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  • Legislative Trip 16x9 Featured

    The Legislative Session Marches On

    April 8, 2019, 11:24 AM by Dylan Lancaster
    With March now in the rear-view mirror, Dr. Ben Raimer reflects on both the UTMB School of Medicine and Galveston County chamber of commerce trips to Austin. Following this reflection he provides an update on priority legislation and related UTMB interests.
  • Close Gaps Ben Blog

    Closing the Gaps

    February 28, 2019, 13:31 PM by Dylan Lancaster
    With several more weeks of the Texas Legislature’s 86th session behind us, Dr. Ben Raimer examines the effects of past legislative sessions on UTMB and how those effects gave rise to our requests this session. He also touches on the warm welcome UTMB received in Austin.
  • Legislative Session 2019

    Texas 86th Legislative Session Begins!

    January 29, 2019, 15:09 PM by Dylan Lancaster
    With the first couple of weeks of the Texas Legislature’s 86th session in the rear-view mirror, Dr. Ben Raimer provides insight on legislative personnel changes, the budget outlook and UTMB's budget requests. Get ready for another fantastic series of Ben's Blog posts in 2019!
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    Groundhog Day in July

    July 21, 2017, 08:10 AM by Ben Raimer
    Austin is back at it. The Texas Legislature gaveled into the first called special session at midday on Tuesday, July 18, to take up business that fell victim to the Mothers’ Day Massacre near the end of the 85th regular session.
  • Sine Die Budget Results

    The Results are In!

    June 1, 2017, 15:57 PM by Dylan Lancaster
    Sine die—the last day of the regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature—arrived on Memorial Day, May 29. As we await word of a special session, I thought a review of where we’ve been and how our funding looks for the FY2018/2019 biennium would be helpful.
  • Bill Massacre 2017

    The Great House Bill Massacre of 2017

    May 19, 2017, 09:33 AM by Dylan Lancaster
    This week in Austin saw one of the most dramatic bill killings of all times. Pent up emotions found their way onto the House floor in what the media has termed the "Mother’s Day Massacre." The House Freedom Caucus, composed of very conservative members from north central Texas, used various parliamentary maneuvers Thursday evening and Friday to kill scores of bills.
  • Bills Live or Die

    Proposed Bills: Live or Die?

    May 12, 2017, 15:44 PM by Ben Raimer
    Today (Thursday, May 11) is a magic day for this legislative session: when the clock strikes midnight tonight, the hundreds and hundreds of House bill that have made it through the laborious legislative process either live or die. If a bill has not cleared the hurdles of approval in the House by that time, it is dead. The only hope for resuscitation is to find a suitable bill that has cleared the House, and attach all or parts of the failed bill to the active bill as a floor amendment.

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Benefits & Potential Challenges to Trauma-Informed Approaches

Sep 24, 2018, 16:58 PM by Dylan Lancaster

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Please join Galveston's "Adverse Childhood and Community Experiences Collaborative" (ACEs Collaborative) for a special lecture by Sheri Madigan on Tuesday, September 25th in Rosenberg Library's Fox Room.

  • 9:30 am - Registration 
  • 10 am - Dr. Madigan & audience questions
  • 11:10 am - Short video and discussion
  • 11:30 am - Conclusion

This event is sponsored by UTMB's Behavioral Health & Research Department, Ob/Gyn.

Register HERE

Dr. Madigan holds a Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary, a member of the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and an Associate Member of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education.

Dr. Madigan's research seeks to isolate central determinants of child and youth development. She is primarily focused on understanding how social stressors and adversities can influence child social, emotional, and cognitive development. She is also interested in understanding why some mothers, children, and youth show resilience to these stressors and adversities while others remain vulnerable. Her research uses a variety of methods (e.g., observational assessments, survey data, structured interviews) and capitalizes on multiple statistical methods as a function of the question under consideration (e.g., meta-analyses, mediation and moderation, trajectory analyses, multilevel models, path analyses, and individual participant data reviews).

Research emerging from the Determinants of Child Development lab (see www.madiganlab.com) has been published in the top journals in Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Social Work including JAMA Pediatrics, Psychological Bulletin, Pediatrics, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Child Psychology and PsychiatryChild DevelopmentDevelopmental PsychologyDevelopment & Psychopathology, and Child Abuse and Neglect. Our work has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Harper’s Index, CNN, CBC, and Today’s Parent, as well as ABC’s Good Morning America, CTV and Global news. Determinants of Child Development lab members are passionate about disseminating research to those interacting with children and youth, and regularly give presentations to parents, caregivers, educators, and health practitioners on central determinants of child and youth development. Dr. Madigan is also the child development expert for CTV Morning Live Calgary, providing monthly segments on topics related to parenting and child development.