Free Public Lectures

Friday, February 22, 2019
Free Public Lectures
Christopher Willard , Psy.D.
7:00 - 8:30 PM  »  University of Washington, Kane Hall, Rm. 120

This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

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About this lecture

Join author, psychologist and resilience expert Dr. Christopher Willard for a talk on how parents and teachers can help kids manage the stresses of the modern world with mindfulness. He will discuss the science and skillful practice of mindfulness in everyday settings for families and schools. By drawing upon neuroscience and psychology, Dr. Willard’s talk will highlight strategies for integrating mindfulness practices into family life, academics, athletics, and the arts. He will give attention to best practices in tailoring techniques to a range of issues, including learning differences, medical concerns, and mental health issues. Join us for this enlivening talk that will inspire you with practices to promote the resilience of children and youth around you . 

About the facilitator
Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness.  He has been practicing meditation for 20 years and leads workshops nationally and internationally. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and three other books. He has three children's books forthcoming and teaches at Harvard Medical School.



Thursday, April 11, 2019
Free Public Lectures
Nancy Gonzales, PhD
7:00 - 8:30 PM  »  University of Washington, Kane Hall, Rm. 120, 4069 Spokane Ln, Seattle, WA 98103

This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration will open in January.

About this lecture

Dr. Gonzales will examine how contextual and cultural experiences of Latinx youth provide unique challenges and opportunities for positive development. She also will discuss how culturally informed research can inform interventions, policies and practices to reduce educational inequalities and improve lives.


About the presenter

Nancy Gonzales, PhD is Foundation Professor of psychology and dean of natural sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.  Her research examines culturally-informed models of family and youth resilience in low-income communities. Over the past 20 years, her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Helios Education Foundation, and the Institute for Educational Sciences and has contributed important insights into the cultural strengths, challenges, and positive development of Mexican Americans living in the Southwest. This research encompasses multiple collaborations and research studies that collectively span across the lifespan, from birth to young adulthood. 

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