The Rosenberry Conference: Risk and Resilience in Pediatric Chronic Illness: A Family Systems Caregiver-Centered Approach

May 6, 2022

Chronic medical and psychiatric conditions impact the entire family system. Understanding the effect of a chronic illness on parenting and family stress is vital to comprehensively supporting children during their medical or psychiatric recovery. Equally important is understanding the factors that support thriving or growth in the light of a chronic illness. This course will offer the opportunity to increase competence, understanding, and skills related to caregiver-centered interventions. Specifically, this course will provide an overview of how a family systems caregiver-centered approach is vital in conceptualizing and intervening around risk and protective factors for a child with a chronic condition.

Target Audience

This conference will be of interest to Physicians, Psychologists, Advanced Practice Providers, Social Workers, and the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the history of family systems frameworks and the integration into a biopsychosocial approach to pediatric health care.
  • Identify a range of evidence-based multilevel interventions for specific pediatric presenting problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of family risk factors and how to take them into account in developing interventions.
  • Outline strategies for assessing and treating a range of presenting problems in the context of pediatric health.
  • Discuss the development of new interventions that include family systems frameworks.


Additional Information

Course Contact: 
Shaun Ayon, CME Project Manager, Phone: (720) 777-2700,
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 Attendance
  • 6.00 NASW
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/06/2022 - 8:00am MDT
Event ends: 
05/06/2022 - 4:15pm MDT
The Rosenberry Conference
Friday, May 6, 2021 (all times are Mountain Standard Time)
8:00 a.m. Welcome & IntroductionCindy Buchanan, PhD
Ron-Li Liaw, MD
8:30 Session One
A Biopsychosical Family Systems Framework in Pediatric Health:  A Brief History and New Beginnings
Larry L. Mullins, PhD
9:45 Session Two
Developing Tailored, Evidence-Based Family Systems Interventions
Larry L. Mullins, PhD
10:30 Break 
11:00 Session Three
Shining the Light on Parent Wellbeing through Family Systems Interventions
Dana Bakula, PhD
12:00 p.m. Break 
12:45 Session Four
Case Presentations
Larry L. Mullins, PhD
1:45 Break 
2:00 Session Five
Addressing Barriers to Engaging in Parenting Programs: New Insights and Future Directions
Jacob Holzman, PhD
3:00 Break 
3:15 Session Six
Strategies to Increase Acceptability and Accessibility of Behavioral Parent Training
Christina Studts, PhD, MSPH, LCSW
4:15 Evaluation and Adjourn 
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO 80045
United States
+1 (720) 777-5004

Children's Hospital Colorado will host this conference virtually. 

The zoom link and attendance code will be emailed to registrants several days before the conference.

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Guest Faculty

Larry L. Mullins, PhD
Regents Professor and Vaughn Vennerberg Chair of Psychology
Director, Center for Pediatric Psychology
Director of Online Studies
Oklahoma State University

Larry L. Mullins, Ph.D. is Vaughn Vennerberg II Chair of Developmental Disabilities in Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University, where he has been a faculty member since 1995. He received his BA from Oklahoma State University in 1977, and both his MS and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983.  He completed an internship with a specialization in the subspecialty of Pediatric Psychology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Mullins' research is primarily focused on child and family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness, with an emphasis on identifying factors that predict both resilience and adjustment difficulties in children and their parents. In particular, the role of parent factors (parental overprotection, perceived vulnerability, parenting stress, caregiver burden) and cognitive appraisal variables (e.g., uncertainty in illness, illness intrusiveness) in adjustment outcomes have been key areas of inquiry. Dr. Mullins has studied these processes in a wide variety of health conditions, including pediatric cancer, disorders/differences of sex development, pediatric rehabilitation, Type 1 Diabetes, asthma, JRA, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1). He is also quite interested in the development of interventions that target management of illness uncertainty in parents of children newly diagnosed with a significant health problem. He maintains a close working relationship with numerous pediatric specialists at the Children's Hospital, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where the majority of his research takes place. He also collaborates with colleagues at Cook Children’s Hospital, Cornell University, Colorado Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Hospital Center, and the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, among others.

Dana Bakula, PhD
Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
Children's Mercy, Kansas City

Dr. Dana Bakula is a postdoctoral fellow at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. She received her doctorate from Oklahoma State University and completed her pre-doctoral residency training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Bakula conducts research on parent mental health and the relationship that this has to child wellbeing among children with complex medical conditions. She specializes in working with children with pediatric feeding disorder and their families. Dr. Bakula is engaged in ongoing clinical work, primarily through providing brief interventions to address parent mental health and interdisciplinary treatment of pediatric feeding disorder. Dr. Bakula is also involved in national efforts to promote parent mental health, including that she is the Co-Chair of the newly established Caregiver Wellbeing special interest group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Local Faculty

Jacob Holzman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. Jacob Holzman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine as well as a Licensed Psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He received his doctorate from Northern Illinois University and completed training at Dell Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Clinically, Dr. Holzman provides evidence-based interventions for a variety of early childhood concerns (e.g., behavioral, anxiety, selective mutism, trauma). Most often, this work incorporates parents and the family system. Dr. Holzman’s research focuses on parenting stress, parenting, and whether parents’ executive functioning predicts responses to early childhood interventions. Ultimately, this line of work is intended to improve early childhood clinical interventions to better support the mental health and well-being of young children and their caregivers in effective, pragmatic, and equitable ways. 

Christina Studts, PhD, MSPH, LCSW
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Christina Studts is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, an Implementation Scientist in the Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Program in the CU Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research & Delivery Science (ACCORDS), and Director of the D&I Science Graduate Certificate Program at CU. Following a decade of clinical practice as a licensed clinical social worker with children and families in community mental health, schools, and pediatric primary care settings, she received her doctorate in social work and masters of science in public health at the University of Louisville. Her research seeks to increase the potential public health impact of behavioral parent training through systematic adaptation and implementation with communities and populations who do not typically receive this evidence-based intervention. Her recent and ongoing projects used community-engaged research methods to partner with real-world agencies and organizations in assessing parent and community preferences; adapting the delivery and content of a specific behavioral parent training intervention; and implementing and evaluating the effects of the intervention in two underserved populations: (a) rural Appalachian counties in eastern Kentucky, and (b) parents of deaf/hard-of-hearing preschool-aged children followed in hearing healthcare.

Medical:  Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children's Hospital Colorado designates this Other activity (Live Internet Course) for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.    Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Licensed Clinical Social Work:  An application to award NASWCO Continuing Education Credits has been submitted. Continuing Education Credits approved by NASW Colorado Chapter.

Other:  Upon completion of the evaluation, a general certificate of attendance is available to all other care providers.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 Attendance
  • 6.00 NASW


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Cancellation Policy

The Planning Committee reserves the right to alter the agenda or cancel the conference in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, or if the minimum registration is not attained by April 29, 2022 with a full refund to participants.

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