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Release: March 28, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on children's health March 29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dennis C. Harper, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatrics and a child psychologist with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on chronic health concerns and the psychological impact on children with developmental disorders with a nationwide audience from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (CST) on Wednesday, March 29.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

After receiving his Ph.D. from the UI, Harper completed his postdoctoral training in the division of psychology in the UI department of pediatrics. He joined the staff of University Hospital School in 1972.

Harper is certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology. His clinical interests focus on children with developmental and physical disorders and the effects on children's social and psychological functioning.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.