University of Calgary to Host #FAM2019 Event (October 8, 2019)

FAM2019 Asynchronous Satellite Event
Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Markin MacPhail Centre (room at Winsport)
88 Canada Olympic Rd SW
Calgary, AB  T3B 5R5


On October 8, 2019, the Werklund School of Education will be hosting a FAM2019 satellite event, featuring panels and presentations with local programming that will explore themes and topics of interest to Albertans through a family lens.


  • Kelly Dean Schwartz, PhD, RPsych
  • Carla Ginn, PhD, RN
  • Elizabeth Keys, Doctoral Candidate, RN, BN, CCHN(C)
  • Sheri Madigan, PhD, RPsych
  • Sheila McDonald, MSc, PhD
  • Erin Hetherington, PhD
  • Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, PhD, RPsych
  • Emily Cameron, MSc
  • Jacquie Eales, MSc
  • Janet Fast, PhD
  • Sandy Sereda
  • Nora Spinks


PRESENTATION: All Our Families – Lifestyle, Maternal Well-being and Child Development

This FAM2019 satellite event at the University of Calgary will include a presentation by Sheila McDonald, MSc, PhD, and Erin Hetherington, PhD, who is an integral member of the AOF team. They will present on the design, implementation and findings from the All Our Families Pregnancy Cohort as it relates to the relationship between lifestyle, maternal well-being and child development. The presentation will discuss findings related to late talkers, developmental outcomes, self-regulation and the influence of adverse childhood experiences.

PRESENTATION: Teens in a Digital World: Trends in Online Risk Behaviours

With the ever-increasing presence of Internet-connected devices in the lives of youth today, the risk of exposure to unwanted sexually explicit content (e.g., pop-ups, websites and spam e-mails), solicitation (e.g., sexual talk/activities, sharing images) and sexting is of concern to many parents. Sheri Madigan, PhD, RPsych, University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, will present findings from her recent studies on the worldwide prevalence of unwanted online sexual exposure, sexual solicitation and sexting among youth, and will provide practical tips for keeping youth safe online.

PRESENTATION: The Family Research Agenda Initiative Setting (FRAISE)

The Family Research Agenda Initiative Setting (FRAISE) project is a three-phase priority-setting process. In Phase 1, we engaged with parents and health care providers to develop a survey; we distributed it in Phase 2; and, currently in Phase 3, we are using consensus building to determine the top 10 research priorities related to the health and well-being of families from conception to when the child is 24 months of age. Our inclusive, patient-oriented research agenda contributes to more effective family–child health services. Presentation by Carla Ginn, PhD, RN.

PRESENTATION: Does It Hurt When I Do This? Parent Occupational Stress and Child Development

An increasing number of professions and vocations are bringing occupational stress from the workplace into the home. Those participating in this presentation will learn about the nature and impact of operational stress injuries (OSI) on parent-child relationships and general child functioning, with a focus on demonstrated resilience and healthy child and adolescent development. Recent research on military and first responder (fire, police, paramedic) families will be presented. Presentation by Kelly Dean Schwartz, PhD, RPsych.

PRESENTATION: Dads Get Sad Too: Understanding the Unacknowledged Epidemic of Depression and Anxiety in the Transition to Fatherhood

Depression and anxiety are well-acknowledged phenomena that occur in women during the transition to parenthood, but the experience of mental health problems in new fathers in rarely questioned. Research will be presented on the worldwide prevalence rates of depression and anxiety in the transition to fatherhood, factors that place men at the greatest risk and a framework for screening and treating mental health problems in new dads. Presentation by Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, PhD, RPsych, and Emily Cameron, MSc.

PANEL: Lifetimes of Family Care

Jacquie Eales, MSc, Janet Fast, PhD and Sandy Sereda will explore family caregiving through a life-course perspective, first by introducing a family caregiver to share their lived experience of providing care, then by discussing the first national findings from a research project focused on life course pathways of family care – data that will be used to support caregivers with targeted programs tailored to particular life stages and goals.


REGISTER NOW! Space is limited – don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

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The Werklund School of Education runs Undergraduate (Education) and Graduate (Educational Psychology) programs in Counselling Psychology and School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. It is also home to the Social Development Research Team (SDRT), which generates quality Canadian research on multiple aspects of social development across the lifespan.




Published on May 2, 2019
Updated September 25, 2019

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