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2018-2019 Speaker Series

Mary Dozier

"Early Adversity and Intervention: Effects Over Time"

Abstract: Dr. Dozier will consider the effects of different types of early adversity on children’s functioning, and factors that affect children’s ability to recover behaviorally and biologically following adversity. The types of adversity considered will include parental neglect, maternal opioid dependence, foster care, and orphanage care. An intervention, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), has been developed and adapted for parents of young children who have experienced these various forms of adversity.  Recent findings from our randomized clinical studies will be presented, highlighting brain and behavioral outcomes from middle childhood.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
The 2018 Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture
4:15 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Annual Conference

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Annual Conference

"Strengthening Child Safety and Wellbeing through Integrated Data Solutions"

Co-Sponsored by the Child Study Center

Thursday, September 27, 2018, to Friday, September 28, 2018
Nittany Lion Inn

26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues

Monday, October 22, 2018, to Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Nittany Lion Inn, Boardroom

Richard F. Catalano


"Positive Youth Development: History, Effectiveness, and Future Directions"

Abstract: Adolescence is popularly viewed as a time of experimentation and risk taking. It is also a time when adolescents develop the skills, connections and good judgment to become productive, contributing members of society. There is evidence that positive youth development (PYD) approaches in childhood and adolescence can help develop these skills, connections and good judgments and prevent crime and substance use.  Dr. Catalano will provide the historical context of positive youth development in the U.S. by describing what brought together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to critique existing single-problem focused prevention approaches. He will describe the concepts that have been used in PYD approaches, and the impact of PYD programs on substance use and crime. Dr. Catalano will provide an example of program outcomes from his own work, the Seattle Social Development Project, using the Raising Healthy Children approach to youth development in elementary school. Future directions for PYD research will be explored.

Co-Sponsored with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Dr. Catalano is also presenting the BENNETT LECTURE
Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:00 p.m., 110 Henderson/Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center Living Center

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
10:30 a.m., 110 Henderson Bldg/Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center Living Center

Child Study Center Speaker Series Presents

Child Study Center Speaker Series Presents

"Fostering Productive Parent Engagement in the Early School Years: Translating Research to Practice"

This symposium will highlight research-based parent engagement programs that promote positive parenting practices, child school readiness, and effective family-school partnerships during the preschool and early elementary school years.

View the symposium Q&A here.

Friday, January 11, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
110 Henderson Building/Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center Living Center
Registration required

Sona Dimidjian

"Preventing and Treating Depression During the Perinatal Period"

Abstract: Depression among women during pregnancy and the postpartum period is a major public health problem, with implications for women and families. Despite this, existing interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression during this lifecycle phase are limited in addressing women’s needs. In this talk, Dr. Dimidjian will discuss the ways in which a clinical psychological science approach to prevention and intervention helps to identify specific skills that support women’s well-being as well as delivery methods that prioritize access. Multiple examples and empirical findings will be provided to illustrate the ways in which the thoughtful integration of science, community, and technology can increase our understanding of practices to promote enduring individual and social well-being.

Co-sponsored with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Dr. Dimidjian is also presenting the 2019 COMPASSION LECTURE
Thursday, April 4, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 110 Henderson Building/Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center Living Center

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
4:15 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Reception to follow