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
  • Dr. Monique Ward Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology University of Michigan
  • Dr. Gail Ferguson Associate Professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota 
  • Dr. Linda Charmaraman Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College 

The Kendon Smith Lectures are free and open to the public. For disability accommodations, or other information, please contact Kelsey Hewitt at or 336-334-5480. The Spring 2024 series was organized by Dr. Michaeline Jensen and the KSL Planning Committee.

Past Lecture Series

2023: Understanding People from Faces: From Detection to Discrimination

  • Historical Migration Patterns Shape Contemporary Cultures of Emotion, Dr. Paula Niedenthal, Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • The Impact of the Race of Perceiver and Targets on Percetions of Trustworthiness: A Black and White Perspective, Dr. Kerry Kawakami, Professor of Psychology and Walter Gordon York Research Chair in Equity and Diversity, York University
  • Modeling Impressions from Faces, Dr. Alexander Todorov, Leon Carroll Marshall Professor of Behavioral Science and Richard Rosett Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Judging by First Impressions: The Persistent (and Pernicious) Impact of Appearance, Dr. Kerri Johnson, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Communication, and Associate Dean of Research for the Social Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

2021: Are We What We Eat? An Interdisciplinary Look at Food, Culture, and Health

  • Food Justice, Food Apartheid and Urban Planning, Dr. Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University
  • Strategic Science: Harnessing Science to Create Social and Policy Impact, Dr. Kelly Brownell, Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Director of the World Food Policy Center, Duke University
  • We Eat What We Like: Insights from the Beginning, Dr. Julie A. Mennella, Monell Chemical Senses Center
  • What the Child Brings to the Table:  The Role of Temperament in Parent Feeding, Child Eating and Child Weight Status, Dr. Cynthia Stifter, Professor Emeritus of Human Development,  Pennsylvania State University

2019: Close relationships: From initiation to maintenance

  • The self-expansion model: Implications of recent behavioral and neural research for understanding and enhancing relationships, Dr. Arthur Aron, Research Professor of Psychology, Stony Brook University 
  • The all-or-nothing marriage, Dr. Eli Finkel, Professor of Psychology, and Management and Organizations, Northwestern University
  • The everyday lives of families: How our experiences, emotions and biology become interlaced with close others and shape our health, Dr. Rena Repetti, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Partner buffering of attachment insecurity, Dr. Jeff Simpson, Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota

2018: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From the Lab to the Clinic

  • Does the Psychological Context of Trauma Matter? An Alternative Approach to Comorbidity, Dr. J. Gayle Beck, University of Memphis
  • Project Valor: Using Patient Registries to Inform Research on Psychopathology, Outcomes, and Utilization, Dr. Terence Keane, Boston University School of Medicine
  • The State of the Evidence on Psychotherapy for PTSD, Dr. Paula Schnurr, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • The Evolution of Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dr. Patricia Resick, Duke University School of Medicine

2017: Memory across time: From neurons to life stories

  • The hippocampus: Memory in time, Dr. Howard Eichenbaum, Boston University 
  • Memory and Imagination: Functions of Episodic Simulation and Retrieval, Dr. Daniel Schacter, Harvard University
  • Origins of Autobiography: Development of Memory and the Life Story, Dr. Elaine Reese, University of Otago
  • Asking Child Witnesses about Time and Number, Dr. Thomas Lyon, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

2015 Fall: Gene-Environment Interactions in Psychopathology and Beyond

  • Pugnacity Genes? It Depends on What You Believe, Dr. Stephen B. Manuck, University of Pittsburgh
  • What’s the Brain Got To Do With It? Everything! Dr. Ahmad Hariri, Duke University
  • The Ballad of the Serotonin Transporter Gene, Dr. Avshalom Caspi, Duke University
  • Using Genetics to Understand the Development of Health and Well-being Across the Life Course, Dr. Avshalom Caspi, Duke University

2015 Spring: Self in a Social World: Social Psychological Perspectives on Self and Identity

  • We Are All Flawed Intellects But Unaware of It, Dr. David Dunning, Cornell University
  • The Social Self: Relationships in the Egosystem and the Ecosystem, Dr. Jennifer Crocker, The Ohio State University
  • Identity Based Motivation: Core Processes and Intervention Examples, Dr. Daphna Oyserman; University of Southern California
  • The Psychology of Change: Self-Affirmation and Social Psychological Intervention, Dr. Geoffrey Cohen, Stanford University

2014: Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Youth: Achievement, Adaptation, and Mental Health

  • A Perfect Storm: Disparities for Immigrant Youth Needing Behavioral Health Care., Dr. Margarita Alegria
  • Transationalism of the Heart: Psychological and Educational Implications of Family Separations., Dr. Carola Suarez-Orozco
  • Trajectories of academic and psychological well being among ethnic minority adolescents: Findings from the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education.Dr. Diane Hughes
  • Why do Latino Teens Help Their Family and What Does it Mean for their Development?, Dr. Andrew Fulgini

2013: The Development of Scientific Reasoning

  • Experimental investigations of children’s skills at experimentation., David Klahr, Carnegie Mellon University
  • What scientists, students and neuroscience reveals about the acquisition, testing, and understanding of scientific concepts., Dr. Kevin Dunbar, University of Maryland
  • Evolving Minds: Developing conceptions of purpose and change in nature, Dr.Deborah Kelemen, Boston University
  • Scientific thinking: What develops and what needs to develop, Dr. Deanna Kuhn, Columbia University

2012: Understanding Depression and Anxiety: Biopsychosocial Factors in Emotional Reactivity and Implications for Prevention and Treatment

  • Understanding and Reducing Risk for Depression, Dr. Ian Gotlib, David Starr Jordan Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
  • Toward an Objective Characterization of Depressive Phenotypes: Clues from Affective Neuroscience, Dr. Diego Pizzagalli, John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
  • Common and specific risk factors for mood and anxiety disorders: Prospective four year follow-up results from the Youth Emotion Project, Dr. Susan Mineka, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Northwestern
  • Social Anxiety: The Role of Emotion (Dys)Regulation in Its Nature and Treatment, Dr. Richard Heimberg, Professor and David Kipnis Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Psychology, Temple University

2010: Making sense of the everyday world: Developing folk theories of Mind, Behavior, and Science

  • Universal Social Cognition: Early Theory of Mind, Dr. Henry M. Wellman, Harold W. Stevenson Collegiate Professor of Psychology University of Michigan;
  • What Does it Mean for Children to Have a Folk Science?, Dr. Frank C. Keil, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics Yale University;
  • Young Children Seek Agreement, Dr. Paul L. Harris, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education Harvard University
  • How People Make Sense of Human Action: From Perception and Inference to Explanation and Moral Judgment, Dr. Bertram F. Malle, Professor of Psychology, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University

2009: Maintaining Mental Fitness: Influences and Interventions

  • Dr. Naftali Raz, professor of gerontology and psychology at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. “Brain Aging, its Modifiers and Cognitive Correlates”
  • Dr. Denise Park, director of the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas. “The Adaptive Brain: Responding to the Challenge of Cognitive Aging,”
  • Dr. Neil Charness, William G. Chase Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. “The Role of Culture in Developing and Maintaining Mental Fitness”
  • Dr. Arthur Kramer, professor of human perception and performance at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Enhancing Cognition and Brain Health through Physical Activity and Cognitive Training”

2008: Childhood social anxiety: Bridging developmental and clinical perspectives

  • Dr. Ronald Rapee, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia.  Assessing the overlap between fearful temperament and anxiety disorders.
  • Dr. Nathan Fox, University of Maryland.  Mechanisms of attention moderate relations between temperament and anxiety in children.
  • Dr. Kathryn Kerns, Kent State University.  Parent-child relationships and social anxiety in middle childhood: Considering unique influences and mediating mechanisms.
  • Dr. Dina Hirschfeld Becker, Harvard Medical School.  Social phobia is common, debilitating, and persistent.

2007: Monkey-See Monkey-Do; Humans-See Humans-Learn?Social Influences on the Development of Thought

  • Andrew Meltzoff, University of Washington [Roots of Social Cognition: The “Like Me” Hypothesis]
  • Patricia Bauer, Emory University  [The Versatility of Imitation: A Tool to Study and Enhance Thought]
  • Susan Gelman, University of Michigan [Language as a Tool for Thought: Evidence from Young Children]
  • Duane Rumbaugh, Great Ape Trust of Iowa and Georgia State University  [Why and How Monkeys, Apes, and Human Learn by Observation and Social Influence: The Roots of Intelligence via Basic Processes]

2006: Parental Influences and Gene by Environment Interactions in Psychological Development

  • Michael Meaney, McGill University  [Programming Individual Differences in Emotion and Reproductive Strategies Through Variations in Maternal Care]
  • Alison Fleming, University of Toronto  [Mothering begets Mothering: Is the Rat Model a Useful One?]
  • Katherine Wynne-Edwards, Queens University [Becoming “Daddy”: Hormonal and Social Cues That Influence the Other Parent]
  • Marc Bornstein, National Institutes of Health/NICHD  [Methodological, Cross-Cultural, and Theoretical Issues Contemporary Parenting Studies]

2005: Innovative Approaches to the Study of Change and Development

  • Dr. Judith D. Singer, Harvard Graduate School of Education [Longitudinal Research: Current Status and Future Prosects]
  • Dr. John R. Nesselroade, University of Virginia   [Intra-individual Variability Perspectives on Studying Change]
  • Dr. Kenneth A. Bollen, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill  [On the Origins of Latent Curve Models]
  • Dr. John J. McArdle, University of Southern California   [Recent Developments in Latent Growth Curve Modeling]

2004: Conscious Control of Cognition and Behavior: A Science of Freedom and Will?

  • Dr. John Bargh, Yale University [The Nonconscious Operation of Working Memory Structures]
  • Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Princeton University   [The Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Control]
  • Dr. Larry Jacoby, Washington University  [Modes of Cognitive Control: Toward Rehabilitating the Memory Performance of Older Adults]
  • Dr. Gordon Logan, Vanderbilt University [The Homunculus and the Thought Pump: An Exploration of the Cognitive Origins of Causal Agency]

2003: Bridging Research to Policy and Practice in Early Childhood Mental Health

  • Dr. Norm Anderson,CEO, American Psychological Association and UNCG Alumnus [Role of APA in the Translation of Research to Practice and Public Policy]
  • Dr. Jane Knitzer, Deputy Director of the National Center for Children in Poverty at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University [Research, Policy and Practice Perspectives on Early Childhood Mental Health: Facing the Challenge]
  • Dr. Sharon Landesman Ramey, Susan Mayer Professor in Child and Family Studies and the Founding Director, along with Craig Ramey, of the Center on Health and Education  [Promoting Young Children’s Success in School and Life]
  • Dr. Barbara Friesen, Director of the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health  [Families, Early Childhood and Evidence Based Practice: How Does it all Come Together?]

2002: The Self as an Organizing Construct in Psychological Science

  • Dr. Mark R. Leary, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Wake Forest University[Facilitator and Discussant]
  • Dr. Carol S. Dweck, Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University [Self-Systems: Their Impact on Achievement, Self-Esteem, and Depression]
  • Dr. Roy F. Baumeister, Professor, Department of Psychology, Case Western Reserve [The Cultural Animal: Human Nature, Social Life, and the Self]
  • Dr. Walter Mischel, Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University [Attention Control in the Service of the Agentic Self]
  • Dr. Hazel R. Markus, Professor, Department of Psychology, Stanford University [Sociocultural Diversit in the Construction of Action]

2001: Vulnerability to Mental Illness: Lessons from Experimental and Developmental Psychopathology

  • Dr. Lyn Y. Abramson, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cognitive vulnerability and invulnerability to depression: Theory, evidence, and implications for prevention Why are some people vulnerable to depression whereas others never seem to become depressed?
  • Dr. Mark F. Lenzenweger, State University of New York at Binghamton. Explorations in schizotypy: Mapping an alternative expression of schizophrenia liability.
  • Dr. Terrie E. Moffitt, Kings College (London) & University of Wisconsin-Madison. Conduct problems, juvenile delinquency, and violent crime: Following 1000 young people from birth to adulthood.
  • Dr. Don C. Fowles, University of Iowa, Roundtable Discusstant.

2000: Current Perspectives on Children’s Emerging Knowledge of Mind and Reality

  • Dr. John Flavell, Professor, Department of Psychology Stanford University  [Development of intuitions about mental experiences]
  • Dr. Jacqueline Woolley, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin  [The development of beliefs about mental-physical causality in imagination, magic, and religion]
  • Dr. Judy Dunn, Professor, Social, Genetic, and Developmental Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London  [Individual differences in understanding mind and emotion: Significance, antecedents, sequelae]
  • Dr. Alison Gopnik, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkele [Roundtable Discussion]

1999: Stereotyping and prejudice: Barriers and Breakthroughs

  • Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji, Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University  [The Roots of Prejudice]
  • Dr. Galen V. Bodenhausen, Professor, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University  [Unique Individual or Interchangeable Group Member? Determinants of Stereotyping in Social Perception]
  • Dr. Monica R. Biernat, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas  [The Role of American Values in Supporting and Thwarting Outgroup Prejudice]
  • Dr. Patricia G. Devine, Professor, Department of Psychology University of Wisconsin-Madison  [Acceptance or Backlash? Responses to Normative Pressure Discouraging Prejudice]

1998: The Aging Mind: Theoretical Issues in Aging and Cognition

  • Dr. Lynn Hasher, Professor, Department of Psychology, Duke University  [Inhibitory Control Deficits: Cognitive Consequences]
  • Dr. Timothy Salthouse, Regents Professor, School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology  [Structure and Process in Cognitive Aging]
  • Dr. David Balota, Professor, Department of Psychology, Washington University  [Attention and Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease]
  • Dr. Fergus I. M. Craik, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto [Prospective Memory and Aging: Some Recent Studies]

1997: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Theoretical Examination

  • Russel A. Barkley, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center
  • Virginia I. Douglas, Professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University
  • Herbert C. Quay, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Miami
  • C. Keith Conners, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center
  • TOPICS: Theory overview & discussion of cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and social deficits Discussion of how theory accounts for developmental course & comorbidity Implications for clinical asessment & treatment

1996: Emotion in Typical and Atypical Development

  • Ross Thompson, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska “The Lessons of Early Relationships”
  • Nancy Eisenberg, Regents’ Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University “Emotion, Regulation, and Social Functioning”
  • Jude Cassidy, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland “Children’s Contributions to Creating Their Own Environments: The Role of Self-feelings”
  • Pamela Cole, Professor, Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University Roundtable Discussion

1995: Human Aggression: Research Addresses Social Problems

  • Robert B. Cairns, Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Stepping Stones from Aggression to Violence”
  • Leonard D. Eron, Research Scientist and Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan; Research Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Chicago “How Children Learn to be Criminals”
  • Mary P. Koss, Profssor of Family and Community, Pschiatry and Psychology, University of Arizona “Victimization by Sexual Violence”

1992: Emergence of Basic Language Processes in Young Infants

  • Jason Birnholz, Diagnostic Ultrasound Consultants, Oak Brook, Illinois “Preparation for Language?”
  • Patricia K. Kuhl, Virginia Merill Bloedel Scholar, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington “Infants’ Perception of Speech: A Window on the Ontogeny and Phlogeny of Human Language”
  • John L. Locke, Director and Senior Research Scientist, Neurolinguistics Laboratory, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Massachusetts General Hospital “The Creation of Linguistic Capacity: Evolution in the Species, Development in the Child”

1991: The Psychology of Literacy

  • Michael I. Posner, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon “Lexical Access: From Functional Anatomy to Cogntive Development”
  • James W. Stigler, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles “Cross-Cultural Studies of Mathematics Learning: Why American Children Lag”
  • Daniel P. Keating, Department of Instruction and Special Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education “Developing a Literate Habit of Mind”

1990: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Learning and Memory

  • Mark R. Rosenzweig, Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkley “Neural Mechanisms of Learing and Memory”
  • Paul L. Gold, Department of Psychology, Life Science Laboratories, University of Virginia “Regulation of Memory Storage Processing by Glucose Levels in Rodents and Humans”
  • Robert W. Dykes, Centre de Recherche en Sciences Neurologiques, Universite de Montreal “Acetylcholine and Neuronal Plasticity: A Cellular Mechanism for Memory Storage”

1989: Perspectives on the Development of Motor Behavior

  • J. A. Scott Kelso, Creech Chair in Science, Center for Complex Systems and Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University “Dynamic Patterns: A Language for Behavior” “Implications of Dynamic Pattern Theory for Learning and Development”
  • Esther Thelen, Department of Psychology, Indiana University “Self-Organization and the Acquisition of Skill” “Dynamical Systems in Movement and Development”
  • Ronald Oppenheim, Program in Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Department of Anatomy, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University “The Neuroembryological Development of Spinal Motor Systems” “Conceptual Issues in the Ontogeny of MotorActivity: Past and Present”
  • John Fentress, Department of Psychology and Biology, Dalhousie University “Developmental Processes in Movement: How Do We Evaluate Them?” “Towards an Understanding of Generalization Networks in Behavioral Development”

1988: The Concept of Responsibility: Psychological & Legal Issues

  • Gary B. Melton, Carl Adolph Happold Professor of Psychology & Law, and Director of the Law/Psychology Program, University of Nebraska at Lincoln “Responsibility in Childhood and Adolescence: A Post-Gault Look at the Defense of Infancy”
  • Seymour Halleck, Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill “The Concept of Responsibility in Medicine”
  • Kelly G. Shaver, Professor of Psychology, College of William & Mary “Negligence, Responsibility and Blame: A Psychological Perspective”
  • Richard Bonnie, John S. Brattle Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, University of Virginia “Concepts of Responsibility in the Criminal Law”
  • Terrance C. McConnell, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UNCG “Some Remakrs About Responsibility: A Philosophical Perspective”

1987: Depression: Etiology and Treatment

  • David Kupfer, Chairman & Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director of Research, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic “Recurrent Affective Disorders – What Do We Know?” “Aspects of Psychobiology in Depression”
  • Elliott Gershon, Chief, Clinical Nuerogenetics Branch, National Institute of Mental Health; Director, Office of Science, and Senior Science Advisor, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration “Genetics and Biology of Major Affective Disorders” “The Dilemma of Genetic Determinations in Unwanted Human Behavior”
  • A. John Rush, Betty Jo Hay Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Mental Health Clinical Research Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas “Relationship Between Biological and Bsychological Abnormalities in Depression” “Learned Versus Autonomous Depression: A Valid Distinction?”
  • John Greenwood, Department of Philosophy, UNCG “The Dimensions of Depression”

1986: The Nature of Consciousness

  • Endel Tulving, University of Toronto
  • Mortimer Mishkin, National Institute of Mental Health
  • William Lycan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Herb Crovitz, Duke University

1985: Development and Higher Order Processes in the Primate Brain

  • Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine “Neurobiology of Cognition” “Cortical Catecholamines and Age-Related Memory Loss in Primates”
  • Pasko Rakic, Yale University School of Medicine “Mechanisms of Development in the Rhesus Monkey Visual System” “Principles of Cell Migration”
  • Michael Gazzaniga, Cornell University
  • Irving Diamond, Duke University
  • James Davis, Duke University
  • Ron Oppenheim, Bowman Gray School of Medicine

1984: First Kendon Smith Lectures

  • Charles Brainerd, University of Alberta
  • SaraShettleworth, University of Toronto