Aubrey Immelman, associate professor from the Department of Psychology at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, will present a free public program on psychological profiling in politics at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd.
Immelman’s program will look at presidential candidate leadership profiles of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Immelman’s work to develop a deterrence program against North Korean nuclear proliferation will also be included.
Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning at CLC, the presentation will be about 30 minutes in length, followed by at least 15 minutes for questions. It will be held in E354, a lecture hall.
His research program since coming to Minnesota more than 20 years ago has focused on the psychology and leadership characteristics of presidential candidates.
Immelman’s research has been published in the academic journals Political Psychology and Leadership Quarterly and he has written chapters for on the psychological assessment of presidential candidates for the “Handbook of Psychology” and the “Handbook of Personology and Psychopathology.”
He studied at the University of Wyoming, University of Maine and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, where he earned his doctorate in psychology.
Immelman and his students in the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics — a research unit he founded at CSB/SJU — have published dozens of articles on the psychological and leadership characteristics of presidential candidates.
He has a military background as an army paratrooper and as a military consultant in the areas of psychologiCal operations and nuclear deterrence.
Immelman and his wife Pam have four children ranging in age from 7 to 18.