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2018 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker & Featured Presenter

Tony LeMieux, PhD

Keynote Speaker 

Anthony F. Lemieux, Ph.D., M.A. is the Director of the Global Studies Institute, and Professor of Global Studies and Communication at Georgia State University, where he is also a lead researcher in an interdisciplinary second-century initiative on Trans-Cultural Conflict and Violence. He has extensively studied motivations for terrorism and violent extremism.  Lemieux is the Principal Investigator of the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative (DOD) supported interdisciplinary, multi-institution, research program on Mobilizing Media which leverages empirically-validated models of health behavior change, persuasion, and communication to provide comprehensive analysis of strategic communication campaigns and propaganda outputs of terrorist groups including magazines, music, images, texts, and videos. This program of research is currently funded through 2020. In addition, in a program of research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Lemieux has developed and evaluated music-based behavioral change interventions in the context of HIV Prevention, HIV treatment adherence, and health behavior change, and has an extensive background on program and intervention development and evaluation.

Lemieux has lectured at a wide range of academic institutions, as well as the UN headquarters in New York, the CIA, the NSA, the DHS, the TSA, the National Counterterrorism Center & Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the CDC, among others. He has taught extensively and has served as a subject matter expert on terrorism, radicalization, behavioral screening technologies and innovative survey methods. Lemieux has regularly been featured in media including CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Fox, and others, and has a blog at Psychology Today on the motivations and methods of terrorism. Lemieux earned his PhD and MA in social psychology at the University of Connecticut and his BA. in psychology and sociology at Boston College.

Dr. Lemieux will expand our horizons in his keynote address, Bringing Psychology and a Global Perspective to Bear on Terrorism and Violence.  As psychologists, we need to work collaboratively across boundaries and communicate effectively about our work to multiple audiences and stakeholders. Psychologists possess key skills needed in interpreting and interacting with complex problems. In particular, he focuses on psychological, communicative, and behavioral aspects of factors that influence people to mobilize toward violent action. Dr. Lemieux will highlight research that is both interdisciplinary and collaborative, and draws on advances that have potential to make our science and our work that much more impactful. The kinds of large-scale, interdisciplinary challenges that we face – in terms of topic, methods, and necessary areas of expertise – require that psychologists cut across disciplinary silos so that we can tackle problems from multiple perspectives.


Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD

Featured Presenter

Policymaker, clinical and community psychologist, healthcare innovator, Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD is the new CEO of the  American Psychological Association (APA) and just completed twelve years as the Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Service (DBHIDS).  Dr. Evans holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has held faculty appointments at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Often hailed as a visionary, Dr. Evans has been recognized nationally for his work in behavioral healthcare policy and the transformation of service delivery systems. In 2015 he was recognized by the White House as an “Advocate for Action” by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2013, he received the American Medical Association’s top government service award in health care, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, for his leadership in transforming the Philadelphia behavioral health system, particularly around the adoption of a public health approach. Dr. Evans is also regarded as a strong advocate for people experiencing behavioral health conditions and was recognized by Faces and Voices of Recovery with the Lisa Mojer-Torres Award.

Dr. Evans has served in several national leadership roles, including: Chair of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Partners for Recovery Initiative Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the National Action Group on Fostering System Reform for Adults with Serious Mental Illness, Member of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee, Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Paths to Recovery Project, and President of the Board of Directors of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies. In 2014, the Melville Charitable Trust, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused exclusively on ending homelessness, announced that Dr. Evans has joined its Board of Directors.