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Candy Beers

Candy Beers, Ph.D Student in Family Studies

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Candy Beers, Ph.D Student in Family Studies

Department of Human Development and Family Science
candylb@vt.edu

Candy is a doctoral student in Human Development, with a focus in family science. Her research examines maternal decision making as it relates to social justice work within families. She has a master’s degree in dance/movement psychotherapy and continues to integrate mindfulness and creativity into her research and collaborations. Her dissertation investigates how upper-middle class, White mothers navigate anti-racist parenting within the context of intensive mothering. Candy is also involved in several transdisciplinary projects focusing on the creative arts, movement analysis, and neuroscience.

  • Feminist mothering; mothering towards social change
  • Shame and social conformity within the context of mothering during infancy and early childhood
  • Mothering towards social change within the context of current mothering ideologies
  • Modeling anti-racist behavior and feminism within the context of mothering
  • Arts-based and transdisciplinary methodologies
  • MS in Dance/movement psychotherapy, Pratt Institute, 2006
  • BA in Psychology with a focus on developmental and social psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001
  • Beers, C. (2006). Professional identity as a dance/movement therapist: A story of challenges and revelations. [Unpublished master’s thesis]. Pratt Institute
  • Beers, C. (2021, April). Sense of autonomy in aging women: A gender socialization and life-course perspective. Paper presented at Body Politics Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Beers, C., Shin, E., Smith, C. L., Day, K. L., & Dunsmore, J. C. (2020, November). A smile can go a long way: How children’s temperament relates to parental behaviors. Poster presented at The 23rd Occasional Temperament Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Beers, C., & Jastrebska, D. (2018, October). Embodying the postpartum experience. Invited workshop conducted at 2018 American Dance Therapy Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Tortora, S., Whitley, J., Comte, L., Ellingston, J., & Beers, C. (2018, October). Ways of seeing in early parenting. Invited workshop conducted at 2018 American Dance Therapy Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Beers, C. (2018, May). The effects of maternal development on early parenting. Invited workshop at MyBirth, Richmond, VA.
  • Beers, C. (2017, December). Sleep: For mother and child. Invited panelist at The Motherhood Collective, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Beers, C. (2017, October). Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Invited panelist at The Motherhood Collective, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Beers, C. (2016, August). Nurturing the bond. Invited panelist at The Motherhood Collective, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Tortora, S., Bradley, K., Dekoeyer-Laros, I., Radonovich, K., & Beers, C. (2013, October). Ways of seeing in early parenting. Invited workshop at 2013 American Dance Therapy Conference, Brooklyn, NY. 
  • Beers, C. (2021, February). Nonverbal analysis in dance/movement psychotherapy and arts-based phenomenology. Invited lecture for Creative Dance, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Beers, C. (2021, April). Making Sense of Children’s Idiosyncratic Behaviors. Invited lecture for Infancy and Early Childhood Development, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. (also Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020)

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