General Meeting: January 28, 2016

“Family Solutions to African Traditional Cultural Practices Harmful to Women: Exploring Men’s Role in the Eradication Process”

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Speaker: Mame Kani Diop, Doctoral Research Assistant, Montclair State University, Department of Family and Child Studies, specialized area of female genital mutilation



For Ms. Diop’s full powerpoint, please click here:

UN NGO – The Role of Men in the Eradication process_Diop

General Meeting: November 19, 2015

Topic: The Family as the Fundamental Agent for Achieving the Goals of the 2030 Agenda

Speakers: Dr. Susan Roylance; Renata Kaczmarska

sroylanceSusan Roylance is the author/compiler of several books on international family policy, including the UN Negotiating Guide and the DIFI sponsored: The Family and the MDGs – Using Family Capital to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. She coauthored a study on “Family Policies Affecting Arab Family Foundation” (published by, and wrote a blog titled “Families Around the World” for the Utah Deseret News (daily newspaper).


For Dr. Roylance’s full PowerPoint, please click here:

The Family in the 2030 Agenda


KaczmarskaRenata Kaczmarska, the United Nations DESA Focal Point on Family, works on family policy development in many areas such as: social protection, work-family balance, family poverty reduction, and intergenerational issues.

General Meeting: October 22, 2015

Topic: Engaging and Supporting Families So Their Children Thrive

Speakers: Claudia Williams, PhD; Dr. Parthener Olivia Pinder, MD; Allan Shedlin
Location: Hardin Room, 11th Floor Church Building (777 1st. Ave., E 44th St, New York, NY 10017)

Young children’s development (Pre-Birth to Age 8) is enhanced when their parents, extended family members and other caregivers and the community provide the guidance, support and resource that contributes to their well-being.  This two-part program includes presentations about two (2) projects reflecting the premise.

Health, Art Therapy and Literacy 

Claudia Williams, PhD, NGO Representative, Council of International Programmes (CIP), and Dr. Parthener Olivia Pinder, MD, currently enrolled in MPH  Policy and Planning at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, will present their program currently being implemented in the SE Regional Health Authority Family Clinics  in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica.

Doubling the Odds of Early Childhood Success– Engaging Dads.

Allan_ShedlinAllan Shedlin, REEL FATHERS Founder & President, Washington, DC, former elementary school principal and former Executive Director of the National Elementary School Center.

Allan Shedlin has been working with community-based organizations in Central and Northern New Mexico, Montgomery County, MD and Washington, DC.  The REEL FATHERS program utilizes film and story as catalysts for dialogue and relationship skill-building with fathers.

General Meeting: February 26th, 2015

Topic: Changing Families, Changing Societies: How Women, Aging, and Cultural Diversity are Transforming our World

Speaker: Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D.

Bahira Sherif TraskBahira Sherif Trask, PhD., is a Professor and Associate Chair of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware and a Policy Scientist in the Center for Community Research and Service. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the intersection of globalization, gender, work and family in Western and non-Western contexts. Primarily she concentrates on economic changes, work and gender roles, and policies that can assist and strengthen low income families.

Dr. Trask has authored and edited a number of books in this area including Women, Work, and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge, 2014), and Globalization and Families: Accelerated Systemic Social Change, (Springer, 2010).

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Click here to see Dr. Trask’s presentation slides.

General Meeting: January 22nd, 2015

Topic: The Effects of Globalization and Trauma on Families in Developing Countries (India and Nigeria)

Speakers: Rashmi Jaipal, Ph.D., and Ayorkor Gaba, Ph.D.

Rashmi JaipalRashmi Jaipal is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Bloomfield College, New Jersey, and a Representative of the American Psychological Association at the UN since 2013. As an APA representative, she was a co-chair of the 2014 Planning Committee for Psychology Day at the UN.

Rashmi has a PhD in clinical and cross cultural psychology from the New School for Social Research in 1995, with a dissertation on cultural differences in moral perspective.

While at Bloomfield College, New Jersey, she started a Center for Cultures and Communication and a Diversity Training Certificate program. She ran cross cultural training workshops and a Center initiative called Alternative Visions for the Future, to research cultures of sustainability and build bridges between the local and the global.

Earlier while teaching at Rutgers University, Newark in 1997 Dr Jaipal received a grant to develop cross cultural awareness workshops called the Opening Windows series. They are based on the idea of implicit culture and how it influences perceptions of the “other”. Since then she has presented these workshops at many conferences including APA, NJIT and Columbia University Teachers College Winter Round Table.

Dr Jaipal’s research is on Indian indigenous traditions, on internationalizing the psychology curriculum, and currently on the psychological aspects of sustainable development. She has traveled extensively and cultural diversity is central to her life and work.

Click here to see Dr. Jaipal’s presentation slides.

Ayorkor GabaAyorkor Gaba is a Nigerian-born Clinical Psychologist, American Psychological Association Rep to the United Nations, and  Senior Project Director at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry.

In her current role at UMASS she directs state and federally funded treatment research programs focused on adapting treatments to address the unique needs of military populations, expanding and enhancing services to individuals involved in speciality courts (including mental health and veteran courts) and developing female specific behavioral treatments for women with alcohol use disorders.

Across these areas, Dr. Gaba brings her training and expertise in addictions, cultural psychology, and family systems to improve interventions for vulnerable populations.  Dr. Gaba received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. She has a small private practice and serves as a clinical supevisor to students in the Rutgers doctoral psychology program.

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Meeting November 20th, 2014

Topic: The UN, The Family, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Renata KaczmarskaSpeaker: Renata Kaczmarska is a Social Affairs Officer and a Focal Point on the Family in the Division for Social Policy and Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Secretariat in New York. She has served as the Focal Point on the Family in the Social Integration Branch of the Division since 2009. In this capacity, she acts as a spokesperson on family issues for the United Nations Secretariat.

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Topic: Psychological Trauma Among Canadian Aboriginal Peoples and Impact on the Family

Dr. Josephine TanSpeaker: Dr. Josephine Tan is a clinical psychology faculty member at Lakehead University in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario in Canada. She has a strong interest in the area of Aboriginal mental health. She works with First Nations clients on psychological trauma associated with residential schools, is active in research on non-suicidal self-harm behaviours and suicide among Inuit, and co-chairs the Maternal Substance Use & Child Issues Research subcommittee that operates under the aegis of the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy.

Click here to see Dr. Tan’s presentation slides.

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