Dr. Janis Kupersmidt
"Media Literacy Education for Substance Abuse Prevention:Results of Randomized Efficacy Trials of Elementary and Middle School Programs"
Dr. Kupersmidt is the President and Senior Research Scientist at Innovation Research & Training (“iRT”), which she founded in 1999.
iRT’s mission is to create and develop evidence-based products and services for assessment, prevention, and treatment programs that promote the social, emotional, and behavioral health and well-being of children and adolescents.
At iRT, Dr. Kupersmidt leads a multi-disciplinary team that has received grants and contracts from federal, state, and private organizations on a range of topics including media literacy education for substance abuse prevention and reproductive health; training of youth mentors; afterschool programs for social-emotional learning and positive youth development; school-based mindfulness programs; web-based social information processing assessment tools; web-based emotion recognition assessment tools; and cognitive behavioral group therapy with substance abusing delinquent adolescents.
Prior to working full-time at iRT, Dr. Kupersmidt has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University with specialization in child clinical psychology and completed her clinical internship at Yale University.
The social psychology group at CGU calls its colloquium/symposium/brown-bag meetings “Social Socials” because they are doubly social – they are about social psychology and they are a social event that brings together faculty, graduate students, visitors and anyone who is interested in social psychology. We meet every two weeks during each semester, usually for an hour at lunch time. Everyone with an interest in social psychology is welcome – we provide lunch and informative and interesting speakers on a wide variety of topics in social psychology. Social Socials are a balanced mix of basic and applied scientific presentations from graduate students and local and visiting social psychologists, as well as career development-oriented presentations, discussions, and workshops. Each May we look forward to a two-hour "thesis fair” where social students who have just completed their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation tell us about their research.
The Social Social program is organized, coordinated, and run by social psychology students – Amber Gaffney and Fiona Grant are the current organizers.
For a full schedule and a listing of some recent talks, visit the Social Socials webpage.