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Grand Rounds–Annual Max L. Hutt Lecture–Cary R. Savage, Ph.D.

October 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Hosting Faculty: Todd Arnedt, PhD

CME Available: Yes

Cary R. Savage, PhD
Director, Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior

Dr. Savage joined the UNL psychology faculty as part of the Clinical Program and Neuroscience and Behavior faculty in Spring 2018. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. From 1992-94 Dr. Savage completed a Psychiatric Neuroscience Fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital and from 1994-95 he completed a Fellowship in Brain Imaging at The Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Savage’s research examines brain health, including the neural processes underlying health behaviors – for example, staying physically active and maintaining optimal body weight and strength – and the reciprocal impact these choices have on long term brain health. The human brain is highly impacted by behavioral choices that affect overall body health yet it is also the agent of health behaviors. Healthy behaviors are in part difficult to maintain because they are less immediately gratifying and the benefits of healthy behaviors emerge over time. He is also interested in brain health broadly, including how brain activity mediates health behaviors (e.g., diet and physical activity), modifiable risk factors for dementia, and cognitive changes and recovery from brain injury (e.g., concussion, stroke).

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

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.


October 23, 2019
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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