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Kerr, M. M. (2020, May). Invited Keynote Address: Trauma-Informed Awareness in Schools. Services for Teens at Risk Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

This session helps school-based professionals in their implementation of the new requirements of Act 44/Act 18 for trauma-informed education. Highlighted will be controversies in the field as well as on-line professional development for classroom teachers and other staff who may not have prior background in behavioral health. Participants will receive resources for use in their own schools.

Faculty members in the social sciences, humanities, and education are protective of their time. Yet, young researchers need time to learn skills and make any meaningful contribution. This session addresses this dilemma by offering firsthand examples of research mentoring strategies faculty can adopt to protect their research agenda while involving undergraduates.

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Price, R. H. & Kerr, M. M. (2019, June). Cultivating Relevance for Children at Two 9/11 Sites: Understanding Experiences and Influencing Content. Traversing the Gap: Relevance as a Transformative Force at Sites of Public Memory: Second Annual Mellon Conference, 9/11 Memorial & Museum

How might 9/11 memorial sites cultivate relevance among children born after 2001? This paper introduces new research, including child-designed studies, conducted at the Flight 93 National Memorial and the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. This research helps us to understand children’s experiences and inform the creation of relevant interpretive content.

Worldwide, thousands of children tour sites of public memory each year (Kerr & Price, 2016). Yet, research largely overlooks their experiences (Khoo-Lattimore, 2015; Poria & Timothy, 2014; Small, 2008). Without understanding children’s experiences at these sites, it becomes difficult to create relevant content. To overcome this obstacle, our multidisciplinary research team applies expertise in child development, trauma, and education to collaborate with interpreters, historians and museum professionals.

This presentation describes our research and its impact on interpretation and exhibits. An initial analysis of hundreds of drawings and notes from children at both sites provided a glimpse into children’s understandings of the events (Kerr, Fried, Price, Cornick & Dugan, 2017; Kerr & Price, 2018). Using children’s own language and images, we developed interpretive materials and offered exhibit suggestions. Our research then examined 350 post-visit comments from children (Burns, 2018; Kerr, Price, Savine, Ifft, & McMullen, 2017; Price, 2018).

We then involved children as co-researchers. Children field-tested a new Junior Ranger handbook, which tells the story of the Flight 93 crash in a developmentally-informed manner (see Kerr, Dugan, & Frese, 2016; Kerr, Shaffer, & Hartman, 2014). Soon, children will test our first audio tours. Additionally, adolescents will design and conduct surveys for the Pentagon Memorial Fund. Implications include new theoretical conceptualizations, suggestions for museum professionals, and guidance for educators and parents who plan children’s travel.

Kerr, M. M. (2019, January). Teaching Undergraduates Qualitative Research through 9/11 Oral Histories. The Qualitative Record Conference. Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Kerr, M. M. (2018, December). Invited Session: Why People Panic: Strategies for Crisis Communication. Clarion University Safe Schools Summit. Clarion, PA.
Kerr, M. M. (2018, December). Invited Session: Bringing Calm to Chaos: Lessons Learned in Crisis Responding. Clarion University Safe Schools Summit. Clarion, PA.
Kerr, M. M. (2018, May). "Why Don't [They] We Get It?" Implementation Barriers in Addressing Depression and Suicidality in Schools. Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland, OH.
Kerr, M. M. (2018, May). "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late": Using Appreciative Inquiry to Improve School-Based Suicide Prevention. Department of Psychiatry, Cleveland, OH.
Kerr, M. M. (2018, May). Addressing Depression and Suicidality at School: Tools and Traps for Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. Northeast Ohio Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cleveland, OH.
Kerr. M. M. (2018, May). Supporting Students with Anxiety and Depression at School: What Works? Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center) 31st Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Often overlooked as members of a treatment team, teachers spend many hours with children who experience anxiety and depression. Yet, most surveys reveal that teachers feel inadequately prepared to support such students. To facilitate clinic-school communications and increase educators’ involvement, this presentation offers evidence-based, practical approaches for teachers, including mobile apps.

Kerr, M. M. (2017). The Role and Toll of Educators' Involvement in Suicide Prevention, Treatment and Postvention. (Invited Keynote Address). 30th Annual STAR-Center Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Once overlooked in the delivery of mental health services, both K-12 and university educators now assume a more prominent role. This session first will offer an historical perspective on educators’ involvement in suicide-related work. Next, we examine what the literature says about the impact on educators when they confront students at risk for suicide. Lastly, highlighting lessons we learned through STAR-Center’s collaborations with schools and universities, we offer recommendations for educators’ involvement in the future.

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Price, R. H. & Kerr, M. M. (2017). "I Thought It Was Cool How We Were Part of Research": Engaging Children as Co-Researchers on Their School Excursions. The Qualitative Report Annual Conference 8th Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Price, R. H. & Kerr, M. M. (2017). "I Thought It Was Cool How We Were Part of Research": Engaging Children as Co-Researchers on Their School Excursions. The Qualitative Report Annual Conference 8th Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Despite children’s travel to many destinations worldwide, tourism research focuses almost exclusively on adult travelers. Overlooking young tourists effectively silences their voices and ignores their experiences. To address this oversight, we identified multiple data generation tools and methods to enable youth to document their experiences without impeding their excursions. We then joined 59 eighth grade students who were traveling to Washington, DC and invited them to generate five forms of data. With iPads, they produced photographs, audio recordings and typed text. They also created handwritten journals and participated in audio-recorded interviews. Without altering their itinerary, participating students generated over 500 photographs, 300 comments, and joined in a total of over 100 interviews. Data collection occurred across several settings throughout each day, including tour buses, indoor and outdoor destinations, and a hotel. Students chose multiple tools to collect their data. They also identified barriers, modified data collection tools, and recommended new research designs. Their participation illustrates the value of engaging youth as full partners in travel research. We believe our experiences will benefit others hoping to co-research with children, especially in out-of-school settings.

Kerr, M. M. (2016, October). Invited Keynote Address: Overlooked encounters with death: Child tourists at dark sites. 'Packaging up Death & the Dead' for the Contemporary Visitor Economy: A Dark Tourism & Heritage Perspective, UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Lancaster, England.

Kerr, M. M. (2016, October). Invited Keynote Address: Overlooked encounters with death: Child tourists at dark sites. 'Packaging up Death & the Dead' for the Contemporary Visitor Economy: A Dark Tourism & Heritage Perspective, UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Lancaster, England.

Each year, thousands of children visit museums, battlegrounds, cemeteries, and other sites associated with death. Yet, research has largely overlooked their encounters. Adult dark tourism theories cannot account for four factors unique to children: a) incomplete understanding of death; b) lack of agency in choosing travel destinations; c) youthful exploratory behaviour; and d) emotional vulnerability. To pursue a new theoretical framework for young tourists’ behavior, meaning making, and emotions at dark sites, new research has commenced. Teams first studied young visitor comments and tributes at two 9/11 memorials. Then, adapting research methods from child-centered disciplines, teams launched ethnographic studies with young adolescents on extended school excursions. Over one hundred youth generated comments, photographs, and interview responses as they visited memorials, cemeteries, and museums, thereby illuminating their encounters with death and suggesting future research directions.

Kerr, M. M., Price, R. H., & Mullen, P. (2016). Promoting student ownership of undergraduate inquiry. Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference, Tampa, FL.

Kerr, M. M., Price, R. H., & Mullen, P. (2016). Promoting student ownership of undergraduate inquiry. Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference, Tampa, FL.

Like others, we struggle with making research meaningful for students, so they will persevere during inevitable periods of frustration. Studies suggest that tangible projects engage students longer, minimizing attrition and faculty recruitment efforts. Unfortunately, their limited skills relegate many undergraduates to “grunt work.” So, how do we craft meaningful experiences?

The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Undergraduate Research’s First Experiences in Research (FE-R) partners uninitiated undergraduates with older students who serve as mentors in an accompanying one-credit seminar that teaches them research basics and supports their efforts on individual faculty-led research projects. This session describes lessons learned in the FE-R program and its sequel, the Continuing-Experiences in Research (CE-R). To illustrate the process, we highlight one FE-R project, how children confront terrorism.

Recognizing that undergraduates were young children on September 11, 2001, one team engages students in an innovative project partnering with the National Park Service and the Pentagon National Memorial. Here, they reexamine a childhood tragedy through new young adult perspectives. To emphasize ownership, students design studies to meet their career goals (e.g., a student hoping to attend psychology graduate school studied trauma, while an art history student studied the architecture of memorials). Then they analyze artifacts (art, letters, visitor comments, poetry) from the archives of the two memorials and code them using qualitative methods. The final step is a presentation of their findings at a professional conference in their discipline. The students’ work in the FE-R course—including their University-wide presentations—offers them a formalized way to conceptualize their new identity as researchers.

New models of mentoring students have emerged, including residential writing retreats, “data analysis dinners,” and daylong “grad school application boot camps” filled with mock interviews and resume writing. Session participants will receive a detailed handout illustrating each of these.

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Kerr, M. M. (2016). Overlooked Encounters: Child Tourists at Dark Sites. Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College, London, UK
Kerr, M. M., Lane, K. L., Gable, R. A., & Jolivette, K. (2014, October invited). After graduate school, then what? Successful career strategies. A workshop presented at Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders 39th Annual Conference on Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth, Tempe, AZ.*
McKiernan, Z. & Kerr, M. M. (2015) The Toxic Sites of Two 9/11s: Historic Narratives of a Chilean Concentration Camp and Interpreting Terrorism for Children in Rural Pennsylvania. Nashville, TN: National Council of Public History Annual Meeting

Hard history of traumatic sites are the center of two 9/11s—and this panel. A Chilean concentration camp in 1973 and the crash site of United Flight 93 in 2001 receive interdisciplinary analysis from the fields of public history and child psychology and psychiatry. These unique approaches reveal local readings of trauma and memory, resonate in a reciprocal ways with one another and, moreover, offer insight into the other toxic sites globally.

Kerr, M. M. (2014) Invited Keynote Address: Advice to the Next Generation: Not Quite Sure Where You're Going? Then Don't Lose the Compass.Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders National Conference. Tempe, AZ. (October 26, 2013).

Recollecting the lessons a long career has unearthed, this keynote address offers a personal perspective on the road our field has constructed, on detours our generation has been unable to avoid, and on destinations envisioned for those who will come intgo the field.

Valenti, M. , Brown, E. L., Kerr, M. M. , Scanlon, C. (2014) New Directions for Supporting Teachers' Mental Health: The Intersection of Emotional Labor and Therapeutic Alliance. Advances in School Mental Health National Meeting.

Research discloses that teachers’ emotional support is the best predictor of academic, social, and behavioral outcomes for students. Recent inquiries into the emotive work of teaching unpack the role of teachers’ emotional labor on their therapeutic alliances with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD). This presentation highlights findings from a mixed method, longitudinal study concerning how teachers’ emotional labor influences their ability to forge healthy therapeutic alliances with their students. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Horner, C. G., Brown, E. L., Kerr, M. M., & Scanlon, C. L. (2014, April). Teachers’ selection of emotional acting strategies in pursuit of classroom goals. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.

2014

Kerr, M. M. (February 28, 2014). Suicide prevention in schools: Understanding the research and implementing best practices (Invited keynote address). Statewide Youth Protection/Suicide Prevention Conference. Salt Lake City, UT

2014

Kerr, M. M. & Valenti, M. W. (2013, October). Suicide Prevention In Schools: Understanding the Research and Implementing Best Practices. Advances in School Mental Health National Conference, Arlington, VA.

Oct 2013

Kerr, M.M. & McMullen, M.A. (2013) “9/11 and the Next Generation:Helping Children Impacted by Grief and Violence” Keynote address. PA Family Support Alliance, in partnership with Family Services of Western PA, Allegheny County DHS Safe Start Program, and the Allegheny IU. Pittsburgh, PA

May 2013

Kerr, M.M. (2013) Keynote Address: "At least do no harm: School safety practices to avoid" Services for Teens at Risk Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

May 2013

In the wake of recent school violence, communities press for tighter security in K-12 schools. As a result, schools may hurriedly adopt practices not only inappropriate but harmful. Using the latest research to date on school safety, this presentation outlines practices to avoid and offers alternatives to improve school safety.

Kerr, M.M. (Discussant) (2013). Ecological Perspective on Classroom Management: Policy, Culture, Relationship and Disposition. American Educational Research Association National Meeting. San Francisco, CA

May 2013

This symposium advances an ecological perspective on classroom management. By examining proximal processes as well as distal influences on these processes, the research presented in this session focuses on positive youth development in school-based settings. Adolescents and adults are understood to be co-constructing student and teacher development through shared experience and activity. Collectively, these empirical studies attend to teacher disposition, teacher evaluation systems, school and classroom culture, and the role of friends and peers in adolescents’ lives as unique but interrelated aspects of classroom management practice.

Levine Brown, E. & Kerr, M.M. (2013). The Emotional Labor of Teaching. American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Meeting. San Francisco, CA

May 2013

Research has substantiated that teaching is an emotional practice. Recent studies have suggested that one framework for delineating the emotional practice of teaching is teachers’ emotional labor (EL). Our prior work confirmed that 468 K-12 teachers did engage in EL. Extending this line of inquiry, the current study examines teacher’s perceptions of classroom management in the context of performing EL.

Brown, E. L., Valenti, M., & Kerr, M. M. (2013, October). Merging pathways: Infusing interdisciplinary approaches to study emotional labor and therapeutic alliances across educational settings. Paper presented at the annual meeting on Advancing School Mental Health Conference: Arlington, VA.

2013

Kerr, M. M. (October 26, 2013). Convener and Presenter, Graduate Student Career Roundtable: “Oh, No, You Didn’t!” Mistakes To Avoid in Building Your Academic Career. Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders National Conference. Tempe, AZ

2013

Kerr, M.M. (2012) Recommendations for School Districts: Youth Suicide Prevention. Colorado State School Safety Resource Center

Nov 27, 2012

This session helps decision-makers choose safe and effective approaches to youth suicide prevention, while avoiding strategies that may be harmful. Participants will receive a detailed report of recommendations for use in their agencies, communities, or schools. A former co-director of a state-wide suicide prevention, treatment, and training center, the presenter has worked extensively with urban, suburban, and rural schools in assessing students risk for suicide, planning appropriate referrals, organizing school and community supports, and responding to suicide deaths.

Kerr, M.M. (Co-Chair). “Oh, No, You Didn’t!” Mistakes To Avoid in Building Your Academic Career. Graduate Student Career Mentoring Program. Tempe, AZ. Teacher Educators for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Annual Meeting

Oct 2012

Six experienced faculty members conduct fast-paced round-robin advising sessions about essential skills for those seeking academic and/or leadership positions. Learn how not to make mistakes in publishing in peer reviewed journals, creating an effective curriculum vitae (CV), applying for jobs, giving job talks, and communicating in an interview. The team will share their personal experiences of mistakes they have observed in conducting searches and interviewing candidates in both academic and field settings. Participants will have the unique opportunity to spend time with each individual scholar in small groups, allowing for individual questions and discussions not typically offered in the conference environment.

Kerr, M.M. What's Love Got To Do with It? Understanding Teachers' Emotional Labor. Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders National Meeting. Tempe, AZ.

Oct 2012

Emotional labor (EL), an occupational psychology construct, articulates how employees (e.g., flight attendants and nurses) suppress their felt emotions such as frustration and express unfelt ones (e.g., enthusiasm) to accomplish their workplace goals. Sharing findings from an EL study of 500 teachers, this session suggests implications for educators and supervisors.

Kerr, M.M. (2012) Youth Suicide Prevention: Deadly Mistakes and Lessons Learned. 2012 Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference

Sep 26, 2012

This session helps decision-makers choose safe and effective approaches to youth suicide prevention, while avoiding harmful strategies. Participants will access a detailed report of recommendations for their agencies, communities, or schools. A former co-director of a state-wide suicide prevention, treatment, and training center, the presenter has worked extensively with schools in assessing students’ risk for suicide, planning appropriate referrals, organizing school and community supports, and responding to deaths.

Kerr, M.M. (2012) "9/11 and the Next Generation". Flight 93 Memorial National Park. Shanksville, PA.

Sep 8, 2012


This session shares initial findings from work conducted by a University of Pittsburgh research team examining the artifacts sent and left by young visitors to the Flight 93 Memorial. This work is being conducted in conjunction with the National Park Service. The invited presentation is one of those offered during the 9/11 commemoration weekend, in the National Park Service's "Learning Without Walls" program.

Youth Suicide Prevention. 33rd Annual Conference of Utah Agencies and Organizations Serving Troubled Youth. Salt Lake City, Utah

May 2012

Preparing Leaders to Foster Safe Schools. Invited National Webinar. University Council on Educational Administration (UCEA)

Apr 2012

Emotional and Behavioral Problems in the Career and Technical School Classroom. Pre-conference Invited Seminar. 35th Annual Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education Special Populations Conference. Hershey, PA

Mar 2012

School consultation: An overview and case illustration. Invited Presentation for Douglas B. Hansen, M.D. 37th Annual Review Course in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Mar 2012

Understanding [and Preventing] Power Struggles in the Classroom. Pre-Conference Session. Midwest Symposium on Leadership in Behavioral Disorders

Feb 2012

Supervision in a New Generation: Reaction or Revolution? Keynote address given at Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum. Hershey, PA

Nov 22, 2011

Keynote Address: Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Problems in the College Classroom. Western Pennsylvania Community College Resource Consortium: 12th Annual Professional Development Conference

Oct 24, 2011


Children and Trauma. September 11 Forum: Impact on Young Children. Sponsored by the Fred Rogers Center, Friends of Flight 93, and the National Park Service.

Oct 6, 2011

Culturally Responsive Interactions: A case discussion approach. 16th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health September 21-24, 2011. Charleston, SC

Sep 23, 2011

School Crisis Prevention and Intervention. Pittsburgh, PA. Allegheny Intermediate Unit. May 2011

May 2011

Trauma: What You Can Do To Help. 2010 PA Emergency Behavioral Health Institute, Harrisburg, PA, May 19, 2010.

May 2011

Supporting Refugee Students at a Local Elementary School. Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) Symposium Series. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2011.

Apr 2011

Supporting Students at Risk During Difficult Financial Times: Lessons Learned. 2011 STAR-Center Conference, King of Prussia, PA, March, 2011.

Mar 2011

Positive Behavioral Interventions in the University Classroom: Teaching a New Generation. 34th Annual TECBD Conference On Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth. Tempe, AZ, October 30, 2010.

2011

Graduate Student Mentoring Roundtable (Session Coordinator). 34th Annual TECBD Conference On Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth. Tempe, AZ, October 30, 2010.

Oct 2010

Crisis Prevention and Intervention. 2010 Center for Safe Schools’ Conference “Keeping Our Children Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities.” Harrisburg, PA, May, 2010.

May 2010

Crisis Prevention and Intervention. 2010 Center for Safe Schools’ Conference “Keeping Our Children Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities”. Harrisburg, PA, May, 2010.

May 2010

Suicide Prevention in Schools: Best practices and questionable practices. 2010 Center for Safe Schools’ Conference “Keeping Our Children Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities.” Harrisburg, PA, May, 2010.

May 2010

Suicide Prevention in Schools: Best practices and questionable practices. 2010 Center for Safe Schools’ Conference “Keeping Our Children Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities”. Harrisburg, PA, May, 2010

May 2010

Suicide Prevention in Schools: Best practices and questionable practices. 2010 Center for Safe Schools’ Conference “Keeping Our Children Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities”. Harrisburg, PA, May, 2010.

May 2010

Trauma: What You Can Do To Help. 2010 PA Emergency Behavioral Health Institute, Harrisburg, PA, May 19, 2010

May 2010

Trauma: What You Can Do To Help. 2010 PA Emergency Behavioral Health Institute, Harrisburg, PA, May 19, 2010.

May 2010

Conflict or Cooperation? Teaching a New Generation. School of Dental Medicine Faculty, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, February 2010.

Feb 2010

Suicide Prevention in Schools: Best practices and questionable practices. Bucks County Intermediate Unit Virtual Speaker Series, Pittsburgh, PA, December, 2009.

Dec 2009

Interacting with the 21st Century Student. Senate Plenary: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, October, 2009.

Oct 2009

“Making Connections That Inspire: Why We Do This Work.” Pennsylvania State Education Association Department of Pupil Services Annual Conference, State College, PA, August, 2009.

Aug 2009

"Can You Hear Me Now?" Crisis Communications. The 5th Annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference, North Little Rock, AR, July 6, 2009.

Jul 6, 2009

"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late": What You Can Do To Help After a Campus Trauma. The 5th Annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference, North Little Rock, AR, July 6, 2009.

Jul 6, 2009

Bullying Prevention Research

Jul 6, 2009
Invited Keynote Address, Arkansas Safe Schools Conference,Little Rock, AR

Bullying, Harassment, and Threats. The 5th Annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference, North Little Rock, AR, July 6, 2009.

Jul 6, 2009

Perils, Pressures, and Paradigm Shifts: Mental Health Crises on Campus

Jun 29, 2009
Invited Keynote Address, Community College of Allegheny County Faculty Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Student Mental Health: Signs & Responses (Keynote Address). 2009 CCAC Summer Faculty Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, June 29, 2009.

Jun 29, 2009

Evidence-based Practices for Supporting Student with Behavioral Disorders

Mar 9, 2009


STAR-Center Training Institutes King of Prussia and Pittsburgh, PA


“Why Didn’t You Ask Me?” Creating Universal Behavioral Standards. (With Michael Valenti). 32nd Annual TECBD Conference, Tempe, AZ, November, 2008.

Nov 2008

Bullying: What Educators Need to Know. 32nd Annual TECBD Conference, Tempe, AZ, November, 2008.

Nov 2008

Valenti, M. & Kerr, M.M. (2008, November). Understanding Urban Educators’ Behavioral Expectations and Preferred Interventions: Data-Informed Teacher Training. Paper presented at the meeting of the Teacher Educators of Children with Behavior Disorders (T

Nov 2008

Unlocking the door . . . Reaching Hard-to-Engage Parents. 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, Grantville, PA, September, 2008.

Sep 2008

Kerr, M.M., & Valenti, M. (2008, July). “Why didn’t you ask me?” Engaging all staff members in the development of behavioral expectations and consequences. Paper presented at the Old Dominion University Training and Technical Assistance Center Implementer

Jul 2008

Kerr, M.M. (2008, June). Positive behavioral interventions for aggressive behaviors. Paper presented at a meeting of the Devereux Foundation’s Annual Jean & Anson Beard Symposium, Malvern, PA.

Jun 2008

Educating Students with Behavioral Problems: Past to Present Perspectives. (Keynote Address).

Mar 2008
21st Annual Services for Teens At Risk Conference, King of Prussia, PA, March 2007, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2007

Mistakes (and Remedies) in Addressing Behavior Problems in the Classroom. Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders (TECBD) 30th Annual Conference on Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth, Tempe, AZ

Mar 2008
Invited presentation(With C. Michael Nelson). 5th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Chicago, IL, March, 2008.

Student Harassment, Bullying, and Threats: Practical Tools and Legal Advice for School Personnel

Mar 2008
Sponsored by Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 and DeSales University, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA, March, 2008.

Bullying Prevention: What Educators Need to Know.

Feb 2008
Arkansas Mental Health in Education, January, 2008.

Pressures, Perils, and Paradigm Shifts.

Feb 2008
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education Conference: Student Mental Health: Signs & Responses”, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, February, 2008.

Trauma on Campus: What You Can Do to Help. (Plenary Address).

Feb 2008
34th Annual Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference: The Changing Face of Student Affairs, Lafayette Hill, PA, February, 2008.

School Crisis Preparation and Response: A Refresher.

Jan 2008
Arkansas Mental Health in Education (ARMEA) Conference, Little Rock, AR, January, 2008.

Using Behavioral Data to Improve Schools

Nov 2007
(With Charlene Trovato)National Middle Schools Association conference, Houston, TX, November, 2007

What Schools Can Do To Promote Resilience: A Review of Best Practices. (Keynote Address). 20th Annual Services for Teens At Risk Conference, Pittsburgh, PA,

May 2007

School Crisis Preparation and Response: A Refresher. PA Safe Schools Conference

Apr 2007

Educating Students with Behavioral Problems: Past to Present Perspectives. (Keynote Address). 21st Annual Services for Teens At Risk Conference, King of Prussia, PA,

Mar 2007

School Consultation: An Overview and Case Illustration. 32nd Annual Review Course in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Training Session for the Oral Exams, Pittsburgh, PA,

Mar 2007

Past to Present Perspectives and the Direction Ahead. (Keynote Address). Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) International Forum on Educating Troubled Children/Youth

Feb 2007

"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late: The Paradox of Postvention"

Sep 8, 2006
Invited Keynote Address at the Annual PA Student Assistance Program Liaisons Conference, Hershey, PA

"When Death Comes to School"

Sep 8, 2006
Invited Seminar at the Annual PA Student Assistance Program Liaisons Conference, Hershey, PA

‘Saving the 70: Why Kids Leave Sports and What You Can Do About It. (with Denise L. Sedlacek). PA Recreation and Park Society, Inc. March 14, 2006

Mar 2006

Resilience in Schools: A Review of Best Practices. 20th Annual Services for Teens At Risk Conference, King of Prussia, PA, March 2006; Easton, PA; Pittsburgh, PA, May 2006.

Mar 2006

Twenty-Three Years of Addressing [Mistakes in] Behavior Problems in the Classroom. Invited Symposium with C. Michael Nelson. Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior disorders (MSLBD). Kansas City, MO, February, 2006.

2006

Bullying: What Research Tells Us (Keynote Address). National Middle School Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November, 2005.

Nov 2005

Enhancing the Mental Health of Students (K-12). Food for Thought Luncheon Series. Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh School of Education and University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, October, 200

Oct 2005

Suicide Prevention in Schools: Best Practices, Questionable Practices (Keynote Address). 19th Annual Services for Teens At Risk Conference, King of Prussia, PA, March 2005; Pittsburgh, PA, May 2005.

May 2005

Suicide Prevention in Schools: Best Practices, Questionable Practices. Preventing Suicide in Public Health Regions 3 & 5 Conference, Sponsored by SPRC (Federal Suicide Prevention Resource Center), Pittsburgh, PA, May 2005.

May 2005

Students Who Threaten Others (Institute). 19th Annual Services for Teens At Risk Conference, Easton, PA, April 2005.

Apr 2005

Kerr, M. M. (2014). Invited Keynote Address. Tempe, AZ: Teacher Educators for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.

Keynote Address:Teacher supervision in a new generation: Reaction or revolution? Pennsylvania Association for Curriculum and Supervision, November 22, 2011


Kerr, M. M. & Nelson, M.E.* (2019-2020, November and February). Trauma-Informed Awareness in Schools. (four presentations) TriState Study Council, Pittsburgh, PA

This train-the-trainers session helps districts implement the new requirements of Act 44/Act18 for trauma-informed awareness. Participants will review trauma and its effects, especially in the school environment, while also learning how to translate these concepts for school staff. Highlighted will be practical strategies for presenting the evidenced-based trauma awareness program to staff without prior background in mental health. Participants will receive handouts, resources, and coaching to prepare them.

What did know? When did you know it? What did you do about it? Keeping Schools Safe for All Children. Keynote Address Services for Teens at Risk Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA


Mary Margaret Kerr

Contact

University of Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
USA
412-648-7205
mmkerr@pitt.edu