Upcoming Webinars


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Measurement Webinar - "Introduction to a Comprehensive Life Course Monitoring System" featuring Martin Guhn, PhD and Magdalena Janus, PhD. January 23, 2019, 1:30-3PM PST. REGISTER HERE.

Measurement Webinar - "EDI in US Cities" featuring Neal Halfon, MD, MPH and Lisa Stanley, DrPH. February 12, 2019, 1-2:30PM PST. REGISTER HERE.

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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, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development,  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 completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Developmental Affective …

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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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The Contexts of Life Course Health Development Associated with Exclusive Breastfeeding

By Jennifer Pitonyak

This webinar – the first in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES.   Dr. Pitonyak is Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at University of Washington. She uses the Life Course Health Development (LCHD) framework to examine contextual factors that influence family occupation and health development. Dr. Pitonyak’s clinical background in occupational therapy and PhD training in health policy shape her research, policy, and program development interests in understanding and lessening barriers to health-producing early family experiences, particularly the social policy barriers to breastfeeding such as …

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Maternal health in pregnancy: A window into the future?

By Abigail Fraser

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Abigail Fraser, PhD.   Abigail Fraser is a Senior Research Fellow in Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, School of Social and Community Medicine. Her research examines the lifecourse epidemiology of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), insulin resistance, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as in women’s reproductive health and in the cross talk between the two. She studies the role maternal health in pregnancy (adiposity, weight gain and pregnancy complications) may play in shaping her own and her offspring’s long term cardiometabolic health; and she is exploring the role of epigenetics …

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The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse, and Implications for Policy and Practice: CFP Webinar

By Seth Pollak and Sara Jaffee for the University-Based Child and Family Policy (CFP) Consortium in collaboration with the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

This webinar was hosted by the University-Based Child and Family Policy (CFP) Consortium, which is run in collaboration with the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Drs. Cheryl Boyce and Valerie Maholmes from the National Institutes of Health moderated the webinar. Drs. Seth Pollak (University of Wisconsin – Madison) and Sara Jaffee (University of Pennsylvania) served as presenters. Dr. Caitlin McPherran Lombardi (Boston College) organized the webinar. The webinar was held on December 2, 2014.   The presentation by Dr. Pollak drew on his research, including findings from a study recently published in Child Development on “Associations Between Early Life Stress and Gene Methylation in Children” (Click HERE to …

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Life Course Health Development Past, Present and Future

By Neal Halfon

This webinar – the ninth in the LCRN’s series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research: Past, Present and Future – features Neal Halfon, MD, MPH.   Neal is the director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. He is also a professor of pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, of health services in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and policy studies in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Additional positions include: board member of Children Youth and Families at the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, 2001-2006; Principal Investigator for the L.A. and Ventura Study Center …

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