Conference addresses behavior issues with Appalachian children
(ATHENS, Ohio – Oct.
8, 2013) A conference for health care professionals who work with
children in Appalachia features a renowned researcher whose work
concentrates on how stress and early-life experiences affect
Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, will
present the keynote address, “The Effect of Toxic Stress on
Children’s Brain and Behavior,” at 9 .a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16,
during the Child Health Conference in the Ohio University Baker
Much of Dr.
Cameron’s research focuses on understanding how early-life
experiences affect the development of anxious and depressive
behaviors and identifying factors that lead to stress sensitivity
versus stress resilience. As a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain
Initiatives, a nonprofit organization of neuroscientists committed
to advancing public awareness of brain research, she regularly
lectures and participates in activities designed to
translate scientific information to the public, including a segment
for ABC’s 20/20 on “Busting Scientific Myths.”
The Child Health Conference, hosted
Appalachian Rural Health Institute
Integrating Professionals for
Appalachian Children (IPAC),
is designed for nurses, social workers, counselors and psychologists
who work with children in community health settings. Up to six hours
of continuing education credit is available.
The event runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45
p.m. and costs $90. For information and/or to register, go to
Registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Other sessions at
the conference include:
Partnership: Connection to Health,” presented by Stephanie W.
Harris, director of development at Ohio State Legal Services
to the Individual Lens of Bridges Out of Poverty,” presented by
Teresa Varian, development director of Gallia-Meigs Community Action
Culturally Competent Approaches for Reaching Appalachian Women about
Health Issues,” presented by Holly Raffle, Ph.D., educational
research and evaluation methodologist, Ohio University Voinovich
School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and Alison Murphy, R.D.,
L.D., clinical and pediatric dietician at Dayton Children’s Medical
School-Based Screening for Social, Emotional and Behavior Challenges
in Young Children,” presented by Julie Sarno Owens, Ph.D., associate
professor in the Department of Psychology and co-director of the
Center for Intervention Research in Schools at Ohio University, and
Nina Andres, M.S.
IPAC has been
serving the region since 2002 and is comprised of multiple agencies
in southeastern Ohio, including several Ohio University departments
and clinics. Representatives from member organizations and
participating agencies collaborate to develop innovative, culturally
sensitive programs that address the critical and complex challenges
affecting the physical and mental health of children and families in
for the conference are the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine, the Area Health Education Center, the
Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio, the Ohio
University Department of Psychology and Hopewell Health Centers Inc.
contact Ginger Schmalenberg at 740-590-7389.