PRESENTATIONS

 Hernandez-Mekonnen, R. (2015, February) Immigration and Immigrants: The U.S.’ Paradoxical Response. Panelist and Workshop Facilitator, the Paul Shane Annual   
     Policy Symposium, Georgian Court University, NJ

Crea, T., Hernandez-Mekonnen, R., Rome Harris, S. & Dettlaff, A. (2014, October). Migration and Child Well-Being: At the Border of Immigration and Child Welfare, panel
 presentation in the Immigrants, Refugees, and Displaced Populations Track, 60th Annual Program Meeting (APM) of The Council on Social Work Education, Tampa
 FL.

Falk, D., Hernandez-Mekonnen, R & Lewis, M. (2014, October). The Child Welfare Education Institute at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, invited electronic
 poster presentation, Title IVE Child Welfare Track, 60th Annual Program Meeting (APM) of The Council on Social Work Education, Tampa FL.

Azar, S., Hernandez-Mekonnen, R., Miller, E., & Johnson, D. (2014, July) Predicting Child Neglect: Additive Contributions of Social Information Processing and Contextual
 Factors International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference Portsmouth, NH.

Hernandez-Mekonnen, R. & Gelles, R. (2014, June) Our Own Worst Enemies: The Impact of System Factors on Placement Stability. American Professional Society on
 the Abuse of Children (APSAC) 22nd Annual Colloquium, New Orleans, LA.

Hernandez-Mekonnen, R. (2103, November) Invited Panelist, Child Abuse Panel Discussion Stockton University, Social Work Program & Child Welfare Education Institute

Hernandez-Mekonnen, R. & Bennett, I. (2013, November) Maternal Health Literacy in Mexican Immigrant Mothers and Risk of Developmental Delay in their                             Children. 2013 North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Duggan, E, Hernandez-Mekonnen, R., Oliveros-Rosen, L., Wortham, S. Ludmir, J. & Bennett, I. (2012, December) Developmental Screening Among Mexican                     Immigrant Families in New Latino Diaspora Communities. Poster Presentation.  2012 North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), Annual                            Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Matone, M, Mollen, C., Zlotnik, S., Mekonnen, R., O’Reilly, A., & Rubin, D. (2012, January) Children's Stability & Well-Being Study: Assessing Barriers to                                    Educational Success. Poster Presentation. 2012 Society for Social Work Research Conference, Washington DC.

Matone, M, Mollen, C., Zlotnik, S., Mekonnen, R., O’Reilly, A., & Rubin, D. (2011, August) Children's  Stability & Well-Being Study: Assessing Barriers to Educational               Success. Poster Presentation. 2011 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Children’s Bureau, Washington DC.

Azar, S. & Mekonnen, R.,. (2011, August). Intellectual Disabilities and Neglectful Parenting: Preliminary Findings on the Role of Cognition in Parenting.                                    Poster Presentation.  2011 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Children’s Bureau, Washington DC.

Mekonnen, R. (2011, July). Dismantling Placement Instability Step by Step: The Philadelphia Case. Research Presentation.  APSAC's 19th Annual Colloquium,   Philadelphia, PA

 Azar, S., Mekonnen, R., & Stevenson, M. (2011, July). Child neglect: A test of social information processing model of etiology. Presentation.  APSAC's 19th   Annual Colloquium, Philadelphia, PA

Mekonnen, R. (2011, May). Helping Hands: Inter-generational Resource and Information Conference for Caregivers. Invited Panelist by Pennsylvania Senator                         Anthony H. Williams.

Mekonnen, R. (2009, November). Conceptualizing cross system collaborative research in child welfare. Poster presentation. Council on Social Work   Education, Annual Program Meeting. San Antonio,   Texas

Mekonnen, R. (2009, February). The Children’s Stability and Well Being Study: Intermediary Findings.  The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Subcommittee                         for Child Health: Task Force on Children in   Out of Home Care

Mekonnen, R. (2008, May). National Forum on Children Families and the Courts: Planning for the    Future: Plenary Session, “The Unhealthy Truth about Children   i   in Foster Care”. Invited Panelist by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Calvin B. Johnson.

Mekonnen, R. (2008 February). The Children’s Stability and Well Being Study: Preliminary Findings. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Foster care provider                     agency meetings.

Mekonnen, R. (2007, December) Nutrition Resources for At-risk Youth and their Families. Invited guest lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine,                     Philadelphia, PA.

Mekonnen, R. (2007, February). The Case of Child Welfare: Advocacy & Lobbying: Government Intervention into Family Life. Invited guest lecturer,                                         Contemporary Social Policies. University of  Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice Philadelphia, PA.

Mekonnen, R. (2005, October). Foster Care: The Adoption and Safe Families Act. Invited guest lecturer, Human Behavior in the Social Environment. University of   Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and  Practice Philadelphia, PA.

Mekonnen, R. (2005, October). Policies for children and families. Invited guest lecturer, Social Welfare Policies. Rutgers University, School of Social Work,                             Camden, NJ.

Mekonnen, R. & Dichter, M.  (2004, September).  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Legal  Representation for Children: A Collaborative Project between Law,                             Medicine, and Social Work.  Child Welfare League of America Mid-Atlantic Region Training Conference.  Philadelphia, PA. 

Mekonnen, R., & Dichter, M.  (2004, August).  Interdisciplinary Approach to Legal Representation for Children: An Evaluation of the University of Pennsylvania                         Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic (ICAC).  Poster presentation.  American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children 12th Annual Colloquium.                              Hollywood, CA.

Kinnevy, S., Dichter, M., Mekonnen, R., and Tiger, M.  (2003, March).  Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities in Philadelphia Youth Programs: A Needs Assessment.                  Presentation to U.S. Department of Labor, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and Philadelphia Youth Network. Philadelphia, PA.

Mekonnen, R. (2003, June). Overlap in System Failure: Dependency, Delinquency and the Revictimization of Maltreated Children. An invited panel workshop                         presentation. The Law and  Society Association 2003 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mekonnen, R. (2002, June). The Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act: History, Evolution and Applications of Federal Law. Invited guest lecture,                             University of Pennsylvania, School of Social    Work, Policies for Children and their Families, Philadelphia, PA.

Mekonnen, R. and Kinnevy, S. (2002, September). Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice:Overlap in Systems Failure. 7th Annual International Conference on Family   Violence, San Diego,   CA.

Mekonnen, R. (2000- 2001). Understanding Loss and Grief; Sex and Sexuality in Children; Resiliency: Overcoming Obstacles; Teamwork in Family Systems;                         Strategies for Goal Achievement: Using  the Family as a Resource. Episcopal Community Services, Philadelphia, PA, Parent Education,   Foster & Kinship                         Training Workshops.