Kessler-Freedheim Lecture Series

Photograph of Dr. Jane Kessler and Dr. Donald Freedheim, professors emerita of CWRU

Inaugurated in 2017, the annual Kessler-Freedheim lecture honors Dr. Jane Kessler, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former director of the Mental Development Center, and Dr. Donald Freedheim, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Schubert Center.

"The series helps us recognize the distinguished history of research and work with children on our campus," said Jill Korbin, the Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Anthropology and Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center.

Photograph of Dr. Dexter Voisin
Anti-racist, Inclusive, and Resilient: Pitfalls, lessons and advances in research strategies concerning Black youth in the U.S. [2021 Kessler-Freedheim Lecture]

Speaker: Dr. Dexter Voisin, Dean, Professor & Chair of Social Work, University of Toronto

Date: April 21, 2021

Resources: Getting Started: Embedding Child & Youth Research with an Anti-Racist Frame; Anti-Racist Research Principles - Resource List 

Photograph of David Mandell

Disparities in the Diagnosis and Care of Children with Autism [2019 Kessler-Freedheim Lecture]

Speaker:  Dr. David Mandell, Kenneth E. Appel Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Date: February 26, 2019

Resource: Disparities in Diagnosing and Caring for Children with Autism

Photograph of panelists seated onstage during the Kessler Freedheim lecture

Finding a Path to Equity: Media’s Role in Advocating for Cleveland’s Youth [2018 Kessler-Freedheim Keynote Forum]

Co-hosted by The City Club of Cleveland


Date:  May 4, 2018

Photograph of Richard Settersten

Making the Slow Transition to Adulthood: Lessons in Experience, Identity and Inequality [2017 Kessler-Freedheim Lecture] 

Speaker:  Dr. Richard Settersten, Jr., Director of Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families at Oregon State University

Date: March 7, 2017