The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series
Judith Crowell, MD
Professor and Director of Training, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stony Brook University,
Senior Scientist, Judge Baker Children's Center, Harvard Medical School
“Influences of Childhood Adversity on Health in Midlife:
First Findings of a Longitudinal Study”
Dr. Judith Crowell is a child psychiatrist and researcher with expertise in family relationships, stress and adversity, and mental health. Her research focuses on attachment relationships, representations of relationships across the life span, and the impact of attachment and childhood adversity on adult physical and mental health. Specifically, Dr Crowell’s work seeks to understand how childhood and adult adversity and relationships contribute to early midlife adult physical health outcomes. She is also working to understand how individuals’ salient demographic characteristics such as ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic position influence specific health outcomes and their predictors. Her multi-method research project uses psychosocial, sociological and metabolic approaches to examine links from early and ongoing adversities to early signs of physical illness that are not yet expressed as impairing symptoms.
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 Lectures 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.