Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology

Please join us on Thursday, May 18, 2017, as we host Keith Humphreys, Ph.D., for the 5th annual Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology.

Presentation: Alcoholics Anonymous and Psychology: A Long and Winding Road

Location: Quaker Station, The University of Akron, 130 E. Mill Street, Akron, Ohio 44325. 

Date: Thursday, May 18. Registration and cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner begins at 6 p.m.  Lecture begins at 7 p.m. 

Registration: Registration is required by May 8. General registration $50. Student registration $25. Register online or by mail.

Presentation Summary: 

Akron is the site of the Archives of the History of American Psychology as well as the founding of the mutual help organization Alcoholics Anonymous.  This presentation knits the history of both organizations together, describing psychology and AA went through periods of mutual ignorance, rising distrust, bitter rivalry to mutual appreciation.  Increasingly sophisticated research on AA, much of it done by psychologists, was a critical factor in the emergence of the more positive relationship between AA and psychology that exists today.  That science will be reviewed in the presentation, but this is a non-technical talk and anyone with interest in AA and/or psychology is welcome to attend.



Keith Humphreys is a Professor and the Section Director for Mental Health Policy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London. His research addresses the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, the formation of public policy and the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice.

For his work in the multinational humanitarian effort to rebuild the psychiatric care system of Iraq and in the national redesign of the VA health system's mental health services for Iraq war veterans, he won the 2009 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Public Interest.  He and the authors of "Drug Policy and the Public Good" won the 2010 British Medical Association's Award for Public Health Book of the Year.

Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of public policy, having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communities, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. During the Obama Administration, he spent a sabbatical year as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has also testified on numerous occasions in Parliament and advises multiple government agencies in the U.K.

Research Interests: Federal mental health and drug policies; veterans' health care; consumer-intensive health management programs; addictive disorders; differences between treatment research subjects and real-world patients.

About the Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture

This lecture series honors Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr., an outstanding teachLudy T. Benjamin,, scholar, and researcher, whose work has contributed significantly to our understanding of psychology and its history.

The annual Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology is hosted by the CCHP each year in May.

The CCHP invites you to sponsor a lecture.  See additional details on the sponsorship letter.

Past lectures are available to view through the CCHP Youtube channel:

2016 : Dr. Scott Lilienfeld

2015 : Dr. Elizabeth Loftus

2014: Dr. Andrew Winston

2013: Dr. Henry "Roddy" Roediger