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Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series

November 1, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Room 160E, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series — The Center for Research on Families welcomes Susan M. Sheridan, PhD, who will present "The Power of Partnerships: Research Evidence and Strategies for Success"

There is overwhelming research support pointing to the important role of parents in supporting their child’s behavior and academic performance. Family-school partnership interventions engage families and educators as partners in collaborative and mutual planning and problem solving. Partnership approaches have a dual focus on coordinating effective interventions across home and school, and strengthening relationships between families and educators. Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP; previously known as Conjoint Behavioral Consultation) is an efficacious family-school intervention that brings parents and teachers together as partners to support children who experience challenges with behavioral, social-emotional or academic difficulties. 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 George Holmes University Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  She is the founding Director of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools.  Her research interests acknowledge the significance of families in children’s education.  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. Her research career has focused on developing and testing the effectiveness of family–school partnership interventions, identifying methods to enhance parent engagement, early childhood education and intervention, and rural education. Since her career began, she has received more than $53 million in grant funding to support her research.  She has authored more than 200 books, chapters, and journal articles, including papers that have received awards by the Journal of School Psychologyand School Psychology Review.  She is a Fellow of Division 16 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and past president of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP).  Dr. Sheridan was bestowed the 1993 Lightner Witmer award by APA’s Division of School Psychology for early career accomplishments; the 1995 University of Wisconsin School of Education’s Outstanding Young Alumnus award; the 2005 Presidential Award from the National Association of School Psychologists; the 2014 University of Nebraska Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award; and, most recently, the 2015 Senior Scientist Award for lifetime career accomplishments from APA’s Division of School Psychology.

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This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

April 26, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Room S340, Life Sciences Lab

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. 

In his talk, Dr. Shea will explore the power and limitations of high-resolution chemical analysis to measure the chemical exposome--the totality of one's exposure from conception onwards--and link this to potential biological effects with high-throughput cell-based toxicity assays. Examples will be drawn largely from his work in China, where he is studying how differential chemical exposure and risk relates to different family members and their roles and activities within the family and the cultural and financial barriers to reducing chemical exposure and potential adverse health outcomes. 

Dr. Damian Shea is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Shea’s overall research goal is to better understand the mechanisms that control the fate and bioavailability of chemicals in the environment so that we can quantitatively model and measure exposure to chemicals. His work focuses on the fate and effects of chemicals in the aquatic environment and utilizes the tools of analytical toxicology, environmental chemistry and environmental toxicology.


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

April 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Room 160 East, Commonwealth Honors College

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.


Michelle McDowell, PhD is a Research Scientist with the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.  Her research focuses on developing transparent risk communication formats to promote statistical literacy.  Her recent work has focused on the visual communication of information and exploring how information represented in more or less ecological formats can affect understanding.  She works closely with health organizations to promote and design effective risk communication tools and to better understand how people make health decisions.


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.   The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

February 8, 2018 - 3:30pm
160 East, Commonwealth Honors College

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.


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

December 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Room 160 WEST, Commonwealth Honors College

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series — The Center for Research on Families welcomes Steven Hollon, PhD, who will present "Is Cognitive Therapy Enduring or are Antidepressants Iatrogenic?"

Does the addition of antidepressant medications to cognitive therapy (CT) have an iatrogenic effect that interferes with CT's known enduring effect on depression? Might the combination possibly prolong the length of the underlying episode?  In his talk, Dr. Hollon will present his research findings, which raise concerns that cognitive therapy provided in combination with medication does little to prevent recurrence of depression.

Dr. Hollon's primary interest lies in the etiology and treatment of depression in adults. His work extends from basic psychopathology to prevention and treatment. He is particularly interested in the relative contribution of cognitive and biological processes to depression, and how the relative efficacies of psychosocial versus pharmacological interventions compare. A current interest is the prevention of depression, both with respect to its initial onset and subsequent recurrence following successful treatment.


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

December 8, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Commonwealth Honors College 160E, UMass Amherst

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series — The Center for Research on Families welcomes Calvin Morrill, PH.D, who will present "Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School."

The presentation focuses on the social ingenuity with which teens informally and peacefully navigate strife-ridden peer trouble. Based on 16 years of ethnographic fieldwork in an multi-ethnic and multiracial, high-poverty school in the American southwest, the research complicates our vision of urban youth, along the way revealing the resilience of students in the face of the carceral disciplinary tactics. 

Calvin Morrill, PhD, is Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law, Professor of Sociology, and Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy / Legal Studies in the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  He studies the emergence of and responses to social conflict in interpersonal, organizational, and institutional contexts.  Among his books are The Executive Way: Conflict Management in Corporations (University of Chicago Press) and, with Michael Musheno, Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School (University of Chicago Press). 


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

March 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Commonwealth Honors College 160E, UMass Amherst

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—The Center for Research on Families welcomes Maureen Black, Ph.D., who will present "Building Blocks: Promoting Healthy Habits Through Child Care."

The high prevalence of pediatric obesity is setting children on a trajectory that includes health disparities throughout life. Dr. Black will address the evidence from systems-level interventions conducted among child care centers in promoting healthy habits and preventing obesity among young children. 

Black is the Director of the Growth and Nutrition Clinic (GNC), an interdisciplinary, family-centered, outpatient clinic located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. GNC provides comprehensive evaluations and interventions to infants and toddlers with failure to thrive or feeding difficulties. Established in 1989, the clinic serves as a statewide referral resource that has treated more than 1000 children whose growth deficiency results from medical, nutritional, psychological, family, or environmental causes.  
 


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

February 16, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Campus Center, Room 804-808, UMass Amherst

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—The Center for Research on Families welcomes Jose Blackorby, Ph.D., who will present "Universal Design For Learning 2017: A Framework Grows Up," which will describe the current status of Universal Design for Learning policy, practice, research and implementation, as well as new challenges the field faces that come with growth.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) began 15 years ago as a vision associated with CAST, Inc. (Center for Applied Special Technology) and a small group of researchers and policymakers. It is being increasingly adopted by schools as well as by curriculum and technology vendors. This is a new era for UDL on many fronts, which brings new opportunities, along with new challenges, as it becomes a mature field.


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

December 5, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Campus Center, Room 904-08, UMass Amherst

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—Many environmental exposures including lifestyle and endocrine disrupting chemicals have been associated with adverse reproductive outcomes, such as conception delay, infertility and pregnancy loss. However, much of the available evidence focuses only on one partner’s exposures despite many reproductive outcomes being couple dependent (e.g., pregnancy).  On December 5th, Dr. Germaine Buck-Louis will talk about recent findings from the LIFE Study, a population based cohort of couples recruited upon discontinuing contraception for purposes of becoming pregnant and followed through pregnancy or 12 months of trying, to illustrate the discoveries uncovered when studying both partners.  Dr. Buck-Louis will address the feasibility of furthering these cohorts into family based cohorts where early environmental exposures are well characterized and quantified during critical and sensitive windows of human development.


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

November 29, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
160E Commonwealth Honors College

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—On November 29th, CRF will welcome Suzanne Fenton, Ph.D., to campus to learn more about her research, the focus of which is increasing information on which environmental factors--chemicals, typically--may affect the regulation of fetal mammary gland development in males and females, breast development during puberty and relationship to mammary tumor risk, the ability to lactate, and children’s health, as it pertains to chemical exposure via breast milk. Her current research is designed to understand mechanisms underlying the effects of early life exposures that lead to persistent changes in breast tissue and enhance disease susceptibility over one’s lifetime.    

Suzanne Fenton, Ph.D., is a Group Leader in Reproductive Endocrinology in the National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

Date: November 29, 2016, 1:00pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Room 160E, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

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