Susan M. Sheridan, PhD, is the George Holmes University Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series -- What does research tell us about the role of parents in supporting their child’s behavior and academic performance? This presentation will define partnerships between families and schools; describe what is necessary for partnerships to be effective; explore benefits for students, parents and teachers; and discuss best practice recommendations. Susan M. Sheridan, PhD, is the founding Director of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools. She studies the important role of families and family engagement in children’s social-behavioral adjustment and academic success, and the far-reaching benefits of partnerships between families and schools.
The workshop will be led by Kathleen McAuslin, who has been administering the BDI-2 on a weekly basis for over 5 years as a Developmental Specialist, Service Coordinator and Intake Coordinator for the ServiceNet REACH Early Intervention Program. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Severe Special Needs from Boston College and has worked in the direct care and teaching of children in homes, daycares, schools, hospitals, residential facilities and international orphanages.
The workshop will offer an introduction to the Battelle Developmental Inventory, Second Edition (BDI-2). Participants will learn about the contexts in which the BDI-2 is used as well as how to administer and score the BDI-2. Participants will watch sample videos of administration and have the opportunity to practice with the testing kit. This workshop is ideal for graduate students who may use the BDI-2 for research or assessment purposes.
Damian Shea, PhD
Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
Department of Biological Sciences
North Carolina State University
April 26, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:15pm
Free and open to the public
Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series — The Center for Research on Families welcomes Damian Shea, PhD who will present "Reducing Chemical Risks to Families: Linking the External Chemical Exposure to Biological Effects and Reduction in Adverse Health Outcomes."
We are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day through the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat and our contact with other contaminated substances.
DAVID R. WILLIAMS, PhD, MPH, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. Previously, he taught at Yale University and the University of Michigan. His internationally recognized scholarship examines the complex ways in which socioeconomicstatus, stress and racism affect health. The Everyday DiscriminationScale he developed is among the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies around the world. Elected to the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has been ranked as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.
Michelle McDowell, PhD
Research Scientist, Harding Center for Risk Literacy
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
April 10, 2018 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Free and open to the public
Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series -- How might non-transparent statistical formats mislead the public, doctors, and other health professionals about the benefits and harms of health interventions? Using studies of statistical illiteracy in public and professional audiences, McDowell will highlight the consequences of misleading information representations on knowledge and health behavior and she will present simple strategies for improving the transparency of risk communications.
CRF recognizes the importance of supporting family researchers at all stages of their careers. The Student Research Awards Program at CRF provides funding for undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with faculty mentors on family research. Our awards also recognize outstanding student research on family issues.
Applications for the following student awards are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018:
Researchers have begun using social media tools such as Facebook to recruit difficult-to-reach populations for their studies. In this informal brown bag brunch, advanced graduate student Rachel Herman will introduce the Work and Family Transitions Project lab’s experience with this recruitment strategy, provide concrete guidelines for how to use Facebook’s recruitment interface, and field questions from interested researchers about how to apply this novel tool to their own studies.
Applying for fellowships can be an intimidating, stressful and isolating process. Students can benefit greatly from working in a structured group with faculty, peers and reviewers who will help you develop and submit a strong and compelling proposal.
David Grabowski, PhD
Professor, Health Care Policy
Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School
February 8, 2018 - 3:30pm
Free and open to the public
The quality of nursing home care in the US is a longstanding policy concern. In response, the use of market-based approaches, like pay-for-performance and quality report cards, has grown in recent years. To date, these programs have been somewhat mixed in terms of improving performance. Dr. Grabowski will broadly review the policy issues and discuss several studies focusing on nursing home care and challenges to improving care.