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Over the next few weeks we will be providing previews of the exceptional keynote speakers featured at the 5th Annual Strong Families AZ Home Visiting Conference September 20 and 21 at the Glendale Renaissance. Part 2 in a series of 6.


Ross A. Thompson, PhD

Dr. Thompson is ZERO TO THREE’s Board President and a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Thompson is well known for his research which focuses on the applications of developmental research to public policy concerns, including school readiness and its development, early childhood investments and early mental health.

Dr. Thompson also studies early parent-child relationships, the development of emotion understanding and emotion regulation, conscience development and the growth of self-understanding in young children.

He received the Ann Brown Award for Excellence in Developmental Research in 2007 and the University of California, Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2011. He is a founding member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee that produced the report From Neurons to Neighborhoods (National Academy Press, 2000). He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Don’t miss Dr. Thompson’s keynote address on Wednesday, September 21 onTransforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation.

Sign up now to hear Ross A. Thompson as well as join us for all the informative and applicable speakers and workshops at this year’s conference. And remember to check the Strong Families AZ Home Visitor Portal for additional professional development.

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