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.