Human Development and Family Studies

HDFS Newsletter 10-16-13

Family Matters:
HDFS News Briefs
October 16, 2013
Danielle Crosby's Book Published
Roger Mills-Koonce Receives NIH Award
April McDowell Provides Couple/Family Therapy Career Guidance
Yvette Murphy-Irby Appointed Interim Associate Dean
Chris Payne Receives Funding For Intervention to Preschool Children with Behavior Problems

Fall 2013 Speakers

 

Danielle Crosby's Book Published

Danielle Crosby, along with her co-editors ElizabethGershoff and Rashmita Mistry, have published Societal Contexts of Child Development (Oxford University Press). This volume provides comprehensive literature reviews for six broad contextual influences on children's development that have emerged as key areas of inquiry in contemporary society - gender, child care, culture and ethnicity, poverty, schools and neighborhoods, and media. For each domain, there are two chapters: first, one reviewing basic research relevant to a particular context and second a chapter addressing the same context from an applied research perspective, examining and documenting how research has been, can be, or should be used to enhance the everyday lives and developmental outcomes of children and their families through interventions and/or social policies. Congratulations to Danielle and her co-editors.

 

Roger Mills-Koonce Receives NIH Award
Roger Mills-Koonce, the HDFSDepartment’s newest faculty member, has received prestigious new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Integrating Demography and Biosocial Stress Models of LGBT Family Formation.” Although there is high interest in the demography and welfare of families headed by lesbian and gay (LG) parents, there is currently limited longitudinal research on LG families or the transition to LG parenthood. Roger’s career development and pilot research project will provide him with the skills, experience, and preliminary data necessary to establish a large-scale independent research program on the topic.

April McDowell Provides Couple/Family Therapy Career Guidance

 

April McDowell recently did a "degree story" web page describing the career of a family therapist and referring readers interested in learning more about the profession to the web site of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). April’s story can be found at http://www.degreestory.com/browse/doctorate/social-sciences/family-science/a-career-as-a-couple-family-therapistand the url for the AAMFT is www.aamft.org. April completed her BSc. at UNCG in 2004 and took her family therapy training at the University of Maryland completing her PhD in 2012. She is currently treating individuals, couples, and families in a private practice in Silver Spring, MD. Her personal web site is www.am-therapy.com

Yvette Murphy-Irby Appointed Interim Associate Dean

 

Yvette Murphy-Irby (HDFS PhD, 2004) has been appointed Interim Associate Dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas’ main campus in Fayetteville. During the academic year 2012-13, Yvette was promoted to the rank of Professor in the U of A’s School of Social Work and received UNCG’s Distinguished HDFS Alumni Award. Yvette has expertise in child welfare issues and has had over $10 million dollars in grants. Most recently her work has focused on teen pregnancy prevention and on Individual Development Account (IDA) programs whose low-income participants can receive matching funds if they, themselves, save small amounts of money. Funded through a mixture of public and private sources, IDA programs are designed to help low-income individuals and families achieve greater economic independence through savings and asset accumulation.

Chris Payne Receives Funding For Intervention to Preschool Children with Behavior Problems

 

Chris Payne received new funding from the University of Virginia for the project “Banking Time: Supporting the Social Emotional Development of Young Children through Positive Teacher-Child Relationships.” This US Department of Education funded project is designed to evaluate the effect of a preschool-based intervention, called Banking Time, for children who display significant behavior problems in classrooms, such as aggression, low frustration tolerance, non-compliance andimpulsivity. Funding will cover the implementation of the intervention in various day care, preschool, and Head Start sites in Guilford County along with the comprehensive evaluation of its efficacy. Chris earned her Ph.D. (1989) at UNCG in HDFS’ precursor, the Department of Child Development and Family Relations; she is currently Director of UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnership.

Fall 2013 Speakers

HDFS Speakers

November 1st, 12pm: Esther Leerkes, Ph.D. Stone 186

December 6th, 12pm: Jon Tudge, Ph.D. Stone 186

Gerontology Lunch and Learn Speakers (11:45am, Wednesdays, Edwards Lounge, Stone)

November 13, Steve Fleming (CEO of Well Spring Retirement Community) Topic: Administrative Leadership of Retirement Communities plus Educational and Research Collaborative Opportunities with the Well Spring Retirement Community