Upcoming Webinars


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"Introduction to the Handbook of Life Course Health Development", by Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, Tuesday, November 29, 2017, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

"Life Course Health Development of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy", by Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA and colleagues, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

"Middle Childhood - An Evolutionary Developmental Synthesis", by Marco DelGiudice, PhD, Monday, December 18, 2017, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

"The Emerging Theoretical Framework of Life Course Health Development", by Neal Halfon, MD, MPH and Christopher Forrest, MD, PhD. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

"Emerging Adulthood as a Critical Stage in the Life Course", by David Wood, MD, MPH. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

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The Development of Self-Regulation: Foundational Skills for Children’s Health and Well-Being

By Megan McClelland

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s ongoing series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research, features Megan McClelland, PhD.   Dr. McClelland will discuss the importance of self-regulation for health, educational success, and well-being over time and across contexts. She will examine the pathways of self-regulatory development (including individual, contextual and sociocultural factors that influence the development of these skills over time), the methods for studying self-regulation, and translational issues such as intervention efforts to improve these skills in children.   Dr. McClelland is the Katherine E. Smith Professor of Healthy Children and Families in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU), where she serves …

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Rethinking the role of stress in development: Emerging evolutionary perspectives

By Marco Del Giudice

This webinar – part of LCRN’s series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research – features Marco Del Giudice, PhD.   Dr. Del Giudice is Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. His main research area is the evolutionary study of human development across the life span, with a focus on individual and sex differences and their neurobiological basis. He has published more than 60 papers and book chapters on a wide range of topics, from the biology of developmental plasticity to the classification of mental disorders in an evolutionary framework. With his collaborators he has advanced the Adaptive Calibration Model, an evolutionary-developmental model …

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TADPOHLS: Enabling integrative longitudinal studies of positive health

By Margaret Kern

This webinar – part of LCRN’s series on Using Existing Data to Examine Life Course Health Development – features Margaret L. Kern, PhD.   Dr. Kern is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in Australia. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr. Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and was recently selected as an early career rising star by the Association for …

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The Parental Brain: How Parenthood Shapes the Adult Brain

By Pilyoung Kim

This webinar – part of the LCRN’s series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research: Past, Present and Future – features Pilyoung Kim, PhD.   Dr. Kim is Assistant Professor of Psychology and a director of the Family and Child Neuroscience lab at the University of Denver. Her long-term research career trajectory is to examine the early life origins of socioeconomic disparities in health from a neurobiological perspective. Dr. Kim’s current work, funded by the National Institue of Child Health and Human Development, focuses on the prospective effects of perinatal exposures to poverty on the neural plasticity in new mothers and infants. She was a recipient of the 2014 …

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The occupational (im)possibilities in a segregated neighborhood: A matter of justice in life course health development

By Jyothi Gupta

This webinar – the sixth in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.   Dr. Gupta is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. Her research interests are identifying contextual barriers to full participation of marginalized groups and identifying strategies to maximize participation. The common themes in Dr. Gupta’s research are the influence of participation on health and well being of diverse groups, and issues of social injustice that impact participation. She has engaged in community-based participatory research with refugees and immigrants, and …

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From Early Adversity to Permanency: Implications for Occupational and Life Course Health Development

By Amy Lynch

This webinar – the fifth in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Amy Lynch, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES.   Dr. Lynch is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health in the Occupational Therapy Department at Temple University, and the Clinic Coordinator of the International Adoption Health Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her MS in Occupational Therapy at Tufts University, and her PhD at University of Delaware with a focus on Infant Development. Dr. Lynch has clinical expertise in children who have experienced neglect, abuse, and institutionalization, children with …

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Risk and Resilience in Children Who Experience Homelessness: The Supportive Nature of Family Occupation for Life Course Health Development

By Debra Rybski

This webinar – the fourth in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Debra A. Rybski, PhD, MSHCA, OTRL.   Dr. Rybski is Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University. Dr. Rybski’s clinical background in occupational therapy and maternal and child health has guided her work with children and families who experience poverty and homelessness. Her work in community developmental surveillance and screening has examined young children’s self-regulation/social skills critical for child social participation and learning in relation to sensory processing, mother sense of competence and …

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The Impact of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on Early Family Experiences

By Tracy Jirikowic

This webinar – the third in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.   Dr. Jirikowic is an occupational therapist and Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Her research interests broadly include factors that affect the occupational performance and participation of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities, with an emphasis on children with or at-risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Dr. Jirikowic’s research activities include the examination of biobehavioral regulatory processes in infants and children with prenatal alcohol exposure, sensory-motor developmental processes …

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How Socioeconomic Disadvantages Get Into the Brain Across the Lifespan

By Pilyoung Kim

This webinar – the eleventh in the LCRN’s series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research: Past, Present and Future – features Pilyoung Kim, PhD.   Dr. Kim is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Family and Child Neuroscience lab at the University of Denver (http://www.pilyoungkim.org/). Dr. Kim’s long-term research career trajectory is to examine the early life origins of socioeconomic disparities in health from a neurobiological perspective. Her current work focuses on the prospective effects of perinatal exposures to poverty-related chronic stress on the neural systems in new mothers and infants. Dr. Kim received her Master’s Degree from Harvard and her PhD from Cornell before …

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Understanding Infant and Parent Occupation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

By Ashlea Cardin

This webinar – the second in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Ashlea D. Cardin, OTD, OTR/L, BCP.   Dr. Cardin is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Missouri State University, and a neonatal occupational therapist for Mercy Kids Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and has received the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist designation by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Dr. Cardin uses the Life Course Health Development framework to inform her NICU-based practice and research line, which focuses on the …

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