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Monday, March 6, 2017 
8:00 am - 8:30 am - Bayshore Ballroom

Welcome and Overview

Mario Hernandez, PhD, Dept. of Child & Family Studies, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Scott Bryant-Comstock, MS, Children's Mental Health Network, Chapel Hill, NC

8:30 am - 9:45 am - Bayshore Ballroom
Keynote Presentation

The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Biglan, Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and the Co-Director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium, Portland, OR

Tony Biglan, scientist and author of “The Nurture Effect,” will share how 30 years of scientific discoveries have led us to know enough to ensure that virtually every young person arrives at adulthood with the skills, values, and health behaviors to thrive in today’s society. A unifying principle across these scientific discoveries and a method for wide-ranging social improvement focuses on creating more nurturing environments. Biglan will describe how this research can lead to action, in which groups of parents, teachers, advocates, and policymakers join together locally and nationally to create a science-guided social movement that prioritizes the creation of nurturing environments at home, in school, at work, and in our communities.

Dr. Biglan will be signing copies of his book “The Nurture Effect” immediately after his presentation.

About the Presenter 
biglanDr. Anthony Biglan is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute, Principal Investigator of the Teacher Wellbeing Project, Director of the Center on Early Adolescence, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Promise Neighborhoods Research Consortium. Biglan's work has included studies of the risk and protective factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; high-risk sexual behavior; and antisocial behavior. He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use both through school-based programs and community-wide interventions. In recent years, his work has shifted to more comprehensive interventions that have the potential to prevent the entire range of child and adolescent problems. He is a former president of the Society for Prevention Research and was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention, which recently released its report documenting numerous evidence-based preventive interventions that can prevent multiple problems. 

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