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Psychology lecturer to speak on how stress affects our daily lives


By Jessica Langowski

Dr. Steven Pastyrnak will be speaking as the next part of the Psychology Speaker Series coming to Grand Rapids Community College. On Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC).

Pastyrnak has been the Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital since 2004.

Pastyrnak, 42, has dedicated his time and commitment to assisting kids through tough times and working with families. He is a licensed psychologist and his work has led him to understand the many facets that interrupt the flow of everyday life. He has found the main disruption to be stress. He has had a CPS from Nova Southeastern University since 1998. His special interests in psychology, include Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

During his presentation, “Stress can destroy a 66-ton bridge; imagine what it might do to you? Understanding and managing stress”, Pastyrnak will give an overview on what stress is exactly. The presentation will include how stress affects our daily lives, how anxiety, depression, family issues, work, and time management all come into play when it comes to the levels of stress we take in each day. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge of how to identify stress in its short and long forms, as well as the many ways in which they can manage stress, or simply be rid of it. His presentation will be practical, informative, and at times will include audience participation.

Dr. Frank Conner, Professor and Department Head of Psychology at GRCC, stated that Pastyrnak’s presentation is meant to be “scholarly and practical”.

“Given his level of expertise as the head of pediatric psychology at the DeVos Children’s hospital, we are pleased he is willing to share his knowledge with our students, staff, and the greater Grand Rapids community,” Conner said.

Pastyrnak’s presentation will feature recent research on stress, the impact of stress on performance, and evidence-based strategies for managing it when it appears in our daily lives. The Psychology Speaker Series presentation will be beneficial to all curious individuals, especially those overwhelmed or exhausted by too much stress in their daily lives and want to get some perspective on what they can do about it.

The lecture is free to all who are curious and want to attend.

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