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Belgian psychologist to speak at Bethel College on psychosis in everyday life

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Psychologist Philippe A.E.G. Delespaul from Maastricht University in the Netherlands will talk Friday, April 4 at Bethel College in North Newton. He will speak on "Psychotic Symptoms in Daily Life" from noon to 1 p.m. in Seminar Rooms C and D, Schultz Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Delespaul is a clinical psychologist, trained at the University of Louvain in Belgium in mathematical psychology, psychological methodology and statistics. He is supervisor for clinical psychology, psychiatry and cognitive behavior therapist trainees. He received his doctoral degree at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands with a dissertation in ecological psychiatry applied to symptom fluctuations in patients suffering from schizophrenia.

He heads the Academic Center for Research in Chronicity and is a senior clinical consultant at the Mental Hospital of Vijverdal in Maastricht. He also holds an assistant professorship in the department of psychiatry and neuropsychology at Maastricht University and at the European Graduate School for the Neurosciences.

"I am delighted that Professor Delespaul is able to join us at Bethel College and share some of the fascinating research that he has been conducting in the last several years," says Paul Lewis, professor of psychology. "He is a scientist who has been able to bridge the fields of humanistic and social-ecological psychology, along with behavioral genetics in understanding mental illness in everyday life. His chronicling of the rise and fall of psychotic symptomology as a function of an interaction between genetic, cognitive, and social factors is intriguing."

Delespaul has published widely on clinical and methodological issues in international journals and has written review and research chapters in scientific books. He consults in national and international research networks.

Funded in part by the Bethel College Science Lectureship Endowment, this lecture is one of several special events to celebrate the inaugural year of Krehbiel Science Center.

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