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Keynote Highlight from Riggs-Yale Parenting Conference on Early Adversity

Last month, clinicians, researchers, educators and others gathered on the Austen Riggs campus for the third annual Riggs-Yale Parenting Conference. The focus and title of the conference, “Early Adversity and Developmental Psychopathology: Research and Clinical Perspectives” framed a variety of presentations from the Yale Child Study Center and the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine as well as Austen Riggs clinicians.

Eamon McCrory, PhD, DClinPsy from the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit at the Anna Freud Centre set the tone for the conference with his keynote address, “Biological Embedding: How childhood maltreatment gets under the skin.” Dr. McCrory asked the questions:

• How is it that the impact of maltreatment can endure across the lifespan?
• Why is there such heterogeneity in response to similar experiences of adversity?
• Can the study of biology shed light on the mechanisms of vulnerability that increase risk of psychiatric disorder?

This video is a brief sample of Dr. McCrory’s presentation as he discussed the psychological and biological mechanisms that link early adversity with psychopathology in children that persists into the adult years.

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