Invited Symposium III “Life Course Factors Shaping Prospects for Longevity”
Saturday, January 17, 2015: 10:00 AM-11:45 AM
Carondelet, Third Floor (New Orleans Marriott)
Ruth E. Dunkle, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor,
Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD, Boston College,
Jan Steven Greenberg, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison and
Sandra Magaña, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
The slings and arrows of life can dim the prospects for longevity. However social work researchers are at the leading edge of developing the science to reduce the likelihood of such life events or ameliorate the consequences if they do occur. Dr. Hawkins examines policy-relevant research questions in maternal and child health on the topics of parental smoking, infant feeding practices, and childhood obesity. Dr. Greenberg has received extensive NIMH funding to investigate the challenges faced by families with severe and persistent mental illness. His presentation examines the implications for health and longevity for parents of children with disabilities. Dr. Magaña’s research focus is on the cultural context of families who care for persons with disabilities and mental illness. Her presentation documents the experience of Latina and Black mothers caring for children with developmental disabilities.