VTCRI professors Craig and Sharon Ramey to present research at University of Delaware Symposium

By Patrick Beeson

Craig and Sharon Ramey, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Distinguished Research Scholars and professors of psychology at Virginia Tech, will present their research at the University of Delaware Developmental Resilience Symposium on April 21.

The event is hosted by the University’s College of Education and Human Development, and also features experts from the University of North Carolina and University of Minnesota who will discuss the resilience of children in disadvantaged family and community settings and the impact on their developmental and educational growth.

Craig Ramey’s presentation is titled “Children’s Right to Thrive: Enhancing Competence across the Lifespan and Generations” while Sharon Ramey will present on “Theory-driven interventions to alter developmental trajectories: The role of environmental supports to boost resilience.”

Over the past 30 years, the Rameys have collaborated on longitudinal research of more than 100,000 children and families in over 40 states, directing studies of the efficacy of early childhood intervention programs to improve the development of highly vulnerable children. They were the founding directors of the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Georgetown University Center on Health and Education.