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Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series

February 20, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Life Sciences Laboratory (LSL) Room S330

Dr. Carol Boyd will discuss the health implications of stimulants, sedatives and tranquilizer misuse among adolescents in context to current drug use trends.

 

Deborah J Oakley Professor Emerita Director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health in
the School of Nursing Research Professor Emerita in the Addiction Center University of Michigan

 

Registration is encouraged but not required. Click here to sign up.

 

 

February 18, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Life Sciences Laboratory (LSL) Room S330

The Impact of Language Brokering on Mexican American Adolescent Immigrants and their Families

 

Dr. Su Yeong Kim will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of language brokering as it relates to parent-child relationships and outcomes on children’s adjustment in terms of stress, academic success, and health

 

Registration is encouraged but not required. Click here to sign up.

Video of Lecture available here.

January 30, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Life Sciences Laboratory (LSL) Room S330

Understanding and Addressing Racial Disparities in Pain and Pain Treatment

 

Dr. Burgess will discuss racial disparities in pain and pain treatment, in the context of the opioid epidemic.

 

Registration is encouraged but not required. Click here to sign up.

December 5, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Life Sciences Laboratory (LSL) Room S330

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERNAL MORTALITY: How big a problem is it?

MYTH AND REALITY IN CURRENT EFFORTS TO ADDRESS MATERNAL MORTALITY IN THE US 

In the past several years a great deal of media attention has been paid to the rising rate of maternal mortality in the U.S. As one of the authors of the research paper that helped launch the national debate over maternal mortality, Dr. Declercq will discuss how it came to be seen as a problem, why it’s both a bigger and smaller challenge than the public and policymakers understand, and why current efforts to address it may not succeed.

Registration is encouraged but not required. Click here to sign up.

March 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Room S330, Life Science Laboratories

March 19, 2019 - 12:00 to 1:30 pm

The ability to generate positive emotions serves the adaptive function of enhancing psychological resources necessary for coping with stressors in daily life. Dr. Delgado will present behavioral and neuroimaging data that suggests the recall of positive memories is intrinsically valuable to an individual and can influence emotion and decision making. He will also discuss the restorative function of self-generated positive emotions in coping with acute stress.

February 28, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Room 160E, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst

February 28, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Social science genomics is an emerging enterprise that involves using molecular genetic data to address social science questions. The field seems to be entering a new age with the advent of polygenic scores. Dr. Freese will define polygenic scores, why scientists are confident that they work in ways that previous approaches did not, and discuss what sorts of social science questions they may address. Dr. Freese will emphasize why polygenic scores are valuable for social science questions that do not involve genes per se. He will discuss polygenic scores in the context of the troubled history of invocations of genetic differences in social life, as well as concerns about ways that genetic information may be used now or in the near future.

February 14, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Room 160E, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
November 26, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Campus Center, Room 804-08, UMass Amherst

Crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. While policy and engineering efforts have been successful in reducing the rates of fatal crashes, many factors (e.g., behavioral, developmental, social, cultural) contribute to the risk of crash injury.  Prevention activities and programs need to thoughtfully consider the breath of factors that can contribute to crashes and crash injury disparities among groups of young drivers. 

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.

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