Resilience in Children

Resilience in Children

Sunday, February 26, 2006 - Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Crystal City Marriott at Reagan International Airport

Presented By

Presented by The New York Academy of Sciences and Brown Medical School

 

How are children who have experienced adversity able to function competently? Why do some children appear to be resilient? This fascinating, complex, and puzzling question has been studied mostly from a behavioral and psychosocial perspective. Advances in neuroscience provide the opportunity to bring neurobiology to the study of resilience and to ask if there are neurobiological processes and mechanisms that can contribute to our understanding of resilience.

The goals of this conference are to examine both the behavioral-psychosocial and neurobiological aspects of resilience and to help move the field toward a model that integrates these two perspectives. The integration of the behavioral-psychosocial aspects with the "new biology" of resilience will provide an unprecedented understanding of processes of development in atypically and typically developing children, and will have profound implications for preventive intervention programs.

Conference organizers:

  • Barry M. Lester, PhD (Brown Medical School)
  • Ann Masten, PhD (University of Minnesota)
  • Bruce McEwen, PhD (The Rockefeller University)

 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of: the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

This is a CME-accredited program.

 

Goals and Objectives

The goals of this conference are to (1) identify conceptual and methodological problems in behavioral-psychosocial and neurobiological aspects of resilience research, (2) stimulate interdisciplinary and translational work in this field, including preclinical and clinical studies, and prevention and social policy implications, and (3) describe gaps in the field and develop recommendations for future research.

At the conclusion of this CME activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe behavioral and psychosocial aspects of resilience in children, including processes relating to the child, the family, social relationships, and prevention.
  2. Examine neurobiological aspects of resilience in children, including genetic, neural plasticity, emotion regulation, neuroendocrine, and intervention.
  3. Appreciate the integration of behavioral-psychosocial and neurobiological aspects of resilience in children.
  4. Identify conceptual and methodological problems in behavioral-psychosocial and neurobiological aspects of resilience research.


The target audience for this conference comprises psychiatrists, psychologists, neurobiologists, pediatricians, mental health care providers, and other health professionals who are involved in basic and clinical research in resilience.

Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Brown Medical School and the New York Academy of Sciences.