Families and Well-Being Seminar Series

The Center for Child and Family Well-Being hosts a seminar series each semester. Previous lectures in the series can be found on our YouTube page.

Child and family well-being is a unifying theme among many scholars and professionals who seek to improve the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. We are the only UW-Madison center to focus solely on the advancement of multidisciplinary family research and outreach. We focus on how research and outreach can contribute to increasing the quality of life in the early years by improving health and family well-being. The series will provide both breadth and depth on complex components of early development in the context of families and communities.

Our goal for the seminar series is to bring that research forward in a common forum and to make sense of it for families and those who serve them.

Spring Semester 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Positive Emotion Interventions for Health-Related or Other Life Stress: Progress, Promise, and Lessons Learned
Judith T. Moskowitz, Ph.D., MPH
This talk co-hosted with the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health and the Carbone Cancer Center

Fall Semester 2019
Friday, November 22, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

How to be an Active Partner in Translating Scholarship into Social Policy Change
Panel Members:
Heidi Normandin, MPA, Senior Outreach Specialist and Director of Legislative Outreach at the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
Nicholas Hillman, Ph.D., MPA, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology
Yiwei Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Consumer Science, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology

September 5, 2019, 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM

Investing in Healthy Development & Well-Being
Max Crowley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University and Director of PSU Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative

Spring Semester 2019
May 1, 2019, 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Conversations with Teens About Medicines: A Game-Based Learning Approach
Olufunmilola Abraham, Ph.D., M.S., B.Pharm, Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison
This talk co-hosted with the Extension Health and Well-Being Institute

April 9, 2019, 5:00-6:00 PM

Tales of Vaccine Hesitancy: How Can Physicians, Scientists, and Journalists Promote Public Health for Children and Families?
This talk co-hosted with University Communications
Panel Members:
Apoorva Mandavilli, UW-Madison Spring 2019 Science Writer in Residence
Malia Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H., Public Health Researcher and Social Epidemiologist, UW-Madison Applied Population Lab
Dipesh Navsaria, M.P.H., M.S.L.I.S., M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Director of MD-MPH Program at UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
James Conway, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director, and Director of Global Health at UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and Associate Director for Health Sciences at UW Global Health Institute

Fall Semester 2018
November 5, 2018, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

Prevention Science, Interventions with Vulnerable Youth and Families
J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D., Director of Translational Science, New York University
This seminar was sponsored by the University Lectures Committee

This talk is co-sponsored with the Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies, School of Social Work, and United Way of Dane County. It is now available on our YouTube page.

October 12, 2018, 1-2:30 PM

Mindfulness and Racial Justice: A Path for All Us
Rhonda Magee, J.D., Professor of Law, University of San Francisco
Q&A Session with Angela Rose Black, Ph.D., Mindfulness for the People
This seminar was sponsored by the University Lectures Committee

September 26, 2018, 12-1:30 PM

Disruption and Repair of Early Relationships: Using Research to Support Organizations Working with Migrant Children and Families
Tova Walsh, Ph.D., M.S.W., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This talk is now available on our YouTube page.

Spring Semester 2018
April 25, 2018, 12-1:30 PM

Transdisciplinary and Community-Based Approaches to Understanding Environmental Risk to Children’s Health
Panel Members:
Janean Dilworth-Bart, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies
Dr. Susan Davidson, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, SSM Health
Sheri Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin and Director of Population Health Institute
Kristen Malecki, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Population Health Sciences
This panel talk is now available on our YouTube page.

March 14, 2018, 12-1:30 PM

What about Dads? Engaging Fathers as Part of a Life Course Approach to Understanding Children’s Health Disparities
Erika Cheng, Ph.D., MPA, Researcher for Children’s Health Services Research and the Associate Director of the CHSR Fellowship Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine
This talk is now available on our YouTube page.
This seminar was sponsored by the University Lectures Committee

February 28, 2018, 12-1:30 PM

Early Childhood Research in Action: How to Connect with Policymakers and Make a Difference 
Hilary Shager, Ph. D., Associate Director, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, Director, Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars, University of Wisconsin-Madison

January 31, 2018, 12-1:30 PM

Elevating the Early Years in Dane County
Panel Members:
Cigdem Unal, Director of the OFfice of Child Care and Family Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jen Bailey, Executive Director of REACH Dane
Carol Spoehr, One City Early Learning
The video to this panel is now available on our YouTube page.

Fall Semester 2017
November 8, 12-1:30 PM

Infant sleep training: Maternal perceptions and correlates of success
A. J. Schwichtenberg, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
The video to A.J. Schwichtenberg’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.
This seminar was sponsored by the University Lectures Committee

October 18, 12-1:30 PM

Naive sociologists: Young children’s thinking about social categories and hierarchies
Kristin Shutts, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The video to Kristin Shutts’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.

September 13, 12-1:30 PM

Do Animals Get Under Our Skin?: Exploring the Potential of the Animal-Human Bond Beyond the “Feel Good Effect”
Kim Kelly, Ph. D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The video to Kim Kelly’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.

Spring Semester 2017
April 12th, 12-1:30 PM

Adverse Childhood Experiences: What We Know and What We Can Do
Josh Mersky, Ph. D., Associate Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The video to Josh Mersky’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.
This seminar was sponsored by the University Lectures Committee

March 15th, 12-1:30 PM

Self-Compassion and Resilience Among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth
Abra Vigna, Ph. D., Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The video to Abra Vigna’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.

February 22nd, 12-1:30 PM

“19” The Tony Robinson Shooting, a Case of Deadly Bias Film Showing and Panel Discussion
Panelist Members:
Eric Upchurch II, Chief Visionary at Opportunity Inc., and Lead Organizer of Young Gifted and Black Coalition
Fabu, Poet and Scholar of African American Literature
Alder Shiva Bidar-Sielaff
State Representative Chris Taylor
Click here to learn more about “19”

February 1st, 12-1:30 PM

Beyond Bars & Barriers: Incarceration and Child & Family Well-Being
Panel Members:
Kristin Turney, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of California-Irvine
Michael Massoglia, Ph.D., Romnes Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lonnie Berger, MSW, Ph.D., Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Social Work, Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Linda Ketcham, Executive Director of Madison-area Urban Ministry
Carmella Glenn, Coordinator of Just Bakery, Madison-area Urban Ministry
The video to this panel discussion is now available on our YouTube page.

Fall Semester 2016
November 30th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Early Experiences Elevate Everything: Early Brain and Child Development and the Future of Society
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The video to Dipesh Navsaria’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.

October 26th, 12:00-1:30 PM

To Be or Not to Be from Here: Immigrant Youth Identity Formation in an Anti-Immigrant World
Carmen Valdez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The video to Carmen Valdez’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.

September 21st, 12:00-1:30 PM

Bioecological Model of the Effects of Economic Disadvantage and Adversity on Children’s Developmental Outcomes
Liliana J. Lengua, Ph.D., Earl R. Carlson & Maritz Family Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for Child & Family Well-being, University of Washington
The video to Liliana Lengua’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.
This seminar was sponsored by the University Lectures Committee

Spring Semester 2016
March 30th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Motownphilly Blues: Teaching & Talking About Literature and Life Within the Context of Urban Educational Reform
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Reading/Writing/Literacy, University of Pennsylvania

March 16th, 12:00-1:30 PM
Wake Up Wisconsin: Disrupting the Narrative of the Mindfulness Movement on our Campus and in our Communities
Angela Rose Black, Ph.D., Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fall Semester 2015
November 11th, 12:00-1:30 PM
University-Based Child Development Laboratory Schools: A Vision for the Future
Brent McBride, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
September 9th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Outsourcing Parenthood? Modern Day Parental Support and the Anxieties it Creates and Resolves
Amber Epp, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The video of Amber Epp’s talk is now available on our youtube page.

Spring Semester 2015
March 5, 11:00-12:30 PM
Birth Support for Incarcerated Women
Rebecca Shlafer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Fall Semester 2014
September 2, 1:00-2:30 PM
Mindful Parenting: A Framework to Promote Family Well-Being in Diverse Contexts
Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
*Note: In Fall of 2015, Dr. Duncan became an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The video for Larissa Duncan’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.
September 23, 12:00-1:30 PM

Moving from a Successful Demonstration Project to Sustainability and Statewide Adoption: The Parenting the First Year Project
Dave Riley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 13, 12:00-1:30 PM
Tribal Youth Media Initiative: Stand Back and Be Amazed!
Patty Loew, Ph.D., Professor, Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The video for Patty Loew’s talk is now available on our YouTube page.
October 20, 12:00-1:30 PM
From Saying No to Female Genital Mutilation to Empowering Girls through Education in Kenya. The Life Long Journey of Aniceta Kiriga
Aniceta KirigaDirector of Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project
November 18, 12:00-1:30 PM
Exploring the Role of Debt and Money Management in Young Adult Relationships
Fenaba Addo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Consumer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison