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Child and adolescent mental health experts convene in Miami


The biennial Niagara in Miami Conference conference on child and adolescent mental health will take place March 6-8 in the Kovens Conference Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

This is the seventh installment of the conference and the second in Miami. William E. Pelham, Jr., a leading authority on child behavior disorders and founder of the Niagara Conference, relocated the event to Miami when he joined the faculty at FIU to establish the FIU Center for Children and Families in 2010.

Niagara ConferenceThe conference offers an interdisciplinary focus on state-of-the-art interventions and evidence-based mental health services for children and adolescents.

Speakers at the 2013 Niagara in Miami Conference include:

  • Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Leonard Bickman, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • Erika Coles, Ph.D. Florida International University
  • Charles Cunningham, Ph.D., McMaster University
  • Lesley Cunningham, MSW, RSW, The Hamilton-Wentworth District
  • Gregory A. Fabiano, Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Susan E. Folstein, M.D. University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Anibal Gutierrez, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Florida International University
  • Mary M. McKay, Ph.D., New York University
  • William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., Florida International University
  • David Reitman, Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University
  • Jessica Robb, Ph.D., Florida International University
  • Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
  • James G. Waxmonsky, M.D., Florida International University

The conference offers lectures and intensive hands-on training, teaching attendees the principles of evidence-based psychosocial, educational and combined interventions. This includes child-based treatments, classroom and school interventions, parent training and prevention programs for a range of internalizing and externalizing disorders.

Areas of focus this year include bullying, autism, ADHD, behavior disorders and impacts of disaster on children.

Continuing education credits are available. Special discounted rates are available for graduate students and professional trainees, as well as discounts for FIU faculty and staff. The conference is co-sponsored by the FIU Center for Children and Families, the Children’s Trust and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. To learn more, visit the Niagara in Miami Conference website.

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