2024 Plenary Presenters

Jennifer Hays-Grudo
Jennifer Hays-Grudo

Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Ph.D., is a Regents Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at OSU Center for Health Sciences, where she directs the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA), now in its seventh year of a 10-year, $20M award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is also one of the principal investigators of the Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD), the NIH-funded study that will follow pregnant women and their children for 10 years to investigate the effects of prenatal substance exposure on children’s development.

Dr. Hays-Grudo is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Adversity and Resilience Science, published by Springer/Nature. With Dr. Amanda Morris, she is co-author of Adverse and Protective Childhood Experiences: A Developmental Perspective, published in 2020 by the American Psychological Association, and Raising a Resilient Child in a World of Adversity, published by APA’s Life Tools Books in 2023.

Before joining OSU-Center for Health Sciences, she was department head and professor of Human Development and Family Science at OSU-Stillwater, a George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Community Medicine at OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Health Promotion at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

 

Cynthia Clark
Cynthia Clark

Cynthia Clark, Ph.D., is Founder of Civility MattersTM, Professor Emeritus at Boise State University, and an award-winning professor, scholar, and author. As a clinician, she specialized in adolescent mental health, substance abuse recovery, and suicide and violence prevention. She serves as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the NLN Academy of Nursing Education, and co-chaired the American Nurses Association Professional Panel on Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. Dr. Clark is best known for her ground-breaking work on fostering civility and healthy work and learning environments around the globe. Dr. Clark's current research includes preparing nurses to address incivility in academic and clinical settings; bridging the education-practice gap to create positive work cultures; designing and testing empirical instruments to measure and address incivility; integrating civility into nursing curricula; and conducting intervention studies to measure the effectiveness of cognitive rehearsal to address workplace incivility. Dr. Clark is the recipient of numerous teaching, service, and research awards—and widely acclaimed for her engaging presentations. Her empirical assessments have been translated into 16 world languages and used by scholars in 32 countries on 5 continents. Her book, Core Competencies of Civility in Nursing & Healthcare is a must-read for all nurses and health care professionals. She is a community builder and an unwavering advocate for a kinder, gentler, and more civil world.

 

Doherty retirement website
William J. Doherty

William J. Doherty, Ph.D., NCFR Fellow, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota where he taught Family Science and marriage and family therapy for 38 years. Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, he co-founded Braver Angels, a citizen initiative bringing conservatives and liberals together to counteract political polarization and restore the fraying social fabric in American society. Braver Angels now has volunteers working in all 50 states. Dr. Doherty is a past president of NCFR. Among his awards are the Margaret E. Arcus Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Life Education and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Academy.

 

 

More plenary presenters to be announced.