Psychology of trauma, child abuse topics of Visiting Scholar lectures

October 30, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ James Garbarino, Ph.D., the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and founding director of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for the Human Rights of Children, will lecture at Benedictine University as part of the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series.

Garbarino will present “Spiritual and Psychological Dimensions of Trauma,” on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. He will discuss insights he’s gathered working with individuals in severely stressful situations.

Garbarino will explore experiences dealing with victims of child abuse in his second lecture, “The Challenges of Growing up in a Socially Toxic Environment,” on Wednesday, November 8, at 12:20 p.m. in Goodwin Hall, Room 317.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Garbarino serves as a scientific expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of trauma, violence and children, and is the author or editor of 25 books, including “Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases.”

He has also worked as a consultant for such organizations as the FBI, the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the American Medical Association and the National Institute for Mental Health.

The lectures are sponsored by the St. Procopius Abbey Endowment Fund. For more information, contact Chris Fletcher at (630) 829-6263 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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