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UT Dallas Hosts Kids’ University

Jul. 24, 2017 | UT Dallas News Center

UT Dallas Hosts Kids’ University

For the 22nd year, UT Dallas and the nonprofit Rainbow Days hosted a week-long educational camp for children ages 4 to 15 who are experiencing homelessness...

New Internship Program Bridges Age Gap Through Positive Storytelling

Jul. 12, 2017 | UT Dallas News Center

New Internship Program Bridges Age Gap Through Positive Storytelling

CCF Advisory Council member and director of student programs, Joanna Gentsch, has developed a new student internship program that encourages senior adults to share their life stories through positive storytelling...

Juega Conmigo Family Celebration THANK YOU!

Jun. 30, 2017 | Center for Children and Families

Juega Conmigo Family Celebration THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who helped support our 2017 Juega Conmigo (Play With Me) program family celebration. Please enjoy this video of pictures from the event...

CCF Faculty Affiliate Earns Teaching Award

Jun. 26, 2017 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Faculty Affiliate Earns Teaching Award

Congratulations to CCF faculty affiliate Dr. Noah Sasson on earning the Aage Moller Teaching Award which rewards excellent teaching and promotes the importance of teaching...

Study Explores the Effectiveness of Sign Language for Children with Cochlear Implants

Jun. 15, 2017 | UT Dallas News Center

Study Explores the Effectiveness of Sign Language for Children with Cochlear Implants

Research by CCF faculty affiliate Dr. Andrea Warner-Czyz found that children with cochlear implants with either no exposure or limited exposure to sign language have better verbal development outcomes...

CCF Faculty Affiliate to Present on Social Communication

Jun. 7, 2017 | Center for Children and Families

CCF Faculty Affiliate to Present on Social Communication

Dr. Pamela Rollins, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, will present her research on early social communication with toddlers with autism spectrum disorders this Friday...

CCF Student Volunteer Launches Program for New Moms

May. 10, 2017 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Student Volunteer Launches Program for New Moms

Graduating senior Adriana Portillo is launching an eight week program this summer to help decrease the number of preterm births in Dallas County minority communities...

CCF Faculty Affiliate to Study TX LBGT+ Communities

Apr. 6, 2017 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Faculty Affiliate to Study TX LBGT+ Communities

CCF faculty affiliate Dr. Richard Scotch and his sociologist colleague were selected to conduct the first comprehensive needs assessment of LBGT+ communities in Texas...

BBS Forum to Highlight Social Cognition in Psychiatric Conditions

Apr. 3, 2017 | School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

BBS Forum to Highlight Social Cognition in Psychiatric Conditions

CCF faculty affiliate Dr. Noah Sasson will lead a forum on social cognition in psychiatric conditions this Friday morning, April 7th. The event is free and open to the public...

UTD Dean and CCF Faculty Affiliate Publishes New Article on the Lasting Effects of Cyberaggression

Mar. 9, 2017 | UT DALLAS NEWS CENTER

UTD Dean and CCF Faculty Affiliate Publishes New Article on the Lasting Effects of Cyberaggression

Dr. Marion Underwood and Dr. Samuel Ehrenreich, researchers in BBS and UT Dallas' Blackberry Project, published an article in American Psychologist highlighting the effects of adolescent cyber-victimization and lurking on social media websites...

Shayla Holub Discussing Children’s Opinions on Body Image and Weight Shaming on FOX 4 News

Mar. 7, 2017 | Fox 4 News

Shayla Holub Discussing Children’s Opinions on Body Image and Weight Shaming on FOX 4 News

Dr. Shayla Holub, CCF Faculty Affiliate and associate professor in BBS, was featured on FOX 4 News to discuss with a news anchor about body weight shaming and how families can productively avoid childhood obesity...

Alex Piquero: Unequal Mental Health Treatment among Juvenile Offenders

Jan. 27, 2017 | Dallas News

Alex Piquero: Unequal Mental Health Treatment among Juvenile Offenders

Dr. Alex Piquero, a CCF faculty affiliate and Professor of Criminology at UTD, wrote a piece for the Dallas Morning News highlighting juvenile offenders in prison not receiving equal mental health treatment.

Graduating Senior Plans to Help Future Immigrants

Dec. 15, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

Graduating Senior Plans to Help Future Immigrants

CCF student worker Diana Rodriguez graduates from UT Dallas tomorrow but has plans to continue her work with immigrant children and families who don't have many resources...

Choosing a Quality Pre-K Program

Dec. 7, 2016 | Al Dia Dallas

Choosing a Quality Pre-K Program

Adriana Baird, CCF's Juega Conmigo program manager, notes that quality pre-K programs have safe and predictable environments for children and educated and attentive teachers. Read the story in Spanish...

Callier Center Addition Offers New Home for CCF

Nov. 29, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

Callier Center Addition Offers New Home for CCF

UT Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders offers 50,000 square-feet of new space for Callier’s clinical and research operations, as well as a new home for UT Dallas' Center for Children and Families…

CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives Grant to Study Autism Intervention Program

Oct. 14, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives Grant to Study Autism Intervention Program

Dr. Pamela Rollins, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, has received a grant for more than $980,000 to evaluate an early intervention program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)...

CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives NSF Grant to Study Children’s Thinking

Oct. 3, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives NSF Grant to Study Children’s Thinking

Dr. Candice Mills, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, has received a $475,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how children process scientific explanations and how their understanding might motivate them to learn more...

Center Director Visits Norway for Social Development Research

Sep. 13, 2016 | Center for Children and Families

Center Director Visits Norway for Social Development Research

Dr. Margaret T. Owen, center director and Robinson Family professor of psychology, recently returned from Norway where she is working on a study of early stimulation in the family and children's school outcomes...

Study Finds Court Costs Increase Recidivism Among Sample Population

Aug. 31, 2016 | The New York Times

Study Finds Court Costs Increase Recidivism Among Sample Population

A recent study by Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and CCF faculty affiliate, found that unrealistic fines and fees contribute to recidivism for adolescent offenders, and the effects are greatest among the poor and racial minorities...

Alex R. Piquero: How Childhood Hunger Leads to Adult Violence

Aug. 4, 2016 | The Dallas Morning News

Alex R. Piquero: How Childhood Hunger Leads to Adult Violence

Dr. Alex Piquero discusses his study on childhood hunger and adult violence and ways to provide aid, services, outreach, and programs to North Texas families in need...

Couples Daily Lives Study Seeks Participants

Jul. 20, 2016 | Center for Children and Families

Couples Daily Lives Study Seeks Participants

Dr. Karen J. Prager, professor of psychology and CCF faculty affiliate, invites qualified couples to participate in her Couples Daily Lives Study. This study will examine day-to-day positive and negative encounters within a couple’s relationship. Couples must be at least 20 years old and have been living together for at least six months. Those who complete the study will receive $65...

Study Among First to Link Childhood Hunger and Violence

Jul. 6, 2016 | KERA

Study Among First to Link Childhood Hunger and Violence

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and CCF faculty affiliate, published a study showing that children who often go hungry are twice as likely to exhibit impulsive, violent behavior later in life...

CCF Volunteer and BBS Alum Honored With Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award

Jun. 30, 2016 | Center for Children and Families

CCF Volunteer and BBS Alum Honored With Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Conrad Capili for his UT Dallas 2016 Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Capili worked with the Center for Children and Families while in his residency program at Children's Health to serve families through CCF's Screening Fairs...

Dr. Jackie Nelson Receives Teaching Award

Jun. 24, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

Dr. Jackie Nelson Receives Teaching Award

Congratulations to CCF faculty affiliate Dr. Jackie Nelson for receiving the 2016 Aage Møller Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and exceptional commitment to students...

CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives UT Dallas President’s Teaching Excellence Award

Jun. 24, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives UT Dallas President’s Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Dr. Denise Boots, associate professor of criminology and CCF faculty affiliate, on her recognition by UT Dallas as an outstanding faculty member dedicated to teaching, mentorship and excellence in undergraduate education...

Dallas Preschool Readiness Project Investigates School Readiness Skills

Jun. 23, 2016 | UTHealth School of Public Health

Dallas Preschool Readiness Project Investigates School Readiness Skills

CCF Director Dr. Margaret T. Owen is the co-principal investigator in a longitudinal study that's investigating how social and emotional readiness can predict how well children do in school...

CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives NSF Award to Study Children’s Vocabulary

Jun. 22, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives NSF Award to Study Children’s Vocabulary

Dr. Mandy Maguire, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, has received a $515,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study why children who live in poverty have smaller vocabularies than their peers...

Study Links Childhood Hunger to Violence Later in Life

Jun. 21, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

Study Links Childhood Hunger to Violence Later in Life

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and CCF faculty affiliate recently published a study finding that people who experienced frequent hunger as kids were more likely to act impulsively and engage in violent behavior as adolescents and adults...

BrainLab Recruiting Children Ages 8 - 15 for Paid Research Study

Jun. 10, 2016 | Center for Children and Families

BrainLab Recruiting Children Ages 8 - 15 for Paid Research Study

UT Dallas' BrainLab is currently recruiting child participants (ages 8-15) for a study to better understand how language is processed in the brain. Participants can earn a $50 gift card and t-shirt for participation. Contact utd.dev.neuro.lab@gmail.com or click on the link for more information...

Juega Conmigo Spring Celebration a Success

Jun. 8, 2016 | Center for Children and Families

Juega Conmigo Spring Celebration a Success

The Juega Conmigo Spring Celebration in early June brought together past and present parents and children of our Juega Conmigo program from every site to celebrate parent-child interactions and promote children's development...

Dr. Candice Mills Receives NSF Grant to Study Children’s Learning

May. 31, 2016 | Center for Children and Families

Dr. Candice Mills Receives NSF Grant to Study Children’s Learning

CCF faculty affiliate and associate professor of psychological sciences Dr. Candice Mills recently received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to examine how elementary school-aged children recognize gaps in explanations...

United Way Receives Funding to Help Prevent Child Abuse

May. 25, 2016 | KERA

United Way Receives Funding to Help Prevent Child Abuse

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas recently received a $3.4 million grant to increase protective factors for at-risk Dallas county families in order to effectively reduce the incidences of abuse and neglect...

CCF Student Volunteer Showcased for Work With Teens

May. 12, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Student Volunteer Showcased for Work With Teens

Aaron Fields, a UT Dallas senior and CCF student volunteer in the Juega Conmigo program, also mentors Dallas ISD high school students through the University's G-Force Mentoring Program...

CCF Faculty Affiliate Earns Unsung Hero Award

May. 9, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Faculty Affiliate Earns Unsung Hero Award

Dr. Denise Boots, associate professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences has received the Evelyn Gilbert Unsung Hero Award for her contributions to criminal justice education and scholarship concerning ethnicity, race, and gender...

CCF Director Margaret T. Owen Selected for DAEYC Margaret Cone Impact Award

May. 3, 2016 | Center for Children and Families

CCF Director Margaret T. Owen Selected for DAEYC Margaret Cone Impact Award

The Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children (DAEYC) has selected CCF's director, Dr. Margaret T. Owen, for their 2016 Margaret Cone Impact Award. Congratulations Margaret!

Apr. 26, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Student Volunteer Receives Student Diversity Award

Congratulations to CCF student volunteer Alba Ramirez on her Diversity Award, honoring her work with the Latina service-based sorority Kappa Delta Chi...

Mar. 3, 2016 | School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Senior Lecturer Position Open

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas invites applications for a Senior Lecturer position to contribute to the masters program in human development and early childhood disorder. The program provides students with professional training in developmental screening, assessment, and intervention work with young children ages 0-5 with special needs and their families in various program and clinical settings...

Feb. 26, 2016 | Center for Children and Families

CCF’s Infant Development Program Becomes Crece Conmigo (Grow With Me)

Crece Conmigo (Grow With Me) is the new name for the Infant Development Program. The new name highlights our commitment to work with children and parents together to reduce the number of children starting school with developmental delays...

New Study Shows Effect of Early Marijuana Use on Brain Development

Feb. 19, 2016 | UT Dallas News Center

New Study Shows Effect of Early Marijuana Use on Brain Development

Dr. Francesca Filbey, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and CCF faculty affiliate, recently studied the effect of cannabis use on adolescent brain development...

Feb. 10, 2016 | Texas A&M University Commerce

CCF Advisory Council Member Recognized for Top Quality Teaching

Early Childhood Education Professor and CCF Advisory Council Member Dr. David Brown will be inducted into the Texas A&M System Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators for his excellence in education...

Oct. 30, 2015 | UT Dallas News Center

Fall Forum Focuses on Programs That Educate Children and Parents

CCF's Fall Forum focused on two-generation programming that takes a whole-family approach to improving educational opportunities and overall well-being of young children...

Sep. 24, 2015 | Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers

A review of the latest science reveals how early childhood educators can ignite the growth of language and communication skills in infants and toddlers with ten recommended practices, developed by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute...

Sep. 21, 2015 | Center for Children and Families

Thank You to our Forum Sponsors

Thank you to Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas for sponsoring our 6th Annual Fall Forum this Friday. Registration has now SOLD OUT and we look forward to a great event...

Sep. 11, 2015 | American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

CCF Faculty Affiliate Awarded for ‘Best Article of the Year’

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Van Kleeck for being selected as the winner of the 2015 Editor's Award for 'Best Article of the Year' in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Anne will be recognized at the 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver this November...

Sep. 9, 2015 | UT Dallas News Center

CCF Director Publishes Study on Quality Parent-Child Interactions

Dr. Margaret Tresch Owen, Director of the Center for Children and Families, co-authored a new study showing that low-income children benefit from quality, verbal and nonverbal conversations with their parents...

Center for Children and Families Expands West Dallas Program

Jul. 23, 2012 | University of Texas at Dallas News Center

Center for Children and Families Expands West Dallas Program

In June 2011 The UT Dallas Center for Children and Families (CCF) began offering developmentally based playtimes called “Juega Conmigo” to parents and their young children up to 3 years of age. Classes take place every Thursday at the Bachman Lake Public library and feature music, movement and various forms of experiential learning, including free-play time...

CCF’s third annual forum is two-day event this year

Aug. 3, 2012 | Annual Forum October 3-4, 2012

CCF’s third annual forum is two-day event this year

The evening lecture on Wednesday, October 3rd is free and open to the public. Registration for daytime events on Thursday, October 4th is $25 and covers lunch and professional CEU’s, if desired. UT Dallas students and faculty will be admitted free with their comet cards...