Faculty of Health Sciences

Child Health Symposium


Optimizing Child Health: Address Stress for Success

The Child Health Symposium is a collaborative presentation of Western University's Faculty of Health Sciences and the Thames Valley Children's Centre. It provides an opportunity for families, service leaders, researchers, educators and students from all disciplines to:

Event Details

Friday, May 26, 2017
8:45 am to 3:45 pm
Check-in begins at 8:00 am

Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building
Western University
Huron Drive

Keynote address, clinical and research presentations, service provider panel

Fees: The Child Health Symposium is FREE. Limited spaces are available. Please register by May 19. A catered lunch is provided.


Registration is available online and closes on May 19. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

About the Keynote Speaker

J. Bruce MortonJ. Bruce Morton, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, Western University
Associate Scientist, Children's Health Research Institute

Dr. J Bruce Morton is an Associate Scientist at Children's Health Research Institute. He has served as a Professor in Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario since 2002, is a Principal Investigator at Western's Brain and Mind Institute, and a core faculty member of Western's Graduate Neuroscience Program. Dr. Morton’s interests concern the development of self-regulation behavior in children.

The Impact of Early Life Stress on Long-Term Health

Many children in the world today endure highly stressful experiences such as exposure to family violence, natural catastrophes, war and famine, and/or abuse. There is a growing understanding that stressful early life experiences of this kind can have a lasting negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the affected individual. My talk will provide an overview of what we know about the long-term health implications of early life stress and discuss why it is that stress early in development can have a lasting impact the physical and psychological make-up of the individual. I will conclude with some ideas about how we might buffer children against the potentially “toxic” impact of early life stress.

Call for Presentations: Oral and Poster Presentations

Potential presenters are invited to submit an abstract of a description of their brief presentation via the electronic form posted below by March 30, 2017. Proposals should reflect one (or more) of the purposes of the symposium.

Brief Oral Presentations: Length of presentations should be 15 minutes (short presentations allow symposium attendees to be exposed to a variety of research studies and best practices).

Poster Presentations: Maximum poster size is 1.2 m (4’) high by 1.2 m (4’) wide. Poster presenters must be present during the scheduled poster presentation time. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to introduce their poster topic during the Poster Teaser session prior to lunch.

Please use clear, person-first language. All presentations abstracts will be included in materials for the symposium. Presentation and poster handouts will be made available for attendees to download.

Target Audience

The target audience for the Child Health Symposium includes: researchers, clinicians (e.g., behaviour therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, recreational therapists, social workers, nurses, etc.), service leaders, and undergraduate and graduate students.

Instructions for Preparing Submission

Please prepare your submission in the following format:

  • The submission web form is located in the tab below. You may want to prepare the form information in a separate document and cut and paste onto the web form. Text should be single-spaced.
  • Complete the Contact Information for the Contact Person (this will be the only person contacted about the proposal, and will be responsible for communicating with other presenters involved in the proposal).
  • List the names of all the presenting author(s) and other contributing authors and full name of each author’s affiliation/organization (include broad organization name only, specific department/program name is not needed) Use an asterisk (*) to indicate presenting authors. For example: Jane Doe*, Western University; John Smith*, Thames Valley Children’s Centre, Alison Betty, London Health Sciences Centre.
  • Choose the type of presentation format: Oral presentation or poster presentation (and indicate whether an alternative format would be acceptable).
  • Select up to 3 keywords that best describe your presentation. If you select other, please list the keywords that describe your presentation.
  • Use a descriptive title (titles will be used in the registration process for session selection).
  • Please do not exceed the 250-word limit for your abstract. The abstract should clearly describe the purpose of the presentation and should reflect at least one of the purposes or the theme of the Child Health Symposium. Reports of research studies (completed or underway) may want to include details of the population studied; study purposes, objectives or hypothesis, method, results and conclusions of the study, implications for practice, and acknowledgement of source(s) of funding. It is not necessary to use subheadings to define each section.
  • Submissions from students, researchers and clinicians are encouraged and might focus on clinical observations, questions, case reports, or best practices in service delivery.
  • Ensure submitted information is spelled correctly—presentation title, abstract, authors’ names and affiliations will appear in materials for the symposium.
  • All proposals submitted will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Proposal Selection Committee

The CHS Selection Committee will review all proposals submitted by the due date (March 22, 2017) by looking at the submission title and 250-word abstract. Preference will be given to those submissions that are clearly communicated and address one of the purposes of the CHS. Proposals will be selected to ensure a varied program. Note that some submitters may be offered an alternative presentation format (dependent on the total number of submissions received). The Selection Committee’s decisions will be final and there will be no appeal process. Selected presenters will be notified in earlyl April and provided with specific details for formatting the presentations and posters.



Parking will be available in the South Valley Lot. Please refer to Western's Parking Services website for lot location and details.

Conference Proceedings

  • 8:00 a.m. – Registration Opens/Networking
  • 8:45 a.m. – Official Start and Welcome
  • 9:15 a.m. – Service Provider Panel Presentations
  • 10:00 a.m. – Break and Networking Opportunity
  • 10:20 a.m. – Session 1: Presentation Clusters
  • 11:20 a.m. – Poster Teaser Session
  • 11:55 a.m. – Lunch, Networking Opportunity and Poster Session
  • 1:25 p.m. – Session 2: Presentation Clusters
  • 2:25 p.m. – Keynote Speaker
  • 3:35 p.m. – Last Session, Final Thoughts for the Day, Door Prize

Additional Information

For more information about this event, contact:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Nicole Chabot
Research Coordinator
519-661-2111 ext. 84736

Thames Valley Children's Centre

Carrie Connell (event inquiries)
Education and Program Coordinator
carrie.connell@tvcc.on.ca519-685-8700 x53367