6th Annual FASD Matters Conference Keynotes

6th annual FASD matters conference
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We are excited to announce this year’s keynote speakers. The conference will bring together experts, key stakeholders, and consumers. Over three days there will be a pre-conference, keynote presentations, and breakout sessions on the latest research, promising strategies, and innovative programs.

Pre-Conference Institute Keynote

thomas armstrong

Thomas Armstrong, PhD Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies for Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Thomas Armstrong, PhD | Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Dr. Armstrong is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker who has been an educator for more than forty years. More than one million copies of his books are in print on issues related to learning and human development. His most recent work is “The Power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students”.

Conference Keynotes

Philip A. May, PhD

Philip A. May, PhD
The Prevalence and Characteristics of FASD in the General Population of the United States

Philip A. May, PhD | Thursday, November 9, 2017

Philip A. May, PhD, is a Research Professor Gillings School of Global Public Health, Nutrition Research Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Emeritus (retired) University of New Mexico.

The prevalence and epidemiological characteristics of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are the major focus of Dr. May’s professional life. With an exceptional multidisciplinary clinical and epidemiologic research team from several universities, Dr. May is funded by NIH to research the characteristics of FASD in South Africa, Italy, and the general population of the United States.

Katherine Norgard, PhD

Katherine Norgard, PhD
Hard to Place: A Crime of Alcohol

Katherine Norgard, PhD | Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Katherine Norgard, PhD is a Tuscon, AZ, psychologist, and author of “Hard to Place: A Crime of Alcohol”.

Katherine knew there was something different about her little boy. He made the same mistakes over and over. Learning to read was a daunting task. All the teaching, discipline, and patience in the world did not seem to help. But, she could never have imagined that the son she adored would grow up to be a killer. Katherine will share her family’s long journey through disbelief, anger, grief, shame, and despair. Her experience will demonstrate the complexity of human behavior and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She will share the resilience of the human spirit and how she was able to reclaim her own spirit and find joy again.

Christina Chambers, PhD

Christina Chambers, PhD
Emerging Maternal and Infant Biomarkers of FASD

Christina Chambers, PhD | Friday, November 10, 2017

Dr. Chambers is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist with a research focus on environmental causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including birth defects. Her currently funded research activities include a set of North American cohort studies evaluating the impact of rheumatologic diseases, and the medications used to treat them, on pregnancy outcomes; a California Native American Research Center project testing the effectiveness of a Web-based vs. peer health educator model for preventing risky alcohol consumption in women of childbearing age; a comparative effectiveness study of asthma medications in pregnancy; and a North American-wide fetal safety study of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine and antiviral drugs used in pregnancy.

Lucas Daniel Boyce

Lucas Daniel Boyce
Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA

Lucas Daniel Boyce | Friday, November 10, 2017 

The powerful story of a former foster care child, born premature to a teenage mother who struggled with alcohol addiction and substance use disorders, and how he survived and thrived in pursuit of his dreams. Developmentally delayed as a result of prenatal exposure to alcohol and substances, Lucas struggled out of the gate, failing kindergarten. He has an amazing story of leadership and triumph.

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