On April 10-11, 2014, psychology professor Jefferson A. Singer from Connecticut College visited Whitman to present his work in the field of psychobiography in a public lecture titled "The Proper Pirate: A Psychological Study of Robert Louis Stevenson." Prof. Singer also presented his work on self-defining memories and personality to the students in Prof. Blagov's course on personality, and he met with psychology majors to share his knowledge and advice about careers in the field. Whitman College's Visiting Educator Program provided support for Prof. Singer's visit.
Prof. Singer earned his BA from Amherst College and his PhD from Yale University. His research concerns self-defining memories' importance to personal identity. He is also a practicing clinical psychologist. He has published numerous research and theoretical papers and five books on personal memory and the use of memories in psychotherapy. He received the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's Henry Murray Award for distinguished contributions to the study if lives and the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology's Theodor Sarbin Award for achievement in narrative psychology.
Psychology majors Grace Birkenbuel, Julianne Masser, Vy Cao-Nguyen, Morgan Caverhill, Lian Caspi, Kelly West, Alejandro Fuentes Mena, Kayla Sua, Jed Jacobson, Leland Matthaeus, Robyn Metcalfe, Johanna Otico and Amy Vo, along with Associate Professor Wally Herbranson and Visiting Assistant Professor Sherry Serdikoff, presented research at the 93rd annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association in Reno Nevada April 25-28.