The Lisman Lecture Series: Elevating Binghamton’s Clinical Psychology Program


The Stephen A. Lisman Annual Lecture in Clinical Psychology, established in 2015 to bring a renowned clinical psychologist to Binghamton each year, recognizes Lisman’s 43 years of service to the University and his contributions to clinical psychology.

Terence M. Keane, MA ’76, PhD ’79, SD ’11 – the endowment’s largest donor – is proud to help honor a longtime faculty member who provided him, as well as countless others, rich experiences, and ensuring that future generations of Binghamton’s psychology students will have opportunities for intellectual growth.

“I’ve known Steve for 48 years,” says Keane, professor of psychiatry and clinical psychology at Boston University, where he is also assistant dean of veterans research. “I was in the first class of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Binghamton and was Steve’s first doctoral student. Since I finished my thesis, we have remained very close friends and colleagues.

The lecture series brings eminent psychologists to campus so they can witness the high level of research taking place at Binghamton, exposing graduate students to information they might not otherwise have from the faculty of Binghamton and to raise the national reputation of the clinical psychology program.

“So far, the annual conference has focused on individuals whose public lectures have covered the extent of their career research accomplishments, how they have affected entire areas of study and practice, and how their future efforts will continue to shape the field, ”Lisman said. , who retired in 2014 from his post as a distinguished teaching professor.

But Lisman and Keane stress that the conference is more than just a conference. A small number of teachers dine with the speaker, which can be especially beneficial for new teachers who can learn from these accomplished leaders. Lecturers spend time in the lab with professors who have similar research interests, and most importantly, they also meet with students to review theses and dissertations and discuss issues facing graduate school and the profession of psychology.

Keane had the opportunity to deliver the Lisman Lecture in 2019, when he discussed the work that has earned him an international reputation as a prominent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) researcher, scholar and clinician. His seminal contributions include a better explanation of the origin and development of PTSD and the creation of sophisticated methods for the assessment, treatment and prevention of PTSD.

“It was a highlight of my career for sure,” says Keane, director of the behavioral sciences division of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “I had a wonderful few days in Binghamton meeting old friends and making new ones. The event was very well attended and we had a tremendous presence from the local media.

Mental health professionals from the Binghamton area made up a large contingent of attendees at Keane’s conference and this local presence is a sign that the Lisman conference is fulfilling its mission.

“When Steve and I started talking about this, we wanted the conference to be an opportunity for Binghamton to help educate and train people providing mental health services,” Keane said. “We are providing something that is not readily available to them, and these are top talent talking about contemporary ways of treating people. “

“The whole effort has always made me proud and humbled me,” Lisman said. “The humility is due to the fact that so many people came together to create the lecture series and so many thought it was worth contributing the amount of money needed to fund it each year. My pride grows when I consider what the Clinical Psychology program has accomplished since I arrived as the first Assistant Professor to help establish a whole new PhD program.


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