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Dr Pia Pechtel - A Clinical-Neurodevelopmental Model of Childhood Maltreatment

A Mood Disorders Centre seminar
Date26 September 2014
Time13:00 to 14:00
PlaceSir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research

Mood Disorder Centre Think-Tank seminar series. All welcome.

Dr Pia Pechtel from the McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research, will be giving a seminar with the title 'A Clinical-Neurodevelopmental Model of Childhood Maltreatment'.

The Think-Tank seminar series is organised by Dr Anke Karl, Dr Henrietta Roberts and
Michelle Tester-Jones.


Childhood maltreatment is a prevalent public health problem and is associated with increased risk for psychological disorders and risk-taking behaviors. Yet, the behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms linking childhood maltreatment to maladaptive outcomes in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood remain largely unknown. Understanding such processes will be pivotal to informing the development of interventions that target the clinical sequelae of child maltreatment and foster resilience across development. In this talk, I will merge clinical, developmental and neuroscientific approaches to evaluate whether reward learning and emotion regulation serve as mechanisms that link child maltreatment to high-risk behavior (e.g., self-harm, substance use). Future directions on how to improve our understanding of neurobiological vulnerabilities to psychological disorders and aspects pivotal to promoting resilient functioning following childhood maltreatment will be explored.

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