The Brain, The Mind & How We Learn Conference

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Monday, October 8, 2018
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Designed for educators at all levels as well as health professionals and the general public, this day of interactive workshops, panel discussions and lectures will give participants a greater understanding of how brain biology affects behavior, personality, and learning.

This event is sponsored by Wagner College offices of the president and the provost.

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Early Bird (prior to October 1, 2018): $50; Discount will be applied at checkout.

October 1 – October 7, 2018 (week of conference): $65

October 8, 2018 (day of conference): $75

  • Tentative Conference Schedule 
  • Panelists 
  • Workshop Committee Members 
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Plenary
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Questions and Answers
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshops
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch, Poster Presentations, Round Table Talks
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Plenary
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Dr. Don Stearn’s Presentation on “Learning and What We Can Do to Improve It”
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Wrap Up
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Clancy Blair, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. He is a developmental psychologist who studies self-regulation in young children. His research focuses primarily on the development of cognitive abilities referred to as executive functions important for school readiness and early school achievement and the effects of early life stress on executive function development. 
Michael P. Milham MD, PhD is an internationally recognized neuroscience researcher, the Vice President of Research and the founding director of the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. He is also a practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist. 
Amy Margolis, PhD is Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology with an appointment in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and an affiliation with the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Laboratory. The scientific question she seeks to answer concerns how learning problems are related to underlying deficiencies in the structure and function of neural systems that support learning processes. 
Dr. Souhel Najjar, MD is a neurology specialist in Staten Island, NY and has been practicing for 35 years. He graduated from University Of Damascus in 1983 and specializes in neurology. 
David Pagliaccio, PhD received a PhD in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis. During his postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Daniel Pine and Ellen Leibenluft, Dr. Pagliaccio continued fMRI research to examine the neural underpinnings of pediatric anxiety and irritability. As a project manager with the Marsh Lab, he is using neuroimaging to explore alterations in brain circuitry and functioning relating to impulsive-compulsive behaviors, learning disorders, and other pediatric pathologies. 
Donald Stearns, PhD is Director of the Wagner College Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research and a Professor in the Biological Sciences Department focusing on zoology and ecology. His research interests include animal behavior, photophysiology and photobehavior of aquatic organisms and rhythmic behaviors of aquatic organisms.


Sarah Donovan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy and Interim Dean, Integrated Learning 

Jason Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education    

Carin Guarasci, Ed.D., Conference Coordinator, Director of New Educators at Wagner 
Nora Lowy, PhD, Director, Physician Assistant Program 

Laurence Nolan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology       


Ruta Shah-Gordon, Ph.D., Vice President for Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs, and Campus Life 

Donald Stearns, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director, Wagner College Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research 

Patricia Tooker, D.P.N, Dean, Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing 


Get involved! The Brain, The Mind & How We Learn Conference is looking for attendees to take charge as leaders in their fields to share research and best practices during a one-hour poster session to help create more healthy, well-informed, vibrant communities. Submissions should include: the title of the poster, name and contact information for the corresponding author, a 200-300 word abstract describing what the poster will present and an indication of which conference topic(s) you plan to cover.

Please read the full call for individual poster proposals before submitting your presentation below. 

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