The focus of this presentation is on how early experiences play a key role in the development of a child’s brain as well as his/her behavior and how stressful events can be harmful to children’s development. Dr. Cameron also speaks to how relationships with caring adults in safe, stable and nurturing environments can alleviate the potential effects of this harmful stress.

Dr. Judy Cameron is a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the Scientific Research Council for the National Child Study Center in New York. Her research focuses on the effects of everyday life stresses on long-term health, including the effects of genetic factors and early life experiences on anxious and depressive behaviors and identification of factors that lead to stress sensitivity versus stress resilience.

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