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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.

Closing Keynote Address

Photo of speaker Nancy Eisenberg
Regents Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

Dr. Eisenberg’s research includes work on emotion-related regulation and relations with adjustment and socio-emotional competence, moral development, emotion socialization and developmental psychopathology. Dr. Eisenberg has also conducted cross cultural work on individual differences in emotionality and regulation, including data from the U.S., China, Indonesia and France. Dr. Eisenberg’s work is foundational in the area of emotion socialization research. Her work has been published in journals both domestically and internationally, including Parenting, Developmental Psychology, and European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

In Dr. Eisenberg’s closing address, she will highlight the role of temperamental effortful control as a top-down mechanism of regulation and its relation to children’s adjustment.

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