Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Speaker Series

April 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
CEHD room 1030
30 Pryor St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Ken Rice

Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest University, will give a presentation entitled, “Can Adversity Strengthen Character?” on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. in CEHD room 1030 as part of the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Speaker Series.

Jayawickreme received his Ph.D. in positive and social/personality psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He is currently the project co-leader of the Pathways to Character Project, a $3.4 million initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation examining the possibilities for the strengthening of character following adversity, challenge or failure.

Jayawickreme’s research focuses on well-being, moral psychology, psychological growth following adversity, wisdom, and integrative theories of personality, and has worked with populations in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and various populations in the U.S. His awards include the 2015 Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science, a Mellon Refugee Initiative Fund Fellowship, and grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton Religion Trust and the Asia Foundation/USAID.

The speaker series, organized by the college’s Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma and Resilience, is designed to encourage researchers at Georgia State University and other institutions to share ideas and collaborate on research projects related to stress. For more information, visit