University of South Australia professor to speak at Brandywine

University of South Australia Professor of Psychology Bernard Guerin will visit Penn State Brandywine on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in the Vairo Library, room 109. Guerin will share with the campus community his unique approach to psychology and other social sciences and discuss his research conducted worldwide.

Guerin has trained, taught and conducted research around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Italy and Brazil. Currently, he teaches social behavior, social science interventions, language and discourse. Along with Guerin's extensive experience across diverse populations, he has also published four books, including "Handbook for Analyzing the Social Strategies of Everyday Life" and "Handbook of Interventions for Changing People and Communities." He studied at the Universities of Adelaide and Queensland and has taught at James Cook University of Australia and the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

Guerin was invited to campus by Brandywine Associate Professor of Psychology Pauline Guerin, who has been a colleague of his in both New Zealand and Australia. The two have worked together and published extensively on research dealing with Indigenous Australian communities and social health and mental wellbeing, particularly while living in isolated communities. Pauline Guerin hopes that her Senior Seminar in Psychology students will gain valuable knowledge that is drawn from real world involvement across diverse issues.

Bernard Guerin brings a unique outlook to research that takes students beyond traditional teachings and is integrated across the social sciences, Pauline Guerin stated. The majority of his research focuses on working together with communities on issues of mental wellbeing, discrimination, mobility, sustainability of societies and attachment to country. Guerin has worked with Indigenous Australian, Maori, Somali refugee, and traveling communities. His objective is to incorporate community and social psychology with additional social sciences that can be used for intervention and examination.

Both of these sessions are open for all faculty, students and staff at the campus and light refreshments will be served.

-by Mike McDade