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TU Talk to focus on deviant behavior

Thomas University’s next installment in the popular TU Talks series will feature Dr. Claire Dede Avery, Chair of the Division of Counseling and Psychology, discussing deviant behavior at 11:15 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19, in Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall.

“There are several conflicting viewpoints regarding what constitutes deviant behavior, but most agree deviant behavior is associated with a violation of social norm,” Avery said. “The extent of the behavior is often measured on a continuum from maximum to minimum harm to others.”

Avery focused on this topic during her graduate studies and said that everyone can benefit from the lecture.

“Deviant behavior is rampant, and we need to be aware of the signs of this phenomenon in order to minimize our chances of falling victim to such behavior,” she said. “Deviant behavior does not discriminate.”

TU Talks are presented by the Thomas University Library and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 229-227-6959 or email

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