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NCRE II Conference 2015

The NCRE 2015 Conference will be held September 10-11, 2015 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.  An opening reception will be held on Wednesday evening September 9, 2015. 

The conference registration form can be found here.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Advances in Developmental Science that Inform Prevention and Promotion in Tribal Communities:  A Focus on Self-Regulation in Context”. Self-regulation is the act of managing one’s thoughts and feelings to allow for goal-directed behavior.  Self-regulation skills develop throughout the life course, but most critically from birth through adolescence.  “Willpower,” “grit,” “self-control,” “executive function,” “effortful control,” “cognitive flexibility,” and “self-management” are all aspects of self-regulation.  Self-regulation is increasingly recognized for its foundational role in lifelong health, including mental and emotional well-being, academic achievement, physical health, and socioeconomic success.  Although self-regulation successes and failures are frequently thought of in terms of personal responsibility, self-regulation skills are shaped by the ongoing interplay of internal (e.g. genetic, dispositional) and external (e.g. relationships with caregivers, environmental) factors.  When faced with chronic stress, trauma, or deprivation, self-regulatory skills are challenged– research has shown that children who have experienced harsh parenting, maltreatment, and environmental adversity such as poverty and food insecurity do worse on cognitive, emotional, and behavioral indicators of self-regulation than children who are not exposed to these factors; differences can also be seen in the physiology of their stress response and their brain function.  Severe childhood stress appears to have lasting effects, with self-regulation-related difficulties seen into adulthood.  Given the vulnerability of self-regulation skills in times of stress, and their foundational role in health across the lifespan, self-regulation is an important target for interventions – both those that target self-regulation skills directly (e.g. social-emotional curricula, mindfulness), as well as those that target them indirectly via parenting/caregiving or other environmental or relational interventions.  While acknowledgement of the fundamental role of family and community in the development of self-regulation may be relatively new in some disciplines, this knowledge is not new to tribal wisdom and practices. Identifying approaches to strengthening self-regulation development across childhood and into early adulthood that are consistent with the importance of family and community may promote the wellbeing of tribal youth.
We are delighted to host plenary speakers Drs. Clancy Blair and Desiree Murray, who will both speak on self-regulation, and discussant Dr. Monica Tsethlikai, who will provide commentary and facilitate discussion about self-regulation in tribal community contexts. 
Dr. Blair is a Developmental Psychologist and Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  Dr. Blair’s research focuses on the development of self-regulation in young children – its measurement and role in school readiness and achievement, its relation to stress and to the physiological response to stress, genetic and epigenetic differences in self-regulation, and early interventions to promote it.  Dr. Blair’s NCRE talk will provide conference participants with foundational knowledge about self-regulation – defining what it is, its early roots, how it is measured, and why it matters for development across the lifespan.
Dr. Murray is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Director for Research at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Murray’s research focuses on school-based social-emotional interventions for children with disruptive behavior and self-regulation difficulties.  Dr. Murray’s talk will provide conference participants with an understanding of comprehensive approaches to supporting self-regulation development, including a variety of practices and interventions across development and settings for all youth as well as those who may be considered at-risk.
Dr. Tsethlikai is a Developmental Psychologist and Zuni tribal member.  She is an Assistant Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.  Her research focuses on cultural, contextual and cognitive factors that promote positive youth development, as well as emerging research on trauma, stress physiology, and the development of executive function and self-regulation in American Indian children living in urban and reservation contexts.  Dr. Tsethlikai will serve as a discussant for both Dr. Blair’s and Dr. Murray’s plenary talks, situating self-regulatory skill development and self-regulation intervention approaches within AIAN tribal cultural contexts. 
NCRE 2015 Conference Resources
Bridgett, D. J., Burt, N. M., Edwards, S. E. & Deater-Deckard, K. (2015).  Intergenerational transmission of self-regulation: a multidimensional review and integrative conceptual framework.  Psychological Bulletin, 141, 602-654.

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