Speaker series — Research that can inform your life

As part of our knowledge mobilization work the Centre hosts a speaker series. The goal of our speaker series is to bring together the community, practitioners/clinicians, policy makers, and other researchers to foster an environment where knowledge is shared practically and collaboratively. These events are free and open to the community, but RSVP is required as space is limited. Please see below for a list of our current and previous speaker series events.

Concussions - What are they and what should I be doing? - Presented by Dr. Charles Tator

Please join us for a free talk as part of Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research’s Speaker Series, in collaboration with Brock University’s Centre for Sport Capacity, and Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

Topic: Concussions – What are they and what should I be doing?

Who: Anyone interested in concussions – Parents, sport organizations, policy makers, organizations, educators, practitioners, coaches, and the general public.

When: Thursday April 19 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Brock University, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre -1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, Ont., L2S 3A1

Free parking will be provided in D lot for all attendees.

  • Have you or a family member ever experienced a concussion?
  • Has your organization been working towards a concussion policy?
  • Are you a coach or educator who is concerned about concussions?

Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon, along with a panel of Brock University faculty, students and alumni, will provide an overview of the current state of concussions from a broad perspective.

Speakers will use their own research to explain key issues for parents, organizations, policy makers, educators, practitioners, coaches, and the general public.

This is event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited. Please register here. Please note that you DO NOT need to print your ticket for this event.

For more information please contact Jayne Morrish, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, jmorrish@brocku.ca

Past speakers and events

Topic: Well-Being and Aging: Understanding our beliefs and experiences of well-being a

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Where: David S. Howes Theatre, Brock University
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, Ont., L2S 3A1

Living a happy and satisfying life is among our most important personal goals. During this community information evening, Brock Psychology professor Dr. Michael Busseri will discuss different ways of thinking about and experiencing well-being across the lifespan. Dr. Busseri will also discuss his own research on individuals’ beliefs about aging and well-being — providing tips and information to help the Niagara community better understand these important issues.

Sleep 101: From Zzzzs to A’s
Promoting Healthy Sleep for Children Aged 3 – 7 years

What: Free community talk, presented by Brock University’s Lifespan Centre and Growing with Brock.

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Child care sign in for registered children begins at 9:30AM.

Where: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, Ont., L2S 3A1

Spend the morning with Krista Guenther, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant.  She’ll discuss the key elements to providing a healthy foundation of sleep for your preschooler to school aged child. Krista will be able to give you the tools you need to ensure a well rested family.

Aging Well: Studying Healthy Cognitive Aging in Niagara

Topic: Aging Well: Studying Healthy Cognitive Aging in Niagara – Presented by Dr. Karen Campbell
Who: Older adults, families, educators, practitioners, students, researchers, and community members interested in learning more about healthy cognitive aging.
When: Wednesday May 31st, 2017   from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Brock University, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre – 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, Ont., L2S 3A1, Free parking for guests in D-Lot.

We all have one thing in common, we are getting older every day … but this might be a good thing for Niagara residents. During this community information evening Dr. Karen Campbell, Neuroscientist, describes strategies for promoting healthy aging.

Along the way, Dr. Campbell uses her own research to explain how to improve cognitive abilities in older adulthood — providing tips and information to help the Niagara community better understand this important issue.

This session was recorded. To view the recording please click here

Topic: Concussions – What are they and what can I do? – Presented by Dr. Charles Tator
Who: Parents, educators, practitioners, coaches, and researchers interested in learning more about concussions
When: Monday May 4, 2015 –7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Brock University, Academic South 204 – 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines, Ont., L2S 3A1

Resources: Watch Brock’s podcast on concussions

Have you or a family member ever experienced a concussion? During this community information evening Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon, will describe what concussions are and how they impact the developing brain.
Along the way, Dr. Tator will use his own research to explain how to best identify, treat and prevent concussions — providing tips and information to help parents, educators, practitioners, and coaches better understand this important issue.

About Dr. Tator:
Dr. Tator is a world-renowned expert on concussion and spinal cord injury, prevention and treatment research. Dr. Tator’s influence in the medical field has been particularly important in the area of sports and recreation – with his professional and advocacy efforts resulting in new legislation and guidelines around injury prevention, with a particular focus on concussions in recent years.

Dr. Tator is currently involved in various research and prevention efforts – including the Canadian Brain Bank, which oversees research conducted on the brains of athletes and other individuals who have donated their brains to further research.

Dr. Tator has been recognized for his contributions to the field in various ways – including being appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (2000) and being inducted into both the Terry Fox Hall of Fame (2003) and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (2009).

Topic: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Looking at children’s developing minds through their lie-telling behaviours – Presented by Dr. Angela Evans
Who: Parents, educators, practitioners, and researchers interested in learning more about children’s development
When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 –7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre (next to Lester B. Pearson Park), Irene Locke Program Room – 425 Carlton St, St. Catharines

Have you ever caught a child telling a lie? Dr. Angela Evans, Assistant Professor in Brock University’s Psychology Department, will describe how lie-telling is actually a very important phenomenon for normal development. Along the way, Dr. Evans will use her own research to explain how lying is a complex thing for children to figure out — and a sign that their brains are on track. She will also offer information and tips for how to promote honesty among children that parents, educators, and practitioners can use in their daily lives.

About Dr. Evans:
Dr. Evans is a developmental psychologist that focuses on the influence of children’s social and cognitive development on their moral understanding and behaviour. As the principal investigator of the Social-Cognitive Development Lab, Dr. Evans uses experimental methods to systematically study children’s understanding of deception and their actual deceptive behaviours both in the laboratory and in the field. She also examines cultural factors that influence children’s understanding and evaluation of lies in different contexts, as well as their actual lie-telling behaviours. Additionally, she is interested in issues related to child eyewitness testimony such as children’s competency, credibility, and our ability to detect their lies.

Learn more about Dr. Evans at her website.

Topic: Teen Brain, Teen Mind: A Neuro-Developmental Approach to Living and Working With Adolescents – Presented by Dr. Ron Clavier
When: Monday, November 17, 2014 – 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: Brock University – Plaza Building, room 600F – 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines

View Dr. Clavier’s presentation online here.

Dr. Ron Clavier argues that a clear understanding of the developing brain is the key we need to unlock the age-old mysteries of why teens and pre-teens act the way they act and think the way they think. Dr. Clavier’s presentation addresses topics of relevance to professionals in the health and education communities who work with teens and pre-teens. Along the way, he offers numerous coping tips and strategies designed to ease tensions and improve communications.

About Dr. Clavier:
Dr. Ron Clavier was born in Montreal. Following his undergraduate studies at McGill University, he earned his Doctorate in Experimental and Physiological Psychology from Northwestern University. His Postdoctoral training was in Biochemical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Ron then taught Anatomy and Psychology in medical schools in Chicago and Vancouver.

Since 1982, he has run a private practice in clinical psychology, basing it on his background as a neuroscientist.

In addition to his private practice, Ron consults in the corporate, law enforcement, community, health, and education sectors. He worked for a number of years as Research Consultant in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and was Senior Consultant to the Council on Drug Abuse until 2007. Ron’s television series, Adolescence: The Stormy Decade was broadcast on Canadian television until 2007. His book “Teen Brain, Teen Mind” (second edition, 2009) helps teenagers and those who work with them to cope with the difficulties of this phase of life.

See more at http://www.ronclavier.com