The Effect of Toxic Stress on Children's Brain and Behavior to be Keynote Address



     Join Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI) and Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children (IPAC) on Wednesday, October 16th from 9am-12pm at Ohio University's Baker Center for a Keynote address by Judy Cameron, Ph.D., entitled The Effect of Toxic Stress on Children's Brain and Behavior.   Dr. Cameron is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Science Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Cameron's lecture will explain the basic process of brain development that can be influenced by early life experiences.  These include changes in formation of brain circuits and expression of genes that control brain function.  She will discuss how early life stresses impact brain development and how these can have lifelong health consequences.  She will then discuss interventions that can counteract the effects of early life stress. 

In the second half of the workshop, participants will play a game that teaches how life stresses and social supports work together to shape the architecture of the developing brain and children's behavior.