The president of the British Psychological Society, Richard Mallows, will be coming to Tech next week to not only give a speech, but also take something from Tech as well.
A former visiting professor for the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Michael Apter, who is also from the United Kingdom said The BPS is the official body representing psychologists in the United Kingdom.
The BPS has more than 50,000 members, including clinical, research, academic and other kinds of professional psychologists.
“Both Richard and Denny (Mallows’ wife) have travelled widely throughout the world, and visited the United States on a number of occasions,” Apter said. “But they have never been to a football game or experienced tailgating, and they are very much looking forward to this experience at Tech.”
Donna Thomas, department head and associate professor for the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, said one of Mallows’ big dreams is to see an American football game.
“That helped us decide to schedule him to come during homecoming week,” said Thomas, who is also a member of the Athletics Council. “Our department is sponsoring the tailgate for the College of Education that week, so he will be able to experience that as well.”
Apart from experiencing Tech during homecoming week, Mallows will also give a talk Thursday, Oct. 17 at 1:00 p.m. in University Hall 121 to discuss similar issues that the BPS and its American equivalent bodies, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the American Psychological Association (APA), are facing.
“Some of these issues are primarily of interest to psychologists, such as issues to do with insurance, with attitudes to the recently published DSM-5 which catalogues psychological disorders, with whether psychologists should be allowed to prescribe medicines, and so on,” Apter said.
He said many of the themes in the discussion will revolve around what role psychologists should play in society, such as psychologists becoming involved with politics, torture and government.
“He and his wife have a prior connection to Tech, which is that they have both been doing research for some years on a psychological theory known as reversal theory,” Apter said.
Mitzi Desselles, an assistant professor for the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, and Apter are both well known for their research on this theory, and they know the Mallows well through this collaboration, he said.
“We are very grateful that the British Psychological Society is sponsoring this visit and we appreciate Dr. Apter and Dr. Desselles for their role in bringing Dr. Mallows to Louisiana Tech to allow our students and faculty to see this different perspective and to see what roles the BPS plays in the UK as opposed to the way the APA operates here in the US,” Thomas said.
She said having Mallows come to Tech is a big deal, and likened it to the president of APA coming to speak.
“This is very prestigious for Tech,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor that someone of his distinction is coming to our department and that our students will get to interact with him.”
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