The Child Health Symposium is a collaborative presentation of Western University's Faculty of Health Sciences and the Thames Valley Children's Centre. It provides an opportunity for families, service leaders, researchers, educators and students from all disciplines to:
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:45 am to 3:45 pm
Check-in begins at 8:00 am
Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building
Keynote address, clinical and research presentations, service provider panel
Fees: The Child Health Symposium is FREE. Limited spaces are available. Please register by May 19. A catered lunch is provided.
Dr. J Bruce Morton is an Associate Scientist at Children's Health Research Institute. He has served as a Professor in Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario since 2002, is a Principal Investigator at Western's Brain and Mind Institute, and a core faculty member of Western's Graduate Neuroscience Program. Dr. Morton’s interests concern the development of self-regulation behavior in children.
Many children in the world today endure highly stressful experiences such as exposure to family violence, natural catastrophes, war and famine, and/or abuse. There is a growing understanding that stressful early life experiences of this kind can have a lasting negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the affected individual. My talk will provide an overview of what we know about the long-term health implications of early life stress and discuss why it is that stress early in development can have a lasting impact the physical and psychological make-up of the individual. I will conclude with some ideas about how we might buffer children against the potentially “toxic” impact of early life stress.