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Resiliency In The Face of Adversity: The Role Of Stressor Controllability And The Medial Prefrontal Cortex

Steven Maier headshot

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—Dr. Maier's research falls into two broad areas. One centers on interactions between the brain and the immune system, with study of both how the brain regulates immune processes and how products of immune cells signal the brain. Current emphasis is on understanding the mechanisms of immune-to- brain signaling at pathway, cellular and molecular levels, and the implications of these signaling path- ways for understanding stress, mood disturbances, cognitive impairment. and exaggerated pain states.

The other main area centers on an exploration of the variables that modulate the impact of stressors on brain chemistry and the neurochemical mechanisms by which stressors alter behavior, mood, and the organism's reactions to drugs of abuse. Maier has received numerous awards including the Norman Cousins and the Neal Miller Distinguished Lectureships, The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Research award and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the APA, and is a Fellow of the APA, APS, and AAAS. He has held both career and MERIT awards from the NIH, has served on numerous NIH study sections, and has edited and been on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific papers. Presentation Power Point available HERE.

*This presentation is the first in a series sponsored by the Stress Research Cluster at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson. 

Presenters: 

Steven Maier, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado

Date: 

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 4:00pm

Location: 

Campus Center, Room 917, Umass Amherst

Fees: 

Free and open to the public