Webinar – Social Emotional Health: A Critical Building Block for Children’s Learning

What is healthy social-emotional development in young children? Why is it a critical building block for children’s learning? What kind of support do children need for healthy development? How do we know when interventions are needed? What are we doing well in North Carolina, and what challenges do we need to overcome to support all young children’s healthy development?

These are some of questions that Dr. Marian Earls, a nationally recognized developmental and behavioral pediatrician, will address in an upcoming webinar. Please join us Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 11 Am to Noon.

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About the Presenter

Marian Earls is the Director of Pediatric Programs for Community Care of North Carolina, She is board-certified in both General Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics for the University of North Carolina Medical School.

Dr. Earls is a Past President of the North Carolina Pediatric Society (President 2008-2010).   She was chair of the Mental Health/School Health Committee for NCPS until 2011.   She was the lead author on the American academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Clinical Report “Incorporating Recognition and Management of perinatal and postpartum Depression into Pediatric Practice,” (PEDIATRICS, November 2010).   She is a liaison from the AAP to AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).  She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the AAP’s Council on Early Childhood.  She is Chair of the Mental Health Leadership Work Group of the AAP that is charged with national dissemination of mental health integration in primary care pediatrics.

She was Co-chair of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment in 2005, the NC IOM Task Force on Early Childhood Mental Health in 2012, and the NCIOM Task Force on Children’s Preventive Oral Health Services in 2013.   Since 2000, she has been the director of the NC ABCD (Assuring Better Child Health and Development) Project.  The purpose of ABCD has been to integrate developmental services (screening, surveillance, parent education) into pediatric practice and includes developmental, maternal depression, social-emotional and autism screening.  She is currently faculty on learning collaboratives working with teams from multiple states, “Strengthening the Role of Primary Care for Families with Young Children Experiencing Trauma or Chronic Stress,” through Johns Hopkins and funded by a grant from SAMHSA.  She was national co-chair and Improvement Advisor for the AAP’s national Bright Futures Preventive Services Improvement Project in 2015-2016.   She has been appointed (2016) to the AAP’s new National Advisory Board on Screening, and is Chair of the Screening Learning Collaborative Project Advisory Committee.   She is currently on the ADHD Guidelines Committee for the AAP and was one of the authors of the 2010 ADHD Policy Statement.

Dr. Earls received her A.B. in Biology in 1976 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, her Master of Theological Studies (MTS) in 1978 from Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, and her M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1984.