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.

2019 Lecture
Alonso Vera, Ph.D.

Intelligent Systems on Mars: How Psychology Helps NASA Make Software Tools that Work  


Dr. Alonso Vera


November 20, 2019
Student Union Theater
Doors open: 3:00 p.m.
Lecture begins: 3:30 p.m.
Reception to follow
Admission: FREE


Dr. Alonso Vera is Chief of the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames Research Center. He has led the design, development and deployment of mission software systems across NASA robotic and human space flight missions. His expertise is in the areas of human-computer interaction, information systems, artificial intelligence and computational human performance modeling. Dr. Vera received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell University. He went on to a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked at NASA for twenty years.


                                          Kazdin lecture flyer (PDF)


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