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“Executive Function in Early Childhood: Development and Intervention Strategies”

February 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

About the Speaker: Stephanie M. Carlson is Professor and Director of Research at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, the #1-ranked department for developmental psychology (U.S. News & World Report). She received a BA (summa cum laude) with honors in psychology from Bucknell University (1991) and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Oregon (1997). After a McDonnell-Pew postdoctoral fellowship in developmental cognitive neuroscience, Carlson became an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington (1998-2007). She has been at the University of Minnesota since 2007, and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2013.

Carlson is an internationally recognized leader in the study of executive function (brain basis of self-control). She has developed innovative ways of measuring executive function in very young children and made discoveries about the role of executive function in other important aspects of human development (decision-making, perspective-taking, and creativity). Carlson’s current research focuses on ways to help promote executive function through physical health (nutrition and sleep), caregiving practices and preschool curricula. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Education Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, and the Character Lab. She also has conducted cross-cultural research in North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and has been a guest professor of Southwest Normal University in Chongqing (2006-2009) and Zhejiang Normal University in Hangzhou, China (2013-2016).

Carlson is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, serves on several editorial boards (e.g., Child Development), is Vice President of the Jean Piaget Society, and is a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (University of Chicago) and the Frontiers of Innovation Pre-k Standards and Assessments Working Group (Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the National Governors’ Association). She is an advisor to Sesame Workshop® as well as the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Carlson is an invited speaker to numerous national and international organizations (e.g., Aspen Brain Forum, Learning & the Brain, Young Presidents’ Organization). Her work has been featured in several media outlets, including Time, New York Times Magazine, and National Public Radio.

From the speaker’s webpage at: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/icd/research/carlson/people.html

For Further Information: Contact Teresa Palumbo at 608.263.5837 or palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu

The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends of the Waisman Center and NIH grant U54 HD090256.

– See more at: http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/seminars-2017-Feb24-Carlson.htm#sthash.fA6J0HPT.dpuf


February 24, 2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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