The evening before the conference, on October 4, Robert E. Emery gave a public lecture on “Two Homes, One Childhood: Protecting Children from the Fallout of Divorce”. This opening session was organised in cooperation with the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA). At the start of the conference, on October 5, Dr. Emery also provided a keynote on “Does Parental Conflict Influence Parent-Child Contact? Empirical and Legal Questions" .
Robert Emery, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. He has authored over 150 scientific publications, and several books on divorce including Marriage, Divorce, and Children's Adjustment; Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody, and Mediation; and his guides for parents, The Truth about Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive and most recently, Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime. In addition to his research, Dr. Emery maintains a practice as a clinical psychologist, divorce mediator, and parenting coordinator. He is the father of five children. More information can be found on his personal page.