Long-term Impact of Early Life Stresses on Mental and Physical Health
Dr. Judy Cameron is the Director of Pitt Science Outreach at the Clinical + Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. For 10 years she was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development and she is currently a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the Scientific Research Council of the Child Mind Institute. Research areas in Dr. Cameron’s lab include the interaction between genetic factors and early life experiences on shaping behavioral development, identification of factors that lead to stress sensitivity versus stress resilience, and the interactions between physical health and mental health. Dr. Cameron’s newest research initiative is Working for Kids: Building Skills™, which is a novel community-based program that teaches the fundamentals of brain development to those who work with children at a community level. This initiative provides a community training program and is evaluating the effect of this intervention on child development as well as health. Working for Teens™ is a branch of Working for Kids: Building Skills™ that teaches about the brain pathways that are developing in the teenage years through the mid-twenties. Working For Teens™ is developing educational strategies that help teens strengthen brain pathways for problem solving, complex reasoning, planning, decision-making and inhibitory control. These educational strategies are now being tested within the juvenile justice system in several states with the hope they will help decrease the rate of recidivism in the justice system. These programs have won several innovation awards in Pittsburgh, as well as from the National Science Foundation.
In this series, we invite leaders in the field of child and adolescent mental health and learning disorders to talk about the latest research and treatment protocols. These experts share their findings and expertise on a broad range of topics from anxiety and depression to temper outbursts and the effectiveness of parent-based treatment. Lectures are also available via live webinar online. We offer continuing medical education credits for medical professionals. For more events like this please go to our Visiting Professor Lecture Series page.
Planner and Speaker’s Disclosures:
Harold Koplewicz, MD, Ron Steingard, MD, and John Q. Young, MD, have nothing to disclose. Judy Cameron, PhD, discloses that she is the CEO of Working for Kids: Building Skills.
Recognition of Program Support:
An announcement of program support will be made to all attendees at the beginning of each regularly scheduled session.