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Invited Speakers

We are very excited to announce that the 2017 Professor Fergus Lowe memorial keynote address will be presented by Dr Anthony Biglan. Dr Biglan is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and Co-Director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium (USA). A leading figure in the development of prevention science, Dr Biglan is the author of The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World. http://www.ori.org/scientists/anthony_biglan

Please find the title and abstract of his talk below.

Title: How Behavioral Science Can Foster the Evolution of More Nurturing Societies

This address will outline how behavioral scientists can significantly in crease the nurturance of wellbeing in our societies. Despite recent disturbing trends in the direction many societies are moving, we can evolve societies that nurture their members much more than they do now. I will provide an overview of the progress that behavioral science has made in identifying the basic conditions human beings need to thrive and will provide a brief overview of family and school interventions that have been shown to prevent the development of the majority of psychological and behavioral problems that affect wellbeing.

Moreover, encouraging evidence indicates that these interventions may prevent the inflammatory processes that contribute to cardiovascular disease. At the same time, many macro conditions continue to influence human development. I will describe the recent evolution of advocacy for free market economics, which has undermined communitarian values and promoted public policies that increase poverty and economic inequality. Behavioral scientists can also help to counter these trends. I will describe some of the efforts that are underway to do that.

It is also our pleasure to have two senior applied behaviour analysts working in the UK
deliver our invited talks.

Dr Corinna Grindle (Bangor University, Positive Behavioural Solutions) will be giving the first Sharland Foundation, SF-DDARIN Invited Talk on using behaviour analysis to teach reading, maths and writing to children with autism.

Dr Jennifer Austin (University of South Wales) will be speaking about behaviour analytic assessments and interventions with typically developing children within schools.