Innovation Speaker Series: Addressing Social Determinants to Optimize Infant Brain Development
On January 18, 2022, Cynthia Rogers, M.D. was the guest speaker for the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series. Dr. Rogers provided an overview of adverse exposures and their influence on child development, discussing exposure to poverty, crime, and pre-and postnatal exposures to psychopathology and substance use. Dr. Rogers also discussed ongoing longitudinal studies examining the role of social determinants on neonatal brain development, subsequent social-emotional development, and prevention and intervention strategies to optimize child development.
Dr. Rogers is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and associate director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity at Washington University. Dr. Rogers also co-directs the Washington University Neonatal Development Research (WUNDER) group.
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