CPRC Seminar - October 26 *UPDATE* - this seminar will be in Room C05 at CSSW

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to: 


“The Effects of Adversity on Brain and Behavioral Development: Lessons From the Bucharest Early Intervention Project”"

presented by Nathan Fox


Distinguished University Professor, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

University of Maryland

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Room C05

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

Videoconference is available at:

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/rsvp

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.



Experience plays an essential role in building brain architecture after birth.  The question Dr. Fox will address in this talk is what happens to brain and behavior when a young child is deprived of key experiences during critical periods of brain development.  Fox's focus, in particular, is on the consequences of institutionalization with implication for the millions of children around the world who from an early age experience profound psychosocial deprivation.  Deprivation can lead to a host of both short- and long-term consequences, but intervention at critical periods in development may remediate some of these negative consequences. Fox will present recent findings from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project to illustrate principles of critical periods in brain and behavioral development.


Nathan A. Fox is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He has completed research on the biological bases of social and emotional behavior developing methods for assessing brain activity in infants and young children during tasks designed to elicit a range of emotions. His work on the temperamental antecedents of anxiety is funded by the National Institutes of Health where he was awarded a MERIT award for excellence of his research program. He is an elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions award from the Society for Research in Child Development and the Distinguished Mentor Award and G. Stanley Hall Award for Lifelong Achievement in Developmental Science from Division 7 of the American Psychological Association. He is a founding member of the National Scientific Council for the Developing Child and currently co-Scientific Director of this group and he is one of three Principal Investigators on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. 

For additional information regarding the Fall 2017 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars