Promoting Resilience in Children: Building A Relational Home

By James Duffee, MD, MPH

Why do some children thrive in the face of adversity and others falter? Are children born resilient? Or is resilience a skill they build based on early experiences?  What can parents do to promote resilience in children and how can communities support parents in their effort? When parents are unavailable, how can other caretakers help?  These are some of the questions we will ask ourselves and try to answer in a conversation with Dr. James Duffee about “Promoting Resilience in Children: Building a Relational Home.”

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James Duffee, MD, MPH 

After serving as Chief Medical Officer of Rocking Horse Community Health Center in Springfield, Ohio for 14 years, Dr. James Duffee is currently employed part-time as a behavioral pediatrician in a community practice in Springfield. He also participates in education of pediatricians and child psychiatrists at Dayton Children’s Hospital and serves as policy chair of the Executive Committee of the Council of Community Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Duffee attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTSCSA) and completed residency in pediatrics at UTSCSA and Medical College of Virginia. He later completed residencies in psychiatry and child psychiatry at University of Virginia where he remained on the faculty from 1986 to 1990. In 2006, he completed a Masters of Public Health at Ohio State University for Board certified Pediatrics, General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Statewide, he is the Chair of the Medical Advisory Council of the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps and serves on the Committee for Children with Disabilities as well as the board of the Ohio AAP Foundation. His work has been recognized by Dayton Children’s Medical Center with A Child’s Voice advocacy award and by the AAP with the 2006 Healthcare Delivery Award. Dr. Duffee was also designated the Outstanding Pediatrician of the Year in 2008 by the Ohio Chapter of the AAP. In 2012, he was elected to the executive committee of the Council on Community Pediatrics of the AAP, and in 2014, he was recognized by the Ohio AAP with the William T. Cotton Pediatrician Advocate Award.

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