Saint Anselm speaker series highlights work of Dr. Susan McGurk

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Dr. Susan McGurk
Dr. Susan McGurk

MANCHESTER, NH — Saint Anselm College will host Dr. Susan McGurk April 12 at 7 p.m., in the Dana Center, Lecture Hall 1, as part of the ongoing psychology department lecture series.

Achieving Employment Goals for People with Psychiatric Disability will showcase McGurk’s research addressing the role of illness-related cognitive impairments as it relates to employment outcomes for those dealing with severe mental illness.

McGurk, from the Center of Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, will present her research during the third-annual Hechtl/Lasky Empowering Recovery Psychology Lecture series.

McGurk and colleagues have developed the Thinking Skills for Work Program, a program that, through combining computer practice of certain cognitive skills and related teaching strategies, improves employability for those who otherwise have trouble getting or retaining employment. The Thinking Skills for Work program also addresses the challenges of independent living skills and substance abuse in persons with severe mental illness.   A discussion will follow.

The psychology department’s speaker series is designed to highlight the way everyday people, research excellence, and public policy can work together to make progress for those living with psychological illness.

The series is in honor of former faculty members Richard Hechtl and Julian Jack Lasky, who were leaders in Saint Anselm College’s psychology department, having devoted their careers to promoting wellness through basic and applied psychology research.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Professor Kathleen Flannery.

Saint Anselm College is located at 100 Saint Anselm Drive in Manchester.


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