Research Colloquia

The MPSI colloquia are opportunities for research experts in children and families to present their work to students and colleagues. Colloquia speakers come from local, national and international universities. Presentations take place roughly twice a month, from September to April. Event are either virtual on Zoom or in-person in the Charles Lang Freer House, Wayne State University at 71 E. Ferry Street, Detroit, 48202.

To receive colloquia announcements, e-mail Rose Foster at to be added to our announcement list.

Past Presentations

April 13, 2023, Noon - 1 pm
Speaker: Saasha Zhou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Wayne State University

April 27, Noon - 1pm
Evelyn Mercado, PhD, Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 March 9, 2023, Noon - 1:00 pm
Acting Free: Black Girl Performances of Play
Speaker: Aja Reynolds, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Wayne State University

February 23, 2023, Noon - 1:00
The biology of fatherhood in context: Evolutionary origins, cross-cultural perspectives, and health implications
Lee Gettler, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

February 9, 2023, Noon 1:00
Rhythm, Song, and Social Communication in Early Childhood in Autistic and Non-Autistic Infants/Toddlers
Miriam Lense, PhD, Otolaryngology- Music Cognition Lab, Vanderbilt University

January 26, 2023. Noon to 1:00
The 6 "Cs" of a developing program of research and practice that advances racial justice for youth of color:
Compromise, constraints, creativity, collaboration, connections, & challenging

Josefina Banales, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Chicago

January 12, 2023. Noon to 1:00
Partnering with Parents to Buffer Intergenerational Trauma
Kandace Thomas, PhD, Executive Director, First 8 Memphis

Dec 8, 2022, Noon 1:00
Racism and Ethnic-Racial Socialization among Families of Color: The Influence of Intersecting Identities, Skin Color and Contexts
Judith Scott, PhD, School of Social Work, Boston University

Nov 10, 2022, Noon  Speaker meets with MPSI Fellows & Trainees 1-2 pm
Emily Bosk, PhD, School of Social Work, Rutgers University

Oct 27, 2022, Noon   Speaker meets with MPSI Fellows & Trainees 1-2 pm
Camera-Ready: Social Media and Gender Influences on Adolescents' Body Image & Mental Health
Sophia Choukas-Bradley, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

October 25, 2022, **Professional Development for IOG and MPSI Trainees
Engaging with Community Partners: Perspectives from Agency Partners
Melissa Draughn, Director of Social Work, Hannan Foundation
Lenora Hardy-Foster, President and CEO, Judson Center
Anne Holmes Davis, VP of Planning and Programming, Detroit Area Agency on Aging
Daniel Horrigan, Community Outreach Coordinator, Hannan Foundation
Claudia Sanford, Tenant Organizer, United Community Housing Coalition

Oct 13, Noon 1:00
African American Families: A Portrait of Historical, Current, and Future Prospects for Programs, Prevention, and Policy
Emilie Smith, PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University

Sept 22, 2022, Noon-1pm, Speaker meets with MPSI Fellows & Trainees 1-2 pm
Relational resilience: Attachment and positive Black youth Development
Jessica Stern, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Sept 8, 2022, Noon-1pm
Creating my own space: Issues of Race, Gender, and Identity among women identifying as Black-White biracial
Ty Partridge, PhD, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University