Opening Plenary - Monday, March 6, 2017, 8:00 am - 9:45 am
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
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.
- "We have the tools to help our families and schools to be more nurturing. Rather than addressing each psychological, behavioral, or health problem as though it is unrelated to every other problem, we need to get all of the organizations working on human wellbeing to band together to help make all of our families and schools more nurturing." - Tony Biglan
Dr. Biglan will be signing copies of his book “The Nurture Effect” immediately after his presentation.
About the Presenter
Dr. 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.