The Department of Psychology and the OSU Center for Pediatric Psychology will host guest speaker and OSU alumnus Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler for the Goldman Colloquium next Friday, Sept. 27. Fuemmeler will deliver his presentation, “Childhood Self-Regulation and Health: An Intersection for Multidisciplinary Collaboration” at 1:30 p.m. in Human Sciences 236.
“Dr. Fuemmeler is a nationally recognized expert in clinical health psychology and population science with over 20 years of experience in cancer prevention and control research,” said Dr. Larry Mullins, psychology professor and director of the Center for Pediatric Psychology. “His research focuses on understanding the biological, behavioral, social and environmental factors that contribute to lifestyle behaviors linked to cancer. We are delighted that he is returning to his alma mater to be a part of the Sol Goldman Colloquia series.”
The center provides the infrastructure for ongoing research projects and educational endeavors that seek to promote family health and improve the quality of life for children with health conditions and their families in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S.
In addition to engaging in community education events to provide Oklahomans with resources about health-promoting behaviors and strategies from improving quality of life among children with medical conditions, the center also trains research-focused pediatric psychologists and creates opportunities for clinical practicum training opportunities across the state.
“Dr. Fuemmeler is an exemplary product of the training in our doctoral programs in psychology, and we are proud to call him one of ours,” said Dr. Thad Leffingwell, head of the Department of Psychology. “We’re looking forward to the knowledge he will share with our faculty and students in his Goldman lecture.”
Fuemmeler is a professor and endowed chair in cancer research at Virginia Commonwealth University and associate director of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at VCU’s Massey Cancer Center.
Prior to joining VCU, Fuemmeler was a faculty member at Duke University’s Department of Community Medicine for many years. He has made many contributions to research across a number of areas.
“He is particularly interested in how our field can harness novel statistical methods and leverage digital technologies such as social media, big data, smartphones and sensors to better understand factors contributing to these lifestyle behaviors,” Mullins added.
Fuemmeler will be also be recognized as a distinguished alumnus at the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Ceremony that evening.