On Thursday, March 13, Dr. Bob Fox, Professor of Counseling Psychology, delivered the keynote address at the first annual James R. Ryan Memorial Lecture. Dr. Fox spoke on the topic of “Mental Health Services for At-Risk Children.” He was assisted by Casey Holtz, a doctoral student in the COPS program. Dr. Fox’s address centered on his work as Director of the Behavior Clinic, a partnership with Penfield Children’s Center that assists children who are experiencing significant problems in their social-emotional development, as well as their families, by providing early mental health services
The event paid tribute to Jim Ryan, the recently deceased President of Penfield Children’s Center. Jim was an extraordinary professional and human being. He was an alumnus of Marquette, earning his baccalaureate degree in 1965, and remaining a friend of the university ever since. The Lecture Series will celebrate Jim’s memory by focusing on topics that were extremely important to him including children at risk, early childhood special education, and infant mental health.
Jim Ryan’s long history with Marquette also included cultivating the relationship between his alma mater and Penfield Children’s Center, where his astute and passionate leadership resulted in bettering the quality of life for a huge number of kids and their families. He believed in forming partnerships with universities to provide opportunities for students and to keep Penfield current in the field. In Marquette’s case, he was instrumental in bringing countless student placements and service learning volunteers to the Children’s Center, and of special importance, he played a vital role in the establishment of the Behavior Clinic.
The event included tributes to Jim that were lovingly provided by Patti Grede, Vice President of Programs at Penfield Children’s Center, Mike Burke from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Chris Holmes from Children’s Health Systems/Children's Hospital, Gerry Coon of St. Francis Children’s Center, and Paul Ciardo, Vice President of Administration and CFO at Penfield.