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The Lawrence and Nancy Golden Memorial Lectureship on Mind-Body Medicine

The Lawrence & Nancy Golden Memorial Lectureship on Mind-Body Medicine was founded in 2001 to expand the traditional medical model to a bio-psycho-social and spiritual model of care.

Each year, a distinguished lecturer is invited to the University at Buffalo to present the “Golden Lectureship.” The primary audience is first- and second-year students in the medical school. The lecture reinforces the theme of Dr. Golden’s teaching career—that there is an interaction among the brain, mind, body, and spirit.

Mind-Body Medicine focuses on the interactions among the physical body, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions as related to health. For the Goldens, mind-body medicine also required a successful interaction between physician and patient.

Dr. Golden was a successful practitioner of diagnostics and treatment of heart conditions, but he was also recognized as an outstanding teacher of bedside manner. The “Walk and Talk” clinic that Lawrence Golden founded along with his wife, Nancy, a family therapist, also emphasized the importance of social support and spirituality in the recovery of patients from life threatening illnesses. 

The Golden Lecture series is similarly broad based to provide an opportunity to hear an outstanding lecturer speak on a topic enlightening to medical students, faculty, and the larger community.

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    Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD.

    Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, is Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory.

    Among the most highly cited scientists worldwide, her books, Positivity and Love 2.0 have been translated into dozens of languages.

    She has served as president of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Society for Affective Science.

    In 2017, Professor Fredrickson was honored with the TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology, awarded to recognize exceptional career contributions to the well-being of humanity.