Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture featuring Velma McBride Murry

Velma McBride Murry is University Professor of Peabody College in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She is also University Professor in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

She will discuss two family-based preventive intervention programs, the Strong African American Families Program and the Pathways for African American Success, which have dissuaded youth from engaging in health compromising behaviors. Both programs have been effective in delaying/deterring substance use and other risky behaviors by influencing parenting practices and youth protective factors (i.e. cognitive and emotional self-regulation).

McBride Murry has conducted research on African-American parents and youth for over a decade and identified proximal, malleable protective factors that deter emotional problems and risk engagement in youth.

McBride Murry’s overarching goal is to disseminate her evidence-based preventive intervention programs for uptake in community-based organizations, as well as schools and primary health care settings and in faith-based organizations, and examine their efficacy and effectiveness in real-world settings.

Please join us for a reception after the talk. Visitor parking is available at the Science Drive visitor’s lot, a short walk from the Sanford School. The rate is $2 per hour.