Invited Speakers

Lawrence J Walker, Ph.D., Kohlberg Memorial Lecturer

Dr. Walker is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC and Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. His research on the psychology of moral development—moral reasoning, personality, motivation, identity and the psychological dynamics of exemplary moral action–has been transformative to the field of psychology and moral development. Among his many honors and affiliations, Walker won the Killam Research Prize, the Knox Master Teaching Award and the Association for Moral Education’s Kuhmerker Career Award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian and the American Psychological Associations and a long-term member and Former President of the Association for Moral Education. Walker earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, then dedicated most of his career to UBC and the mentoring of many of the current leaders in the field of moral psychology.

Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D., Invited Plenary Speaker

Dr. Ghosh is the Pozen Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he works on digital privacy, artificial intelligence, and civil rights. Ghosh previously worked on global privacy and public policy issues at Facebook, where he led strategic efforts to address privacy and security. Prior, Ghosh was a technology and economic policy advisor in the Obama White House. He served across the Office of Science & Technology Policy and the National Economic Council, where he worked on issues concerning big data’s impact on consumer privacy and the digital economy. Ghosh has served as a Public Interest Technology fellow at New America, the Washington-based public policy think tank. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering & computer science at Cornell University and completed postdoctoral study in the same field at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jabari Mahiri, Ph.D., Invited Plenary Speaker

Dr. Jabari Mahiri is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, the inaugural holder of the Brinton Family Endowed Chair in Urban Teaching, the faculty director of the Multicultural Urban Secondary English Masters and Credential, the P.I. and faculty advisor for the Bay Area Writing Project, a board member of the National Writing Project, and a faculty fellow of Berkeley’s HAAS Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Before completing his doctorate, he was a high school English teacher for seven years in Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Mahiri received his Ph.D. in English with a designated emphasis in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Among his recognitions are the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. He has published six academic books including Deconstructing Race that has won several major awards. He also published a children’s book entitled The Day They Stole the Letter J.

Jennifer Shapka, Ph.D., Invited Plenary Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Shapka is a Professor in the area of Human Development, Learning and Culture at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Shapka is a developmental psychologist interested in identifying how contextual factors contribute to developmental wellbeing of children and adolescents, particularly in regard to social-emotional and cognitive outcomes. She is a pioneering researcher in Canada on youth who are growing up in the digital age. Dr. Shapka publishes and presents on topics such as parenting around technology, cyberbullying, adolescent’s understanding of online privacy, and self-regulation around technology. Dr. Shapka holds a Killam Award for mentoring and teaching. She earned her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.