Psi Chi RMPA Distinguished Lecturer
Reflections on What I Have Learned From 40 (Gulp!) Years in Psychology
Oklahoma State University
In this talk, Dr. Sternberg will reflect on what he has learned from 40 years in psychology, for example,
1. How careers evolve
2. Balancing work and family life
3. Mistakes to make just once
4. What to do when things go horribly wrong
5. What to do when the rejections keep piling up
6. How to know who your real friends are
7. Dealing with enemies
8. Making teaching and research work together rather than against each other
9. When not to suck up
10. When to listen to advice and when not to
Dr. Sternberg will present the talk in a way that will help people avoid some of the mistakes he made and some of the ones he didn't.
Dr. Robert Sternberg is provost and senior vice-president of Oklahoma State University, as well as George Kaiser Family Foundation Professor of Ethical Leadership and Regents Professor of Psychology and Education. Before coming to Oklahoma State, Sternberg was dean of the School of Arts and Sciences as well as a professor of psychology and education at Tufts University. He was previously IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology, Professor of Management in the School of Management, and director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale. Sternberg graduated with a BA summa cum laude from Yale and received his PhD from Stanford. He also holds 13 honorary doctorates from 11 different countries. He has received over $20 million in government and other grants and contracts for his research, is listed in the APA Monitor on Psychology as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century, and is also one of the most highly cited authors in psychology and psychiatry. Sternberg and his wife, Karin, whose PhD in psychology is from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, are the parents of triplets, and Sternberg also has two grown children from his first marriage and one grandchild.