SPPAC 2020 Speakers

We are excited to announce three fantastic plenary speakers for SPPAC 2020!

Rahil D. Briggs, PsyD, will present "Bringing Precision Medicine to Prevention: HealthySteps, Toxic Stress, and the HERO Program"

Dr. Briggs will present on the latest science to incorporate biomarker measurement in pediatric primary care, bringing precision medicine, long restricted to fields like oncology and endocrinology, to integrated behavioral health in pediatric primary care. The use of biomarkers to measure the effects of exposure to toxic stress in infants and toddlers will be presented within the context of the risk-stratified HealthySteps program, as both a tool to help determine which families might benefit most from the more intensive levels of service, and to predict with confidence when the intervention has been successful.

Dr. Briggs is National Director of HealthySteps. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the program’s operations, financial sustainability, evaluation and research, policy, model enhancements, and professional development and training. She comes to this role after a successful career at Montefiore Health System in New York, where she grew the HealthySteps footprint from one to 21 practices, serving over 30,000 children annually. The Montefiore HealthySteps model informed the roll out of HealthySteps throughout New York State. Additionally, Dr. Briggs is the founder and former director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore Medical Group, one of the largest integrated pediatric behavioral health services in the nation.Dr. Briggs is the editor of Integrated Early Childhood Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Guide to Implementation and Evaluation, published by Springer (2016) and the recipient of the 2018 Healthcare Delivery Award from the Academic Pediatric Association. She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Briggs completed her undergraduate work at Duke University (magna cum laude) and her doctoral work at New York University.

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Jennifer Stinson, PhD, RN-EC, CPNP, FAAN, will present "Harnessing Digital Health Technologies to Promote Pain Self-Management in Young People"

The focus of Dr. Stinson’s talk will be promoting chronic pain self-management in children and adolescents with painful chronic and life-threatening health conditions. She will describe how her lab employs a user-centered design approach to co-create and evaluate digital health technologies to support pain self-management.

Dr. Stinson is the Mary Jo Haddad Nursing Chair in Child Health and a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Services research program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. She is also an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Chronic Pain Program in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids and a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her major clinical research interests are in the area of pain and symptom management and the use of e-health (internet) and m-health (mobile phones) technologies to improve the assessment and management of pain and other symptoms in children with chronic illnesses. Her work has been funded by The Canadian Institute for Health Research, the National Institute of Health, and the Canadian Cancer Society. Her talk will focus on the use of information technologies to improve assessment and treatment outcomes for youth with painful chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

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Stephen P. Becker, PhD, will present "Sluggish Cognitive Tempo: What Is It, Why Does It Matter, and Where Do We Go from Here?"

The focus of Dr. Becker's talk will be the internal and external validity of sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT). He will provide an overview of meta-analytic findings supporting SCT as distinct from ADHD, as well as from internalizing symptoms and daytime sleepiness. He will also review recent evidence linking SCT to a range of external correlates in children and adolescents, including social problems, internalizing psychopathology and suicidality, and physiological reactivity. Finally, key directions for future research will also be discussed.

Dr. Becker is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Becker has authored or co-authored over 125 publications on ADHD, sluggish cognitive tempo, and sleep in children and adolescents. Dr. Becker is the editor of ADHD in Adolescents: Development, Assessment, and Treatment, to be published by Guilford Press in December 2019. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Adolescent Research Review, and The ADHD Report. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Institute of Education Sciences. His talk will focus on sluggish cognitive tempo and its relevance for pediatric psychology.

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