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UWFox Scholars Series Presents Renowned Psychology Professor

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley’s highly acclaimed Scholars Series is hosting a presentation by Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., on Monday, February 20, in the UWFox Fine Arts Theatre beginning at noon. Davidson is internationally renowned for his research on the neural substrates of emotion and emotional disorders. 

He is a William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director, W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The UWFox Scholars series brings nationally and internationally recognized experts and scholars to the Menasha campus as part of a nine-month, bi-monthly series that offers residents of the Fox Cities an opportunity to see, hear and interact with these leaders.Dr. Richard J. Davidson

Davidson was recently cited in the February 2006 issue of “Discover” magazine, as a speaker and presenter at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in Washington, D. C. in November 2005.  The presentation of his study on meditation research, “in which the brain waves of meditating Tibetan monks were monitored and compared with novice meditators,” was supported by the Dalai Lama’s Mind and Life Institute.

Research in Davidson’s laboratories at UW-Madison is focused on cortical and subcortical substrates of emotion and affective disorders, including depression and anxiety. He and his colleagues study normal adults and young children, and those with, or at risk for, affective and anxiety disorders. A major focus of his current work is on interactions between prefrontal cortex and the amygdala in the regulation of emotion in both normal subjects and patients with affective and anxiety disorders.

Davidson received his doctorate from Harvard University in psychology and has been at UW-Madison since 1984. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research including a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award, a MERIT Award from NIMH, an Established Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society, and the Hilldale Award from the UW-Madison. He was the 1997 Distinguished Scientific Lecturer for the American Psychological Association. He served as a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network in Mind-Body Interaction, is currently a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Mind-Brain-Body and Health Initiative and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, NIMH. In 2001-02 he served on the National Academy of Science Panel to evaluate the validity of the polygraph. He was the year 2000 recipient of the most prestigious award given by the American Psychological Association for lifetime achievement-the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. He has published more than 150 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 12 books.

The UWFox Scholars Series is free and open to the public, with a limited amount of unreserved seating available. The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is located at 1478 Midway Road in Menasha. For more information, contact the campus’ Office of University Relations, 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

Posted 2/15/2006