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SAGE speaker to discuss health benefits of friendship

David Livert, Ph.D.
4/15/2010 —

Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment (SAGE), an outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley, will host David Livert, Ph.D., assistant professor of applied psychology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, on Friday, May 7, at the Corporate Learning Center in Bethlehem, PA. Each SAGE session begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m. The featured speaker begins at 11 a.m., and lunch follows at noon.


Livert will present, "Having Friends Makes Us Healthy." The presentation will review the scientific evidence that shows that having the support of friends and loved ones can help us recover from heart attacks faster, strengthen our immune system, and even protect us from the common cold.  How health psychologists investigate the role of social relationships and health and some of the more unexpected findings in this area will also be reviewed.


David Livert is an assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Lehigh Valley. His research interests include intergroup relations, group processes, and intercultural contact. Livert’s expertise in statistics and methodology has been employed in numerous program evaluations and research projects for organizations including the National Science Foundation, Robert W. Johnson Foundation, and the American College of Surgeons. He also conducts research with other Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty on behalf of local organizations through the Penn State Lehigh Valley Center for Community and Organizational Research. In 2009, Livert was awarded a University Research Collaboration Fellowship to work with the Penn State Social Science Research Institute and continue exploring psychological theories in the context of professional kitchens. His research articles have appeared in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Drug Issues, Language, Multivariate Behavioral Research, and Professional Psychology. Livert received his doctorate in social psychology from the City University of New York, where he was a Lawrence Kogan Fellow in quantitative methods. He also earned master's and bachelor's degrees in psychology from Vanderbilt University.


The event is open to adults age 55 and over, but reservations are required.  To reserve a space, contact Carol Buddock at (610)285-5058 or email cab5@psu.edu. The Penn State Lehigh Valley Corporate Learning Center is located at 100 Brodhead Road, Suite 120, Bethlehem, PA, 18017.

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