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Opening Keynote Address

Photo of speaker Cynthia A. Stifter
Professor of Human Development and Family Science, Penn State

Dr. Stifter’s investigates how a child’s temperament, physiology and parenting environment contribute to self-regulation of emotions. She is working to apply temperament and emotion regulation to physical health, including collaborative work examining obesity outcomes in childhood. Dr. Stifter is also studying the role of positive affect in regulating negative emotions and environment exploration. Her work has been published in journals such as Child Development and Developmental Psychology.

Dr. Stifter will present her research in temperament, parent feeding and childhood obesity.

As the opening keynote address, Dr. Stifter will highlight how temperament and health is an example of cross-disciplinary work, emphasizing the central role of temperament in all domains of development.

CONTACT: Cindy Smith, Human Development and Family Science -

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