Presentation Title: Parent-Child Interactions and their Significance for Human Development. A Cross-Cultural Perspective.
Dr. Relindis Yovsi is an Early Childhood Development Consultant at UNICEF, Islamabad Pakistan coordinating and providing technical support to the multisectoral ECD and family programme. She earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology specializing on early childhood development from the University of Osnabrück, Germany in 2001, and holds a MA in Public Health Methodology from the School of Public Health, Brussels, Belgium in 2006. She worked for several years as a Research Associate at the University of Osnabrück, and Institute of Early Childhood Education and Development, Germany on cross-cultural Cooperation projects on parent-child relationship and how parental ethnotheories and sociocultural context shape child development trajectory. Currently, Relindis is working as an Early Childhood Development consultant supporting countries in their multisectoral ECD policies and strategies, modelling multisectoral ECD programmes, parenting education and family package. Her current interest include coordination and programme guidance to promote multisectoral collaboration and convergence of ECD programming, and focus on Nurturing Care Framework, multisectoral ECD programming in family, community and school based setting, promoting responsive caregiving, Care for Child Development and parent-child interactions for a holistic approach to child care, and the different optional platforms in context to promote positive parenting. Her research interests include parenting across cultures, parent-child interactions, responsive parenting. She has published several articles in International and regional journals, professional magazines and presented in conferences and trained several students in analyzing parent-child interactions in different contexts. She has also published a book in Ethnotheories about Breastfeeding and Mother-infant interactions. She is a member of several professional associations and online community groups such as ECDft Group and Zero-To-Three.