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Measurement Webinar - "Data Linkage" featuring Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD (Scientific Director, Population Data BC) and Anne Gadermann, PhD (Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health). August 1, 2019, 11am-noon PT. REGISTER HERE.

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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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Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Amanda Geller

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Amanda Geller, PhD, presenting on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) of nearly 5,000 children born in large US cities between 1998 and 2000, roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents. The FFCWS consists of parent interviews at birth and ages 1, 3 and 5, plus in-home assessments of children and home environments at ages 3 and 5.   Amanda Geller is a Clinical Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her research examines the interactions between criminal justice policy and socioeconomic disadvantage, and their joint effects on urban …

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Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Stephen Buka

This webinar – the third in the LCRN’s series on Using Existing Data to Examine Life Course Health Development – features Stephen Buka, Sc.D.   Dr. Buka was at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) for 20 years in the Departments of Maternal Child Health and Epidemiology, and currently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at HSPH. He is Professor and Chair of Epidemiology at Brown University, and also directs Brown’s Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology and the Center for the Study of Human Development. Dr. Buka is an expert in the measurement of the key obstetric events and their effect on adult neuropsychiatric conditions …

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Using the PSID to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Narayan Sastry

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Narayan Sastry, PhD.   Dr. Sastry is a Research Professor in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Adjunct Senior Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, Co-Director of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS), and Associate Director on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). He is also Director of the Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS) that is being designed to study the long-term demographic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the pre-storm population of New Orleans. Dr. Sastry has been at …

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The Surprising Implications of Premature Birth for Life Course Health Development

By Michael Msall

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Michael Msall, MD.   Dr. Msall, a Board Certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is Professor and Section Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Professor of Community Health Sciences in The Institute for Molecular Pediatric Sciences at The University of Chicago. He has been an active researcher into the neurodevelopmental assessment of children receiving new technologies since 1982. Dr. Msall’s research has focused on advancing knowledge between developmental processes, genetics, neurobiology, and child disability outcomes. Current research in progress includes themes on (1) the demography of child disability; (2) assessing developmental and functional outcomes …

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