The Alan E. Kazdin Endowed Lecture in Psychology

This annual lecture is supported by an endowment from Alan E. Kazdin, PhD in grateful acknowledgement of the impact that the faculty in Psychology has had on his career and no doubt on the careers of many others.  Kazdin is Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and an alumnus of the SJSU Psychology Department (1967).

Each year we invite a distinguished and influential speaker to inspire a new generation of psychologists and shape the future of our field and our society.

                        2023 Lecture

                     Jeanne Tsai, Ph.D.

    How Culture Influences Emotion and
                      Why It Matters

                                Dr. Jeanne Tsai

Jeanne L. Tsai is currently Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, Director of the Stanford Culture and Emotion Lab, and the Yumi and Yasunori Kaneko Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

She received her B.A. in psychology from Stanford, herPh.D. in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley, and did her post-doctoral work at UCSF in minority mental health. Her research examines the cultural shaping ofemotion and its implications for communication, health, decision-making, person perception, and resource sharing in a variety of applied settings.

Her work is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, and various interdisciplinary initiatives at Stanford. Tsai just completed her second term as associate editor of Emotion. She is fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association Division 8, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. At Stanford, she has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching twice, and the Asian American Activities Center Faculty Award. Her work has been described in various national news outlets including NPR, National Geographic Magazine, Psychology Today, World Economic Forum, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post.

Kazdin Lecture Flyer [pdf]

Past Speakers