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Clarke Professor Explores the “Look and Feel” of Addiction in February 9 Lecture

posted on January 27, 2010

The Clarke College Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series will present the faculty lecture of this year’s series on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Tim Boffeli, Ph.D., chair and assistant professor of psychology at Clarke, will present “Addicted” in this year’s series focused on the topic of addiction. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Through the use of song clips, animated stories and images, Boffeli will explore the general nature of abuse and dependence diagnostic criteria. Special emphasis will be directed toward the underlying behavioral and motivational facets of substance and relationship addiction. Boffeli said he designed the lecture to be an engaging evening for anyone interested in learning more about what addiction looks and feels like.

As a licensed mental health counselor, Boffeli practiced at the Gannon Center for Community Mental Health for 20 years. His dissertation research focused on academic procrastination and College student epistemological or knowledge beliefs. At Clarke, he teaches introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, behavior modification, motivation, personality and helping skills.  Boffeli holds bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Loras College as well as a Ph.D. from the Capella College.

The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in the spring of 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alums, Mary Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander ’20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture and an alum lecture.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (536)588-6318.

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