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Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Lansford, PhD



Research Professor

Center for Child and Family Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, North Carolina

Jennifer E. Lansford's research focuses on understanding how cultural contexts moderate the influence of parents on trajectories of social and behavioral development from childhood to adulthood. She leads the Parenting Across Cultures Project, an NICHD-funded ongoing prospective study of parents and their children from 13 cultural groups in 9 countries (China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States) that has investigated how acceptance and rejection are related to cultural norms and to other aspects of parenting and adjustment during childhood and adolescence.


Nour Zaki, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor

The American University, Cairo, Egypt

Nour Zaki's research focuses on lifespan development, emphasizing how childhood attachment affects adult development. She is particularly interested in perinatal psychology, the intergenerational transmission of attachment, as well as the process by which a mother's interpersonal acceptance-rejection in her own childhood may affect her transition to motherhood. She is a registered facilitator of the Circle of Security Parenting program (COSP) from Circle of Security International and Bringing Baby Home Program (BBH) from the Gottman Institute. Dr Zaki is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) as well as a participating member of the Nancy and Ronald Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection.

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