The Developing Brain and Early Mental Health Initiative

The Developing Brain and Early Mental Health Initiative:

From Research to Practice - For Pediatric Care Providers

Parents hands surround baby's feet

December 7, 2018
8 AM - 12:30 PM
Wilf Auditorium
University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

This activity is designed for psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals.

The symposium will focus on three themes:

1) Innovative research in early brain development and mental health 

  • Mary Dozier PhD, Professor, Unidel Amy Elizabeth du Pont Chair in Child Development, Director of Clinical Training, University of Delaware, presenting Enhancing Biological and Behavioral Outcomes through Early Intervention
  • Jed Elison PhD, Associate Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, presenting Pre-symptomatic Prediction of Autism: Foreshadowing the Future of Infant Neuroimaging

2) Building programs for high risk pediatrics patients [e.g. medically compromised, foster care, etc.]

  • Dana Johnson MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, presenting Translating Research on Early Brain Development into Programs for Children in Foster Care
  • Maria Kroupina, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, presenting Children with Medical Needs: From Research to Building Clinical Programs

3) Implementing research-informed programs into general pediatrics clinics

  • Children's Minnesota Team
  • Fairview University Children's Clinic Team, presenting Implementing the Healthy Steps Model: From Theory to Practice

 Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be better able to: 

  • Recognize the role of early intervention in the first years of life.
  • Describe the mental health principles in the first years of life.
  • Translate research into programs to help high risk children (i.e. foster children, children with medical issues).
  • Describe the benefits of including early mental health in general pediatrics work. 

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Registration fee is $30 for those who would like to attend and wish to receive continuing education credits. (See below for details.)
Registration fee is $0 for those who would like to attend and do not need continuing education credits

This activity has been approved for
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™, ANCC contact hours, Minnesota Board of Social Work, and Minnesota Board of Psychology continuing education hours. Full accreditation details are located below.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements
American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

This activity is awarded up to 3.5 ANCC contact hours.

Minnesota Board of Psychology

This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology for 4.0 continuing education hours.

Minnesota Board of Social Work

The University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Professional Development has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work for 3.5 continuing education hours for this training.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit this statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit.  The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

This conference is supported by Masonic Grant to the Department of Pediatrics: Early Brain Initiative and presented by The Department of Pediatrics at The University of Minnesota. In collaboration with Help Me Grow MN, Center for Neurobehavioral Development, Minnesota American Academy of Pediatrics HealthySteps, Institute of Child Development, and Zero to Three.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Alex Prince at