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Nursing Researchers Featured in Popular Parent Lecture Series


For immediate release
Date:  2005

ParentMap, a highly respected monthly publication for Seattle area parents, will spotlight the expertise of three faculty from the School of Nursing and the Center on Infant Mental Health & Development (CIMHD) in its popular spring lecture series, Pathways.

On Thursday, March 10, Susan L. Spieker, Ph.D. and Jean Kelly, Ph.D. will present "'A' is for Attachment: the ABC's of Bonding with Your Infant". Spieker is one of only a few scientists nationwide conducting longitudinal studies on the relationship between experiences during infancy and later behavior problems and social competence. Director of the Birth to Three Research Lab at CIMHD, she recently received a national award for her study on infant self-regulation and attachment.

Kelly, who for over two decades has directed research and training programs focused on young children's social and emotional health, recently served on the governor's advisory panel developing the first-ever guidelines for assessing kindergarten readiness in Washington.

"A" is for Attachment will be held 7-9 pm in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya in downtown Seattle. The lecture is described as a "how to" on raising happy children who engage in trusting and caring relationships with others and will also include the latest information about choosing quality daycare and parenting the child with special needs. The final presentation in the Pathways series, scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, will feature Dr. Kathryn E. Barnard, an internationally respected pioneer in the study of infants and families. More than 30 years of research by Barnard, Spence Endowed Professor of Nursing, has earned her prestigious national awards in both nursing and medicine. It has also transformed the way that people look at children - in terms of their environments. In a lecture entitled, Science and Modern Parenting: Are you Ozzie and Harriet or Ozzy and Sharon? Barnard will answer the question of what the 'good' parent needs to know to raise secure, responsible and successful children. She will also discuss how parents can find more time to devote to family, promote secure relationships, provide effective boundaries, and encourage quality learning. The lecture will be held 7-9 pm in Wright Auditorium at Children's Hospital on Sand Point Way.

The Pathways lecture series runs February through May. Other presenters include Daniel Siegel, MD, speaking on Parenting from the Inside Out; John Gottman, Ph.D., on Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child; Laura Kastner, Ph.D., on Launching Your Teen into Adulthood; and Don Shifrin, M.D. and Jan Faull, M.Ed., on Impacting the Supersized Generation: A Panel Discussion about Health, Nutrition and Media Influence on Families.

Lecture tickets are $12 each. To purchase, visit, or call 206-232-1940.


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.