Max L. Hutt Lecture Series

The Annual Max L. Hutt Lecture is sponsored by the Psychology Training Program of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. The lecture series has been made possible by a generous endowment from Max Hutt and his family to be used for a clinical psychology program that furthers research and theoretical exploration.

About Max L. Hutt, Ph.D. 

Max L. Hutt, Ph.D.
Max L. Hutt, Ph.D. 

In the 1940s, Max Hutt was a clinical psychologist with the United States Army. Following World War II, he was considered to be one of the leading clinical psychologists in the nation and was hired by Don Marquis in 1946 to join the faculty in the Department of Psychology on central campus as a half-time Associate Professor. As such he was among the first - if not THE first - clinically trained faculty member teaching clinical psychology. Max Hutt was affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and worked at the Neropsychiatric Institute in the 1950s.

Both Jerry Hover, known to many of us as one of the VA psychologists, and who was in the first clinical psychology class in 1946, and our own Marvin Brandwin, who was in the second clinical psychology class, remember Max as an outstanding and charismatic teacher and a "master" of psychodynamic psychotherapy; he also believed he could diagnose many organic brain syndromes using the Bender-Gestalt and the Rorschach - in fact, he believed the Rorschach could do anything. He also had great faith in the ability of the Bender-Gestalt to diagnose brain damage and Max was also a consultant to the Department of Neurology during his affiliation with the medical school. Jerry describes his teacher as physically small but a package of power - a "dynamite guy" in Jerry's words.

Max left the University of Michigan in May of 1960 to take a position at the University of Detroit, but he clearly continued to have an affection for this department as manifested by his generous endowment for trainees in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Michigan.


Past Lectures


Jennifer Manly, PhD


Sandra Graham-Berman, PhD


“Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat - The Science of a Diverse Community”

Claude M. Steele, Ph.D., M.A., M.Ed.
Professor, Psychology
Stanford University


"Four Years into the UM DEI Strategic Plan:  Lessons Learned and Ideas for the Future"

Robert Sellers, Ph.D.

Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and

Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Office of the Provost


“Cognitive Neuroscience of Obesity: From Group Differences to Personalized Differences to Personalized Interventions? Interventions?”


Cary Savage, PhD

Director, Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior

Chancellor’s Professor of Psychology

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


“Controlling Perception and Memory: Basic Science and Translation”

John Jonides, PhD

Edward E. Smith Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Co-Director, functional MRI Center

Senior Editor, Psychological Science

University of Michigan


“Transactions Among Biological, Personality, and Learning Processes for Addiction Risk”

Gregory T. Smith, PhD

Professor and University Research Professor

University of Kentucky


Understanding and Screening for Teen Suicide Risk: What's Known and What's New

Cheryl King, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute
University of Michigan


Meditation, Aging, and the Brain

Alfred W. Kaszniak, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
University of Arizona


The Aging Brain and Implications for Maintaining Cognitive Health

Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Area, Department of Psychology
University of Michigan


Positive Applied Neuropsychology: Convergence of Big Data with Health and Well-Being

Robert Bilder, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology; Chief of Medical Psychology - Neuropsychology and Director of the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity
University of California at Los Angeles


Development Perspectives on Serious Mental Disorder: What do Schizophrenics and Psychiatrists Have in Common?

Arnold Sameroff, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development
University of Michigan


Longitudinal Consequences of Extreme Prematurity

H. Gerry Taylor, Ph.D. ABPP/CN
Professor of Pediatrics
Case Western Reserve University Child Developmental Center


Social Relations and Health: One Size Doesn't Fit All

Toni Antonucci, Ph.D
Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice President for Research
University of Michigan


Current Crossroads in Diagnosis of Early Alzheimer's Disease

Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, Ph.D. ABPP
Director, Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Durham, NC


Dimensions, Prototypes, and Spectrums: Toward DSM-V

Robert F. Krueger, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Washington University in St. Louis


Positive Psychology

Christopher Peterson, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Psychology
University of Michigan


Comprehensive Treatment for ADHD: Perspectives on Sequencing Treatments and Balancing Risks and Benefits of Medication and Behavioral Treatments

William E Pelham Jr, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
University of Buffalo


Applications of Decision Theory to Mental Health Settings

Frank Yates, Ph.D.
Director of the Decision Consortium and Professor of Psychology
University of Michigan


PTSD: Recent Research on Military and Non-Military Trauma

Terence Keane, Ph.D.
ACOS for Research and Chief, Psychology Service, VA Boston & Professor and Vice Chairman for Research in Psychiatry
Boston Univ School of Medicine


Schizophrenia and the Brain

Douglas Whitman, Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Training
Wayne State University


The Stage Model and Progress in Behavioral Therapies

Kathleen Carroll, Ph.D.
Director, Psychotherapy Development Research Center
Yale University


Autism: Early Recognition and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan

Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
Director, Autism and Communication Disorders Center
University of Michigan


From Centrencephalon to Chromosome: Studies of the Attention Deficit in the Absence Epilepsies

Allan F. Mirsky, Ph.D.
Chief, Section on Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
National Institute of Mental Health


Bridging the Chasm Between Social, Behavioral, and Biomedical Research: An Integrated, Multi-Level Approach to Health Science

Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
National Institute of Mental Health


Learning and Teaching in a Medical School

Wilbert J. McKeachie, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology
University of Michigan


Empirically Supported Treatments and Practice Guidelines: Not Yet Ideal

Peter E. Nathan, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of Iowa