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College of Human Sciences

Optimizing Human Performance

The Science of Flourishing Families

A seminar series hosted by the Department of Family & Child Sciences

12PM – 1PM
SAN 345

FSU College of Human Sciences
Sandels Building (map)
120 Convocation Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306

Seminar Schedule

The Biobehavioral Family Model: An Intentionally Translational Framework


Beatrice Wood, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Psychology
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
University of Buffalo

Beatrice L. Wood


  • Demonstrate the evolution of a translational model.
  • Present family observational research support for the model.
  • Discuss how the model can, and has, been applied to clinical work and clinical training, as well as to organize and constrain research.

Thoughts on Full vs. Partial Mediation


Thomas Ledermann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family and Child Sciences
Florida State University

Thomas Lenderman


  • Show that many theoretical models distinguish between full and partial mediation.
  • Discuss conditions under which one can expect to find full, partial, and no mediation.
  • Illustrate how full versus partial mediation can be assessed using frequentist methods and Bayesian analysis.

Practice to Research and Back: Building Family Interventions in a Service Setting


W. Alex Mason, Ph.D.

Senior Research Director
Courtesy Faculty, Family and Child Sciences
Florida State University



  • Understand the structure and function of translational research in a service setting.
  • Learn the features of effective research-practice partnerships.
  • Identify two strategies for translational research with family interventions.
  • Recognize emerging challenges and solutions in translational family science.

Allostatic Load and its Application to Family Science


Teresa Seeman, Ph.D.

Professor, Medicine & Epidemiology
Geffen School of Medicine
University of California Los Angeles



Family and Child Sciences Department, Main Office
  Sandels 225

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