Child development pioneer to give Psi Chi
lecture at URI
Kingston, R.I. -- March 8, 1999 -- Dr. Lewis P. Lipsitt, a pioneer in
the study of how children develop, will give this year,s Psi Chi invited
address at the University of Rhode Island,s Kingston Campus March 29 at
3 p.m. The lecture will be given in the Galanti Lounge of the URI Library.
The talk, free and open to the public, would be of particular interest to
people interested in the child development process, early education, and
child rearing practices.
Lipsitt will draw some general conclusions about his lifelong work and
how those activities can be related to public policy. His lecture is entitled
"Developmental Destinies of Children: Predictions Supported and Derailed.
Lipsitt, a developmental psychologist, is the founder of the Child Study
Center at Brown University, which he directed from 1967 to 1991.
An emeritus professor at Brown, Lipsitt is also a research professor.
His work at Brown is supported by a four-year National Institutes of Health
grant to continue a longitudinal study of 4,000 individuals from birth to
"Lipsitt was the heart of the study designed to assess as early
as possible children who were at risk, says URI psychologist Albert Silverstein
who was a colleague of Lipsitt,s during the ,70s. "There is a renewed
controversy about earliest childhood experiences and just how deeply formative
there are. It,s a more involved issue than we once thought.
Lipsitt was given the Nicholas Hobbs award for "science in the service
of children in 1990 from the American Psychological Association Division
of Child, Youth, and Family Services. He also won the 1994 American Association
for the Advancement of Science Lifetime Achievement Mentor Award for helping
minorities and women in the pursuit of scientific careers.
As professor emeritus of psychology, medical science, and human development,
Lipsitt chairs the steering committee of the National Study of Early Child
Care, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development. He also chairs the Human Development advisory group of the
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
He has authored many books and articles on infant learning and perception;
perinatal risk; crib death; and adolescent suicide, as well as other conditions
threatening young people,s lives.
Lipsitt co-directs with Dr. Alvin Poussaint the Lee Salk Center of KIDSPEACE/Wiley
House, Pennsylvania, a national center for young people in crisis.
His talk at URI is co-sponsored by The Visiting Scholars Committee and
URI,s Chapter of Psi Chi, a national psychology honor society.
A reception will follow the talk.
For More Information: Dr. Al Silverstein, 874-2193
Jan Sawyer, 874-2116