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The Neuroscience of Parenting
Conference Speakers

There will be five major presentations during the 1 1/2 days of the conference: 

James Swain, MD, PhD will present on technological perspectives pertaining the neuroscientific investigations of parents.  He was formerly at the Yale Child Study Center and now on faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School.  His recent work includes the application of brain imaging techniques to the study of parental responses to baby cries.

Bob Emde, MD is professor of psychiatry emeritus at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he formerly functioned as director of the psychobiology research group.  He served as president of the Society for Research in Child Development and the World Association for Infant Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines.  He also served as editor of Monographs of the Society for Research on Child Development and associate editor for Review of Child Development Research, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and Psychiatry.  He has done research on how parent-child relationship disorders are implicated in children’s adaptive functioning and will speak on how parenting is connected to infant mental health.

Arnold Sameroff, Ph.D. is professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.  He currently serves as president of the Society for Research in Child Development and formerly served as president of the International Society for Infant Studies.  He has written widely on transactional models of parenting, including treatments of the difficulties in capturing all the relevant processes as they impact developmental systems in children.   He will speak on the current state of developmental science as it applies to the study of parenting.

Ruth Feldman, Ph.D. is professor of psychology and brain sciences at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.  She has long studied mother-child relationships in both clinic and non-clinic populations with specific interest in parent-child synchrony and the biological foundations of  development.  Included in her studies are those involving interaction synchony and neural circuits.  She will speak on relational perspectives and how neuroimaging techniques might be applied to investigating them.

Marc Bornstein, Ph.D. is senior investigator and head of the Child and Family Research Section at the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.  He is editor of Parenting: Science and Practice and former editor of Child Development.  He is also editor of the Handbook on Parenting and the Handbook of Cross-Cultural Developmental Science.  He has done cross-cultural work on parenting, and on parent knowledge and beliefs.  He has also done cross-cultural work on maternal behavior and mother-infant behavioral attunement.  He will provide the primary summary reaction to presentations and discussions that occur at the conference, with specific reference on how the techniques of neuroscience can be brought to bear on the study of parenting processes.  

Other invited participants include:  

    • Alison Hipwell (Univ. of Pittsburgh)
    • Kalina Michalska  (Univ. of Chicago)
    • Ben Lahey (Univ. of Chicago)
    • Steve S. Lee (Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
    • Susan Calkins (Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro)
    • Michael Guralnick (Univ. of Washington)
    • Roger Mills-Koonce (Univ. of North Carolina)
    • Martha Cox (Univ. of North Carolina)
    • Lisa Berlin (Duke)
    • Kirby Deater-Deckard (Virginia Tech)
    • Tom Dishion (Univ. of Oregon)
    • Margaret Owen (Univ. of Texas, Dallas)
    • Erika Lunkenheimer (Colorado State University)
    • Karen Bales (UC Davis)

ASU Faculty Participants: Nancy Eisenberg, Kathy Lemery-Chalfant, Tracy Spinrad, Alyson Shapiro, Adriana Umana-Taylor, Linda Luecken, Lani Shiota



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