Brummer Psychology Colloquium: Dr. Sherry Hamby, 'Portrait of Resilience: Insights from Rural Appalachia'

Alexander Hall Auditorium

240 Alexander Hall
Murray, KY 42071
United States

The Dr. and Mrs. Gary Brummer Colloquium Series in Psychology presents Dr. Sherry Hamby, "Portrait of Resilience: Insights from Rural Appalachia." This presentation is free and open to the public.

When people dream of the future, they dream about joy, love, and meaning. After many years, social services are starting to address the ways individual, family, and community strengths help people overcome violence and other adversities. Mainstream media and entertainment still routinely mock stereotypical characteristics of people from rural Appalachia, and terms such as “hillbilly” or “redneck” are permitted in public discourse in ways that other slurs are not.  However, like all stigmatized groups, rural Appalachians have under-appreciated strengths.  Using a new concept called "resilience portfolios," Dr. Hamby will discuss the use of multiple mixed methods datasets involving in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys to identify key strengths and values in southern Appalachia which help people overcome adversities and inform our broader understanding of how people cope and thrive in a variety of cultural contexts.

Sherry Hamby is a Research Professor of Psychology at Sewanee – the University of the South and the Director of the Life Paths Appalachian Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hamby's current work focuses on resilience.

Continuing Education
1 CE credit is available free of charge to professionals in attendance.

CE Objectives:
By the end of this talk, participants will

  1. learn about strengths of Appalachian communities in dealing with adversity;
  2. describe approaches to promoting resilience in the midst of adversity;
  3. identify the role everyone can play in identifying and promoting strengths and values among stigmatized and underprivileged groups like rural Appalachians.

Murray State University Department of Psychology is approved by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology (KBEP) to sponsor continuing education for credential holders. MSU Dept. of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Thursday, 07 March, 2019


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