Santa Barbara Science Salon: "The Myths of Vaccination and Psychology of Antivaccination" ~ Dr. Detar

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Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 15:00

The purpose of these salons is to build community around rational inquiry, scientific reasoning, and an informed discussion of science and humanistic philosophy. This is something a little different than a traditional speaker event or social group, but mirrors the tradition of the Enlightenment salons, where men and women got together for intellectual stimulation followed by discussion and libations. It’s a place for conversation about the most important issues of the day in science, philosophy, history, and the humanities. The events are sponsored by the Skeptic's society and Santa Barbara Humanist Society.

Topic of this event: Myths of Vaccination and Psychology of Antivaccination
Despite scientific consensus that vaccines are effective and safe, there's a growing trend of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. Anti-vaccination myths are certainly contributing to this trend. What are they and what does the science say? What are the psychological factors contributing to Antivaccination? What can be done to improve the situation?

About this Event
Despite scientific consensus that vaccines are effective and safe, there's a growing trend of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. Anti-vaccination myths are certainly contributing to this trend. What are they and what does the science say? What are the psychological factors contributing to Antivaccination? What can be done to improve the situation?

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Dr. Whitney J Detar is a faculty in Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk from the University of California, Santa Barbara specializing in Autism. She was a Parent educator, Supervisor, and Researcher at the renowned UCSB Koegel Autism Center, where she spent countless hours in families’ homes consulting on parental dilemmas, including questions about the role of vaccines in autism. She is a Doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and an Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology, Education, Human Motivation, Parenting and other related fields, supervises and consults with BCBAs, chairs doctoral dissertation committees, and travels around the world giving guest lectures and conducting trainings for professionals in intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Presenting a balanced view of the debate between scientists and antivaxxers and the factors involved, Dr. Detar is also a parent of a 4.5 year old, expecting another, and a proponent of the midwife model of prenatal and birth care.

ABOUT THE SB SCIENCE SALON:

The purpose of these salons is to build community around rational inquiry, scientific reasoning, and an informed discussion of science and humanistic philosophy. This is something a little different than a traditional speaker event or social group, but mirrors the tradition of the Enlightenment salons, where men and women got together for intellectual stimulation followed by discussion and libations. It’s a place for conversation about the most important issues of the day in science, philosophy, history, and the humanities.

The event will feature complimentary wine and cheese, a copy of Skeptic’s magazine, and free childcare for ages 2-10 at the renowned Starr-King facilities next door to the event. Please email sbsciencesalon@gmail.com to reserve a childcare spot at least 1 week in advance. The event will be recorded and posted for viewing at a later date as the Science Salon podcast.

Reserve your spot HERE: http://bit.ly/sbsciencesalonjuly

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