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Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series

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 3:30pm
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. 


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, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Commonwealth Honors College 160 E

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.

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.

November 3, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Room 160 West, Commonwealth Honors College

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—On November 3rd, CRF will welcome Dr. Lisa Bowleg, Professor of Applied Psychology at The George Washington University, to campus. Dr. Bowleg's talk will provide an overview of intersectionality, its Black feminist activist and theoretical roots, and its recent odysseys into social science and behavioral research with understudied populations such as Black heterosexual and gay and bisexual men. Dr. Bowleg debates that focusing on a single identity (e.g., gender) without its intersection with other key social identities (e.g., race, sexual identity/orientation, class) provides a very limited understanding of people’s experiences and outcomes.

Dr. Bowleg is a leading scholar of intersectionality, and intersectionality research.  For almost 20 years, her qualitative and mixed methods research has examined the effects of masculinity and social-structural contexts on Black men’s sexual HIV risk behaviors; and Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual people’s experiences with stress and resilience. High-impact journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Health Psychology, and AIDS and Behavior have published her work.  In 2014, the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychology and AIDS awarded her its AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award.


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. 

October 6, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Room 160 East, Commonwealth Honors College

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—On October 6th Dr. Daniel Lieberman will discuss the extent to which exercise is medicine and explain the exercise paradox: Why do people tend to avoid exercise despite its benefits? Best known for his research on the evolution of the human head and body, Dr. Lieberman is also an expert on the biomechanics of barefoot running.

Dr. Daniel Lieberman is a paleoanthropologist at Harvard University, where he is the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology.


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. 

May 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Campus Center, Room 917, UMass Amherst

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—Dr. Steven Cole is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  His research utilizes molecular genetics and computational bioinformatics to analyze the pathways by which social and environmental factors influence the activity of the human genome, as well as viral and tumor genomes. 

He pioneered the field of human social genomics, and serves as Director of the UCLA Social Genomics Core Laboratory.  He is also a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Norman Cousins Center, the UCLA AIDS Institute, and the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute.


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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