Keynote Speaker

Charles Spielberger

Center for Research in Behavioral Medicine & Health Psychology, University of South Florida, USA

Charles D. Spielberger is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Research in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology at the University of South Florida, where he has been a faculty member since 1972. He previously directed the USF Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and was a tenured faculty member at Duke University (1955-62), Vanderbilt University (1962-66), and at Florida State University (1967-72) where he was also Director of Clinical Training.

Author, co-author or editor of more than 400 professional publications, Spielbergers’s current research focuses on: anxiety, curiosity, depression, and the experience, expression and control of anger; behavioral medicine and health psychology; job stress and stress management; and the effects of stress, emotions and lifestyle factors on the etiology of hypertension, cardiovascular disorders and cancer.

Spielberger’s State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (1970, 1983), with translations in 58 languages and dialects, has become a standard international measure of anxiety. He is also author of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (1973), the Test Anxiety Inventory (1980), the State-Trait Anger EXpression Inventory (1988, 1999), and the Job Stress Survey (1995, 1999). During 1991-1992, Spielberger served as the 100th President of the American Psychological Association.

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Charles Spielberger’s Keynote Address takes place on Thursday, 5 August 2010, from 12:15 to 13:15.

The Measurement of Emotions
Practical considerations in the psychological assessment of emotions are guided by theories of personality and psychopathology that identify fundamental emotional states and personality traits, and combinations of these dimensions that define major diagnostic syndromes.  The nature of anxiety, anger, depression, and curiosity as emotional states and personality traits, and the assessment procedures employed in measuring these constructs with the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI-2), and State-Trait Personality Inventory (STPI) will be briefly reviewed.  The historical background and theoretical concepts that guided the test construction of these measures will also be described.  Anxiety, anger and depression, and the absence of curiosity are emotional vital signs of psychological distress and well-being that should be carefully assessed and continuously monitored in diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy, and studies of treatment outcome.

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