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The Neuropsychology of Trauma

October 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 11:15 pm


The impact of trauma on children has been increasingly well understood in recent years. This includes a better grasp on the impact of a prolonged stress response on the brain and body, impacting physical and mental health. More recently, research has begun to consider the effect of sub-clinical trauma, or adverse childhood events (ACE), on mental and physical health. There is increasing evidence that when the stress system stays “on,” the mental and physical penalties can be severe.This is true for both Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PtSD) and sub-clinical trauma seen with ACE.

Karen Holler, PhD will present on the impact of PTSD and ACE (also referred to as Big T and Little T) on neurocognitive functions focusing primarily on executive control. Initial review will include a discussion of epi-genetics, brain morphology, and neurotransmitter/hormone systems impacted by trauma. Neuropsychological, psychiatric and behavioral issues, outcomes and resilience will be discussed as well. Dr. Kavanaugh will review recent research completed at Brown University involving the impact of trauma on adolescents and children in inpatient settings.

– Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
– Instructional level: Intermediate
– 3.0 CE hours/credits
– Beverages and light snacks will be offered

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October 1, 2020
8:00 am - 11:15 pm


Bradley Hospital
1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway
East Providence, RI 02915 United States


Bradley Hospital