June 2023, Online

Join us for the First International Digital Congress on Evidence-based Parenting Support, a global initiative to advance research, policy and practice in the field of parenting and family intervention.

The I-CEPS will bring together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, consumers, and service providers in the parenting support community, to inspire innovation and collective action, and empower parents and families around the world to benefit the next generation.

Facilitated by a world-class array of speakers, the Congress will include a wide range of discussions, activities, symposia, workshops, and masterclasses. Utilising the innovative EventsAIR virtual platform, the I-CEPS will also facilitate unique networking and collaborative experiences.


Congress Themes

The primary theme of the I-CEPS is “Promoting well-being and health globally through effective parenting.”  In line with this theme, diverse representation of disciplines, ethnicities, geographic regions, and resource settings is central to the makeup of the Congress committee membership, program content and target audience.

Additional themes will include improving outcomes of parenting programs for hard to reach and vulnerable families, cultural adaptation of evidence based parenting programs, use of flexible delivery including online parenting interventions, advances in measurement of parenting and parent child interaction, advances in evaluation methods, implications of implementation science for sustained deployment of evidence based parenting support, parenting in the context of a global pandemic, parenting programs for children with developmental disabilities and chronic health problems, and the role of parenting in early intervention and school settings.


Anticipated Benefits of the Congress

The I-CEPS will strive to promote and support direct action from attendees throughout and beyond the event. In particular, the Congress will attempt to:

  • Coordinate efforts to improve the quality and impact of parenting and family intervention research across the globe

  • Enhance networking and collaboration opportunities between individuals and organisations with similar interests

  • Coordinate advocacy to meaningfully advance policy, practice, and research to support parents and families

  • Provide advanced research training for doctoral and post-doctoral students specialising in parenting and family intervention research

  • Provide training opportunities in effective dissemination and scaling of evidence-based parenting programs

  • Facilitate post congress regional action hubs to advance evidence-based parenting support



The governance of I-CEPS is managed by four internationally and disciplinary diverse committees. The Steering Committee provides high level oversight and guidance to the Organising, Scientific and Sponsorship Committees.

As of January 18th, 2022, the members of the I-CEPS committees are as follows:

Steering Committee

  • Professor Matthew Sanders (chairperson; The University of Queensland, Australia)

  • Dr Amit Baumel (University of Haifa, Israel)

  • Professor Theresa Betancourt (Boston College, USA)

  • Dr Shelina Bhamani (Aga Khan University, Pakistan)

  • Professor Mark Dadds (The University of Sydney, Australia)

  • Dr Gauri Divan (Sangath, India)

  • Dr Jena Hamadani (icddr,b, Bangladesh)

  • Professor Sophie Havighurst (University of Melbourne, Australia)

  • Professor Nina Heinrichs(Universität Bremen, Germany)

  • Professor Suzanne Kerns (University of Colorado – Anschutz, USA)

  • Professor Robert McMahon (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

  • Professor David Olds (University of Colorado, USA)

  • Professor Ronald Prinz(University of South Carolina, USA)

  • Professor Marija Raleva (St. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia)

  • Professor Stephen Scott(King's College London, England)

  • Professor Vincent Sezibera (University of Rwanda, Rwanda)

  • Professor Mark Tomlinson (University of Stellanbosch, South Africa)

  • Professor Carolyn Webster-Stratton(University of Washington Seattle, USA)

Organising Committee

  • Dr Carys Chainey (co-chairperson, The University of Queensland, Australia)

  • Ms Caroline Dusabe (co-chairperson, Save the Children)

Scientific Program Committee

  • Professor Suzanne Kerns (co-chairperson, The University of Colorado, USA)

  • Associate Professor Karen Turner (co-chairperson, The University of Queensland, Australia)

Sponsorship Committee

  • Professor Matthew R. Sanders (chairperson, The University of Queensland, Australia)

  • Mr Warren Cann (Parenting Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia)

  • Mr Nick Pollard (Family Mental Wealth, UK)

  • Professor Stephen Scott (King’s College London, UK)