Social Networks and Personality: What Relationships Tell Us About Ourselves

Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 6:15 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 West 64th Street (At Central Park West)

For any branch science, there are numerous methods by which one may gather and look at data; psychology is no different. Dr. Allan Clifton , clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at Vassar College, proposes a fresh perspective on clinical psychology and how we think about personalities. Join us as as Dr. Clifton provides an overview and critique of current psychological methodologies, and shares with us what he believes social relationships can tell us about ourselves. Following his lecture, Dr. Clifton will be interviewed by the Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry in New York City, Michael De Dora Jr.

This event is co-sponsored by CFI | NYC and the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Dr. Allan Clifton received his B.A. in psychology from Haverford College in 1995, and his M.A. and PhD. from the University of Virginia in clinical psychology. He completed both his clinical internship and a postdoctoral research fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Clifton's research interests focus on ways to improve the assessment of personality, with an emphasis on maladaptive expressions of personality. He is currently working on a series of studies investigating the cross-situational consistency of personality, using social network analysis to map variations in interpersonal behavior.

Michael De Dora Jr. is executive director of the New York City branch of the Center for Inquiry, where he serves as a public voice for science, reason, and secular values. Along with his full-time work at CFI, Michael is finishing a political science master's degree CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Before joining CFI, Michael was a news writer and editor at both and CUNY. Michael spent his undergraduate years at SUNY-Albany, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communication.

After the event, there will be a dinner at a nearby restaurant. Ask CFI volunteers at the event for more information.