EARC seminar on mental health and parenthood: registration open

12 January 2022

Registration for our third seminar on mental health and the life course is now open. It is free and open to all, and will take place at 12noon on 25 January 2022. Click here to sign up.

Pearson et al (2018) made clear that, although parenthood represents a major biological, social and environmental life change, the relationship between parenthood and common mental health issues is poorly understood. In this, the third in our short series of seminars exploring mental health and the life course, we will examine the relationship between mental health and parenting, the causes and the impact on both children and others around the parents.
To discuss the issues we have invited three colleagues from across the EARC universities of UEA, Essex and Kent with a very wide – and very different – disciplinary perspectives.
  • Dr Sarah Johns is a Reader in Evolutionary Anthropology at Kent. She is a broadly trained anthropologist with research experience in palaeoarchaeology, human reproductive behaviour and the evolutionary anthropology of human reproductive decision-making. Her primary research interest is in the variation of the age at first birth in humans, specifically focusing on teenage mothers, and how public health policy and evolutionary theory can be integrated.
  • Dr Katie Daughters is a Lecturer in Psychology at Essex. Her research seeks to answer questions about the biological underpinnings of social behaviour. She takes an interdisciplinary approach and uses a range of methodologies to address related research questions. Her research incorporates topics such as emotion, social cognition, neuroscience and well-being.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr David Watson, Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour, Norwich Business School. David is an Eastern Arc Champion for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing at UEA. He has a particular interest in issues of wellbeing, particularly in relation to the development of organisational policy.

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