Stephen A. Lisman Lecture

The Stephen A. Lisman Annual Lecture in Clinical Psychology was established in 2015 to sponsor an annual lecture given by a top clinical psychologist in the nation. The lecture series is in honor of Professor Lisman's 43 years of service and his contributions to Binghamton University and the clinical psychology field. The series is meant to enhance the quality of training and education and expose students, faculty and the Binghamton community to important topics in the profession. Questions? Email Stephen A Lisman

2019 Lecture Series

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Contributions of Psychological Science to the Understanding and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In the past four decades, we’ve experienced remarkable progress in our understanding of the prevalence of trauma exposure and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as its assessment and treatment. Many of the advances have resulted from the application of psychological principles to the development of strong clinical assessment instruments and to the application of effective cognitive behavioral interventions to this condition. Reviewing this remarkable progress from the vantage point of a 42-year observer and contributor–from the initial case studies that brought attention to the disorder, to the construction of the most widely used assessment instruments, to participation in President Obama’s National Research Action Plan (2013) that created the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, this presentation highlighted the current status of psychological treatments for PTSD while providing insights into innovative new directions for future work.

Terence M. Keane, MA ’76, PHD ’79, SD ’11

National Center for PTSD VA Boston Healthcare System Boston University School of Medicine

Terence M. Keane is professor of psychiatry and clinical psychology at Boston University. He is also the assistant dean of VA research at Boston University; the associate chief of staff for research and development at VA Boston Healthcare System; and the director of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder’s Behavioral Science Division.

Keane has attained an international reputation as a pre-eminent researcher, scholar and clinician. His landmark contributions range from explicating the origin and development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to creating sophisticated methods for assessing, treating and preventing post-traumatic conditions, to teaching and training thousands of service providers on a worldwide basis. Keane is a past president of numerous scientific and professional organizations and is now president of the American Psychological Foundation. He has published 14 edited volumes and more than 300 articles and chapters on the assessment and treatment of PTSD. His research has been continuously funded for four decades by the VA, the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. He has lectured on topics related to PTSD around the world and served as a consultant to many countries, as well as -- in what he has noted as a career high point -- a presentation to the United Nations on the mental health consequences of torture.

Keane’s contributions to the field have been recognized by many honors, including two honorary doctorates; the Weisband Distinguished Alumnus Award (1998) from Binghamton University; a Fulbright Senior Scholarship (1993-94); the Outstanding Researcher in Behavior Therapy Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (2004); the Outstanding Research Contributions Award (2000) and the Distinguished Service Award (2002) from the American Psychological Association; the John Blair Barnwell Award for Outstanding Contributions in Clinical Science from the Veterans Health Administration; and numerous others. In 2018, Keane received the Presidential Award from the Division of Trauma Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA), which recognizes an “individual who has made unusual and outstanding contributions to the Division of Trauma Psychology.”

  • 2018 lecture/speaker

    "What Is Psychopathic Personality? Personal Reflections from a Bumpy 30-Year Scientific Journey"

    Scott Lilienfeld, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta.

    This presentation discussed Scott Lilienfeld's research of the nature and boundaries of psychopathic personality (psychopathy) from the perspective of his own research program, and those of others. Lilienfeld argued that psychopathy is not a single, unified entity and that longstanding efforts (including his own) to identify its cause(s) have been largely misguided. Lilienfeld offered evidence that psychopathy is instead an "emergent interpersonal syndrome" marked by the co-occurrence of at least three separable dispositions that, when present in conjunction, yield socially malignant outcomes. Lilienfeld examined the implications of this controversial view for the assessment, causes, treatment, and prevention of psychopathy. View Dr. Lilienfeld's lecture. 

  • 2017 lecture/speaker

    "The Future of Psychological Treatments: Focus on Disorders of Emotion"

    David H. Barlow, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders Boston University.

    This presentation discussed Barlow's research, creating and disseminating evidence based treatments, developing the transdiagnostic model, and offering ideas about treatments to come. Barlow highlighted the importance of the role of temperament and the development of new assessment and interventions focusing on underlying common mechanisms of large classes of disorders across the "neurotic spectrum." Finally, Barlow offered new data on the efficacy of transdiagnostic approaches compared to more focused single diagnosis treatments along with applications of this approach to different types of problems such as eating disorders and trauma in global mental health contexts. Dr. Barlow generously made his slides available to students and alumni; you can request a copy from Mary Ellen Gates.

  • 2016 lecture/speaker

    "Alcohol and Drug Problems: How Lessons from Clinicians and Researchers are Shaping Treatment"

    Barbara S. McCrady, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology Director of The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) University of New Mexico.

    This presentation discussed the evolution of alcohol and drug treatment in the last 40 years, and how the dynamic interplay between research and clinical practice has shaped that evolution. McCrady talked about research on the structure of the treatment delivery system, mutual help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, specific behavioral treatments, and underserved populations. McCrady also discussed the implications of the changing demography of the U.S. and how changing models for delivery of health care services may impact alcohol and drug treatment and research. Dr. McCrady generously made her slides available to students and alumni; you can request a copy from Mary Ellen Gates.

  • 2015 lecture/speaker

    "Suicide: Where We Are, Where We're Going and What's Keeping Us From Getting there"

    Marsha Linehan, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology Director, Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics University of Washington.

    The presentation discussed where the field of suicide intervention research started, the successes and failures that have been encountered thus far, as well as the critical issues that still need to be addressed in order to move the field forward. It included a summary of the suicide intervention research trials to date and the directions the field is heading toward addressing the complex problem of suicidal behavior.


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