University of Calgary Satellite Event

FAM2019 Satellite Event
Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Markin MacPhail Centre, Winsport
Multipurpose Room A
88 Canada Olympic Rd SW
Calgary, AB T3B 5R5

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On October 8, 2019, the Werklund School of Education will be hosting a FAM2019 satellite event, featuring panels and presentations with local programming that will explore themes and topics of interest to Albertans through a family lens.

The Werklund School of Education runs Undergraduate (Education) and Graduate (Educational Psychology) programs in Counselling Psychology and School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. It is also home to the Social Development Research Team (SDRT), which generates quality Canadian research on multiple aspects of social development across the lifespan.

If you are interested in having your own resources available at the Families in Canada satellite event, please contact Lauren Lysack at


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 (all times in MDT)


8:15 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Greetings (Kelly Dean Schwartz)
9:10 a.m. Welcome, Greetings and Acknowledgement of Traditional Indigenous Territory (Kelly Dean Schwartz)
9:20 a.m. Families in Canada (Nora Spinks, CEO, The Vanier Institute of the Family)
9:45 a.m. All Our Families – Lifestyle, Maternal Well-being and Child Development (Sheila McDonald and Erin Hetherington)
10:30 a.m. Health Break
10:45 a.m. Teens in a Digital World: Trends in Online Risk Behaviours (Sherri Madigan)
11:30 a.m. Does It Hurt When I Do This: Occupational Stress and Child Development (Kelly Dean Schwartz)
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1:15 p.m. The Family Research Agenda Initiative Setting (FRAISE; Carla Ginn)
2:15 p.m. Dads Get Sad Too: Understanding the Unacknowledged Epidemic of Depression and Anxiety in the Transition to Fatherhood
(Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen and Emily Cameron)
3:00 p.m. Health Break
3:15 p.m. Lifetimes of Care (Jacquie Eales, Janet Fast, Sandy Sereda, Andrew Magnaye and Sharon Anderson)
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks (Nora Spinks and Kelly Dean Schwartz)
Sheila McDonald

Sheila McDonald, MSc, PhD

Erin Hetherington, PhD

Erin Hetherington, PhD

Sheri Madigan, PhD, R.Psych.

Sheri Madigan, PhD, RPsych

Carla Ginn

Carla Ginn, PhD, RN

Kelly Dean Schwartz,PhD, RPsych

Kelly Dean Schwartz, PhD, RPsych

Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, PhD, RPsych

Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, PhD, RPsych

Jacquie Eales

Jacquie Eales, MSc

Janet Fast

Janet Fast, PhD

Sandy Sereda

Sandy Sereda

Andrew Magnaye

Andrew Magnaye

PRESENTATION: All Our Families – Lifestyle, Maternal Well-being and Child Development

This FAM2019 satellite event at the University of Calgary will include a presentation by Sheila McDonald, Msc, PhD, and Erin Hetherington, PhD, who is an integral member of the AOF team. They will present on the design, implementation and findings from the All Our Families Pregnancy Cohort as it relates to the relationship between lifestyle, maternal well-being and child development. The presentation will discuss findings related to late talkers, developmental outcomes, self-regulation and the influence of adverse childhood experiences.

PRESENTATION: Teens in a Digital World: Trends in Online Risk Behaviours

With the ever-increasing presence of Internet-connected devices in the lives of youth today, the risk of exposure to unwanted sexually explicit content (e.g., pop-ups, websites and spam e-mails), solicitation (e.g., sexual talk/activities, sharing images) and sexting is of concern to many parents. Sheri Madigan, PhD, RPsych, University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, will present findings from her recent studies on the worldwide prevalence of unwanted online sexual exposure, sexual solicitation and sexting among youth, and will provide practical tips for keeping youth safe online.

PRESENTATION: The Family Research Agenda Initiative Setting (FRAISE)

The Family Research Agenda Initiative Setting (FRAISE) project is a three-phase priority-setting process. In Phase 1, we engaged with parents and health care providers to develop a survey; we distributed it in Phase 2; and, currently in Phase 3, we are using consensus building to determine the top 10 research priorities related to the health and well-being of families from conception to when the child is 24 months of age. Our inclusive, patient-oriented research agenda contributes to more effective family–child health services. Presentation by Carla Ginn, PhD, RN.

PRESENTATION: Does It Hurt When I Do This? Parent Occupational Stress and Child Development

Kelly Dean Schwartz, PhD, RPsych
Associate Professor, School and Applied Child Psychology (SACP)

An increasing number of professions and vocations are bringing occupational stress from the workplace into the home. Those participating in this presentation will learn about the nature and impact of operational stress injuries (OSI) on parent-child relationships and general child functioning, with a focus on demonstrated resilience and healthy child and adolescent development. Recent research on military and first responder (fire, police, paramedic) families will be presented.

PRESENTATION: Dads Get Sad Too: Understanding the Unacknowledged Epidemic of Depression and Anxiety in the Transition to Fatherhood

Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, PhD, RPsych
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Calgary

Emily Cameron, MSc
Department of Psychology
University of Calgary

Depression and anxiety are well-acknowledged phenomena that occur in women during the transition to parenthood, but the experience of mental health problems in new fathers in rarely questioned. Research will be presented on the worldwide prevalence rates of depression and anxiety in the transition to fatherhood, factors that place men at the greatest risk and a framework for screening and treating mental health problems in new dads.

PANEL: Lifetimes of Family Care

Jacquie Eales, MSc
Research manager, Research on Aging, Policies and Practice (RAPP), University of Alberta (moderator)

Janet Fast, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta (panellist)

Sandy Sereda
Executive Director, Caregivers Alberta

Andrew Magnaye
Family Caregiver

Sharon Anderson
Research coordinator with the Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness under the direction of Dr. Jasneet Parmar

This panel leads off with a family caregiver who first started caring in young adulthood; we will learn how this early experience is shaping her life. We then look beyond “snapshots” of family care, sharing the first national findings on life course pathways of family care of 2.1 million older Canadians based on analysis of Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey on Caregiving and Care Receiving. These “big data” provide a backdrop for a panel discussion on using a life course perspective to better serve and support family caregivers through targeted programs that are tailored to the life stage and goals of caregivers.