The first presentation in the 2013-2014 Psychology Department Speakers Series:
Do Parents Make a Difference? An Exploration in Raising a Child
Kate Byerwalter, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 16, 1:00 – 2:30
Room 168, Wisner – Bottrall Applied Technology Center
Dr. Kate Byerwalter is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Grand Rapids Community College. In this presentation, Dr. Byerwalter will introduce the current research around the practice of parenting. She will present different parenting styles and explore how culture may affect parenting. In addition, Dr. Byerwalter will identify priorities in parenting. Lastly, she will examine the role of parents in shaping children’s cognitive development. Participants will leave with an understanding of how parents do matter in the development of a child and what practices are connected to the optimal outcomes.