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Schizophrenia Expert Guest Speaker for 2010 Hildman Psychology Colloquium PDF Print E-mail
Friday, January 22, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

An internationally recognized expert in schizophrenia will be the featured speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi’s seventh annual Hildman Colloquium, sponsored by the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Alan Bellack, professor and director of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, will present “Recovery and Evidence Based Practice in Schizophrenia” at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 in the university’s Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom III.

Bellack is also director of the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is the author of more than 200 publications and is a founding editor of the journals of Behavior Modification and Clinical Psychology Review.

“Since its inception, we’ve had outstanding speakers present for the Hildman Colloquium and that tradition will continue when Dr. Bellack visits our campus,” said Dr. Mitchell Berman, professor of psychology and interim association dean of the College of Education and Psychology.

The Hildman Colloquium was established in 2003 in memory of a longtime member of the Southern Miss psychology faculty, the late Lee Hildman. Admission is free and students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend. Continuing education units will be available for licensed psychologists.

According to the American Psychological Association, schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that usually begins in early childhood and is characterized by incoherent or illogical thoughts, bizarre behavior and speech, and delusions or hallucinations, such as hearing voices.

“Dr. Bellack has played a prominent role in our understanding of schizophrenia,” Dr. Berman said. “His work in this area, and his publications and books on clinical research methods, has influenced a generation of psychologists.”

Bellack has also written texts on behavior therapy, behavioral assessment and social skills training. His work has been honored on multiple occasions, including with the American Psychological Foundation’s Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Award.

For more information about this event, contact the Southern Miss Department of Psychology at 601.266.4177.


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Alan Bellack

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