Keynote Speakers

Matthew Sanders, PhD, FAPS, FASSA
Evidence-based parenting support: Innovations, challenges and future directions

Matthew R. 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. He is the founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, which is now run in 28 countries around the world in 22 languages. He has published extensively (500+ publications) in the area of parenting, family psychology and the prevention of social, emotional and behavioral problems in children. He is considered a world leader in the application of public health approaches to parenting intervention. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Australian Psychological Society, New Zealand Psychological Society, Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the Academy of Experimental Criminology and a past Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has been a consultant to the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization on positive parenting and is a former Queenslander of the Year.

Brian K. Bumbarger, BS, MEd, PhD
At the intersection of science, policy and practice: Creating infrastructure and capacity to scale effective family support interventions

Brian K. Bumbarger is Visiting Research Associate at the Prevention Research Center at Colorado State University, as well as Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith University Institute of Criminology. For over two decades he has conducted research and advised policymakers on dissemination, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based programs and practices to strengthen families and communities. Brian has served on federal Expert Panels for the U.S Departments of Education and Justice, NIDA, CDC, and the Administration for Children and Families, and has provided consultation to governments of Canada, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa, Cyprus, and Australia. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research from 2012-2015, and was the recipient of the Society’s Translational Science Award. He is a Board Member of both the National Prevention Science Coalition and the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health, and is a founding member of both the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration and the Global Implementation Society. He is a member of the Colorado Evidence-based Policymaking Collaborative, and a Senior Fellow of the Colorado Applied Research and Action Network.

Elizabeth Elliott, AM, FAHMS, FRSN, MD, MPhil, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPCH, FRCP
Aboriginal communities leading the way to help change trajectories for children and families living with early-life trauma and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

Elizabeth Elliott is Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at Sydney University; Paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network; an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow; and Fellow of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of NSW. She has been involved in clinical services, research, advocacy and policy development regarding alcohol use in pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for over 20 years. She chaired the National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Technical Network to advise the Australian Department of Health, Heads the NSW FASD assessment clinic, and is Co-Director of FASD Research Australia – an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence. She jointly led development of the Australian Guide to FASD diagnosis, the national FASD Hub (website) and national FASD Register. Her research with Aboriginal communities includes the Lililwan FASD prevalence study, the Jandu Yani U positive parenting study, the Bigiswun Kid longitudinal study and the Marurra-U telehealth study, all in the Fitzroy Valley.

Janeen Baxter, PhD, FASSA
Children and families over the life course: Family dynamics and social change

Janeen Baxter is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course in the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland. Janeen has research interests in inequality, family, gender, households, social disadvantage and the life course, and has published widely in these areas. Janeen is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a member of its Executive Committee. She has recently held an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship and is a former Chair of the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences panel for the Australian Research Council College of Experts. She serves on a number of state and federal government advisory committees and international project reference groups.

Theresa Betancourt, BA, MA, ScD
Promoting ECD and preventing violence in young children and families in facing adversity in Rwanda: Moving from effectiveness research to implementation science

Theresa S. Betancourt is the inaugural Salem Professor in Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work and Director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA). She is Principal Investigator of an intergenerational study of war/prospective longitudinal study of war-affected youth in Sierra Leone (LSWAY). Dr. Betancourt has also developed and evaluated the impact of a Family Strengthening Intervention for HIV-affected children and families and is leading the investigation of a home-visiting early childhood development (ECD) intervention to promote enriched parent-child relationships and prevent violence that can be integrated within poverty reduction/social protection initiatives in Rwanda. In the US, she is engaged in community-based participatory research on family-based prevention of emotional and behavioral problems in refugee children and adolescents resettled in the U.S. through the collaborative development and evaluation of parenting programs led by refugees for refugees that can be linked to prevention services involving refugee community health workers.