The Center for Research on Families was thrilled to host Judith Crowell, MD this past March where she presented first findings of a longitudinal study entitled, "Influences of Childhood Adversity on Health in Midlife.” Crowell is from Northampton, MA and is Professor and Director of Training/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stony Brook University. She is also affiliated with Judge Baker Children’s Center and Harvard Medical School.
CRF Scholar Karen Kalmakis identified her as a nationally recognized speaker with expertise in her particular area of interest. Dr. JudithCrowellis a child psychiatrist and researcher with expertise in family relationships, stress and adversity and mental health. Her research includes attachment relationships and relationships and representations across the life span and the impact of attachment and childhood adversity on adult physical and mental health.
Her project abstract and overarching aim, consistent with a life span perspective, is enhancing understanding of how childhood and adult adversities and relationships, contribute to early midlife adult physical health outcomes. Her second central aim is examining how individuals' salient demographic characteristics-ethnicity/race and socioeconomic position-influence specific health outcomes (metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus) and their predictors (e.g., specific adversities, health risk behaviors, individual, and relationship dimensions). This multi-method (psychosocial, sociological, and metabolic approaches) project examines links from early and ongoing adversities to early signs of physical illness, not yet expressed as impairing symptoms.
We thank Dr. Crowell for joining the ranks of esteemed speakers brought to UMass Amherst as part of the Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series.