Philip J. Langlais, Ph.D.
|Professor, Department of Psychology |
Former Vice Provost for Graduate Studies & Research
|Major in Philosophy, Immaculate Conception College, Troy, NY |
|B.A. (Biology), Salem State College, Salem, MA |
|M.A. (Physiology), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX |
|Ph.D. (Psychology), Northeastern University, Boston, MA |
Philip J. Langlais holds a Ph.D. degree in psychology from Northeastern University, an M.S. degree in neurophysiology from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and a B.A. degree in Biology from Salem State College. Before coming to ODU, he served 17 years on the faculty at San Diego State University and Univ. California San Diego, School of Medicine. Prior to joining ODU in 2003, Dr. Langlais served as the Assoc. Dean for Graduate Studies & Research in the College of Sciences at SDSU
Dr. Langlais is author and coauthor of research articles on the role and mechanisms of vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency and alcohol abuse in cognitive and memory disturbances. In collaboration with colleagues at UCSD and SDSU, he has also conducted and published research on the role of neurotransmitter and neuropeptide alterations in Alzheimer, Parkinson and Lewy-Body diseases, and psychotic depression. He has lectured nationally and internationally and his research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Aging and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Among his major accomplishments during his seven years as Vice Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies and AVP for Research, are the two-tiered institutional training and assessment program in ethics, professional standards and responsible conduct, the development of a graduate management information system, a graduate enrollment tracking and projection system, establishment of an administrative and academic structure for interdisciplinary modeling and simulation graduate programs and the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for increasing doctoral quality and productivity. .
He has been a strong advocate for professional masters and doctoral programs and for an institutional commitment to train students and faculty in ethics, responsible conduct of research (RCR) and professional development. As Assoc. Dean for Graduate Studies at SDSU he helped establish and promote PSM degrees in the college of sciences and organized a meeting of several CSU science deans and system administrators that led to the establishment of a CSU-wide Professional Science Masters program coordinated by the Chancellor's office. As Vice Provost at ODU he received two RCR project awards from CGS and has spoken at national and international conferences on the need for ethics and RCR training and on the role of the graduate dean in creating the culture and reward systems that will place these programs firmly within the curriculum.
Dr. Langlais has held several leadership roles in graduate education. From 2007 to 2009, he served on the Council of Graduate School's Board of Directors. He has served as the Vice-President and President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools and a founding member of the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools. He has been a panelist, speaker and presenter at regional affiliates and national CGS meetings and workshops. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the Society for Research Administrators and chaired session on Educating for Responsible Research at the 1st and 2nd World Conferences on Research Integrity. His views on the urgent need for more widespread and effective training in ethics and responsible conduct were published in the Jan 13, 2006 Chronicle of Higher Education.
He is co-founder and co-director of the National Advisory Panel on Research Integrity (NAPRI ). The primary purposes of NAPRI are: 1- to facilitate awareness, conversations, resources and collaborations among individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing education and policies that promote research integrity (e.g., RCR, research ethics); and 2- Serve an advisory role to the larger community of researchers, institutions, funding agencies and accrediting bodies.
In April 2009, he was appointed to a joint Steering Committee sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) to coordinate work on ethics in science .The AAAS-CAST Steering Committee on Ethics in Science is charged with the following responsibilities:
In July, 2010, he stepped down from the position of Vice Provost to dedicate full time effort to his national committees on research ethics and integrity. As a full professor in the Department of Psychology he will teach graduate level courses in the physiological foundations of behavior and a new courses entitled "Ethics, Professional Standards and Responsible Conduct" for graduate students in psychology.
- To facilitate communication among policy makers, scholars, practitioners and students from the U.S. and China, with an aim to develop collaborative projects, the results of which can be used in both countries to advance and apply knowledge on ethical issues associated with the conduct and application of scientific research.
- To communicate with each other on salient issues and developments in ethics in science in the two countries, so that experience can be shared.
- To serve as a mechanism for AAAS and CAST to conduct joint activities on ethics in science, and to make recommendations on possible actions that could be taken individually or collectively.
Current Research Interests
|His current primary interest is understanding the social, cultural, and pedagogical factors that influence responsible conduct of research (RCR) and ethical decision making among faculty and students. His views on the urgent need for more widespread and effective training in ethics and responsible conduct were published in the Jan 13, 2006 Chronicle of Higher Education. He has received RCR project awards funded by NSF and Office of Research Integrity to conduct research on the need for ethics and RCR training and on the role of the graduate dean in creating the culture and reward systems that will place these programs firmly within the curriculum and the institutional culture. He is co-founder and organizer of the National Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (NAPRI) that studies and makes recommendations to federal regulatory and funding agencies, professional societies and accrediting bodies on ways to improve training and awareness of best practices in RCR. He currently serves on a Steering Committee on Ethics in Science sponsored by American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) and the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). The aim of this committee is to conduct collaborative projects that will advance and apply knowledge on ethical issues associated with the conduct of scientific research that can be used in both U.S. and China. |
Dr. Langlais is developing a proposal to conduct a large scale empirical study of cultural factors and their influence on the climate and practice of ethics, professional standards responsible conduct of research and scholarly activities within higher education
Dr. Langlais is also proposing the establishment of a Center for Ethics, Professional Standards and Responsible conduct that would conduct research, provide education, resources and training, and serve an advisory role to students, faculty and administrators.