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University Hosts The Melissa Institute’s 20th Annual Conference: ‘The Dangers and Promises of Social Media’


The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, in partnership with University of Miami’s School of Education and Human Development, will present its 20th annual conference on Friday, May 6 on a timely and important topic: “The Dangers and Promises of Social Media and Computer Technology for Children, Youth, and Their Families: A Call to Action.”

Leading experts on The Melissa Institute’s scientific board will share their research and experiences along with the challenges and potential benefits of electronic social media in the 21st century from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables.

The conference will focus on the effects of social media and computer technology on children, youth, and their families in hopes of raising awareness about the potential benefits of social media in enhancing educational practice and well-being.

To register, visit The Melissa Institute website, or call 305-284-2930.

 

 

 

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UM Awarded Grant to Improve Mental Health

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UM Awarded Grant to Improve Mental Health


By Barbara Guiterrez
UM News

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Daniel Santisteban

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (March 16, 2016)—The Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center (CEW) at the School of Education and Human Development has received a grant from the Health Foundation of South Florida to help several community partners improve their assessment and treatment of underserved clients with mental health issues.

“There is much to improve in the treatment of individuals who are most in need of quality counseling services for mental health and behavioral issues,” said UM Professor Daniel Santisteban, who heads the CEW. “We can and must do better for the most vulnerable in our community. This grant will allow us to work in a collaborative network. By focusing on evidence-based practices and the direct involvement of frontline providers, I believe we will.”

Through the $150,000 grant, the CEW will establish a practice improvement network with Banyan Health Systems, the Institute for Child and Family Health, and Camillus Health Concerns. The goal is to build the capacity of these health care organizations to provide evidence-based services for underserved populations.

The project is important, says Santisteban, because, although many innovative and effective evidence-based treatments in the areas of health promotion, mental health, and drug abuse have been developed through research, these treatments often fail to reach the frontlines of practice—falling short of the desired impact.

Within the network, the partners will work collaboratively to improve the access, quality, and sustainability of services for those who are typically vulnerable and hardest hit by individual, family, and community-level risk factors. The team will then identify, design, and select new evidence-based treatments and fund training opportunities for frontline service providers.

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UM Awarded Grant to Improve Mental Health Care

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UM Awarded Grant to Improve Mental Health Care


By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

Dan Santisteban

Daniel Santisteban

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (March 16, 2016)—The Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center (CEW) at the School of Education and Human Development has received a grant from the Health Foundation of South Florida to help several community partners improve their assessment and treatment of underserved clients with mental health issues.

“There is much to improve in the treatment of individuals who are most in need of quality counseling services for mental health and behavioral issues,” said UM Professor Daniel Santisteban, who heads the CEW. “We can and must do better for the most vulnerable in our community. This grant will allow us to work in a collaborative network. By focusing on evidence-based practices and the direct involvement of frontline providers, I believe we will.”

Through the $150,000 grant, the CEW will establish a practice improvement network with Banyan Health Systems, the Institute for Child and Family Health, and Camillus Health Concerns. The goal is to build the capacity of these health care organizations to provide evidence-based services for underserved populations.

The project is important, says Santisteban, because, although many innovative and effective evidence-based treatments in the areas of health promotion, mental health, and drug abuse have been developed through research, these treatments often fail to reach the frontlines of practice—falling short of the desired impact.

Within the network, the partners will work collaboratively to improve the access, quality, and sustainability of services for those who are typically vulnerable and hardest hit by individual, family, and community-level risk factors. The team will then identify, design, and select new evidence-based treatments and fund training opportunities for frontline service providers.

 

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Walter Secada Appointed to NASA Committee

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Walter Secada Appointed to NASA Committee


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By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

The committee will provide advice on space science-related programs

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 16, 2016)—Walter G. Secada, professor and senior associate dean of the School of Education and Human Development, has been appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee, becoming the first holder of a new seat on the committee designated for STEM education.

“As a childhood immigrant, I see it as an honor to be asked to serve my country in any capacity,” said Secada of the two-year appointment. “However, this particular appointment has that overlay of cool that is beyond the wildest dreams of that high school geek who watched the moon landing on black-and-white TV.”

The Science Committee provides advice on all of NASA’s earth and space science-related programs, projects, activities, and facilities in the areas of earth science, planetary science, astrophysics, and heliophysics. The 15 committee members are leading authorities with relevant expertise drawn from academia, industry, and government agencies, as well as independent researchers.

“Dr. Secada is a leader in STEM education who brings a unique combination of research and practical insights that will provide people of all ages educational and professional access to NASA scientific disciplines,” said Kristen Erickson, director of science engagement and partnerships at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The son of Peruvian parents, Secada graduated from Miami’s Curley High School and later left the area to earn a B.A. in philosophy (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in education from Northwestern University.

“It is a great honor for the University of Miami to have one of our best and brightest determining the future of STEM education in a special role at NASA,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, executive vice president and provost. “We could not be prouder.”

Isaac Prilleltensky, dean of the School of Education and Human Development, echoed that sentiment, adding, “Dr. Secada sets an example for us all through his outstanding commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service.”

Since joining the UM faculty in the fall of 2003, Secada has been associate director and co-principal investigator of the study Promoting Science among English Language Learners (P-SELL) with a High-Stakes Testing Environment, a National Science Foundation-funded, quasi-experimental study on effective science instruction for Haitian Creole- or Spanish-speaking third- through fifth-graders.

He has served as associate director and co-PI of Science Made Sensible, another NSF-funded fellowship training program that pairs doctoral students in the STEM fields with middle-school teachers, and director and PI of Language in Mathematics, an Institute of Education Sciences-funded research and development project intended to create a professional development intervention to help fourth- through eighth-grade teachers better facilitate mathematics for their English-language learners.

Secada also has served as chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at UM and as a member of the University’s Social Sciences Institutional Review Board.

 

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‘Peeling the Layers of Women’s Issues: A Call to Action for Wellness of Women’ to Be Held March 4


Participate in a day of interactive discussions, dynamic presentations, and frank dialogue on women’s issues. “Peeling the Layers of Women’s Issues: A Call to Action for Wellness of Women,” a one-day forum co-sponsored by the School of Education and Human Development, will be held Friday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Allen Hall and the Whitten Learning Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus. Registration for the event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 8:30 a.m. RSVP for the event.

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