Though studies show that abuse, neglect or trauma during childhood can lead to lifelong mental health struggles, research also indicates that solutions and interventions at various stages of life can be developed to help. The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory's biennial spring symposium, "Early Life Stress & Mental Health,” will examine these challenges and opportunities. The daylong event will feature talks by neuroscientists, policy experts, physicians, social workers and activists as they discuss how our experiences and biology work together to affect how our minds develop and how that knowledge can be leveraged to understand mental health problems and to develop solutions.
Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General of the State of California
Gloria Choi, Associate Professor, MIT Picower Institute
Mariana Arcaya, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Urban Planning
Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American
Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone
Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative