Marie Sanford presents paper at Charles University in Czech Republic

Marie Sanford, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, recently presented a paper at The 8th International Conference of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences held at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. 

The annual conference explores interdisciplinary issues in the human sciences and featured scholars from 62 different countries this year.

Titled “Bi-Cultural and Bi-Lingual Perspectives in Child Interviewing Practices,” Sanford’s presentation challenged the disciplinary boundaries of sociology, psychology, and linguistics while interfacing with elements of cultural diversity. Sanford presented under the theme of “Communication and Culture.”

Sanford has conducted research on the child interviewing process and has served as an expert witness in the New York State Family Court system since 2003. She said traveling to Prague allowed her to present her research to an international audience, which offered additional perspective.

“Specifically it was my intent to explore a global point of view on child interviewing practices from colleagues in allied fields of study,” Sanford said. “Also, because I now present more frequently to audiences in social work, law enforcement, and psychology, I felt this experience would contribute to my depth of knowledge of the subject.”

Presenting in a historical and literary city like Prague also proved to be the perfect backdrop for the work presented, Sanford said.

“Intermingling with faculty from around the globe generated multiple perspectives and provided stimuli to thinking about today’s complex social issues,” Sanford said. “Furthermore, attending this conference emphasized that no one single discipline successfully provides learners with the skills and knowledge to navigate the social, political, economic, historical and cultural issues they will confront in the twenty-first century.“




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