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The Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture

The Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture is made possible by a gift from Dr. Lois Masket Bloom, '56 Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Alumna of Penn State, and Edward Lee Thorndike Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University. This lectureship fund supports lectures by outstanding experts in the field of child studies with a special emphasis on early child development.


Mary Dozier, Ph.D.
Unidel Amy Elizabeth du Pont Chair in Child Development
Director of Clinical Training
University of Delaware
Title TBA
September 20, 2018


Thomas G. O'Connor, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Wynne Center for Family Research
University of Rochester Medical Center
"Early Stress and Psychological Development: What do the theories propose and what do the findings mean?"
September 21, 2017


Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D.
Lois Autrey Betts Chair, Education and Human Development
Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor
Professor, Human & Organizational Development in Peabody College
Vanderbilt University
"Scaling up Evidence-Based Programs in Community Settings: Opportunities and Challenges"
September 22, 2016


Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology
Temple University
"Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence"
September 22, 2015


BJ Casey, Ph.D.
Director of Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology
Professor of Developmental Psychobiology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
"Easy to Remember, Difficult to Forget:  The Development of Fear Regulation"
October 15, 2014


Nathan Fox, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor and Chair
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
University of Maryland
"Are There Sensitive Periods for the Effects of Early Experience on Cognitive and Social Competence?  Lessons from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project"
January 16, 2014


Seth Pollak, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of Wisconsin at Madison

"Early Learning and the Emotional Brain"
September 13, 2012


Megan Gunnar, Ph.D.
Professor of Child Development
University of Minnesota
"Early Life Stress and Development: Studies of Children Adopted Internationally from Orphanages"
November 10, 2011


Dr. W. Thomas Boyce, M.D.
Professor, Sunny Hill Health Centre/BC Leadership Chair in Child Development
College for Interdisciplinary Studies and Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia
"The Biology of Misfortune: How Biology, Behavior and Environment Create the Social Partitioning of Health"
September 23, 2010


Joel T. Nigg, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Genetics
Director, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry
Oregon Health & Science University
"ADHD: Endophenotypes, Environmental Risk Factors, and Causal Models"
October 8, 2009


Daniel S. Pine, M.D.
Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience
Chief of Child and Adolescent Research in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
National Institute of Mental Health, Division of Intramural Research Programs
"Pediatric Anxiety: Current and Future Approaches to Therapeutics"
September 18, 2008


Robert Marvin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Virginia Health System
Department of Psychiatric Medicine
Child and Family Psychiatry
"Childhood Behavior Problems: Where Do They Reside and What Do They Reflect?"
September 27, 2007


Richard Davidson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of Wisconsin, Waisman Center
"Order and Disorder in the Emotional Brain"
September 21, 2006


Joseph Campos, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of California, Berkeley
"Explaining Developmental Transition in Infancy"
September 22, 2005


Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
Professor, College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
"Advances in Understanding the Nature and Causes of ADHD"
April 8, 2004


Dante Cicchetti, Ph.D.
Director, Mount Hope Family Center
University of Rochester
"Psychological and Neurobiological Functioning in Maltreated Children"
May 8, 2003


Marc Bornstein, Ph.D.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
"Views of Parenting Across Cultures"
May 2, 2002


Margaret Beale Spencer, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania
"Schooling and Identity Processes: Challenges to the “Acting White ” Assumption about Urban Youth"
May 9, 2001


Judy DeLoache, Ph.D.
University of Illinois
"Becoming Symbol Minded"
April 27,2000

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