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The Center for Children and Families has launched their new Speaker Series schedule for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Speaker Series talks are designed to provide health and mental health professionals, educators, and students with current strategies for understanding, identifying, and treating children and adolescents with mental health problems. All sessions are free and provide continuing education credits for mental health professionals.

“Every year we invite the world’s leading mental health experts to discuss their cutting-edge translational research on the most critical issues facing mental health assessment and treatment,” said Joseph Raiker, assistant professor of psychology and Speaker Series coordinator. “This provides a unique opportunity for clinicians, students, and researchers in the community to learn more about how to best integrate evidence-based practice into their own work with children and families.”

Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will be held from noon – 1 p.m. at the Modesto Maidique Campus in AHC-1, Room 110.

The 2018-2019 Speaker Series Schedule includes:

November 9
Esther J. Calzada, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
Early Childhood Development in Latino Populations: A Look at Risk and Resilience through an Intersectional Lens

November 30
Katie A. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms Linking Childhood Adversity with Youth Psychopathology

December 7
Francisco X. Castellanos, Ph.D., Director of Research at the NYU Child Study Center
Small Science Brain Imaging in the Era of Big Data

January 18
Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP, Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University
“More action than talk” in the Management of Anxiety in Youth

February 15
Amy K. Roy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Fordham University
Severe Temper Outbursts: Indicators of Emotion Dysregulation in Children

February 21
Joel Sherrill, Ph.D. and Mary Rooney, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health (NIH)
1) NIH Submission and Review:  What to Expect from the Submission, Review, and Resubmission Process
2) Training Opportunities and Funding Mechanisms: Information for Mentors and Trainees
3) NIMH Priorities for Clinical Research: Optimizing Your Application’s Responsiveness to Current Priorities and Funding Opportunities
*NIH talks will take place at FIU Kovens Conference Center during the MICAMH Conference

March 8
Peter Szatmari, Ph.D., Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Building a Rational Mental Health System for Children and Youth

April 5
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D., Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience, the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program
Irritability in Youth: What We Know and What We Need to Learn

Lunch with the speaker will be held immediately after the presentation. For any questions, please contact the CCF Speaker Series Faculty Coordinator Dr. Joseph Raiker at 305-348-0477 or