FPWR is excited to provide an opportunity for you to join our next New Parent Connect conference call: The importance of pretend play: exploring play-based intervention and parent coaching via telehealth in PWS with Dr. Dimitropoulos and Dr. Russ, Thursday, May 26th at 6:30 EDT, to learn more about the importance. This hour long webinar focusing on the importance of pretend play, will include a short presentation followed by a Q&A.
Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She received her doctorate in psychology from Vanderbilt University and completed a post-doctoral traineeship at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. Her research program focuses on two main lines of investigation. The first of these examines and identifies the neural mechanisms underlying behavior in various populations including Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and typically developing adolescents and adults. The second line of investigation focuses on the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional characteristics of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is interested in the ways in which different genetic syndromes predispose individuals to show specific profiles or trajectories and how behavioral phenotypes inform gene-brain- behavior relationships. The breadth of her research stems from training as a developmental psychologist with specialization in neurodevelopmental disabilities and training in neuroimaging methodology. Her current research, in collaboration with Dr. Sandy Russ, examines the feasibility of using telehealth to conduct play-based intervention in individuals with PWS and parent coaching with their caregivers.
Sandra W. Russ, Ph.D., a clinical child psychologist, is a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University and holds the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor chair. Her research program has focused on relationships among pretend play, creativity, and adaptive functioning in children. She developed the Affect in Play Scale which assesses pretend play in children.