Keynote Speakers

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Robert Sege, MD, PhD

Robert Sege, MD, PhD is the a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he directs a new Center for Community-engaged Medicine.  Dr. Sege is nationally known for his research on effective health systems approaches to the prevention of violence and abuse. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington and serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust and Prevent Child Abuse America.  He has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and on its Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poisoning Prevention. He is a graduate of Yale College, and received his PhD in Biology from MIT and his MD from Harvard Medical School. Bob lives in the Boston area, where he and his wife Karen have raised three young adult children.


Sarah Watamura, PhD

Dr. Sarah Enos Watamura is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver where she directs the Child Health & Development Lab and co-directs the Stress, Early Experience and Development (SEED) Research Center. After training with Megan Gunnar, PhD, at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, she received her PhD from the Department of Human Development at Cornell University in 2005. She has longstanding interests in children's physiologic regulation, their development within caregiving contexts, and in understanding mechanisms and trajectories from early life experiences to later physical health, mental health, cognitive/educational, and socio-emotional outcomes. Her work focuses on the role of adverse, protective and promotive factors in families experiencing poverty and among newly immigrated and refugee families, and includes testing promising intervention approaches.


Corey Best

Corey B. Best is first, a dedicated father. He is originally from Washington, DC who now resides in Florida. This is where Corey began his transformation into leadership training, systems building, family engagement, race equity, promoting protective factors, social equality and highlighting “good enough parenting” for those impacted by the child welfare system. Corey was involved with the child welfare system more than a decade ago, and his first son was removed from his home due to substance abuse and parenting concerns. He successfully overcame his addiction, developed his parenting skills and now has a strong relationship with his young son. Through his involvement with re-building systems that are responsive to establishing equal partnerships with parents and optimal child and family development through primary prevention efforts. Corey is also a Certified in the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund’s Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work.