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USD Professors Present Findings at South African Conference

Image Lisa Newland Lisa Newland (second from left) on panel with researchers from Germany, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

University of South Dakota professors Lisa Newland and Soonhee Roh recently presented findings from an interdisciplinary project on children’s well-being at the 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators in Cape Town, South Africa.

Newland, Ph.D., a counseling and psychology in education professor in the School of Education, Roh, Ph.D., an assistant social work professor in the School of Health Sciences, Health Sciences Dean Michael Lawler, Ph.D., and others are part of an international consortium of researchers called the Children’s World International Survey of Children’s Well-Being (ISCWeB) that's investigating children's self-perceptions of their lives and well-being as well as factors that support child well-being.

The Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town hosted the September conference. Partners included the African Child Policy Forum, UNICEF and the Poverty and Inequality Initiative of the University of Cape Town. Researchers from 25 countries who have worked together using the Children’s Worlds instrument to measure young people’s perceptions and evaluations of their lives met to share their findings and identify common factors predicting child well-being.

Newland also traveled to Berlin in July to work with another international research group focused on designing a complementary qualitative study of child well-being, a project that is ongoing in collaboration with faculty in USD’s School of Health Sciences.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News