The 19th Annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference

July 16–17, 2015
Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Costs: The all-inclusive registration fee includes tuition, two lunches, breaks, and handouts. $259 for MD's and $189 for PhD's and others. One-day tuition for MDs is $150 and for others $125.
Who Should Attend: Psychologists, physicians, social workers, counselors, therapists.

Best practices and current concepts in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

Colby College presents the eighteenth annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference, a two-day program for professionals working with children and teens with emotional, behavioral, developmental, and mental health problems. The program will be particularly useful for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, teachers and counselors. Strategies that work in the home, school and community to help children and families experience their world as a better place will be provided.

Maine's experts will describe and discuss evidenced-based practices in the early recognition, evaluation and treatment of the most common and, at times, perplexing behavioral, emotional, learning, social and psychiatric conditions affecting children.  Attendees will be given the opportunity for focused learning with knowledgeable speakers and plenty of time for questions, answers and informal discussion in a comfortable atmosphere. 

Maine is experiencing an increase in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center is pleased to present a Development and Behavior Conference to help providers add to their skills in caring for these children and families.  This year's conference will focus on interdisciplinary evidence based interventions, targeting common challenges experienced by children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.  Our keynote speakers are national leaders in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the short, practical intervention sessions are presented by our State of Maine experts.

As a result of attending this course, participants will

  • Be able to describe etiology and current diagnostic classification of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Identify challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Learn specific interventions to help the child and family manage these challenges.

Contact Information
Special Programs
4730 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8847
phone: 207-859-4730
fax: 207-859-4734
Room and Board

$49 per night

Course Directors and Faculty

Stephen Meister, M.D.

Medical Director
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta Maine

Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, Ph.D.
Psychology Director
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta Maine

Course Assistant

Patricia S. Engdahl, L.C.S.W.
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta Maine

Featured Presenters

June Groden, Ph.D.

Dr. Groden is co-founder and co-executive director of the Groden Center in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a PhD in psychology from Boston College, a Masters of
Education from Rhode Island College and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from New York University.  She is one of the pioneers in the field of treatment for individuals with developmental delay and autism. Dr. Groden's experience includes clinical faculty at the University of Rhode Island, visiting lecturer at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University and Panel of Professional Advisors of the Autism Society of America. Dr. Groden will talk about stress and coping in autism and fostering resilience and optimism.

Rebecca Vaurio, Ph.D.

Dr. Vaurio is a clinical neuropsychologist in the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Department of Neuropsychology, as well as at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). She is also appointed as an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research includes evaluating the genetic factors contributing to social behavioral difficulties in children with Fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome and autism. Dr. Vaurio will talk about the history of diagnosis and genetics associated with autism as well as evidenced based treatment.


Linda Bonnar, MA, CCC/SLP-ATP
Communication Pathways Director
Pine Tree Society

Sally Cooper, M.D., FAPA
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

Nancy Cronin, MA
Executive Director
Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

Victoria P. Dalzell, M.D.
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Maine Medical Partners and Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

June Groden, Ph.D.
Co-executive Director of the Groden Center
Providence, Rhode Island

Carol Hubbard, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Maine Medical Partners Pediatric Specialty Care

Pam Perry, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist|
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, Ph.D.
Psychology Director
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

Christen A. Szymanski, Ph.D.
Director, Research and Evaluation
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Gallaudet University

Rebecca Vaurio, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Center for Autism and Related Disorders Instructor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Amy Vincent-Cross, LCSW
Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Maine Medical Partners Pediatric Specialty Care

Laura Weismann, M.D., FAAP
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital

The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center at MaineGeneral Medical Center provides a wide array of top-quality evaluation and treatment services for children and families. The center is committed to an interdisciplinary model of care, and services are comprehensive and trauma-informed. Patients are seen at Seton in Waterville, and in Augusta at 271 Water Street and 15 Enterprise Drive.

Colby College designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Colby College is approved by the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing professional education activities for licensed psychologists and psychological examiners.  Psychologists and psychological examiners who attend this program may earn up to 12 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For non-physician health professionals, 1.2 C.E.U. credits will be awarded.

CME and ME Psychology credit is issued with certificates on the last day of the program. C.E.U. credit will be awarded through Colby's office of the Registrar as an official transcript and will be mailed to the registrant. Please allow 8-10 weeks to process.

Program Schedule
Classes will be held in the air-conditioned Diamond Building
on the Colby campus.

Thursday, July 16

7:30 am
Diamond Building lobby

8:15 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Stephen Meister, M.D., Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, Ph.D., Patricia Engdahl, LCSW and Jacques Moore

12:15 pm

Friday, July 17

11:45 am