Developmental Science Seminar | Katherine Pears PhD

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
12:15pm to 1:15pm


Tobin 423

Dr Katherine Pears of the Oregon Social Learning Center will present a talk titled The Impacts of Early Adversity on Children's Psychosocial and Neurobiological Functioning: How Can We Effectively Intervene?

This talk will focus on the impacts of early adversity (including maltreatment and poverty) on children’s neurobiological and psychosocial development and how interventions may be informed by research on such impacts. Evidence from several studies shows that children with a history of early adversity evidence deficits in several areas of neurobiological functioning, including hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and executive functioning. There are also deficits in a number of other behavioral and developmental areas. Data suggests, however, that there have been positive effects of intervention on both HPA axis and executive functioning as well as a number of areas of behavioral and academic functioning. Specific foci for efficacious preventive intervention will be discussed.

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All are welcome!

Research Area: 

Developmental Science