April 2, 2018

On March 7, the Family Science department hosted Dr. Carolyn T. Halpern for her lecture entitled “Start Me Up: Sexual initiation patterns and their implications (or lack thereof) for later sexual health.” The lecture focused on the understanding of healthy sexual development and the implications of adolescent experiences for developmental and demographic processes into adulthood. Attendees were invited to have their questions answered, directly by Dr. Halpern, at a school-wide reception hosted after her lecture.

Dr. Halpern is Professor and Chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also Deputy Director/co-investigator of the Waves IV and V National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) program projects, and co-PI of a newly launched NICHD/NIMHD-funded study, “Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity, Socioeconomic Status, and Health across the Life Course.”

Department Chair Dr. Sandra Quinn had this to say about the talk: "Our department was honored to have Dr. Halpern with us for a full day of discussions on the field of maternal and child health (MCH). Our conversations with her and her talk reinforced the exciting opportunity that we have as a department where we are able to integrate MCH, families and mental health in fostering health and well-being."