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2016-2017 Child Study Center Speaker Series

The Child Study Center is proud to present a series of distinguished speakers on topics related to child and adolescent development. Each annual series begins with the Child Study Center's Lois Bloom lecture, featuring a nationally recognized scholar. For additional co-sponsored events, please see News and Events: Please check back periodically for updated information.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Bennett Pierce Living Center
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 110 Henderson Building

“Families Under Stress: Implications for Intervention”

Please join us for this cutting-edge panel discussion focusing on couple stress (including parents), led by two of the leading experts in the field. Particular attention will be given to how best to conceptualize stress in couples, new approaches in intervention and prevention, and future directions for the field. This is a roundtable, participatory discussion, so come with questions and contribute to this event.

Co-Sponsored with the Social Science Research Institute and the Children, Youth & Families Consortium


Thursday, September 22, 2016
The 2016 Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture
4:15 p.m., The Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room

Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D.

Lois Autrey Betts Chair, Education and Human Development
Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor
Professor, Human & Organizational Development and Institute of Global Health Department of Health Policy
Vanderbilt University

"Scaling up Evidence-Based Programs in Community Settings: Opportunities and Challenges"

Abstract: A plethora of empirically supported preventive interventions have been shown to avert and improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. Yet, evidence-based programs and practices (EBPs) often do not lead to large-scale and successful program implementation in real world settings. Advancing the impact of effective prevention programs requires addressing fundamental questions about novel ways that communities can adopt, adapt to their own cultural values, and subsequently own and deliver an EBP intervention with fidelity and sustainability. This presentation will address challenges and opportunities for scaling up EBP in community settings, demonstrating the potential widespread implementation and sustainability of technology as an effective program delivery platform.


Monday, October 10, 2016, to Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Nittany Lion Inn

Penn State's Fifth Annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being

"Trauma Informed Schools: How child maltreatment prevention, detection, and intervention can be integrated into the school-setting"

Co-Sponsored by the Child Study Center


Wednesday, October 19, 2016
4:15 p.m., The Nittany Lion Inn, Alumni Lounge

Gene H. Brody, Ph.D.

Regents' Professor of Child and Family Development
Director, Center for Family Research
The University of Georgia

(Title and Abstract TBA)

Dr. Brody is also presenting the BENNETT LECTURE

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Monday, October 24, 2016, to Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom

Penn State's 24th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues

"Sleep across the Life Course: Family Influences & Impacts"

Co-Sponsored with the Social Science Research Institute


Thursday, November 10, 2016
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building

S. Alexandra Burt, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Michigan State University

(Title and Abstract TBA)

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