Keynote Speaker: Laura Kastner
Dr. Kastner, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Psychology from University of Virginia. Currently a clinical professor in both the department of psychology and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at U.W., Dr. Kastner has also taught in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and the medical school. The topics of her academic publications include adolescent sexuality, chronic illness, suicide, eating disorders, adolescent development, behavioral pediatrics and medical education.
Dr. Kastner is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and forums on adolescent development and family relationships. She is an author of five books written for parents about child development and parenting. Titles include The Launching Years: Strategies for parenting from senior year to college life, Getting to Calm: Strategies for parenting tweens and teens
and Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for raising tweens + teens
(ParentMap, 2013). Her most recent book is entitled Getting to Calm, The Early Years: Cool-headed strategies for raising happy, independent and caring 3- to 7-year-olds
is her first book written for parents of young children. Dr. Kastner sees children, adolescents, couples and families in her clinical practice. Her website is www.laurakastnerphd.com