Sunrise Session: Overcoming Trauma: Promoting Optimal Outcomes for Babies in Orphanages

 

 

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.

 

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