Past Event

Nathan A. Fox – The Effects of Adversity on Brain and Behavioral Development: Lessons from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project

October 14, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Columbia University School of Social Work (Room C05), 1255 Amsterdam Avenue

Speaker: Nathan A. FoxDistinguished University Professor, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland

Experience plays an essential role in building brain architecture after birth.  The question Dr. Fox addresses in this talk is what happens to brain and behavior when a young child is deprived of key experiences during critical periods of brain development.  His focus, in particular, is on the consequences of institutionalization with implication for the millions of children around the world who from an early age experience profound psychosocial deprivation.  Deprivation can lead to a host of both short- and long-term consequences, but intervention at critical periods in development may remediate some of these negative consequences. Fox will present recent findings from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project to illustrate principles of critical periods in brain and behavioral development.

Free and open to the public, RSVP required.

Nathan A. Fox is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He has completed research on the biological bases of social and emotional behavior developing methods for assessing brain activity in infants and young children during tasks designed to elicit a range of emotions. His work on the temperamental antecedents of anxiety is funded by the National Institutes of Health where he was awarded a MERIT award for excellence of his research program. He is an elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He recently received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development and the Distinguished Mentor Award and G. Stanley Hall Award for Lifelong Achievement in Developmental Science from Division 7 of the American Psychological Association. He is a founding member of the National Scientific Council for the Developing Child and currently co-Scientific Director of this group, and he is one of three Principal Investigators on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. 

This event is sponsored by the Columbia Population Research Center.