Dr. Robert Fox, professor of counseling psychology in the School of Education, will present the first James R. Ryan Memorial Lecture to benefit the Penfield Children’s Center. He will discuss “Mental Health Services for At-Risk Children” at a luncheon Thursday, March 13, in the AMU.
Fox is director of the Behavior Clinic which, in partnership with Penfield, offers free mental health services for children who are experiencing significant behavior and emotional problems. Graduate students receive specialized training and gain supervised clinical experience working directly with the children and their families. The clinic also has an ongoing applied research program that regularly contributes new findings to the relatively new field of infant mental health.
The lecture series honors the late Jim Ryan, who served as president of Penfield for more than 10 years. In the announcement of the lecture series, Penfield said Ryan worked to “improve social and emotional development, early childhood education and care for at-risk children throughout Wisconsin.” Ryan was also active in the community, having served as village president of Hales Corner for nearly 20 years and as a Milwaukee County supervisor. He was the founder of the region’s Flight for Life program.
The cost of the luncheon is $40. Contact Rebecca Peterson at 414-344-7739 to RSVP.