Celebrating a career

Ken J. Sher

Celebrate Ken's career and his contributions to the study of alcohol dependence.

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Kenneth Sher

The MU Department of Psychological Sciences invites you to attend a

Festschrift Honoring Ken Sher

Friday, September 8
8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Center for Missouri Studies
State Historical Society of Missouri
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO

Please complete this survey by Wednesday, August 23, to register for the event.

Festschrift Agenda

8-9 a.m. — Coffee and light breakfast


9-9:30 a.m. — Welcoming remarks – Cooper Drury, Dean, MU Arts and Science.

                         Kristina Jackson & Denis McCarthy

9:30-10 a.m. — Stephanie O’Malley

                          The Role of Pharmacotherapy in Treatment and Recovery from Addiction

10-10:30 a.m. — Sandy Brown

                            Development of and Recovery from Alcohol Use During Adolescence and Young Adulthood: A Multisystemic Perspective

10:30-10:45 a.m. — Coffee break

10:45-11:15 a.m. — Michael Sayette

                                 Alcohol and Emotion: Considering the “Social” Aspect of Social Drinking

11:15-11:45 a.m. — Andrea Hussong

                                And Now for a Little Developmental Science:  The Internalizing Pathway and Substance Use


11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. — Lunch


1-2:30 p.m. — Trainee Data Blitz

2:30-3:00 p.m. — Andrew Heath

                             A Lifespan Framework for the Study of Addiction: From Conception to the Grave

3:00-3:15 p.m. — Coffee break

3:15-3:45 p.m. — Katie Witkiewitz  

                             My Academic Angel: How a Larger than Life-span Developmental Clinical Science Methodologist Shaped My Thinking and Research Trajectory

3:45-4:15 p.m. — Tim Trull

                              Etiology of Substance Use Problems: From Traits to States

4:15-4:30 p.m. — Pre-recorded remarks

4:30 p.m.  —  Closing

4:45-6 p.m. — Reception


Guest speakers

Sandra A. Brown

Vice Chancellor for Research and Distinguished

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

UC San Diego


Andrew Heath

Spencer T. Olin Professor of Psychiatry

Washington University in St. Louis


Andrea Hussong

Training Program Director, Carolina Consortium on Human Development

Professor, Department of Psychology

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Kristina M. Jackson

Professor of Behavioral and Social Science

Brown University


Denis McCarthy

Professor, Psychological Sciences

Director, Missouri Center for Addiction Research and Engagement

University of Missouri


Stephanie O’Malley

Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry

Deputy Chair, Clinical Research

Yale University


Michael Sayette

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

University of Pittsburgh


Tim Trull

Curators’ Distinguished Professor and Byler Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences

University of Missouri


Katie Witkiewitz

Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology

Director, Center on Alcohol, Substance Use, and Addictions

University of New Mexico