Tuesday, November 5, 2019
9:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m.


Performing Arts Center

Psychology Day 2019: Racialized Responses to Police & Protest An(other) American Dilemma?

All are welcome! Come celebrate psychology and learn what the Adelphi Psychology program has to offer.

Please join us in bringing the Derner School of Psychology family together to celebrate psychology and our diverse community, while introducing current and future students to what Derner offers. At the event, we will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Collin W. Leach, professor of Psychology & Africana Studies at Barnard College- Columbia University. The event will also feature an interdisciplinary Adelphi faculty panel, an Adelphi diversity research showcase, and a racial equity training for students.


9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Performing Arts Center
Olmsted Theater 
Opening Remarks
Dr. Katherine Fiori, Undergraduate Chair
9:30 a.m.–10:40 a.m.
Performing Arts Center
Olmsted Theater 
Keynote with Dr. Colin Leach
10:45 a.m.–11:10 a.m.
Performing Arts Center
Olmsted Theater 
Coffee Break & Diversity Research Poster Walk
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
Olmsted Theater 
Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center,
2nd Floor, Room 215-216
Faculty and Student Diversity Workshop Lunch
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center,
2nd Floor, Room 215-216
Student Diversity Workshop

Keynote Speaker

Professor Leach is a social and personality psychologist and an elected fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. He is a 2017 recipient of the Kurt Lewin medal for scientific contribution from the European Association of Social Psychology and has held (U.C. Berkeley) Chancellors, Ford Foundation, and Wallenberg Foundation research fellowships. In addition to authoring nearly 100 journal articles and book chapters, he is currently co-editor of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.



Keynote Address

Racialized Responses to Police & Protest: An(other) American Dilemma? 

Colin Wayne Leach
Keynote Address Abstract for Adelphi University’s Psychology Day, November 5, 2019

Few trends highlight societal injustice as starkly as the police violence against unarmed members of disadvantaged groups that has sparked protest movements like Black Lives Matter. But, in polarized societies like the U.S., police and protest divide opinion and feeling.  With several methods (including EEG, Blood Pressure, self-report, linguistic word count), I trace over time the societally-situated cognitive appraisal process by which Black and White participants diverge in cognition, affect, and (e)motivation regarding images of police violence and Black-led protest against it.  These psychological divergences may have important implications for the social and political divergences that appear to threaten our shared understanding and practice of truth, democracy, and justice.  In addition to challenging the health of our society, our racialized social psychology may have implications for individual and group health and well-being.


For further information, please contact:

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
p – 516.877.4800