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Carter, PhD, to Present at APA ’23

Kenneth Carter

Kenneth Carter, Ph.D., author of Psychopathology will be presenting as the Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecturer at the American Psychological Association (APA) annual conference in August 2023. Carter’s presentation, “The Power of Public Scholarship: Inspiring Innovative Teaching and Learning,” will take place on August 4, 2023, from 4:00 – 4:50 pm EST. Carter will also present his lecture at one of APA’s regional conferences, following the main national conference in August.

Touching on the importance of public scholarship in the classroom, Carter’s talk focuses on the potential to enhance trust in research and promote pedagogical innovation. Furthermore, it specifically emphasizes the benefits of having students participate in public scholarship themselves. The presentation aims to leave audiences with the following takeaways:

  1. Critically consuming public scholarship can enhance student engagement and critical thinking in the psychology classroom by providing real-world examples and relevant applications of psychological concepts.
  2. Engaging in the creation of public scholarship can help students make psychology more accessible and relevant to non-academic audiences, including students’ families, local communities, and media outlets.

Meet the Author

APA attendees will get the chance to meet Carter at the Cambridge University Press booth on Friday, August 4, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Kenneth Carter, Ph.D.

Carter is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology and interim Dean at Oxford College of Emory University, where he teaches introductory courses in psychology as well as advanced courses in clinical psychopharmacology, research methods, and personality. Before joining the Oxford College faculty in 1994, Carter served as a senior assistant research scientist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s prestigious Epidemic Intelligence Service, with a research focus on smoking as a risk marker for suicidal behaviors in adolescents.

Carter has published extensively in both academic and lay publications, actively engaging in the translation of research in psychology into everyday language. His articles have been published in magazines such as Psychology Today and Women’s Health, and he has appeared on programs such as CNN Tonight and NBC’s Today show and hosted NBC’s Mind of a Motorhead.

Carter is the author of the textbook Psychopathology (Cambridge University Press, 2022), as well as, Buzz!
Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies
(Cambridge University Press, 2019).


Psychopathology is an accessible, engaging, and well-organized text covering the study, understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of psychological disorders. Fully integrating gender and culture in the presentation of mental disorders and using a sensitive and inclusive language to encourage an empathic approach to psychopathology, this introductory textbook offers students a strong foundation of the socio-cultural factors influencing how we treat mental disorders.

“Dr. Kenneth Carter has carefully crafted an engaging, empirically rich, student-centered, and inclusive psychopathology textbook. No doubt, learners (and learning facilitators) will appreciate the clarity of explanations; the friendly, focused layout for close reading; the meaningful discussion questions for deep processing; the rich concept checks for retrieval practice; the abundance of relevant real-world examples and provocative illustrations; and the great care taken to present a highly readable, concise, and evidence-based exploration of psychological disorders in a practical, timely, and multi-perspective context.”

Bob DuBois – University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecturer

The Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecturer was initiated in 1990 by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP), Division 2 of the APA. The lecture series welcomes a renowned expert within the field to focus on the scholarship of teaching psychology; a talk specifically aimed at teaching teachers of psychology. Carter’s dedication to teaching and commitment to sharing knowledge and supporting fellow instructors encompass the essential characteristics of the Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecturer. You can learn more about the Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecturer and the STP, here.

American Psychological Association (APA)

APA is the “leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 146,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members” (APA.org). Their annual conference invites more than 9,000 professionals in the field of psychology to participate in a plethora of developmental sessions and keynote presentations, as well as ample opportunity to network among fellow psychologists. Learn more about APA.

Cover of Psychopathology in 3D, paperback image

Psychopathology, Kenneth Carter, Ph.D.

Explore more about Carter and his career on his author-led website, drkencarter.com

About The Author

Kenneth Carter

Kenneth Carter is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology and interim Dean at Oxford College of Emory University, where he teaches introductory courses in psychology as well...

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