Hosting Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time
Title: Getting Off to a Healthy Start: Science and Policy to Guide Early Childhood Development
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- Frances Champagne, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and founder and director of the Epigenetics, Development and Neuroscience Lab at The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University. She won the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2007 and the Frank A. Beach Young Investigator Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology in 2009.
- Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and its national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is also Associate Dean of the LBJ School and an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics (NASEM) Committee to Reduce Child Poverty by Half in Ten Years.
Childhood experiences can have a lasting impact on physical and mental health. Dr. Champagne will discuss the epigenetic link between experiences and development that promote risk or resilience to stress, and Dr. Osborne will discuss what the evidence shows to be the most effective policies and strategies that create the conditions that our youngest children need to thrive.
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