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Children's Neuroscience Expert Lecturing At Collin College

Children's Neuroscience Expert Lecturing At Collin College

Dr. Bruce Perry - Photo Courtesy of ChildTrauma Academy

Dr. Bruce Perry, children's neuroscience expert, will speak at Collin College March 1. Photo Courtesy of ChildTauma Academy

February 16, 2012 – The Distinguished Speaker Series at Collin College will welcome Dr. Bruce Perry from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, March 1.

Presenting on “Creativity in Neuroscience,” Dr. Perry is the senior fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy in Houston and an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dr. Perry is one of the nation’s foremost experts in children's mental health and neuroscience. Previously, he had served as the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital. The Child Trauma Academy is a leading center of research and education on child maltreatment.

He is the co-author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook -- What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing and Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential – and Endangered.

Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain.

His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children – examining long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. His clinical research over the last 10 years has been focused on integrating concepts of developmental neuroscience and child development into clinical practices.

Dr. Perry served as a consultant on a number of high-profile events dealing with traumatized children including survivors of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, the Columbine school shootings and the earthquake in Haiti.  He has been featured on National Public Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, U.S. News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Dr. Perry did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and Amherst College. He attended medical and graduate school at Northwestern University, receiving both master’s and doctoral degrees. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Chicago.

Dr. Perry’s lecture will be at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco. Distinguished Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. His lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.

Visit or call 972.881.5900 for more information.

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