2018 Gatlinburg Conference Plenary Speakers
Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Associate Scientist, Advanced Imaging Research Center
Dr. Fair’s laboratory focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of this work uses functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity MRI to assess typical and atypical populations. A second focus has become testing the feasibility of using various functional and structural MRI techniques in translational studies of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism). He is exploring ways to better characterize individual patients with these psychopathologies to help guide future diagnostic, therapeutic and genetic studies.
Chief Research Officer, Director of the Health Services Research Institute
Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Associate Chair of Research
Visiting Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Dr. Flores is Chief Research Officer and Director of the Health Services Research Institute at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chair of Research at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is a member of the Council of the American Pediatric Society, the editorial board of Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Amos Medical Faculty Development. He was a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force from 2010-2013 and RWJ Aligning Forces for Quality Program NAC. He is Director of the NIDDK/APA Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID),. He has provided two Congressional Briefings, US Senate and Congressional testimony, and DHHS and ACF briefings. He has been a consultant/NAC member for the US Surgeon General, IOM/NAM, CDC, NICHD, AMA, NHMA, First Focus, the DHHS Office of Civil Rights, and Sesame Workshop. He received the 2006 AAP Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy, the 2006 NHMA Health Leadership Award, the 2008 Millie and Richard Brock Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pediatrics, the 2010 Helen Rodríguez-Trías Social Justice Award from the APHA, the 2012 Research Award from the Academic Pediatric Association, and the 2017 Public Policy and Advocacy Award from the Academic Pediatric Association. He has been awarded major grant funding by NICHD, NIDDK, AHRQ, CMS, the RWJ Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. He recently served as a member of the Cradle to K Cabinet of Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges, and the National Advisory Committee of the RWJ Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Measures. His 226 publications address a wide variety of research and policy issues, including racial/ethnic disparities in children’s health and healthcare, health equity, health policy, insuring the uninsured, health services research, public and population health, language barriers in healthcare, and childhood obesity
Vaughan Bascom and Elizabeth M. Boggs Professor, Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The focus of Marsha Mailick’s research is on the life course trajectory of developmental disabilities. She is interested in how the behavioral phenotype of specific developmental disabilities, including autism, fragile X syndrome, and Down syndrome, changes during adolescence, adulthood, and old age. In addition, she studies how the family environment affects the development of individuals with disabilities during these stages of life, and reciprocally how parents and siblings of individuals with disabilities are affected. She recently completed a 14-year longitudinal family study of autism during adolescence and adulthood and research on a demographically-representative sample of parents of individuals with developmental disabilities. Her work has shown that lifelong stressful parenting has cumulative psychosocial and physiological impacts. Most recently, Dr. Mailick has focused on FMR1 gene variations, including epidemiology and genotype-phenotype correlations. Together, these studies offer specific insights about developmental disabilities across the life course, and the impacts on families. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Mailick has served as the Director of the Waisman Center Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.
Research Director, Neurocognitive Development Lab
Center for Mind and Brain UC Davis, Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Rivera conducts research on the origins and development of symbolic representation in both infants and children. She uses classic behavioral as well as neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques to investigate such things as language acquisition, concept formation, object representation, and numerical cognition. As a member of the UC Davis MIND Institute, she also conducts research contrasting typical development with that of children with neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and fragile X syndrome. Dr. Rivera's current investigations focus on several aspects of “parietally-mediated” cognitive functioning, including arithmetic reasoning, so-called “dorsal stream functioning”, biological motion perception and multi-sensory integration. She uses several different techniques in her research including eye-tracking, ERP and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI.) One of her main research goals is to build a framework for integrating the previously disparate methodological and theoretical orientations of cognitive developmental and neuroscience research. By employing a variety of converging research techniques, she strives to elucidate the complex brain-behavior relationships that underlie cognitive development.