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WATCH — Poverty, Violence, and the Developing Mind

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Concentrated poverty is on the rise, and an increasing number of children are at risk for exposure to severe violence and dangerous living conditions. What are the implications of trauma exposure for healthy brain development?

During this panel event, Dr. Kerry Ressler (of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will discuss the risks poor, urban environments pose for post-traumatic stress disorder, while Dr. Charles A. Nelson (of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will discuss the effects of “toxic stress” on early childhood development. Carey Goldberg of WBUR will facilitate the conversation and host the Q&A session with the audience. 

This event will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, from 7:00-8:30 pm.

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This event is free and open to the public. A brief reception will precede the event from 6:30-7:00 PM.

Carey Goldberg, Reporter/Co-Host, CommonHealth, WBUR




Charles A. Nelson, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Bucharest Early Intervention Project; Director of Research, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children’s Hospital




Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, McLean Hospital; Director, Grady Trauma Project; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory



This event is co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry and the MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior.

Watch video of the entire event below!