Dr. Vonda K. Jump
Senior Research Scientist
Research and Evaluation Division
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education
and Human Services
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Little America Hotel
500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City
Dr. Vonda Jump will discuss her work promoting the optimal development of infants and young children raised in alternative caregiving environments, with a focus on orphanage care. Dr. Jump has worked in Ecuador, Haiti, India, and Russia to train orphanage caregivers and investigate the effects of early interactions of children’s health and communication abilities. The early years are critical for young children’s optimal brain development, and Dr. Jump will discuss ways that all caregivers can utilize simple techniques to improve outcomes for infants.
Dr. Vonda Jump is a senior research scientist in the research and evaluation division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities in USU’s Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Jump’s interests include professional development of those working with young children, babies’ and toddlers’ relationships with their caregivers, infant massage, the intersection between mental and physical health, and the influence of stress on individual coping and functioning. Dr. Jump teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the Departments of Family, Consumer, and Human Development and Psychology.