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The Third Riggs-Yale Conference on Partnerships, Parenting, and Family Systems

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main Street
StockbridgeMA 01262
May 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM to May 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Early Adversity and Developmental Psychopathology: Research and Clinical Perspectives

Jane G. Tillman, PhD ABPP, Conference Director

Conference Description

The third jointly sponsored conference Yale Child Study Center and the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center will be held on May 16-17, 2014. The theme of this year’s conference continues the exploration of the research and clinical connections between early life experience, parenting, substance abuse, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the multiple life contexts for adult psychopathology. 

In a series of clinical and research presentations the conference will examine the psychological and biological mechanisms that link early adversity with psychopathology in children that persists into adulthood. Links will also be traced between adversity early in childhood and the parenting of those children when they become adults, creating a cycle of the intergenerational transmission of adversity, psychopathology, and problems in the family system.  Researchers will summarize findings linking early childhood adversity and adult medical sequelae as well as recent data on the long-term psychological and medical outcomes of fetal exposure to maternal distress and under nutrition.  In this year’s conference researchers in the area of child development, substance abuse and family systems will present current findings about the interrelationship of these problems.  Clinicians will report on how difficulties in the early parent-child relationship and other forms of childhood adversity may shape the treatment process across the adult lifespan.  There will be ample time for discussion among presenters and the audience, as we seek to examine how the effects of early adversity are recognized and what interventions may be most effective.


Introduction to Early Adversity and Development
Linda C. Mayes, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine

Keynote Address: Biological Embedding: How Childhood Maltreatment Gets Under the Skin
Eamon McCrory, Ph.D., University College London

When a Lie Becomes a Lie: The Hazards and Possibilities of Separating From a Family Culture of Extreme Abuse
Jennifer L. Stevens, Ph.D., Austen Riggs Center

Recovery from Childhood Psychiatric Treatment
David Mintz, M.D., Austen Riggs Center

Exposure to Harsh Parenting, Biological Reactivity, and Negative Emotions: Implications for Future Health Problems
Christy Olezeski, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine

Environmental Adversity and Adult Medical Disorders
David Reiss, M.D. Yale School of Medicine and Austen Riggs Center

Projective Identification and Suicidality within the Intergenerational Vortex of Family Dynamics
Cathleen Morey, L.I.C.S.W. and Samar Habl, M.D. Austen Riggs Center

Human and Animal Models of Prenatal Stress, Brain Development and Behavioral Pathology
Hanna Stevens, M.D., Ph.D. and Line Brotnow, M.Sc. Yale School of Medicine

Childhood Trauma and Psychotic Fantasy
Elizabeth Weinberg, M.D. Austen Riggs Center

Disorganized Attachment and Dissociation: Contextualizing and Integrating the Literature on Attachment and Psychosis
Jeremy Ridenour, Psy.D. Austen Riggs Center

Darwin Meets Erikson in Stockbridge: Evolutionary Concepts, Early Adversity and Developmental Outcomes
Thomas McMahon, Ph.D. Yale School of Medicine

Don't Let Stress Weigh You Down: The Role of the Brain in Obesity and Stress
Ania Jastreboff, M.D. Yale School of Medicine

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Event Options

  • Early registration by May 2, 2014 (Incl. breakfast and lunch both days) (Cost: $225)
  • After May 2, 2014 (Cost: $275)
  • Graduate student rate (Cost: $125)

Total Cost: $0.00