"The role of nurturance and positive parenting on African American adolescent well-being"

September 28, 2018

Dawn K. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Group
University of South Carolina

Dawn discusses the importance of integrating theories of nurturance, positive parenting, and autonomous motivation on improving the health and well-being of African American adolescents in the Families Improving Together (FIT) NIH funded trial.

Dawn’s nationally funded program of research focuses on developing theory-based interventions for health promotion and disease prevention in low-income, ethnic minority adolescents and their families. Her theoretical approach integrates bio-ecological models, family systems, motivation and behavioral approaches for understanding social and environmental influences of long-term health behavior change.

Dawn has served in national leadership roles advocating for the well-being of youth as past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Society for Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

The Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lecture on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience is presented annually and made possible by Cindy and Duncan Campbell.