SVC, Notre Dame Alumni to Present Hesburgh Lecture Oct. 18

by Public Relations | Sep 25, 2017

Sept. 25, 2017

Dr. Dominic VachonThe Saint Vincent College Honors Program and the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Notre Dame Club of Greensburg/Uniontown, will host a Hesburgh Lecture by Dr. Dominic O. Vachon, M.Div., Ph.D. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Luparello Lecture Hall in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the campus of Saint Vincent College. The title of the talk is “What Is Science Saying about Compassion and What Difference Does It Make in Our Daily Lives?” Admission is free and open to the public.

Vachon graduated from Notre Dame in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy. In 1985, he completed a master of divinity from Notre Dame and in 1993 he earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Loyola University, Chicago.

He is the director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care at Notre Dame. For the past 10 years, Vachon has also been director of behavioral medicine and caring science training at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program. He also is a practicing psychologist specializing in neurofeedback therapy.

His research has focused on the relationship between empathy and burnout, factors in maintaining caring behaviors in difficult work, the psychology of helping interactions, physician-patient dynamics and the role of spirituality in helping others. He provides workshops nationally in the area of maintaining balanced caring behaviors in the helping professions.

Further information on the presentation is available by contacting Dr. Margaret Watkins, associate professor of philosophy and director of the honors program, 724-805-2566 or


Photo: Dr. Dominic O. Vachon


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