Early Childhood Council of Boulder County Announces A Special Community Event:
Dr. Sarah Watamura will present "Toxic Stress: How Children's Experiences in the first 3 years of life have a Life-Long Impact"
Toxic stress is strong, persistent activation of the body’s stress response. It is worsened in conditions where children do not get consistent support from their caretakers. Extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, domestic violence, and severe maternal depression are some instances that can create toxic stress in child. For those children, severe consequences can result including cognitive deficits, academic problems, emotional problems, and even health problems. Children must have safe, secure environments for the brain to develop optimally. Come to this fascinating presentation, to learn more about what is needed for children to grow up to be strong, contributing members of our society.
Dr. Watamura gave this talk in Denver to a standing-room only audience. Now the ECCBC in collaboration with other local organizations are pleased to bring Dr. Watamura to Boulder to present this crutial information.
This event is co-sponsored by the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy & Research
When: Thursday, October 16th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Noon)
Where: City Council Chambers - 1777 Broadway Street Boulder, CO 80302
Presented by: Dr. Sarah Watamura
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Sarah Enos Watamura, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child Health & Development Laboratory at the University of Denver. She is also the current director of the newly formed Stress, Early Experience and Development (SEED) Research Center. Dr. Watamura has been conducting research on physiologic stress in children for nearly 15 years, and is part of the international community of scholars who focus their research efforts on explicating the contributing and buffering factors associated with early life stress as well as its consequences. The work being conducted in Dr. Watamura’s lab has been supported by NIH, ACF, NSF, the Foundation for Child Development and the American Psychological Society and is published in high profile journals including Child Development, Biological Psychiatry, and Development & Psychopathology. She is currently part of the Buffering Toxic Stress Consortium under the leadership of the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation at the Administration for Children & Families. Dr. Watamura’s project is one of 6 in the BTS consortium, all of which focus on validating the construct of toxic stress and testing promising interventions to mitigate the effects of toxic stress.