Dr. Michael A. Southam-Gerow
Sunday Keynote- 2:15-3:15pm
Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow is a professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He serves as Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies for the Psychology Department at VCU. He also co-directs the Anxiety Clinic at VCU. His research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of psychological treatments for mental health problems in children and adolescents. Dr. Southam-Gerow also studies emotion processes (e.g., emotion regulation) in children and adolescents and treatment integrity. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the author of dozens of scholarly papers, and is the author of Emotion regulation in children and adolescents: A Practitioner's Guide.
Dr. Beth St. Jean
Tuesday Keynote- 9:30-10:30am
Dr. Beth St. Jean is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies, the Assistant Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and an affiliate faculty member of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an MLS and a PhD in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information. Beth's research aims to improve people's long-term health outlooks by exploring the important interrelationships between their health-related information behaviors, their health literacy, their health-related self-efficacy, and their health behaviors. She has worked with both adults and children, most recently co-developing the NLM-funded HackHealth after-school program to help improve disadvantaged middle school students' digital health literacy skills. For more information about Beth, please see her University of Maryland bio.
Dr. Maryrose Franko
Monday Keynote- 8:30-9:45am
Dr. Maryrose Franko was named Executive Director of the Health Research Alliance in September 2015. The Health Research Alliance (HRA) is a multi-national consortium of nonprofit organizations working to maximize the impact of investment in biomedical research to improve human health. Dr. Franko’s background includes over 20 years of program management at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), including strategic planning as well as creating, implementing, and managing over a dozen programs and initiatives. These include graduate, medical student and postdoctoral research fellowships, and an innovative and groundbreaking joint initiative with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Franko also ran both the graduate and undergraduate programs at HHMI’s state-of-the-art research facility, Janelia Research Campus, and created professional development opportunities for Janelia’s postdocs.
Dr. Franko received her PhD in molecular genetics from University of Southern California and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before joining HHMI. Her collaboration to produce Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, which was a joint effort of HHMI and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, contributed to the collaborative efforts that led to the creation of HRA. Franko was a founding board member of HRA, serving from 1995 to 2012. She serves on many boards, including the Center for Open Science, and Northern Virginia’s new interactive science museum – the Children’s Science Center.