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Fall Colloquium Series 2023

CFS Colloquium Series Fall Presenters: 


Dr. Justin Lavner

Scheduled: Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, EDT

Location: 1502 Cumberland Ave., Student Union, RM#362B

Title: Enhancing responsive parenting to promote health and well-being among Black infants and their families: The Sleep SAAF trial


Responsive parenting programs can promote healthy trajectories for infants, but implementation of these programs among underserved and marginalized populations has been limited. In this talk, Dr. Justin Lavner will provide an overview of the Sleep SAAF (Strong African American Families) trial, an RCT of a responsive parenting program for first-time Black mothers and their infants. Dr. Lavner will review key study findings, including intervention effects on infants and their mothers, and discuss the potential for responsive parenting programs to promote health equity during the postpartum period.


Dr. Justin Jager

Scheduled: Sep 6, 2023 at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, EDT


Title: The changing transition to adulthood: Historical variation in developmental pathways of alcohol use.

Abstract: It is widely recognized that the transition to adulthood has changed such that it is now, on average, more protracted, more individualized, and less linear than it was in the past. These pronounced and pervasive historical shifts raise questions about whether the course of health and well-being during the transition to adulthood has changed in concert with these historical shifts. Focusing on alcohol use, an important index of health and well-being across the transition to adulthood, I apply a historical-developmental approach that disentangles historical and developmental time and captures their interplay in order to document how and why the normative developmental progression of young adult alcohol use has varied historically.  To do so I utilize longitudinal panel data from the Monitoring the Future Study that span more than three decades. As part of this presentation, I will summarize and integrate some of my more recent work that collectively documents how the nature and even direction of historical variation in young adult alcohol use differs by age, pinpoints the specific ages at which historical variation is most evident, links these trends to historical variation to other aspects of young adulthood, including social roles, attitudes, and beliefs, and forecasts the implications of these trends for future young adults. I will conclude by discussing implications for young adult health as well as the broader importance of applying a historically sensitive lens to the study of development.