Upcoming Events

Oregon Parenting Educators Conference

We are pleased to announce that Oregon Parenting Education Week is May 19-23, 2014. This year the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families and the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative will be hosting a one day Parenting Educators Conference for professionals who work with families. The conference will take place on Monday, May 19 from 8:45 AM - 4 PM at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the campus of Oregon State University. Below are details concerning conference registration and other Oregon Parenting Education Week events.

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Conference schedule

Oregon Parenting Educators Conference Keynote Speaker

Ann Corwin, Ph.D., M.Ed.

picture of Ann CorwinKnown to many as "The Parenting Doctor," Dr. Ann Corwin has made it her life's work to develop practical parenting programs for parents and children. With a Ph.D. in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, a Master's Degree in Education and several decades of experience in parenting consulting and child development education, she has helped thousands of families around the world. Dr. Ann focuses on prevention and helps parents learn to help themselves. Her experience and years of developing practical parenting programs for families provided the inspiration and foundation for the Pocket Full of Feelings project, an emotional literacy program. Ann lives in Laguna, California with her husband and they have two grown children.

Learn more about Ann Corwin's work


Oregon Parenting Education Week Seminar

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM PST

Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families, Room 115

FREE and open to the public or watch online

Eric Pakulak, Ph.D.
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"Development and Assessment of an Evidence-Based Training Program for At-Risk Preschoolers"

Dr. Pakulak is a Research Associate in the Brain Development Laboratory at the University of Oregon. He has been closely involved in studies of children and adults from different socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds, including the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions designed to improve attention and language processes in children from lower SES families.




“We have a real passion for children and families.”

– Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families Endowed Director Rick Settersten



“Just as the most important work that you and I will ever do is within the walls of our homes, our research, which will result in positive change for parents and children, will take place behind the walls of our new home – the Hallie Ford Center. Home is the great gift that the Fords and other major donors have provided us – a place for great intellectual work and collaboration, a place for focused, strategic work, a place for spontaneous interaction, and above all, a place to inspire.”

Made possible by the visionary gift of late Oregon philanthropist, Hallie Ford, the center opened Sept. 8, 2011, and is home to and a catalyst for holistic, interdisciplinary, collaborative research from across the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The spirit of collaboration also is evident in the physical design of the center, which features a three-story atrium and murals by Oregon artist Ron Mills de Pinyas, a professor of art at Linfield College.

Already home to a handful of large federally funded research projects, the center soon will be a “booming, buzzing place for grant-writing and publishing workshops, writing groups, colloquia and public events related to research, policy and practice,” Settersten says. “We have big plans.”


The Center is organized into four Research Cores:

These cores build on the existing strengths of the College and serve as catalysts for collaborative research activity that will lead the College to new prominence in advancing science and serving the needs of the public.