CCHD Consortium

Our Spring 2022 consortium series will be held on Monday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:15 PM Eastern Time. All talks will be online via Zoom. This semester’s theme will be:

Leveraging Developmental Science to Inform Personalized Interventions: A Neuro-prevention Framework for Mitigating the Impact of Adverse Contexts on Developmental Trajectories

Organizing committee: Denni Fishbein (Chair), Cathi Propper, Ayse Belger, Ron Seifer, Meghan Shanahan, Steve Hooper, Iheoma Iruka, Kirsten McLaughlin, and Ilana Berman.  Below is a summary of the theme:

During this semester, we will explore conceptual frameworks and methodologies in the emergent field of “neuro-prevention”, which seeks to better understand the pathogenesis of the types of mental and behavioral problems that prevention science aims to prevent prior to their entrenchment (e.g., anxiety, substance abuse, conduct problems). Identifying mechanisms that underlie these problems will guide construction of interventions that are more targeted and, thus, more effective in disrupting pathways to negative outcomes. A substantial body of research has established that adverse social determinants of health—including child maltreatment, toxic stress, structural racism, poverty—impact neurodevelopment and induce or exacerbate these problems, and very recent studies suggest that these influences may also undermine intervention responsivity. This line of research is critical considering that even the most efficacious preventive interventions yield only small to modest effect sizes, indicating that, despite more general program successes, many recipients do not fully benefit. These discoveries have kindled a growing excitement about the potential for a developmental framework and neuroscience tools to inform the design of personalized, precision-based preventive interventions that achieve greater effect sizes. We will discuss the knowledge that has been amassed to date in the biobehavioral and neurosciences that has direct implications for intervention development. An understanding of the sources of variability in intervention responsivity and the malleable mechanisms underlying risk and resilience can also be leveraged to inform systems and policy change in a way that aligns with the science and has potential to dismantle the structural drivers of inequity.

Past consortium video recording can be viewed here.  View recorded presentations.

Spring 2022 Speaker Schedule

Date Speaker
January 24 Diana Fishbein, PhD
UNC Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Accelerating the Translation of Developmental Science to Practice and Policy Through an Equity Lens
January 31 Kate B. Nooner, PhD
UNC Wilmington, Department of Psychology
Reducing Health Disparities: Trauma, Alcohol Use, and the Adolescent Brain
February 7 Martin H. Teicher, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School / McLean Hospital
Neurobiological Consequences of Childhood Maltreatment: Key Principles
February 14 Lisa Berlin, PhD
University of Maryland, School of Social Work
Leveraging Attachment-Based Intervention to Promote Early Development and Reduce Inequities
February 21 TBD
February 28 Paul Lanier, PhD
UNC Chapel Hill, School of Social Work
Translating the Science of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Policy and Practice in North Carolina
March 21 Ty Ridenour, PhD
RTI International
From the Liability-threshold Model of Etiology for Substance Use Disorder toward Selective/Indicated Prevention
March 28 TBD
April 4 Betsy (Sarah E.) Bledsoe, PhD
UNC Chapel Hill, School of Social Work
Translating Empirically Supported Trauma Informed Practice Elements into Practice with Children and Families: A Common Elements Approach
April 11 Sandra L. Soliday Hong, PhD
UNC Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
April 18 Phillip W. Graham, DrPH
RTI International
April 25 TBD
May 2 Cairns Capstone Lecture
Martin P. Paulus M.D.
Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Using translational paradigms to identify “at-risk” populations: Sign and goal tracking


CCHD Consortium Videos