What you will learn:

This class will examine what research in psychology tells us about how adverse events – from personal and professional losses to the stress of a global pandemic – can lead to some positive outcomes. You’ll also learn specific strategies for improving psychological and physical well-being during this challenging time.

About the instructor:

Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and Chair of Psychology at Amherst College. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.

Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, middle school and high school health textbooks, as well as the Introduction to Psychology course for The Great Courses. She's also the author of a tradebook examining how mindset influences happiness, health, and even how long we live (The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity). Her latest trade book, Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels, examines why good people so often stay silent or do nothing in the face of wrongdoing.

Professor Sanderson speaks regularly for public and corporate audiences on topics such as the science of happiness, the power of emotional intelligence, the art of aging well, and the psychology of courage and inaction. These talks have been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Atlantic, CNN, and CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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