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Toward Understanding the Impact of Trauma on the Early Developing Human Brain

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About the Course:

This research intensive course discusses the growing body of research emphasizing alterations in neurological structure and function following trauma. The authors provide a brief overview of early brain development and highlight the role of longitudinal research in unearthing brain-behavior relations in youth. They also relay an emergent framework in which dissociable trauma types are hypothesized to impact distinct, rationally informed neural systems.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Toward Understanding the Impact of Trauma on the Early Developing Human Brain created by Moriah E. Thomason, PhD and Hilary A. Marusak, PhD. in 2017.

Publication Date:

February 7, 2017

Course Material Authors

Moriah E. Thomason, PhD

Dr. Moriah E. Thomason is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development at Wayne State University. The work of Dr. Thomason’s research group stems from an interest in determining how function across multiple, distributed brain networks impacts the individual developmental trajectories of children. Dr. Thomason’s lab uses novel methods for detecting and characterizing large-scale human brain networks. Her work has already provided new insights into how human brain networks develop, mature, and are altered with specific variations in genetic composition. Dr. Thomason has served as a reviewer for federal grant funding agencies, and she currently serves on the Editorial Board for Frontiers in Developmental Psychology. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Hilary A. Marusak, PhD.

Dr. Marusak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan. Dr. Marusak directs the WSU THINK Lab, which focuses on pediatric anxiety, understanding the impact of childhood trauma/adversity on neural development, and using that knowledge to improve interventions that can enhance mental health in pediatric populations. Her predoctoral training was in pediatric neuroimaging, childhood adversity/trauma, and developmental neuroscience, and her postdoctoral training was focused on the neurobiology of fear, the endocannabinoid system, and anxiety disorders/posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Mary Kay Pribyl, Ph.D.

Mary Kay Pribyl, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and holds a doctoral degree from Northwestern University. She has a private practice with children, adolescents and adults in Glenview, Illinois. She is a past president of the Illinois Psychological Association and has been a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. Her specialty areas include depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, and compulsive gambling. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology.

Recommended For:

This course is appropriate for all behavioral health professionals and is written at an advanced level.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the role of traumatic experiences as predictors of psychiatric illness.

  2. List two issues involved in translation of neurological findings to clinical practice.

  3. Identify the role of precise spatial brain localization on our understanding of the effect of brain trauma.

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