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Family Ties: Staying Connected
Faculty from UNCG’s Child and Family Research Network, Jasmine DeJesus and Michaeline Jensen (Psychology), along with Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies), join Curator of Collections, Elaine D. Gustafson to share suggestions for ways families can stay healthy and connected at this time of year. This event is held in conjunction with "Ties that Bind" exhibition on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum through February 14, 2021. Learn more at: http://weatherspoonart.org. This event will be recorded.

Dec 2, 2020 03:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jasmine DeJesus
Assistant Professor of Psychology @UNC Greensboro
In her research, Dr. DeJesus examines the development of children's social attitudes, their reasoning about social and cultural groups, the development of food preferences and eating behavior, and children's early health concepts. DeJesus is especially interested in food as an aspect of children's social and cultural world, an important arena for parent-child interaction, and a topic with public health relevance across the lifespan.
Michaeline Jensen
Assistant Professor of Psychology @UNC Greensboro
Increasingly, social connections are occurring not just face to face, but through digital communication technologies. Dr. Jensen's research recognizes this shift in communication patterns and leverages modern tools (e.g. Ecological Momentary Assessment via smartphone, text message analysis, and social media) to elucidate the role of technology in relationship maintenance, mental health, and substance use among young people.
Esther Leerkes
Associate Dean for Research, School of Health and Human Sciences @UNC Greensboro
Dr. Leerkes research demonstrates that how mothers respond when their babies cry is a unique predictor of young children's ability to regulate their emotions and the quality of their relationships with their mothers, both of which have life-long implications for well-being. But, crying is a stressor that many parents find aversive. Her work has focused on identifying the factors that help mothers respond supportively when their babies cry.