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CANCELED --- Lunch Time Research Seminar 2/15 Fathers (and Mothers) and Children’s Development: Evid


Please join us for the upcoming Lunch Time Research Seminar featuring Dr. Natasha Cabrera Thursday, February 15th TIME: 12:15-1:45PM ROOM: 4E26 of SSW Bldg. 525 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Pizza and refreshments will be provided please RSVP by 2/14 to Fathers (and Mothers) and Children’s Development: Evidence from Early to Middle Childhood Abstract:

In this talk I provide an overview of the research on fathers and children’s development during the early childhood period. I begin with a (1) brief discussion of the early research on parenting that mostly focused on mothers; (2) provide a policy social context imperative for renew attention to the role of fathers in children’s lives: (3) Highlight several studies from our lab that focus on the contributions that fathers (and mothers) make to their children’s cognitive and social development over in the early years. Presenter: Dr. Natasha Cabrera Director, Family Involvement Laboratory Professor Human Development and Quantitative Methodology Maryland Population Research Center University of Maryland, College Park Biography: Natasha J. Cabrera, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, College of Education, at University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining the University of Maryland in 2002, Dr. Cabrera had several years of experience as an Executive Branch Fellow and Expert in Child Development with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Cabrera’s research, funded by NICHD, focuses on father involvement and children’s social development; ethnic and cultural variations in fathering and mothering behaviors; family processes in a social and cultural context; and the mechanisms that link early experiences to children’s school readiness. Dr. Cabrera has published in peer-reviewed journals on policy, methodology, theory and the implications of father involvement on child development. She has studied fathers for the last 15 years. In her previous position with NICHD, she developed a major initiative called Developing a Daddy Survey (DADS), which coordinated measures of father involvement across major studies in the field, provided a set of measures for others to use. She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Second Edition (Taylor & Francis, 2013) and Latina/o Child Psychology and Mental Health: Vol 1: Early to Middle Childhood: Development and Context and Vol 2: Adolescent Development (Praeger, 2011). Dr. Cabrera is the Associate Editor of Child Development and Early Childhood Research Quarerly and the recipient of the National Council and Family Relations award for Best Research Article.

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