Learning Opportunity

Norlien - The Importance of Early Childhood : Socio-Emotional Development and Early Intervention

Facilitators: Dr. Melanie Berry Dr. Nathan A. Fox
Date:February 02, 2015
Time:9:00 am to 3:30 pm MTN
(Lunch not provided with this Learning Opportunity. Break from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Location: Edmonton (Shaw Conference Centre)
9797 Jasper Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9
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Session Code: 15-CP-177
Focus: Inclusive Education

Target Audience

Early Childhood teachers (preschool to grade 3), health care professionals, child care practitioners, Health, Human Services and School and Jurisdiction Leaders, Pre-Service Teachers, Faculty of Education Professors, Trustees, Parents

About this Learning Opportunity

An excellent start to learning means helping children reach emotional, social, intellectual and physical development milestones to be ready for school.  This learning opportunity builds on the core story of early brain and biological development of young children and provides deeper insight into socio-emotional development and the impact of early intervention on health, well-being, behavior and learning of all children.  Join Dr. Nathan A. Fox and Dr. Melanie Berry as they share current research and insights about child development and highlight the significance of your role in understanding, implementing and supporting evidence-informed best practices in the care and education of young children.

This day will provide you with:

  • Information about socio-emotional development and application to practice
  • Early intervention strategies that are research based and evidence informed
  • Opportunity for discussion and questions

About the Facilitator

Dr. Nathan A. Fox is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He has completed research on the biological bases of social and emotional behavior developing methods for assessing brain activity in infants and young children during tasks designed to elicit a range of emotions. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health where he was awarded a MERIT award for excellence of his research program. He is one of three Principal Investigators on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Dr. Fox was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Investigator Award from the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was editor of Infant Behavior and Development, served as Associate Editor of Psychophysiology, Developmental Psychology and International Journal of Behavioral Development and is past-President of Division 7 of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Infant Studies. He is a member of the National Scientific Council for the Developing Child.

Dr. Melanie Berry is a postdoctoral research associate at Fisher Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) laboratory at the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center. Dr. Berry and her colleagues at the SNAP lab study the impact of early adversity on the brain and the development of targeted interventions to improve outcomes for high-risk children. Dr. Berry has extensive experience working with children and families. She began her career providing intensive early intervention services for young children with developmental disabilities. She then obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She is passionate about supporting children and caregivers who are experiencing serious adversity, particularly families facing poverty and those involved in the child welfare system.