The 2019 Oklahoma Early Childhood Research Symposium will highlight research on effective strategies for reducing inequities in early childhood. It will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma's Nigh University Center.
This year's keynote speaker will feature Brenda Jones Harden, professor, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland-College Park.
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Professor, Unversity of Maryland-College Park
Harden has worked over thirty-five years in early childhood policy, practice and research arenas. Her research examines the developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, particularly those who have maltreated or exposed to other forms of trauma.
One of her main focuses is preventing maladaptive outcomes in these populations through early childhood and parenting programs, such as early care and education, home visiting services and infant mental health interventions.
She is the author of numerous publications regarding vulnerable children and families, particularly risk and protective factors that are linked with their developmental and mental health outcomes. And Harden received a doctoral degree in developmental and clinical psychology from Yale University, and her Master in Social Work from New York University.
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
In addition to her title as associate professor, Sission is also assistant dean for research; director of Master of Science in nutritional sciences; and director of the Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Laboratory in the Department of Nutritional Sciences where she conducts her research.
This research lab focuses on physical activity and sedentary behavior epidemiology and related risk behaviors such as the consumption of poor quality food. Other research interests include the influence of the physical and social environment on food consumption and physical activity behaviors and the impact of sedentary lifestyle on chronic diseases, such as obesity. Children and disadvantaged populations are of particular interest.
Sisson earned her doctoral degree in exercise and wellness from Arizona State University and her masters in exercise and health promotion from the University of Oklahoma.
Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Currently, Salvatore serves as the principal investigator on the Work, Stress and Health Among Low-Wage Latinas in Oklahoma research project as well as co-investigator for Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE).
Her research interests include: Latino health, children's environmemental health, chronic diseases prevention, cancer prevention and survivorship, citizen sciences, community health workers and community-based participatory research.
Salvatore earned her doctoral degree in public health from the University of California Berkeley and her masters in public health from the University of North Carolina.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., this year's agenda will feature a light breakfast, keynote speaker, lunch, the Champion for Children award and four more engaging educational sessions.
Sessions will focus on reducing inequities in early childhood while highlighting both national and local research. From how early childhood interventions can reduce adverse childhood experiences to breaking down barriers for Hispanic families in Tulsa's early childhood education system, our symposium has something of interest for all those invested in improved outcomes for Oklahoma children and their families.
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