Past Adult Courses

Sackler Brain Bench One-Day Course: The Early Childhood Brain

February 21, 2015


How does a child’s brain develop? How can maternal depression, stress, or anxiety influence fetal brain development? Does stress in early life alter an infant's brain forever? In this one-day course, a group of experts will lead you through recent research into the mechanisms of human brain development, illuminating how our very first experiences shape our future behavior.  

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Catherine Monk, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University; Director of Research, The Women’s Program, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; Research Scientist IV, Division of Behavioral Medicine, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Senior Sackler Scientist, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; Co–Director, Sackler Parent Infant Project, the Sackler Institute, Columbia University. 

Charles A. Nelson III, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Education, Harvard University; Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital, Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dr. Nim Tottenham, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish the Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum’s Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary workings of the human brain.