Speaker Series: Transforming the lives of children, parents and communities through positive parenting

About the talk:

Dr. Matthew R. Sanders will discuss the role of parenting in transforming children’s lives and the communities in which they live. He will review the impact of parenting on child development and problems of childhood, including child mental health and behavior, maltreatment, schools, and communities.  He will review the modifiable factors that influence parenting and that should be targeted in parenting programs for both individual (e.g., mental health, bullying, and substance use) and community-level intervention.   He will discuss the typical components of successful interventions to improve parenting, and the many examples of the successful applications of his positive parenting program (Triple P) on children, families, and communities throughout the world.

About the speaker:

Professor Sanders is the world’s leading authority on parent training. His career has focused on the development, implementation, evaluation, and global dissemination of evidence-based parenting and family intervention programs. He is the developer and founder of the widely acclaimed Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, which is the best example of behavioral and social science innovation developed over the past 50 years.  Triple P has nearly 300 evaluation studies and has trained more than 76,000 practitioners around the world, who have provided parent training to tens of millions of families in 32 countries. As a result, Triple P and has been recognized by the WHO and the United Nations. Dr. Sanders has made a major and sustained contribution to the field of applied psychology for almost 40 years. He has been uniquely productive as a scholar, authoring more-than 100 versions of the Triple P manual and books for practitioners, as well as 9 books, 55 book chapters, 301 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 29 video programs. He has received lifetime career achievement awards from most of the major psychological professional associations in Australia, North America, and Europe.

Presentation objectives:

1.      Explain the impact of parenting on child development and problems of childhood, including maltreatment, mental health problems, schools, and communities.

2.      List the modifiable factors that influence parenting and that should be targeted in parenting programs for both individual and community-level intervention.

3.      Explain the typical components of successful interventions to improve parenting.


4.      Describe the successful examples and outcomes of positive parenting programs on individual, family, and community outcomes.

Free Parenting Workshop: Raising a Bilingual Child—Dispelling Myths

About the workshop:

Many parents believe speaking to their child in two languages will confuse them or delay their speech. However, there are many myths associated with raising a bilingual child. In reality, bilingualism provides children with many cognitive, academic, and social-emotional benefits, while also promoting connections to their families’ heritage and cultural values. This workshop highlights the benefits and myths about bilingualism, and teach you specific tools to help promote bilingualism with your child. It is never too late to start!      


About the speaker:

Dr. Melissa Baralt is an applied psycholinguist at the FIU Center for Children and Families. A former first grade teacher in Venezuela, Dr. Baralt specializes in first and second language acquisition, bilingual language development in children, sociocultural and environmental factors that affect parent-child interaction, and language teaching.



Free Parenting Workshop: Tips for Reducing Anxiety in Children


About the workshop:

This workshop will discuss empirically supported tips for parents to reduce children’s symptoms of anxiety. Specifically, the workshop will address commonly used behavioral strategies that parents can use prior to, in the moment of, and following anxiety-provoking experiences for their children. Time for questions, role-plays, and problem-solving real-life examples will be provided.

About the Speaker:

Natalie Hong, B.S. is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology Lab at Florida International University. Natalie’s research interests focus on informed decision-making for children who exhibit slower or fewer improvements over the course of an intervention. She is particularly excited about work investigating tailoring interventions (e.g., Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials) to improve efficiency and efficacy of treatments. Additionally, she is interested in examining effective methods for utilizing parents as the agents of change in their children’s treatment.





Speaker Series: Translating Developmental Psychopathology Findings to Develop Interventions for Individuals with ADHD Across the Lifespan


Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland

Based on the presentation, participants will earn one free continuing education credit and be able to:

1. To demonstrate the role of parenting, parent psychopathology and other environmental factors that predict the course of comorbidity and impairment in children with ADHD.

2. To describe novel interventions targeting these risk and protective factors.

3. To provide a more comprehensive model for treating individuals with ADHD within their environmental context.

About the speaker:

Dr. Chronis-Tuscano’s research focuses broadly on understanding early predictors of developmental outcomes for children with Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (including depression and alcohol/substance use) and developing novel treatments which target these early risk and protective factors. Much of this research has addressed issues related to maternal parenting and psychopathology (namely, maternal depression and ADHD). A secondary line of research aims to examine the trajectory of young children displaying early behavioral inhibition, including the development of psychopathology, and to intervene by targeting key moderators of outcome (e.g., parenting and social relationships).

Dr. Chronis-Tuscano is the President-Elect of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology; Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology; Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science; Fellow of the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT); former Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology; Scientific Advisor to the NIMH Outreach Partnership with the State of Maryland; and a member of the CHADD Professional Advisory Board. She is the recipient of multiple NIH grants and has served on several NIH review committees relevant to developmental psychopathology and interventions.