Current & Past Lectures
Through the Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series, CRF brings nationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The speakers provide public lectures, highlighting the importance of research on the family and its implications for public policy, and provide research consultation to CRF Family Research Scholars. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.
Mark Feinberg, Ph.D., Research Professor, Prevention Research Center, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Mark Feinberg, Ph.D., conducts basic and applied research on youth, families, and communities, with a particular focus on family dynamics and family-focused prevention. He has developed and tested several prevention programs, including Family Foundations (FF), a transition-to-parenthood program designed to enhance coparenting among first-time parents. FF has been shown to reduce adverse birth outcomes, postpartum depression, couple and parent-child physical aggression, and child internalizing and externalizing problems. Dr. Feinberg has also co-developed prevention programs addressing sibling relationship conflict, adverse birth outcomes, and childhood obesity, and has been involved in the long-term evaluation of large-scale community prevention systems, including Communities That Care, PROSPER, and Evidence2Success. He has also written about and examined the community epidemiology of adolescent problem behaviors, i.e., the ways in which risk factors are linked to behavior problems within and between communities
Antonia Calafat, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
In modern societies, humans may be exposed to a wide spectrum of environmental chemicals. Although for many chemicals the health significance of this exposure is unknown, studies to investigate the prevalence of exposure are warranted because of some chemicals’ potential harmful health effects, as often indicated in animal studies.... Read More >>
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., Director, Infant Language Laboratory, Temple University