Pathways to Child Flourishing

September 27-30, 2014

University of Notre Dame

Conference Center

Go to Official Symposium Website at Center for Children and Families for more information and registration

Nourishing Families, Flourishing Children (Saturday, September 27)

A day focused on practice and targeted at families and practitioners

Contexts for Development and Child Flourishing (September 28-30)

A symposium targeted at those interested in research and theory

An Interdisciplinary Symposium bringing together neurobiology, developmental and clinical psychology, anthropology, prevention and education


Early life experience has long term effects on wellbeing but contexts for childrearing have shifted away from the evolved developmental niche that promote child flourishing. An interdisciplinary et of speakers address these contexts and how to improve child wellbeing.


See draft schedule below (and at official website).


Check out official website for registration and information about prior symposia (2010, 2012), including videos, powerpoints, and accompanying volumes.

Notre Dame Sponsors: Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts Henkels Lecture Series, Department of Psychology, Center for Children and Families

Co-Sponsor: Attachment Parenting International

Conference  organizer: Darcia Narvaez,

If you would like to present a poster, contact Dr. Narvaez.



SUNDAY, September 28, 2014


100-130             Welcome and introduction, Darcia Narvaez


130-230             The Biology of Trauma and Recovery

Bruce Perry


230-330 pm      Parenting, Attachment, and the Development of Emotion Regulation

Julia Braungart-Rieker


330-430             Culture, Community and Context in Child Development

Joshua Sparrow


430-530             How Early Life Builds Cognition and Emotional Intelligence

Stuart Shanker



530-7                   WELCOME RECEPTION, POSTERS


7 pm                  The Parental Brain – Regulation of Mother and Father Behavior that Influences Infant Development

                          James Swain


8 pm                    Societal Contexts for Family Relations: Tradition, Violence and Stress

Riane Eisler


MONDAY, September 29, 2014



830-930             The Benefits of Marital Conflict: Constructiveness and Resolution as Predictors of Positive Child Outcomes

                          Mark Cummings


930-1030           The role of human milk in child development: short and long term lactational programming

Elizabeth Anne (EA) Quinn


1030-1130         The co-development of parenting and temperament

Ariel Knafo


1130-1230         Preserving Child Flourishing after Exposure to Trauma: Women’s Perceptions of the Adequacy of Community Supports

Laura Miller



1230-130           LUNCH


130-230             Becoming an older sibling: cooperative caregiving and conflict among young children in Central Africa

                            Hillary Fouts


230-330               What Kin Counts? Child Growth & Development in Jamaica

                            Robin Nelson


330-430             Risk and Protective Influences on At-Risk Children’s Development and Well-Being

                            Holly Brophy-Herb


430-500             DISCUSSION


530                      Arranged dinner


7:30                   Learning To Trust: Applying Attachment Theory to the Elementary School Classroom

Marilyn Watson


TUESDAY, September 30, 2014



830-930             Synchrony: A Neurobiological Attribute of the Social Human

                            Ruth Feldman


930-1030           The Circle of Attachments and the Importance of Play

                            Colwyn Trevarthen


1030-1130         The Socioendocrinology of Parenthood: Evolution, Culture, and Development by Lee Gettler


1130-1230         [Title]

                          Sarina Saturn


1230-130                         LUNCH



130-230             The Emergence of “Positive Parenting” as a New Paradigm: Theory, Processes, Assumptions, and Evidence

                            George Holden


230-330             Interventions that Support Families and Children

David Willis


330-4                   DISCUSSION