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Department of Psychology pres.

CANCELLED - Arnold Sameroff Lecture Series in Developmental Theory: Early Deprivation and Development: Studies of Orphanage-Adopted Children

Megan R. Gunnar, Regents Professor Director of the Institute of Child Development and Associate Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota

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Note this event has been cancelled.

This talk will cover my work on children adopted internationally from institutions (e.g., orphanages) into families in the US. The goal of this work was to understand the impact of deprivation in the first years of life on physical and behavioral development. Despite moving into some of the most well-resourced families on the planet when they were between 1 and 3 years of age, on average, previously institutionalized (PI) youth show significant impacts, often dose-dependent, on neurobehavioral development, the functioning of their stress-regulatory systems, and cardiometabolic health. Not all children are similarly affected, and I will also cover our work on parenting post-adoption and its relations with children’s outcomes. Finally, we are beginning to explore the role that puberty may play in potential recalibration stress physiology and its implications (positive and negative) for the adolescent development of PI youth.

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