A preschool student counts using an abacus.

The 41st Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology

Early Life Adversity, Stress, and Neurobehavioral Development

Thursday, October 24 to Friday, October 25, 2019 | Humphrey School of Public Affairs Cowles Auditorium

Organizers: Megan Gunnar and Nim Tottenham

The Minnesota Symposium is a biennial meeting on a selected topic in the study of developmental psychology. All lectures are free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are not available for the event.


Thursday, October 24, 2019: Basic mechanisms

8 a.m.-8:45 a.m.Light continental breakfast
8:45 a.m.-9 a.m.Opening remarks and acknowledgements: Nim Tottenham/Megan Gunnar
Welcome, rationale, overview
9 a.m.-10 a.m.Nim Tottenham (Columbia University)
Emotion regulation neurobiology and early experiences
10 a.m.-10:15 a.m.Brief morning break
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.Mar Sanchez (Emory University)
Neurodevelopmental consequences of infant maltreatment in nonhuman primates
11:15 a.m.-noonPanel discussion
Noon-2 p.m.Lunch (please make your own arrangements)
2 p.m.-3 p.m.Andrea Danese (Kings College London)
The hidden wounds of childhood trauma
3 p.m.-4 p.m.Elysia Davis (University of Denver)
Prenatal maternal distress and child neurodevelopment
4 p.m.-4:45 p.m.Panel discussion

Friday, October 25, 2019: Plasticity and interventions

8 a.m.-9 a.m.Light continental breakfast
9 a.m.-10 a.m.Seth Pollak (University of Wisconsin)
Stress and developmental plasticity in children's learning
10 a.m.-10:15 a.m.Brief morning break
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.Mary Dozier (University of Delaware)
Intervening early to enhance children’s behavioral and biological outcomes
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.Lunch (please make your own arrangements)
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.Emma Adam (Northwestern University)
Tackling race-based stress disparities: The role of social contexts and interventions
2:15 p.m.-3 p.m.Panel discussion
3 p.m.-3:15 p.m.Brief afternoon break
3:15 p.m.-4 p.m.Megan Gunnar (University of Minnesota)
Summary and critique
4 p.m.Adjourn


RSVP to Delores Mordorski: mordo001@umn.edu or 612-624-0317.

To inquire about disability-related accommodations, please contact Delores Mordorski: mordo001@umn.edu or 612-624-0317.

Past symposium volumes

In the past, each symposium has resulted in a volume that contains the collected papers on the designated topic. Below are the most recently published volumes.