Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Noted human behavior researcher leads Emotional Intelligence Symposium at Omni Bayfront in Corpus Christi Sept. 14

KINGSVILLE - July 19, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Early reservations urged; seating is limited to 50 participants

Educators and researchers interested in learning the latest news on emotional intelligence (EI) studies will want to attend a special symposium conducted by Texas A&M University-Kingsville on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Omni Bayfront Hotel in Corpus Christi.

The A&M-Kingsville EI Research Initiative sponsors this day-long event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Seymour Epstein, whose theory on the origins of personality is among the most significant in the study of human behavior.

“Dr. Epstein’s theory of human behavior and his important construct of constructive thinking have important implications for improving education and student achievement,” said Dr. Darwin B. Nelson, professor in educational leadership and counseling and an EI researcher at Texas A&M-Kingsville. “I have learned most from his original research, and I hope that others will join me for this important learning experience.”  

Fellow A&M-Kingsville EI researcher and educational leadership and counseling professor Dr. Gary R. Low noted, “This will be a wonderful opportunity for people to meet and learn from a true scholar and researcher of emotional intelligence and human behavior.”

The symposium will run from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30-4 p.m. During the morning session, Epstein will give an overview of his personality theory, Cognitive Experiential Self Theory (CEST). The afternoon sessions will look at how to apply CEST in educational efforts and offer research directions in the areas of emotional intelligence and health psychology. These sessions will be more informal and encourage interactivity.

The symposium will have a wide appeal. Virtually anyone interested in learning or teaching emotional intelligence and health psychology could benefit from the symposium. All manner of professionals including educators, researchers, graduate students, and health care providers and administrators from both private and government organizational settings should find the information valuable. Licensed professional counselor and general continuing education units (CEU) will be available through Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Registration is $200. Forms and more information are available online at www.eitri.org or at www.tamuk.edu/edu/kwei000, or by calling 1-888-680-7983.

About Dr. Seymour Epstein

Epstein is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts. He authored the book Constructive Thinking: The Key to Emotional Intelligence and co-authored You're Smarter Than You Think: How to Develop Your Practical Intelligence for Success in Living. In addition, he has been published in American Psychologist, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Bulletin of the Academy of Clinical Psychology, among many others.

He has received a Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), as well as the NIMH Merit Award. Only the top five percent of NIMH research grants are considered for the Merit Award. Epstein holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from Brooklyn College.

About Emotional Intelligence & the EI Research Initiative at Texas A&M-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville is home to the Emotional Intelligence Research Initiative (EIRI), dedicated to the research, study and development of reviewing the emotions of one’s self and others, and taking those results to design plans for higher achievement and personal well being for students and educators.  Based in the College of Education, the EIRI conducts and supports collaborative research with individuals, schools, community colleges, universities and organizations to assess and document the role and impact of emotional intelligence skills and competencies to achievement, performance, life effectiveness and health.

Since 1980, more than 40 doctoral level studies have been completed using EI assessments created, developed and researched by Low and Nelson. Research abstracts are maintained by EIRI and summarized for professionals and students.

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