Keynote Speakers

Matthew Sanders, PhD
Promoting self-regulation and relational competence in parents and children

Matthew Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and the Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland. He is also a consulting Professor at The University of Manchester, a visiting Professor at the University of South Carolina, and holds adjunct Professorships at Glasgow Caledonian University and The University of Auckland. As the founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, Professor Sanders is considered a world leader in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of population-based approaches to parenting and family interventions. Professor Sanders is recognized as a global leader in the field of evidence-based parenting intervention and is one of The University of Queensland’s innovation champions. The Triple P system is currently in use in 25 countries, has 55,000 practitioners trained to deliver it, and around 7 million families are estimated to have benefited from Triple P.

Stephanie Jones, PhD
Causes and consequences of social-emotional problems and competencies

Stephanie Jones is the Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research, anchored in prevention science, focuses on the effects of poverty and exposure to violence on children and youth’s social, emotional, and behavioral development. Over the last ten years her work has focused on both evaluation research addressing the impact of preschool and elementary focused social-emotional learning interventions on behavioral and academic outcomes and classroom practices; as well as new curriculum development, implementation, and testing. She is a recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education and the Joseph E. Zins Early-Career Distinguished Contribution Award for Action Research in Social and Emotional Learning. Her research portfolio emphasizes the importance of conducting rigorous scientific research, including program evaluation that also results in accessible content for early and middle childhood practitioners and policymakers.

Darrell Armstrong, D.Div. (Honorary), M.Div.
Impact of cross-disciplinary evidence-based parenting support

The Rev. Darrell LaRue Armstrong is a civic leader, a grassroots community organizer, and a child welfare/family strengthening advocate. The Rev. Armstrong is a certified master-trainer in NPCL’s Fatherhood / Responsible Male Involvement and has obtained Cornell University’s Family Development Credential. Most recently, he was certified in Child Sexual Assault by the “Enough Abuse Campaign,” and in Infant and Pre-School Mental Health from the Youth Consultation Services’ (YCS) Infant and Pre-School Mental Health Institute. He is a highly sought after motivational and inspirational speaker and has given keynote addresses at several national conferences. He lectures on maternal/paternal child health issues as well as faith-based delivery of social, human and child welfare services. In 2001, he carried the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, a run he dedicated to America’s 600,000+ foster children.

Irvin Waller, PhD
Smarter crime control: Investing in people-centered solutions to build safer communities

Irvin Waller is an internationally influential author and speaker, Professor of Criminology, and President of the International Organization for Victim Assistance (in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council). He has won for his contributions to the UN General Assembly resolution that adopted the Declaration on Principles of Justice for Victims in 1985. His work to use evidence and best practice to stop victimization – the ultimate victim right – has won recognition across the world, particularly for his role as the founding executive director of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime, affiliated with the UN. He has advised the governments of more than 50 countries in both the advanced and developing world, including that of Mandela. His work informs policy makers about how they can invest in people to sustainably prevent violence, stop thousands of needless deaths, and avoid billions in harm to victims.

Emada Tingirides, B.CJA
Community policing, programs for children and youth, and the impact on child and family wellbeing

Emada Tingirides has worked in the Los Angeles Police Department for over 20 years. Her goal has been to unite community and bridge the historical gap between law enforcement and the community it served. In 2011 Emada was selected to coordinate the Community Safety Partnership Program (CSP) along with Attorney Connie Rice of the Advancement Project. The primary purpose of this program is relationship-based policing, addressing quality of life issues in public housing, youth programing and providing safe passage for kids to get back and forth to school safely. Sergeant Tingirides’ singular dedication to nurturing relationships with the people and partners of South Los Angeles has inspired her subordinates to embrace the important tenets of community-based policing, with remarkable success in reducing violent crime in the public housing developments. Her personal motto is “The impossible is truly possible.”