Pediatric Conference Honors Legacy of Dr. Friedman

Oct. 27, 2014
Sessions focus on biopsychosocial interventions with children and adolescents

The Stanford Friedman Memorial Conference on Wednesday (Oct. 29) will give health care and mental health providers the opportunity to better understand the developmental stages and unique health needs of adolescents. It will also promote the need for better collaboration between specialists and the medical home for adolescents and the integration of developmental and behavioral pediatrics in primary care. The half-day conference will be held at the University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester.
Stanford Friedman, M.D., who helped launch the field of Behavioral Pediatrics, recognized that the needs of adolescents were different than younger children and advocated for the creation of specialists in Adolescent Medicine. He worked with Robert J. Haggerty, M.D., who was chair of Pediatrics during Dr. Friedman’s tenure at URMC, to create a new vision for caring for the psycho-social needs of both children and adolescents. That legacy is evident in this half-day conference, which Haggerty helped organize.
The symposium will address gaps related to understanding the impact of child and adolescent development and behavior on engaging youth in health promoting behaviors and the interface of health and behavior in conditions such as the physical response of psychological stresses as in conversion reactions. This is increasingly important as the focus of health care turns to promoting wellness.
The conference begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. in the Flaum Atrium at the University of Rochester Medical Center. At 8 a.m., the conference moves into URMC’s Class of ‘62 Auditorium for The Haggerty-Friedman Grand Rounds address, “Community Participatory Research in Behavior Health” by Laurie Bauman, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics and Behavioral Pediatrics at Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. Additional presentations that morning will include discussion of conversion disorder and biopsychosocial approaches relevant to the everyday practice of pediatrics and adolescent medicine.
Haggerty and Friedman founded the Haggerty-Friedman Psychosocial Fund because of their commitment to educating and mentoring future pediatricians interested in developmental and behavioral pediatrics both as a subspecialty and as it relates to typical development and children and youth with chronic illness.
For more information about attending the conference, please contact Jennifer Foley at (585) 273-2763 or