Noted psychologist Robert Sellers will be the inaugural speaker in a lecture series focused on innovations in behavioral and social sciences research, presented by North Carolina Central University’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Sellers is the Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and chair of the psychology department at the University of Michigan. He will speak on April 23 at 11:35 a.m. in the auditorium of the H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building. His address it titled “Inspiring the Minds of African-American Researchers: Yes I Can!”
A native of Cincinnati, Sellers attended Howard University, where he earned All-American honors in football as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990. He taught at the University of Virginia before returning to Michigan as a professor in 1997. His research interests include ethnicity, racial and ethnic identity, personality and health, athletic participation and personality.
NCCU’s Department of Psychology is sponsoring the lecture. Dr. Pamela Martin, associate professor and department chair, said she thinks Sellers is an ideal speaker to initiate the lecture series, which is aimed at engaging students, junior faculty and others in the research process.
“Dr. Sellers is a scholar-athlete who chose to pursue academics instead of athletics for a career,” Martin said. “He not only has a distinguished research record, he is also an exemplary mentor. His research labs are often large and consist of trainees at various stages in their career, but he takes the time to foster relationships with each member and attends to their specific developmental needs. His enthusiasm and passion for creating scholarship that accurately represents and empowers communities of color is transferred to his students and fellows.”
The lecture is free and open to the public.