Child and Family Well-Being As We Emerge From COVID-19: A Multi-Disciplinary Conversation About How to Support Children and Families After the Pandemic

Free Online Panel Presentation

Heather Hill, Ph.D., Anisa M. Ibrahim, MD, Ann Ishimaru Ed.D., Liliana J. Lengua, Ph.D.

About this Event

A conversation with experts from the Evans School of Public Policy, School of Medicine, College of Education, and the Department of Psychology about how children and families are doing currently in the (aftermath or waning days) of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what is needed going forward to address the impact of the pandemic on children’s health, social-emotional well-being, and academic outcomes.

About the Presenters

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Heather Hill, Ph.D.

Professor of Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Dr. Hill’s research examines how public and workplace policies influence family economic circumstances and child well-being in low-income families. She brings an inter-disciplinary lens to these topics, integrating theoretical and methodological insights from developmental psychology, economics and sociology.

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Anisa M. Ibrahim, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Harborview Pediatric Clinic Medical Director. Dr. Ibrahim’s clinical interests include caring for and outreach to immigrant and refugee populations specifically those with medical complexity. She is committed to caring for low income, populations who prefer to speak a language other than English in order to connect them to the resources and services they need for their health and well-being. Dr. Ibrahim is a strong advocate for community focused work and partnerships. 


Ann Ishimaru Ed.D.

Associate Professor, UW College of Education. Dr. Ishimaru works on Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy in the College of Education.  Dr. Ishimaru’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of leadership, school-community relationships, and educational equity in P-12 systems. Her work focuses on improving educational leadership – both formal and family/community – to create equitable educational environments, with a particular focus on students, families, and communities who have been historically marginalized in education. 

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Liliana J. Lengua, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of Washington Center for Child and Family Well-being. Dr. Lengua studies the effects of stress and adversity on children, examining risk and protective factors that contribute to children’s resilience or vulnerability, including the effects of neurobiological stress responses, temperament, coping, parenting and family contexts on children’s social, emotional, and academic well-being.