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Distinguished Scholar Lecture: What is Systems Thinking, and Does it Improve Decision Making?
Weyerhaeuser Administrative Building
62 Macalester Street
St. Paul, MN 55105
United States
Wednesday, April 03, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Category: Distinguished Scholar Lectures

What is Systems Thinking, and Does it Improve Decision Making?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Registration: 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Program: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Macalester College - Weyerhaeuser Boardroom, 62 Macalester Street, St. Paul, MN 55105 - Campus Map

Speaker: Dr. Cindy Frantz

The Minnesota Psychological Association cosponsors Distinguished Scholar Lectures with Macalester College's Psychology Department

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists, other mental health professionals, students and faculty.

About the Program

The greatest challenges humans currently face – climate change, poverty, epidemics, financial meltdowns – are the result of humans acting within enormously complex systems without fully understanding how these systems work. To facilitate decision making in these critical areas, scholars from diverse fields argue that systems thinking is fundamental.  This talk will explore the concept of systems thinking from a psychological point of view. I will describe efforts to increase systems thinking and measure its impact on decision-making and behavior.

This session qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 1.5-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define what systems thinking is.
  2. Identify various ways that systems thinking can improve decision making.
  3. Describe interventions that can enhance systems thinking.

About the Presenter:

Cindy McPherson Frantz, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in personality and social psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently the Norman D. Henderson Professor of Psychology at Oberlin College. She is a social and environmental psychologist who researches humans’ relationship to the natural world, and how to promote sustainable behavior. Her projects include using feedback technology to encourage conservation behavior, understanding the impact of connecting to the natural world, and discovering ways to promote systems thinking. Dr. Frantz also directs the Community Based Social Marketing Research Lab, a collaborative research program between faculty, students and staff to develop, test and promote behavior change programs that reduce Oberlin College’s carbon emissions.

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome onsite starting at 5:00 pm.

Click here for a PDF flyer and registration form.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Registration Type Pricing
No CE Credit Free
Professional Seeking CE Certificate $20
Student Seeking CE Certificate $5


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.