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Changing Lives

17 February 2012

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What does a child need to develop and how can society help? That’s the subject of a public lecture at Cardiff University featuring two eminent child psychologists.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and director of the charity Kids Company and Sara Jaffee, a developmental psychopathologist at Kings College London will share their thoughts on how science and society can change lives in an event hosted by the University’s School of Psychology on Friday 9 March 2012.

Marking the start of the University’s programme of activities for National Science and Engineering Week (9-18 March 2012), the event will see the pair discuss the needs of children in Britain and highlight what individuals, organisations, and developmental scientists are doing to address those needs.

Professor Dylan Jones, Head of the School of Psychology said: "Understanding why some children fare well despite facing significant adversity and challenge while others fare less well is one of the big questions facing psychologists today. Achieving this understanding requires a dialogue between science and those working with vulnerable children.

"The aim of this talk is to identify the main issues in human development and how they impact on vulnerable children. It provides an important opportunity to facilitate, and participate in, the interface between science and practice."

Camila Batmanghelidjh has been a psychotherapist for more than twenty years and founded Kids Company in six converted railway arches in London. She has created a unique and pioneering approach in delivering services to some of the most vulnerable and disturbed children and young people.

Sara Jaffee is a developmental psychopathologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London who conducts research on at-risk families and children. She is interested in how stressful environments exacerbate underlying genetic vulnerabilities to affect children’s development, with a special interest in children’s antisocial behaviour.

The event takes place on Friday 9 March 2012 and is free and open to all. It will be held at the Stanley Paris Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff. A pre-lecture reception starts at 5.30pm with the lecture at 6.00pm.

More information is available from Anita Tyzlik via email at TyzlikA@cardiff.ac.uk or by calling 02920 870515.

 

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